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Clinton, Trump Take Debate Battle on Critical State Swing

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled to break out of deadlocked polls Tuesday after clashing in their first televised debate, lashing each other with insults on the campaign trail in critical states.

An exuberant Clinton came out swinging, condemning her Republican rival as "dangerously incoherent" with an energy that suggested she was exiting perhaps the worst period of her 15-month campaign beset by blunders in belittling Trump supporters and laid up with pneumonia.

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Obama Names First Ambassador to Cuba in Five Decades

The United States has tapped Jeffrey DeLaurentis, America's top diplomat in Havana, to become the first official ambassador to Cuba in five decades.

"The appointment of an ambassador is a commonsense step forward toward a more normal and productive relationship between our two countries," President Barack Obama said in a statement.

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NY Bombing Suspect 'Critical but Stable'

The suspect held on suspicion of carrying out weekend bomb attacks in New York and New Jersey is in critical but stable condition in a hospital, police said Tuesday.

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S. Korea-U.S. Military Drill Shadowed by N. Korea Threats

South Korea and the United States kicked off large-scale military exercises on Monday, triggering condemnation and threats of a pre-emptive nuclear strike from North Korea.

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Melania Trump Denies Violating U.S. Immigration Laws

Melania Trump, the ex-model and third wife of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, denied reports Thursday that questioned whether she had worked illegally as an immigrant.

It is the third controversy about her in less than three weeks that the potential first lady or the Trump campaign has been forced to address as her husband inflames the political establishment with his divisive campaign for the White House.

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Erdogan Says Kerry to Visit Turkey on August 21

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that U.S. State Secretary John Kerry intends to visit this month, in what would be the first trip by a top Western dignitary since a failed putsch.

Kerry's visit, if confirmed, comes at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Ankara in the wake of the attempted military takeover on July 15.

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N. Korea Warned of 'Real Consequences' over Weapons Program

The United States warned North Korea Tuesday that it faces "real consequences" over its internationally condemned nuclear and missile tests, which have inflamed tensions in East Asia.

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Failed Turkey Coup Attempt Poisons Relations with U.S.

The failed coup attempt in Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's firm crackdown on the alleged plotters have aggravated ties between Washington and Ankara, already poisoned by the war in Syria and human rights issues.

Although they are NATO allies and officially partners in the fight against the Islamic State group, the United States and Turkey have seen their relations take an icy turn in recent months.

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Turkey Says has Sent 'Dossiers' to U.S. over Gulen Links to Coup

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday said his government had dispatched dossiers to the United States for the extradition of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen over his alleged links to Friday's attempted coup.

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Three Blacks Held in Louisiana Gun Plot against Police

Authorities in Louisiana -- already rocked by the deadly police shooting of an African American man -- said Tuesday they have arrested three black youths for stealing guns they planned to use to kill officers.

Police responded around 2:00 am (0700 GMT) on Saturday as the suspects were trying to steal weapons from a pawn shop, and surveillance video showed the trio breaking in through the roof, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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