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Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad 02 Sep 2014

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday.

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Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court

- A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state's Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it an attempt at suppressing minority turnout.

U.S., 02 Sep 2014
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Two ex-U.S. senators to lobby for sanctioned Russian bank

WASHINGTON - Gazprombank, Russia's third largest bank and the target of Western sanctions, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby on its behalf in Washington, according to a disclosure form.

02 Sep 2014
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U.S. Republican lawmakers say regulators treat insurers unfairly

WASHINGTON - A group of Republican lawmakers on Tuesday accused U.S. regulators of "disparate treatment" of nonbank financial firms that are currently being considered for tougher oversight.

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Tax-evasion trial of New York congressman Grimm set for Dec. 1

NEW YORK - A federal judge on Tuesday set Dec. 1 as the start of the tax-evasion trial of New York congressman Michael Grimm, one month after an election in which the Republican seeks a third term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

02 Sep 2014
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Securing release of Americans held in North Korea a top priority: White House

WASHINGTON - Securing the release of the three Americans detained in North Korea is a top priority, the White House said on Tuesday.

U.S., 02 Sep 2014