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    Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

Obama sets no timeline for action on immigration

With a self-imposed deadline looming, President Barack Obama said Thursday he still intends to act on his own to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to act by end of summer.

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Mexico creates special economic crime force

Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country’s economy, strangling commerce in some regions.

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    Ebola moving faster than control efforts

Ebola moving faster than control efforts

An Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 700 people in West Africa is moving faster than efforts to control the disease as presidents from the affected countries met Friday in Conakry, Guinea’s capital.

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    Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

Hamas tunnel threat at center of war with Israel

A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed “lower Gaza” by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.

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    Experiment grows new muscle in men’s injured legs

Experiment grows new muscle in men’s injured legs

Scientists implanted thin sheets of scaffolding-like material from pigs into a few young men with disabling leg injuries — and say the experimental treatment coaxed the men’s own stem cells to regrow new muscle.

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    US, EU hit Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine

US, EU hit Russia with new sanctions over Ukraine

The United States and its European allies hit more than two dozen Russian government officials, executives and companies with new sanctions Monday as punishment for their country’s actions in Ukraine, yet the penalties stopped short of targeting Russia’s broader economy and it remained unclear if they would work. In Moscow, there was relief that the sanctions were not as far-ranging as feared.

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    Dark days ahead in  Baghdad amid elections

Dark days ahead in Baghdad amid elections

Blast barrier walls topped with barbed wire snake across the Iraqi capital, encircling government buildings like a fortress and enshrining the separation of neighborhoods increasingly divided by religious sect.

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Obama vigorously defends foreign policy record

President Barack Obama vigorously defended his foreign policy record Monday, arguing that his cautious approach to global problems has avoided the type of missteps that contributed to a “disastrous” decade of war for the United States.

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    China splurges on defense as US pulls back

China splurges on defense as US pulls back

China’s navy commissioned 17 new warships last year, the most of any nation. In a little more than a decade, it’s expected to have three aircraft carriers, giving it more clout than ever in a region of contested seas and festering territorial disputes.

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Electric zap may provide alternative treatment for paralysis

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man’s spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they’ve done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke.

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