By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saddled with Middle East problems ranging from Iran to Syria and beyond, President Barack Obama now faces one that is both old and new: Iraq. Unresolved sectarian tensions, inflamed by the raging civil war in neighboring Syria, have combined to send violence in Iraq to its highest level since Obama withdrew the last U.S. troops in December 2011, U.S. officials and Middle East analysts say. A Sunni Muslim insurgency against the Shi'ite-led Baghdad government has also been reawakened. …
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a gas cylinder blast on a school bus has killed at least 17 children in eastern Pakistan.
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suspected militant attacks killed nine people in two different areas of northwest Pakistan on Friday, police said.
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MIAMI (AP) — David West's right hand helped the Indiana Pacers grab home-court advantage in the Eastern Conference finals.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Another injury marred a New York Yankees' victory.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals didn't have a close shave, and neither did Davey Johnson.
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Xbox One games are installed to the console’s hard drive and registered to users’ Xbox Live accounys. It remains unclear how the system will handle used games and Microsoft has failed to address the issue. According to a report from gaming news website MCV, retailers will be allowed to charge whatever they want for pre-owned Xbox One games, however both Microsoft and publishers will receive a percentage of every sale. Microsoft is looking to take control of the pre-owned market and will reportedly only allow specific retailers that have agreed to its terms to resell games. After a customer sells a game to an approved retailer, it will be registered in Microsoft’s cloud-based system as having been traded-in then it
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese Premier Li Keqiang criticized the European Union over its plans to investigate alleged anti-competitive behavior by Chinese mobile telecom equipment makers and to impose punitive import duties on solar panels from China, state media reported. The official Xinhua news agency reported late on Friday that Li had told business leaders in Switzerland such measures would “harm others without benefiting oneself”. Li is the most senior Chinese official to comment on the troublesome issue so far. …
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eight playoff wins down, eight to go for Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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By Khaled Yacoub Oweis ISTANBUL – Syrian opposition talks aimed at presenting a coherent front at an international peace conference to end the civil war faced the prospect of collapse after President Bashar al-Assad's foes failed to cut an internal deal, opposition sources said on Friday. …
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