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9:54 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Jeddah last month. Saudi Arabia has reportedly moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 7:20 am

Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.

Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.

According to Reuters:

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97

Louis Zamperini at a news conference in May in Pasadena, Calif. Zamperini, a onetime Olympic runner who in World War II survived a brutal internment in a Japanese POW camp, has died at 97.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:59 pm

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who later survived the brutality of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific, has died at age 97. Zamperini's life story was chronicled in the best-seller Unbroken, and a film based on the book is set to be released in December.

In a statement, his family said that Zamperini had "recently faced the greatest challenge of his life with a life-threatening case of pneumonia.

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The Two-Way
8:16 am
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:27 pm

Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added

"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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The Two-Way
7:22 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Steams Along Eastern Seaboard

Hurricane Arthur is moving up along the Eastern U.S. coast, bringing complications to July 4 travel and holiday plans. A satellite image shows the storm's position at 5 a.m. ET.
NASA GOES Project

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 12:41 am

Story last update at 11:55 p.m. ET

Evacuations are under way in parts of North Carolina, where Hurricane Arthur threatens to drench coastal areas. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday evening. The storm made landfall near the southern end of the Outer Banks.

Arthur is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and continues to threaten parts of the North Carolina coast.

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Parallels
3:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

For Once, The U.S., Russia And Iran Actually Agree On Something

Iraqi policemen take up positions on a bridge north of Baghdad on Monday. There's a consensus among Western and Middle Eastern states that militants from the Islamic State pose a serious threat to the region. But there's no sign yet that countries like the United States, Russia and Iran are prepared to work together.
Ahmed Saad Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 2:05 pm

The ferocious charge across much of Iraq by militants now calling themselves the Islamic State has created something almost unheard of in the highly divisive Middle East: international consensus.

The U.S. and its allies, as well as some American rivals, including Russia and Iran, are all opposed to the Sunni group formerly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, noted Rachel Bronson, a Mideast expert with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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