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Happy Fourth of July

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory July 4 message to President Barack Obama on Saturday, emphasizing that "Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of international stability and security"

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Reddit Chiefs Explain Site Shutdown

Moderators shut down hundreds of the online message board’s most popular sections on Friday in apparent protest at the surprise removal of a popular employee. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao and chairman Alexis Ohanian tell TIME what happened

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Selma Director Confirms She Won't Direct Black Panther

Ava DuVernay said she considered directing the Marvel superhero movie, but ultimately decided the project wasn't for her. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be," she said at the Essence Festival

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Egypt Marks 2 Years Since President's Ouster

Two years to the day after the army overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, worshippers at Cairo's Tahrir Square mosque prayed for soldiers killed by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital

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New York's 'Wheelchair Bandit' Collared After Heist

A New York City man in a wheelchair has been arrested two days after he pocketed $1,212 in a daytime bank robbery then fled on two wheels. Kelvin Dennison, 23, said he was using the wheelchair after being shot

Democratic presidential hopeful and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a grassroots-organizing event at the home of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson on May 18, 2015 in Mason City, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal

The former Secretary of State said Friday that she is hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran can be reached before next week's deadline, indicating support for the draft agreement that may or may not come into force

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Trump Says Pier 14 Shooting Proves Him Right on Border

Real estate mogul said the fatal shooting of a young woman at a popular San Francisco tourist spot was further proof the U.S. needs to crack down on border control, his latest in a string of controversial comments about immigration policy.

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Tunisia President Declares State of Emergency

President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, more than a week after a gunman at a popular resort attacked foreign tourists on the beach, killing 38 people — but it wasn't immediately clear why

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One Last Ride for the Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead is closing the lid on its storied half-century of concerts this weekend in Chicago, where a museum has captured the band's prankster heart by displaying its artifacts, skeletons-and-roses iconography included

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Meghan Trainor Postpones Tour Dates

Ticketholders to Meghan Trainor's concerts in New Jersey and Connecticut this Fourth of July weekend will have to find new plans. She has postponed the two tour dates after a vocal cord hemorrhage caused her doctors to put her on complete vocal rest