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WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military officer says the United States and its allies are taking every precaution to limit civilian casualties as they continue air strikes against Islamic State group militants in Syria and Iraq. But Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said civilian casualties are inevitable in any military campaign. He says he has received no reports of civilian casualties so far.

NEW YORK (AP) — Iraq's president is applauding the international coalition that is supporting his country against Islamic State extremists. Today, Britain, Belgium and Denmark joined the U.S.-led coalition of nations launching airstrikes against the group in Iraq. The Iraqi president, speaking to the United Nations, said destroying the Islamic State group requires a united international front.

NEW YORK (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is accusing Israel of conducting a war of genocide during the 50-day summer war in Gaza. But he's stopping short of saying he will pursue war crime charges against it at the International Criminal Court. In his speech at the U.N. General Assembly today, Abbas also said he will seek a U.N. resolution to set a deadline for Israel to pull out of Palestinian lands captured in the 1967 war. He included no deadline for ending the occupation.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out the economy has recovered even more quickly than had been thought, following a dismal winter. According to the Commerce Department, second-quarter growth was measured at a 4.6 percent annual rate. That's the fastest pace in more than two years, and higher than the previous estimate of 4.2 percent.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) will join President Barack Obama for dinner on Monday and attend a State Department lunch the next day. But there's one hitch. Modi isn't going to eat any of the food. The prime minister is in the midst of a nine-day fast dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, and he's consuming only water or lemon water. White House officials say Modi's fast should not affect the schedule during his first visit to Washington.

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