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U.S. general says cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

WASHINGTON - The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

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Exclusive: South Korea's Park says door open for talks with North

SEOUL - South Korean President Park Geun-hye, thwarted so far in ambitious plans to begin the process of reunifying the Korean peninsula, said the door is open for talks with the North during the upcoming U.N. General Assembly.

South Korea, World 7:10pm EDT

Tony Stewart fatal dirt-track incident to be heard by grand jury

- The case of a fatal dirt-track incident involving three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in upstate New York last month will be referred to a grand jury, authorities said on Tuesday.

Sports, U.S. 5:35pm EDT

Ukraine ratifies EU deal, offers special status to rebels

KIEV - Ukraine ratified a sweeping agreement with the European Union on Tuesday - an issue at the heart of the Russia-West crisis over its future - and sought to blunt the independence drive of Russian-backed separatists by offering them temporary and limited self-rule.

World, Russia 2:01pm EDT

Nine killed, 30 wounded in new clashes in Libya's Benghazi: medic

BENGHAZI Libya - Heavy clashes broke out on Tuesday between a former Libyan general's forces and Islamist fighters in the eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least nine people, medics said.

World, Libya 5:38pm EDT
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Minnesota governor says Vikings' Peterson should be sidelined

- The Minnesota Vikings should sideline running back Adrian Peterson until his child abuse case works its way through the courts, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said on Tuesday, criticizing the team's decision to reactivate the NFL player.

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Turkish reluctance hurts U.S. plans for coalition against Islamic State

ANKARA/ISTANBUL - When Washington takes its bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters into Syria, the most it can probably hope for from one of its closest allies in the region will be grudging consent.