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Iran Says Kerry's Remarks on Sanctions 'Unacceptable'

Iran has rejected remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that its policies in Syria and Yemen are blocking efforts to encourage banks to do business with it.

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A Bill Clinton Gaffe on Health Care, and Trump Pounces

Bill Clinton created fresh problems for his presidential candidate wife when he criticized the way U.S. health care works under Barack Obama's reforms as "crazy," prompting Republican Donald Trump to seize on the misstep Tuesday.

The former president has a reputation for speaking in a more freewheeling style than Democrat Hillary Clinton does on the campaign trail, and his remarks in Flint, Michigan created a hiccup for his wife at a critical phase in the White House race just five weeks from Election Day on November 8.

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Early Voting Underway in U.S. Presidential Race

Tens of thousands of Americans have already cast their votes for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump or other candidates well ahead of November's presidential election, part of an early voting tradition that is gaining popularity.

With 35 days still to go, it has not yet been a voting deluge. According to professor Michael McDonald, an early voting specialist at the University of Florida, about 130,000 people have already voted -- out of 130 million expected voters.

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Kerry Says U.S. Still in 'Pursuit of Peace' in Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Tuesday that Washington was still seeking peace in Syria, but said it had dropped ceasefire talks with Russia because of "outrage' over Moscow's support for the regime.

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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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