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Snowstorm sweeps northeast, New York spared its brunt

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A blizzard swept across the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow across Massachusetts and Connecticut even as its impact on New York City fell short of dire predictions. | Video

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Obama seeks close, candid ties to Saudi king: aide

RIYADH - U.S. President Barack Obama sought to cement ties with Saudi Arabia as he came to pay his respects on Tuesday after the death of King Abdullah, a trip that underscores the importance of a U.S.-Saudi alliance that extends beyond oil interests to regional security. | Video

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Tsipras names anti-austerity Greek cabinet, bank shares dive

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unveiled a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans on Tuesday, signaling he has no intention of backing away from election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and financial markets.

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Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military

JERUSALEM - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

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Japan vows to work with Jordan to secure hostage release

TOKYO - Japan has vowed to work with Jordan to secure the release of a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after the killing last week of another Japanese captive, but it reiterated that it would not give in to terrorism. | Video

World, Japan, Jordan 10:03am EST

Oil edges up on weaker dollar; traders wary of big stock build

NEW YORK - Oil rose on Tuesday as a weaker dollar propped up commodities priced in the currency, but gains were limited by fears of another large build in U.S. crude stocks and that the seven-month long selloff in oil has yet to peak.

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In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities. | Video