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  1. U.S., Shiite militias break siege of Iraqi town by ISIS

    World

    BAGHDAD — With U.S. bombs raining down from the sky, Shiite militia fighters aligned with Iran battled Sunni extremists during the weekend, punching through their defenses to break the weeks­long siege of the town of Amirli, a farming area whose Shiite residents faced possible slaughter.

    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen chant anti-terrorism slogans after breaking the siege on 15,000 Shiite Turkmens stranded in the farming community town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against Sunni Islamic State group positions, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Islamic State extremist group has seized cities, towns and vast tracts of land in northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. It views Shiites as apostates and has carried out a number of massacres and beheadings — often posting grisly videos and photos of the atrocities online. [Associated Press]
  2. Putin urges 'statehood' talks for eastern Ukraine

    World

    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Ukraine on Sunday to begin talks on "the statehood" of that country's rebellious southeast, a vague and provocative turn of phrase he used while demanding the Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russian separatists.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine must hold talks with pro-Russia separatists.
  3. Limits on Hong Kong voting remain

    World

    China

    Limits on Hong Kong voting remain

    China's legislature decided Sunday against letting Hong Kong voters nominate candidates for the 2017 election, despite growing agitation for democratic reform.

  4. House, Senate intelligence chiefs urge Obama to act against ISIS

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen chant anti-terrorism slogans after breaking the siege on 15,000 Shiite Turkmens stranded in the farming community town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against Sunni Islamic State group positions, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Islamic State extremist group has seized cities, towns and vast tracts of land in northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. It views Shiites as apostates and has carried out a number of massacres and beheadings — often posting grisly videos and photos of the atrocities online. [Associated Press]
  5. Islamist militia says it guards U.S. Embassy in Libya

    World

    TRIPOLI, Libya — An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country in July.

    In this photo taken during a tour offered to onlookers and journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, damage is seen in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya, after weeks of violence between rival militias over control of the capital. The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers and journalists toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago. [Associated Press]