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Palestinian says Israeli action extends conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Palestinian official says Israeli aggression will not bring peace to the region. Mohammad Shtayyeh (sh-TAY’-uh) says people under siege will react to defend themselves and that is what is happening in Gaza. He says the … Continue reading

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German vice chancellor: press Russian oligarchs

BERLIN (AP) — Europe should take aim at rich businesspeople who support Russia’s government as it increases pressure on Moscow over its actions in Ukraine, Germany’s vice chancellor said Sunday. European Union foreign ministers last week ordered the preparation of … Continue reading

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EU, US seek Putin Achilles’ heel on Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions … Continue reading

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Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security

WASHINGTON (AP) — Every Palestinian civilian’s death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his … Continue reading

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US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists also has crossed the border. … Continue reading

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Cornyn expects U.S. House to pass ‘skinnied-down’ border bill

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, said on Sunday he expected the House of Representatives to pass a “skinnied-down” emergency funding bill this week to deal with a … Continue reading

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Center honored for making government more transparent

The Society of Professional journalists has honored the Center for Public Integrity with its 2014 Sunshine Award, which recognizes news organizations for shining a light on the inner workings of government. Judges cited the Center’s work for being at the “forefront … Continue reading

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Center awarded $2.9 million grant for coverage of state government

The Center for Public Integrity will expand its reporting on the influence of special interests on government with a new project that will examine the flow of money and influence in state-level politics. The multi-year endeavor, part of the Center’s … Continue reading

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Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress

WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress’ August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his … Continue reading

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Bill Clinton to join Kentucky Democrat at rally

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ campaign says former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to join her at a campaign rally in eastern Kentucky next month. In a statement, Grimes’ campaign says Clinton will appear with … Continue reading

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