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Athletics roiled by mass doping allegations after blood test leak

KUALA LUMPUR - Endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals, two news organizations said on Sunday, after a leak of thousands of blood test results from 2001-2012 threw global athletics into chaos.

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Republicans begin pivotal debate week with New Hampshire forum

WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidates will test their messages in New Hampshire on Monday, with the exception of Donald Trump, in a pivotal week on the 2016 campaign trail that will be dominated by their first head-to-head debate on Thursday.

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Planned Parenthood fight hits U.S. Congress, wider impact unclear

WASHINGTON, August 3 - Women's health group Planned Parenthood, under attack by anti-abortionists posting hidden-camera videos online, will be the focus of a partisan showdown on Monday in the U.S. Senate, with any wider influence on voters from the charge still unclear.

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Asian stocks near 2015 lows on China worry, dollar steadies

HONG KONG/TOKYO - An index of Asian shares outside Japan fell close to this year's lows on Monday thanks to a deepening selloff in commodities and fresh concerns over slowing growth in China, while the dollar held its ground against a basket of currencies.

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Israel approves jailing Jewish militants without trial to resolve lethal arson

JERUSALEM - Israel's security cabinet approved on Sunday the detention of citizens suspected of waging violence against Palestinians without trial in a crackdown aimed at capturing the perpetrators of a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants. | Video

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Northern California wildfire doubles in size, displaces thousands

SAN FRANCISCO - A wildfire raging through the foothills and canyons of northern California's coastal mountains more than doubled in size as it roared into its fifth day on Sunday, leaving two dozen homes in charred ruins and displacing thousands of residents.

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Trump says won't be 'throwing punches' in U.S. Republican debate

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump, the man to beat in this week's first televised Republican presidential debate, said on Sunday he does not plan to attack his rivals and downplayed expectations for his performance, saying "I'm not a debater."

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Three Turkish soldiers killed as PKK steps up attacks after air strikes

ISTANBUL - Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants killed two soldiers and wounded 31 in a suicide attack overnight in eastern Turkey, the army said on Sunday, as violence escalated following Ankara's air bombardment targeting Kurdish militants.