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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi military officials are reporting heavy casualties in a battle with the Islamic State group in western Anbar province. A senior Iraqi commander says at least 40 soldiers were killed in an attack led by suicide bombers. He says another 68 soldiers were captured and have likely been taken to Fallujah, where extremists seized control earlier this year. Meanwhile, refugees continue to flood into Turkey as fighting rages between Islamic State militants and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials say they expect the United Nations Security Council will pass a resolution requiring nations to prosecute citizens who travel abroad to join terrorist organizations. The binding resolution would be part of a U.S.-led effort to galvanize the international community against what Obama administration officials call an "unprecedented" threat from extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group. However, White House officials acknowledged the resolution has no enforcement mechanism.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is seeing a significant step toward putting into effect a lasting cease-fire. Ukrainian officials say government troops and pro-Russian rebels have started withdrawing heavy artillery in the eastern part of the country. A cease-fire that was imposed more than two weeks ago has been violated repeatedly, bringing additional civilian casualties.
BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police investigators don't yet know if the assault rifle they found in the Pocono Mountains over the weekend was the one used in an ambush at a police barracks 10 days ago. One trooper was killed in the shooting and another seriously wounded. Police say they think they are close to finding the suspect. Eric Frein (freen) is described as a self-taught survivalist who hates law enforcement. Police believe Frein remains armed and dangerous.
NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prosecutor says he's ready to take legal action against New York City to force reforms at its problem-plagued jail complex. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh) made the threat after The New York Times reported the city had given the prosecutor incomplete and inaccurate information about inmate fights at Rikers Island. The city had provided statistics to Bharara that it claimed show conditions improving. Bharara says legal action may be necessary to force the city to change.
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