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Japan says looking at all possible ways to free hostages

TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Thursday it was considering all possible ways to gain the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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AP sources: US not sending Gitmo detainees to Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another challenge to President Barack Obama's efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, a ban on transferring detainees to Yemen has been effectively pushed back into place because of security concerns in the volatile Middle Eastern nation, administration officials say.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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House heads to vote on border security bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is moving toward a vote on a bill aimed at securing the U.S. border with Mexico, as majority Republicans seek to demonstrate that they can chart their own course on immigration — not just oppose President Barack Obama.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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Lew says Congress should turn efforts toward business taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying lawmakers should instead focus on simplifying taxes paid by businesses.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 January 2015

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Saudi single women challenge tradition in love and marriage

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Amna Fatani knows she wants a brilliant career and a life different from that of Saudi women of her mother's generation who married early, usually to a husband not of their own choosing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Senate opens showdown with Obama over Iran sanctions

 

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators in both parties squared off with the Obama administration Wednesday about whether the threat of new sanctions would scuttle nuclear talks with Iran as House Speaker John Boehner, without consulting the White House, invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Supreme Court sharply divided over housing bias cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although one scientist said Wednesday it could soon disappear.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015

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