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Sunni militants hold Iraq border crossing with Syria...Ban: humanitarian situation worsens in Syria

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 21, 2014 at 2:40 a.m.



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BAGHDAD (AP) — A border crossing between Iraq and Syria has fallen to Sunni militants who have added the area to a large swath of Iraqi territory seized recently. Some 30 Iraqi troops were killed in the daylong battle. It also increases the pressure on Shite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has struggled to push back and has been criticized for not being inclusive.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the rules that govern the conduct of war "are being flagrantly violated every day" in Syria, adding fuel to an ever-worsening humanitarian situation. Ban says the number of people needing urgent help has reached 10.8 million — almost half of Syria's population of 22 million.

DETROIT (AP) — After a decade of consideration, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has narrowly voted to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians. They voted to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories. The assembly was quick to point out the church does not question Israel's legitimacy as a nation. Jewish activists say the decision is based on hatred.

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A five-acre brush fire is contained after destroying a home and six out buildings in the Northern California town of Fairfield, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. Two other homes were badly damaged.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A storage tank damaged by floodwaters dumped 7,500 gallons of crude oil into the Poudre River near Windsor in northern Colorado. Vegetation was stained up to a quarter miles downstream but the spill hasn't affected drinking water. Officials say the bank where the storage tank sat next to the river was undercut by the high spring river flows, causing it to drop and break a valve.

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