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    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of Fijians are awaiting their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000. Yet plenty of questions remain about how far military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama has…

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  • Top general: US ground troops possible in Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama's current strategy fails, the nation's top military officer said Tuesday as Congress began debating Obama's plan to expand airstrikes and train Syrian rebels.

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  • Netherlands ups defence spending in wake of downed MH17

    The Hague (AFP) - The Netherlands is to increase defence spending after being hard hit by global conflicts including the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, King Willem-Alexander said on Tuesday.

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  • Lawmakers to test EU's five billion euro carbon permit giveaway

    By Ben Garside LONDON (Reuters) - European lawmakers will vote next week on whether to force Brussels officials to rethink giving billions of euros worth of carbon allowances away for free to heavy industries, after a senior Green member lodged an objection. The European Commission, the EU's…

    Reuters
  • UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - The United Nations has brokered an Israeli-Palestinian deal on delivering construction materials to Gaza that would ensure they will not be diverted by Hamas militants, an envoy said Tuesday.

    AFP
  • US says 'close combat advisors' could battle jihadists

    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to strike the Islamic State group in its Syrian strongholds and could send military advisors into combat alongside Iraqi troops, American commanders said Tuesday.

    AFP
  • Obama mulling combat role for US troops in Iraq 'case by case'

    Washington (AFP) - President Barack Obama will consider sending US military advisers into combat in Iraq on a "case by case basis," the American military's top-ranking officer told senators on Tuesday.

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

    By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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. Defense…

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

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - 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. Serry told the U.N. Security…

    Reuters
  • AP names Lynne O'Donnell Kabul bureau chief

    CAIRO (AP) — Lynne O'Donnell, a foreign correspondent who has covered major stories throughout the Middle East and Asia for two decades, has been named Kabul bureau chief for The Associated Press, leading the agency's coverage of Afghanistan at a time of transition and turmoil.

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  • AP names Maya Alleruzzo Mideast photo editor

    CAIRO (AP) — Maya Alleruzzo, a photographer who has covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during a 12-year stint in the region, has been named regional photo editor for the Middle East by The Associated Press.

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  • Chief rabbi says French society has turned indifferent to anti-Semitism

    PARIS, (Reuters)- France's government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country's newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday. Haim Korsia, who was elected in June, recalled the huge crowds that…

    Reuters
  • Indonesia anti-terror police question four foreigners

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian anti-terror police are questioning four foreign nationals in a sign of tightening security in the country with the world's largest Muslim population, officials confirmed on Tuesday. Indonesia grappled with a string of militant attacks during the 2000s, including a…

    Reuters
  • NKorea main focus of attention at Asian Games

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — The North Korean women's football team had more reasons than usual to kick off its Asian Games campaign with a commanding win.

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  • North Korea ratchets up 'hostage diplomacy' with US

    Seoul (AFP) - North Korea's use of captured or detained Americans to score propaganda points and extract political concessions from Washington has a long history stretching back to the Cold War, but analysts say the tactic may be wearing thin.

    AFP
  • Al-Qaida-inspired killers spreading like weeds

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida dispersed, yet the horrors keep coming.

    Associated Press
  • U.S. partners unclear on roles in fight against Islamic State

    (Reuters) - Many countries have said they support a coalition the United States hopes to build to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, but most have been vague about any specific role they might play. Below is a list of some of the key countries that may take part in the anti-IS…

    Reuters