The Brief

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Iraq Rules Out Foreign Troops

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday his country neither wants, nor needs, foreign ground troops in its battle against Islamist militants

Philippine Volcano Erupts

Evacuations are continuing on the island of Luzon in the Philippines after the country's active Mayon volcano began billowing smoke and spewing lava

Liberia Battles Spreading Ebola Epidemic

Here’s How Much Money the World Has Spent Battling Ebola

As of Wednesday, roughly $155 million has so far been delivered of the nearly $1 billion that WHO says will be required to fight Ebola — with funds coming from countries, global agencies, private companies, individuals and other entities

China's President Xi Jinping attends a meeting with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (unseen) at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on July 20, 2014.

Stakes High at China-India Talks

President Xi Jinping arrived in India on Wednesday, making the first visit by a Chinese head of state in eight years, and underscoring the increasingly important ties between the world's two most populous nations. Both will aim to focus on business and avoid tension

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House Passes Bill to Train and Equip Syrian Rebels

The House passed legislation on Wednesday to authorize the training and equipping of Syrian rebels, approving a key part of President Barack Obama's strategy for fighting Islamist militants in the region. More than 70 members from each party voted against the bill

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Australia Foils Terrorist Plot

Australian security officials say they have thwarted an alleged plot by Islamist extremists to snatch a random member of the Australian public and behead them on camera. The revelation comes after raids on 25 homes across Sydney and Brisbane early Thursday

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Senate Passes Bill for Better Sunscreen

The passed bill requires the FDA to respond to current pending sunscreen ingredients within a shorter period of time — an important factor in ensuring that people have the most up-to-date ways to protect their skin from cancer-causing UVA rays

Magdala Destima (left) a member of the United States Air Force from the Bahamas, Keith Bacchus, (center) a member of the U.S. Navy from Guyana and Emmanuel Cira (right) a member of the U.S. Navy from the Dominican Republic, take their oaths during a naturalization ceremony aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle in New York on August 5, 2011.

'So Help Me God' No Longer Required During Oath

The U.S. Air Force said Wednesday that enlisted members and officers are permitted to omit the phrase “so help me God” from their oaths if they so chose, after an airman who was prohibited from re-enlisting until he uttered the phrase threatened to sue last week

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Mark Three Month Anniversary Of Start Of Movement

Occupy Wall Street Abolishes $4 Million in Student Debt

An initiative of the Occupy movement has been accepting donations and buying up student-loan debt for pennies on the dollar from debt collectors, and then forgiving the loans altogether. So far the group has spent about $107,000 to purchase $3.9 million in debt

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Iggy Azalea Suing Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Old Music

The Australian "Fancy" emcee alleges Maurice Williams (also a rapper) downloaded the contents of her computer without consent several years ago and has been using a forged contract to release some of the music he obtained

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Californians Turn to Private Security to Police Pot Country

Security contractors in California are flying around in helicopters and wearing body armor, clearing illegal marijuana gardens from private property. Deep in the woods, they cut down pot plants and scrub the environmental footprint produced by the backwoods drug trade