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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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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.

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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.

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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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Barnacles on debris could provide clues to missing MH370: experts

SYDNEY - Barnacles encrusted on a piece of plane debris that washed up on the French island of Reunion might help unravel the mystery of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 that disappeared last year with 239 passengers and crew on board. | Video

Some extreme doping test results show athletes' health at risk: expert

KUALA LUMPUR/SYDNEY - Some of the readings from athletes' blood tests leaked by a whistleblower for a report exposing suspected doping were so extreme they were "downright dangerous", one of the experts cited in the report told Reuters on Monday. | Video

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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