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  • Jihadists seize Iraq monastery
    Jihadists seize Iraq monastery

    Jihadist militants have taken over a monastery in northern Iraq, one of the country's best-known Christian landmarks, and expelled its resident monks, a cleric and residents said Monday. Islamic State (IS) fighters stormed Mar (Saint) Behnam, a 4th century monastery run by the Syriac Catholic church near the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh, on Sunday, the sources said. Christian residents from the area told AFP the monks walked several miles along a deserted road and were eventually picked up by Kurdish peshmerga fighters who drove them to Qaraqosh. The Syriac cleric said five monks were expelled from Mar Behnam.

  • Kerry makes mic gaffe on Gaza
    Kerry makes mic gaffe on Gaza

    US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to criticize Israel in candid remarks caught on an open microphone between television interviews Sunday. Kerry was heard talking about Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza to a State Department official identified as Jonathan Finer just before appearing on the "Fox News Sunday" political talk show. The Palestinian death toll topped 500 on Sunday as Israel pressed a ground offensive into the densely packed Gaza Strip after two weeks of aerial attacks. When confronted over the remarks by Fox host Chris Wallace, Kerry reiterated Israel's right to self-defense.

  • Perry sending National Guard troops to border
    Perry sending National Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border over the next month to combat what he said Monday were criminals exploiting a surge of children pouring into the U.S. illegally.

  • American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel
    American Jews, other 'lone soldiers' serve Israel

    The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the world who have volunteered to fight for Israel.

  • Ackman says he can prove Herbalife is a 'fraud'

    Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman said he will hold a presentation Tuesday that will prove nutrition company Herbalife is a "fraud." The announcement sent shares of Herbalife down more than 11 percent ...

  • Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic
    Swimwear on Miami Beach runway goes sporty chic

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Surf's up next summer.

  • Cash-hoarding millennials missing out on record-breaking stock market gains
    Cash-hoarding millennials missing out on record-breaking stock market gains

    Young earners are keeping their money on the sidelines, choosing to save rather than invest their hard earned cash in stocks, according to a new Bankrate.com survey.

  • Ukraine at potential turning point after crash
    Ukraine at potential turning point after crash

    MOSCOW (AP) — The crash of the Malaysian airliner in rebel-held eastern Ukraine is being viewed as a potential turning-point in the conflict — either, the international revulsion over the death of all 298 people on board will force the warring parties to seek an end to the violence, or the disaster will stoke the fighting as the recriminations escalate.

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