Sunday, August 31, 2014

U.S. and Iran Unlikely Allies in Iraq Battle - NYTimes.com

U.S. and Iran Unlikely Allies in Iraq Battle - NYTimes.com:



"BAGHDAD — With American bombs raining down from the sky, Shiite militia fighters aligned with Iran battled Sunni extremists over the weekend, punching through their defenses to break the weekslong siege of Amerli, a cluster of farming villages whose Shiite residents faced possible slaughter."



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com

At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks - NYTimes.com:



 "WASHINGTON — With their Senate majority imperiled, Democrats are trying to mobilize African-Americans outraged by the shooting in Ferguson, Mo., to help them retain control of at least one chamber of Congress for President Obama’s final two years in office."



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Friday, August 29, 2014

A Long Way From Recovery, Europe Tries to Find Its Way - NYTimes.com

A Long Way From Recovery, Europe Tries to Find Its Way - NYTimes.com:



 "PARIS — Six years after being struck by economic crisis, Europe is facing a fresh downturn, with few new ideas on the table for reigniting growth and deepening political divisions over the austerity policies that many blame for worsening the malaise."



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Separatists Force Captured Ukrainian Prisoners to Shovel Dirt - NYTimes.com

Separatists Force Captured Ukrainian Prisoners to Shovel Dirt - NYTimes.com:



"SNEZHNOYE Ukraine (Reuters) - Watched over by separatist rebels with automatic weapons, a group of captured Ukrainian soldiers toiled with shovels and brooms on Friday to clear up dirt and rubble from the ruins of an eastern town."



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Obama Said to Weigh Delaying Action on Immigration - NYTimes.com

Obama Said to Weigh Delaying Action on Immigration - NYTimes.com:



 "WASHINGTON — Under pressure from nervous Democratic Senate candidates in tight races, President Obama is rethinking the timing of his pledge to act on his own to reshape the nation’s immigration system by summer’s end, and could instead delay some or all of his most controversial proposals until after the midterm elections in November, according to people familiar with White House deliberations."



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Sweden Raises Military Alert Level Due to Ukraine Crisis - NYTimes.com

Sweden Raises Military Alert Level Due to Ukraine Crisis - NYTimes.com:



 "STOCKHOLM — Sweden put its top military staff on higher alert on Friday as a result of the situation in Ukraine, the armed forces said."



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Ukraine Rebels Advance on Key Port, in Hint at Putin’s Strategy - NYTimes.com

Ukraine Rebels Advance on Key Port, in Hint at Putin’s Strategy - NYTimes.com:



 "NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Backed by Russian troops and weaponry, hundreds of Ukrainian rebel militiamen mobilized on Friday in this southeastern town, vacated by the Ukrainian military two days ago, and began to push toward the strategic seaport of Mariupol 27 miles away. The leader of the rebels called the advance a broad new effort to wrest control of a wide swath of coastal territory from the central government."



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