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U.S. to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul battle
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BAGHDAD/ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - The United States will send around 600 new troops to Iraq to assist local forces in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State that is expected later this year, U.S. and Iraqi officials said on Wednesday. .. read more..

Syrian hacker sympathetic to Assad pleads guilty in U.S. court
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A computer hacker sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government pleaded guilty for his role as a middleman in an extortion scheme targeting U.S. media outlets and governments, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. .. read more..

Minnesota pushes ahead with probe of black motorist's shooting death
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(Reuters) - Minnesota on Wednesday handed over to prosecutors a probe into the fatal police shooting of a black motorist, officials said, as the county attorney weighed possible charges in a case that gained widespread attention through social media. .. read more..

Michigan Attorney General says weak Detroit schools can be closed
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Underperforming schools in the cash-strapped city of Detroit can be closed this school year, Michigan's Attorney General said in a legal opinion issued Wednesday to clarify an existing state law. .. read more..

Special Report: Flawed CDC report left Indiana children vulnerable to lead po...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

EAST CHICAGO, Indiana (Reuters) - In this industrial northwest Indiana city, hundreds of families who live in a gated public housing community with prim lawns and a new elementary school next door are searching for new homes. Their own places have been marked for demolition. .. read more..

California, eyeing Cosby, ends statute of limitations for rape
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill to end the statute of limitations for rape, a measure inspired by accusations against comedian Bill Cosby, some of which surfaced decades after alleged crimes occurred. .. read more..

Ministry to Millennials Announces '17 Conference
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Russian Orthodox Church Calls for Total Ban on Abortion
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Russian Orthodox Church is hoping to make all abortions illegal. To that end, Patriarch Kirill has signed a petition that will be given to Russian president Vladimir Putin. .. read more..

German woman held in Syria escapes with baby to Turkey: foreign ministry
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German woman who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria last year and gave birth while in captivity escaped with her baby to Turkey on Wednesday, the German foreign ministry said. .. read more..

Colombia's ELN rebels say ready to start formal peace talks
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels said on Wednesday they were ready to start formal peace talks with the government and resolve issues that have so far stymied the negotiations announced in March. .. read more..

Professor arrives in Rwanda from U.S. to face genocide trial
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

KIGALI (Reuters) - A professor arrived back in Rwanda on Wednesday after being extradited from the United States to stand trial for his part in the country's 1994 genocide, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said. .. read more..

Redstone's National Amusements to call on CBS, Viacom to explore merger :sources
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

(Reuters) - Sumner Redstone's National Amusements Inc is preparing to call on CBS Corp and Viacom Inc to explore a merger, two people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. .. read more..

Obama, Prominent Pastors Celebrate TD Jakes’s 40th Anniversary of Ministry
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated 40 years of Christian ministry Sunday. .. read more..

Former Megachurch Pastor Tullian Tchividjian Contemplated Suicide after Scandal
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Former megachurch pastor Tullian Tchividjian recently shared how he contemplated committing suicide after it was revealed he had multiple affairs. .. read more..

Shimon Peres, Israel's elder statesman on defense and peacemaking, dies at 93
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Shimon Peres, one of Israel's last surviving founding fathers who developed its powerful armed forces and nuclear capabilities before seeking peace with the Palestinians and sharing a Nobel prize, died on Wednesday at 93 after suffering a stroke. .. read more..

FBI Director calls 'stop and frisk' an important tool when used right
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday that the police tactic known as "stop and frisk" is an important tool when used right. .. read more..

Cuba welcomes ambassador nomination but says Obama can do more
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HAVANA (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's nomination of an ambassador to Cuba is welcome but he should still do more to normalize relations between the two countries during his remaining time in office, a senior Cuban government official said on Wednesday. .. read more..

U.S. condemns South Sudan opposition leader's call for renewed war
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The State Department on Wednesday strongly condemned comments by South Sudan's opposition leader calling for a return to war against the government, saying it was "inexcusable" and showed a lack of concern for the well-being of the people. .. read more..

Teenager killed father before opening fire at South Carolina school
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his father before going to a nearby elementary school in South Carolina and wounding two children and a teacher with a handgun on Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. .. read more..

Duterte declares upcoming Philippines-U.S. war games 'the last one'
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

HANOI (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plunged one of the United States' most important Asian alliances deeper into uncertainty on Wednesday by declaring upcoming U.S.-Philippine military exercises "the last", and ruling out any joint navy patrols. .. read more..