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U.S. says won't unleash 'shock and awe' air campaign in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday.

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Valls vows to preserve French social model before vote

PARIS - Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms ahead of a parliament confidence vote on Tuesday in which left-wingers have threatened to abstain in protest.

France 12:48pm EDT

U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

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Brazil's Neves: An insider in an election about change

BELO HORIZONTE/SAO PAULO Brazil - The handsome, accomplished grandson of one of Brazil's most beloved politicians, Aecio Neves has been preparing his whole life to be president, friends say.

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Yemen clashes between Shi'ite rebels and tribesmen kill 22: sources

SANAA - Twenty-two people were killed in fighting between Shi'ite Muslim rebels and government-allied tribesmen in northern Yemen on Monday and Tuesday, tribal and local sources told Reuters.

Yemen 12:26pm EDT

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