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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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Pakistani Islamists use floods to turn opinion against India

MULTAN Pakistan - Hafiz Saeed, widely considered one of South Asia's most dangerous militants, has no doubt who is to blame for devastating floods that have submerged swathes of Pakistani countryside and claimed hundreds of lives.

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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.

Russia 2:01pm EDT

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

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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