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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 U.S. troops might need to take on a larger ground role as they fend off Islamic State militants in Iraq, but the White House stressed there would be no combat mission for U.S. ground forces.

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Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola

ATLANTA/MONROVIA - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa's deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.

Health, United Nations 5:39pm EDT

Saudi court sentences two to death, jails 13 over attack

DOHA - A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced two men to death and 13 others to long prison terms after they were accused of killing a policeman and three civilians and forming an al Qaeda cell in prison, the kingdom's state news agency (SPA) said on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia 5:17pm EDT

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

EDINBURGH - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence. | Video

United Nations 5:34pm EDT

India and China look to put knotty relations on new footing

AHMEDABAD India - The electricity board in this Indian city has been instructed to avoid any power cuts and officials have been told to have their shoes polished and their shirts tucked in: Nothing has been left to chance for this week's visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Iraqi official briefs Syria's Assad on efforts against Islamic State

BEIRUT - Iraq's national security adviser briefed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on efforts to counter Islamic State on Tuesday, in the first such meeting since the United States launched air strikes on the radical group in Iraq.

Syria, Iraq 4:39pm EDT

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