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Amid foreign crises, Obama takes solace in U.S. economic turnaround

MILWAUKEE - Throughout much of his presidency, Barack Obama has been under siege about the state of the U.S. economy.

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Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - Three American citizens detained in North Korea appealed to the U.S government on Monday for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews with U.S. media that were set up by the North Korean government and may signal an attempt by Pyongyang to reopen a long-stalled dialogue.

Factory activity in Europe, Asia cools; demand lull a concern

BANGALORE/SYDNEY - Factory activity in Europe and Asia cooled in August after a strong July, as new orders dwindled in the face of escalating tensions in Ukraine and a patchy recovery in China, purchasing managers indexes showed. | Video

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NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises

BRUSSELS - NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said on Monday.

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Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air. | Video

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