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world lead

June 13th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Obama says no combat troops to Iraq; U.S. weighs airstrikes

Washington (CNN) - No troops to Iraq, but other options are being considered.

That was President Barack Obama's message Friday in response to the lightning advance by Sunni militant fighters in Iraq that could threaten the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

In a statement delivered from the White House South Lawn, Obama said the United States "will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," but that he would be reviewing a range of other options in coming days.

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June 9th, 2014
05:03 PM ET

Audit: More than 63,000 veterans waiting for care

Washington (CNN) – An audit of hundreds of Veterans Affairs facilities released Monday found that more than 63,000 veterans were waiting to be scheduled for care nationwide, and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it was scrapping performance bonuses for all senior management in 2014 as part of its response to the review.

The internal VA audit provides a more complete picture of widespread problems at the agency's health care facilities - as reported by CNN over the past seven months - than its preliminary findings last month that led to the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

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May 28th, 2014
05:35 PM ET

Obama outlines foreign policy vision of 'might and right'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama on Wednesday outlined a foreign policy vision of "might doing right," arguing that modern pragmatism requires both a strong military and the diplomatic tools of alliances and sanctions to exert influence and provide global leadership.

He told graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point that after the nation's "long season of war and divisions about how to move forward," they now would represent America with the duty "not only to protect our country, but to do what is right and just."

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May 23rd, 2014
04:29 PM ET

Pro- Russia separatists smash ballot boxes ahead of Ukraine's election

Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) – At least 32 people were killed and 44 injured in clashes between the Ukrainian military and pro-Russian separatists in the Luhansk region, according to the country's anti-terror office spokesman, Vladislav Seleznev.

The clashes took place Thursday afternoon and lasted for a few hours, Seleznev told CNN on Friday.

A total of 30 pro-Russian separatists and two Ukrainian soldiers were among the dead, while the injured included 37 separatists and seven Ukrainian soldiers, Seleznev said.

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May 21st, 2014
11:23 AM ET

Obama on VA allegations: 'I will not stand for it'

(CNN) - He promised accountability and swift action, but he's not firing Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki – yet.

President Barack Obama sought to tamp down increasing calls for firm action on a growing controversy involving fraudulent record-keeping that covered up excessive and sometimes deadly waiting times for veterans at some VA facilities.

In a statement to reporters after meeting with Shinseki, Obama asked for more time to review what is going on, declaring that any proven misconduct will face punishment.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it, period," he said in his first public comments in weeks on the issue first reported by CNN last month.

Noting the public wants a "swift reckoning" on the VA issue, Obama instead defended the record of his administration and Shinseki - a retired Army general who has served as Veteran Affairs secretary throughout Obama's presidency.

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