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  1. Putin talks to Ukrainian leader as videos show captured Russian soldiers


    MINSK, Belarus — Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks Tuesday with the president of Ukraine, extending a reluctant hand to a leader vilified in Russia's state-run news media.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a meeting  Tuesday in Minsk, Belarus.
  2. U.S. mobilizing allies to widen assault on ISIS


    WASHINGTON — The United States has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, the New York Times reported Tuesday, citing unnamed administration officials.

  3. U.N. draft report lists risks of unchecked emissions


    Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new U.N. report.

  4. Obama tells veterans he will fix health system


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama on Tuesday promised several thousand military veterans that he would fulfill his "sacred trust" to those returning from America's wars by overhauling a dysfunctional health care system, even as a new report documented "unacceptable and troubling lapses" in medical …

  5. American convert to Islam killed during fighting in Syria


    WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said Tuesday that an American convert to Islam who recently traveled to Syria apparently has been killed in fighting. The circumstances surrounding the death of Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, of San Diego remain unclear.