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Iraq's Inevitable Oil Boom Inevitably Attracting Global Banks

Iraq's Inevitable Oil Boom Inevitably Attracting Global Banks
Citigroup Inc. is set to become the first American bank to open an office of its own in Baghdad, highlighting financial firms' growing interest in Iraq a decade after the U.S.-led 2003 invasion.
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UN Confirms Death Toll in Syria Nearing 93,000, Including 6,500 Children

UN Confirms Death Toll in Syria Nearing 93,000, Including 6,500 Children
Syria's spiraling violence has resulted in the confirmed killings of nearly 93,000 people but the real number is likely to be far higher, the United Nations' human rights office said Thursday. The new death toll released in Geneva points to the seemingly unstoppable carnage that has engulfed Syria for more than two years.
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Israel Is Not a Poor Nation, But It Gets Nearly One Third of American Foreign Aid

Israel Is Not a Poor Nation, But It Gets Nearly One Third of American Foreign Aid
Israel's gross domestic product per capita places it among the richest nations in the world, similar to France and Japan. It ranks 10th in the world in percentage of its population who are millionaires. And yet, the U.S. gives its ally approximately $4.5 billion annually.
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China’s Acquisition of Massive US Pork Producer Smithfield Could Lead to Serious Health Concerns

China’s Acquisition of Massive US Pork Producer Smithfield Could Lead to Serious Health Concerns
The latest big story involving China’s acquisition of America should make us all nervous around the barbecue this summer: Shuanghui International has scooped up Smithfield, one of the world’s biggest pork producers.
This is a blockbuster deal worth almost $5 billion and it is part of a larger pattern of China buying us up. In fact, acquisitions like Smithfield -- a company started in Smithfield, Virginia -- represent the second stage of China’s bid to control the American economy.
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Gates Slams Benghazi Critics Over 'Cartoonish' View of Military

Gates Slams Benghazi Critics Over 'Cartoonish' View of Military
On Sunday, former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates dismissed critics of the Obama administration for not doing more to respond to the attack on our consulate in Benghazi as having a "cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces."
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McCain Conspiracy Theory About President Obama and Benghazi Quickly Debunked

McCain Conspiracy Theory About President Obama and Benghazi Quickly Debunked
According to John McCain, the President only releases information when events show him in a positive light, and alleged that's the reason no photo was ever released the night of the deadly attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
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Bipartisan Blame in Benghazi Turns to Clinton, GOP Spending Cuts

Bipartisan Blame in Benghazi Turns to Clinton, GOP Spending Cuts
Perhaps during his next partisan exploitation of the tragic death of Americans at Benghazi, Libya, in political hearings paid for by American taxpayers, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) can replay then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warning him, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and other Republicans that their efforts to cut diplomatic security spending will endanger American lives.
As Welch said to McCarthy: Have they no shame? It will be a test of the integrity and professionalism of the media to watch whether Issa and Chaffetz are asked to apologize for their efforts to cut diplomatic spending every time they parade before the cameras in their partisan shtick.
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Could Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Force Obama's Hand?

Could Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Force Obama's Hand?
Israel rushed to beef up its rocket defenses on its northern border Sunday to shield against possible retaliation after carrying out two airstrikes in Syria over 48 hours — an unprecedented escalation of Israeli involvement in the Syrian civil war.
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Americans Overwhelmingly Say 'No' to US Military Intervention in Syria

Americans Overwhelmingly Say 'No' to US Military Intervention in Syria
Despite a recent clamor within Washington policy circles and troublesome commentary in the US media regarding further military intervention in Syria's ongoing civil war, a new survey of US opinion shows little appetite for another war of choice in a region far from home.
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Alleged Accomplice Charged in Cuba-US Espionage Case

Alleged Accomplice Charged in Cuba-US Espionage Case
The charge connects Velazquez to a highly damaging spy case. During the 16 years Montes was a U.S. intelligence analyst for the DIA, she revealed the identities of four undercover agents to Cuban officials.
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