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Iraq Hopes to Have First Democratic Transition of Power Since US Withdrawal in 2011

Iraq Hopes to Have First Democratic Transition of Power Since US Withdrawal in 2011
Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged unity on Friday after Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step down as prime minister, reviving hopes for a new government that can take on Sunni insurgents who have overrun large parts of the country. Al-Maliki announced he was giving up his post on national television late Thursday, standing alongside senior members of his Shiite Islamic Dawa Party, including his rival and premier-designate Haider al-Abadi.
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Sameer N. Yacoub and Vivian Salama
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First Lady Announces New Website to Help Veterans Find Jobs

First Lady Announces New Website to Help Veterans Find Jobs
Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. Unemployment among veterans who have served since September 2001 stood at 9 percent in 2013, about 1.6 percentage points higher than the overall civilian population.
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Jim Kuhnhenn
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Pro-Russian Ukrainians Slapped with Visa Restrictions, Financial Sanctions to Come

Pro-Russian Ukrainians Slapped with Visa Restrictions, Financial Sanctions to Come
The Obama administration slapped new visa restrictions Thursday on pro-Russian opponents of the new Ukraine government in Kiev and cleared the way for financial sanctions as the West began punishing Moscow for its occupation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
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