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Special Report: State Department watered down human trafficking report

WASHINGTON - In the weeks leading up to a critical annual U.S. report on human trafficking that publicly shames the world’s worst offenders, human rights experts at the State Department concluded that trafficking conditions hadn’t improved in Malaysia and Cuba. And in China, they found, things had grown worse.

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Pro-Hadi fighters, Houthis battle over Yemen's largest military base

ADEN - Fighters loyal to Yemen's deposed president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, backed by Saudi-led air strikes, battled Houthi forces inside the country's largest military base on Monday, pro-Hadi commanders said.

Yemen, World 10:42am EDT

First U.S.-trained Syria rebel believed killed in fighting: sources

WASHINGTON - A member of a new Syrian force trained by the U.S. military was believed to have been killed in clashes last week with al Qaeda's Syria wing, in what would be the fledgling force's first battlefield casualty, U.S. officials said on Monday.

World, Syria 6:12pm EDT

Russia's Lavrov meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow: official

GAZA - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Monday and invited him to visit Moscow, a Hamas official said, extending a diplomatic welcome to the Palestinian group shunned by the West.

World, Russia, United Nations 10:57am EDT

We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry

DOHA - Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighborliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers.

Politics, World 11:49am EDT

U.S. factory activity dips; consumer spending cools

WASHINGTON - U.S. factory activity slipped in July and consumer spending advanced at its slowest pace in four months in June, indicating the economy lost some momentum recently.

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Jury keeps death penalty as option for Colorado movie gunman Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - James Holmes, the Colorado movie massacre gunman, could face the death penalty after jurors found on Monday that aggravating factors including the cruel nature of his crimes counted for more than mitigating ones such as mental illness. | Video

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Syrian jet crashes into market in rebel-held area, 27 killed

BEIRUT - At least 27 people were killed and dozens injured when a Syrian army fighter jet crashed into a busy marketplace in the rebel-held northwestern town of Ariha on Monday, residents and witnesses said. | Video