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U.S. advisers may take forward positions in Iraq fighting

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. - Some U.S. military advisers could end up in front-line positions in the fight against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Wednesday, although President Barack Obama vowed that America would not fight another ground war in Iraq.

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Islamic State campaign tests Obama's commitment to Mideast allies

WASHINGTON - After about 15 hours of flying and five hours of meetings, sleep finally caught up with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Baghdad. It was 6:04 p.m. 

Politics, 7:22pm EDT

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with rare cancer

- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumor in his abdomen, his doctor said on Wednesday, and the controversial municipal leader will start chemotherapy treatment within days.

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Australia says anti-terror raids aimed at preventing random violence on public

SYDNEY - More than 800 heavily armed Australian police carried out sweeping anti-terror raids in Sydney and Brisbane on Thursday to prevent unspecified acts of violence against random members of the public, police said.

Australia, Tony Abbott 9:06pm EDT

Afghan election crisis talks stall over release of vote results

KABUL - Talks between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have stalled again, in part over when and how to release the final results of an election that both say was rigged by the other side, officials said on Wednesday.

Afghanistan 5:08pm EDT

Gunmen kill 15 at college in north Nigeria's Kano

KANO Nigeria - Gunmen stormed a higher education college in northern Nigeria on Wednesday, firing on fleeing students and setting off an explosion in an attack that killed at least 15 people and wounded 35, police said.

Africa 4:20pm EDT

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