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Iraqi forces try to retake city...European observers held captive in Ukraine are freed...Benghazi suspect in court

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jun. 28, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi troops are carrying out their biggest operation yet to regain ground lost to Sunni militants. It's being carried out in the northern city of Tikrit. There are conflicting reports as to how far the military has advanced. Residents say militants still control the city. Iraqi officials say troops have reached the outskirts of Tikrit and have even pressed deep into the heart of the city.

MOSCOW (AP) — The last four of eight observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who'd been held by pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine since the end of May are now free. They were released Saturday in the eastern city of Donetsk. Four members of another OSCE observer team were freed earlier this week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Libyan militant accused of masterminding the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks is the most recent foreign terror suspect to be prosecuted in American courts. Ahmed Abu Khattala (hah-TAH'-lah) appeared in a Washington federal court on Saturday. He pleaded not guilty to a terrorism-related charge nearly two weeks after he was captured by U.S. special forces.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will seek more than $2 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas and ask for new powers to deal with returning immigrant children apprehended while traveling without their parents. Obama calls it an "urgent humanitarian situation."

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey's most notorious inmates is eligible for parole this December. Robert O. Marshall has spent nearly three decades in prison for arranging the murder of his wife in 1984. The Asbury Park Press reports the public has until Wednesday to submit comments to the state's Parole Board. The case was turned into the book "Blind Faith," and a TV movie.

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