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US defense chief’s criticism of Iraqis raises questions

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The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group.
The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East, seized Ramadi in central Iraq a week ago, which has revived concerns about U.S. efforts to fight the group.
The Obama administration's approach in Iraq is a blend of...
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United Arab Emirates launches national space agency strategy

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Abu Dhabi, May 25 (AP) - The United Arab Emirates on Monday laid out a strategic framework for a newly created space agency that aims to integrate various arms of the Gulf federation's burgeoning space industry.
The seven-state federation, perhaps best known for its oil wealth and extravagant...
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Relatives doubt that 42 men died in shootout on Mexico ranch

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Morelia, May 25 (AP) - One body was missing an eye and had bruises on its face. Another had its teeth knocked inward. One had a gunshot in the top of the head.
Relatives of some of the people killed in what authorities say was a shootout with drug cartel gunmen in Michoacan state told The...
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New parties shake Spain’s political system in local vote

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Madrid, May 25 (AP) - Voters punished Spain's mainstream political parties in local elections Sunday as many people switched their allegiance to new parties that campaigned on a promise of change amid chafing austerity policies, high unemployment and political corruption scandals.
The governing...
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UK prime minister outlines who can vote in referendum

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London, May 25 (AP) - Britain's prime minister outlined who will be allowed to vote in referendum on whether or not the country should remain in the European Union on Monday, opting for rules that exclude most voters from the 28-nation bloc who live in the U.K.
Prime Minister David Cameron...
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