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Iraqi forces clash with Islamic State fighters west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Iraqi army tanks and armored vehicles on Wednesday fought off an advance by Islamic State militants on the town of Amiriya Fallujah, west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, army sources said, part of a multinational effort to check the group's progress.

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North Korea cites Obama requests in freeing American prisoner

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released one of three Americans detained in the country taking into consideration "repeated requests" of U.S. President Barack Obama, Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said on Wednesday.

U.S., North Korea, World 7:57am EDT

Brazil's Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves before Sunday's election: poll

BRASILIA - Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead again in a new poll ahead of Brazil's presidential election and she appears to be the favorite to win Sunday's runoff although the vote is still too close to call.

World, Brazil 2:58am EDT

Kerry says status quo between Israel, Palestinians 'unsustainable'

BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that current relations between Israel and Palestine were "unsustainable" and that the United States was conscious of the urgency of the situation.

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U.S. government probes medical devices for possible cyber flaws

BOSTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating about two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers, a senior official at the agency told Reuters.

Health, Tech, U.S. 7:11am EDT
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U.S. to funnel travelers from Ebola-hit region through five airports

NEW YORK - The United States ratcheted up its safeguards against Ebola on Tuesday, requiring travelers from three countries at the center of an epidemic in West Africa to fly into one of five major airports conducting enhanced screening for the virus. | Video

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Kerry expects 'deep' engagement with Congress on Iran talks

BERLIN - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Berlin on Wednesday that the Obama administration planned to fully consult Congress about ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.