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More trouble in Ukraine...Militants move south in Iraq... 3 GOP hopefuls are in Iowa

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 14, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.



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NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is calling an emergency meeting of the country's national security council after pro-Russia separatists shot down a military transport plane Saturday morning in the country's east. All 49 crew and troops aboard were killed. Poroshenko has also declared Sunday to be a day of national mourning.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is considering possible military options for Iraq where a fast-moving Islamic insurgency is rapidly gaining territory. Meanwhile, a U.S. aircraft carrier, a cruiser and a destroyer are being moved from the northern Arabian Sea to the Persian Gulf. The Pentagon says it will give the president added flexibility if military action is required.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of Shiite men are joining with Iraqi security forces to fight Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, who've captured large areas of territory north of Baghdad and now threaten cities with revered religious shrines. Iraq's prime minister says the call to arms is meant to protect the country and its shrines and is not directed against Sunnis.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Sen. Rick Santorum are in Iowa to deliver their prescriptions for how to unite the Republican Party. The three are speaking today at the state GOP convention. Paul says the party should maintain its core message while becoming more attractive to black and Hispanic voters.

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Clarkson has something to sing about: She's celebrating the birth of her first child. The Grammy winner announced the arrival of her daughter, named River Rose Blackstock, in a post today on Twitter. She says the baby arrived on June 12, and she and her husband, music manager Brandon Blackstock, are "on cloud 9."

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