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In A Back-And-Forth Battle, An Iraqi Town Splits On Ethnic Lines

When the Islamic State seized the town of Zumar, the Kurds fled. Now Kurdish fighters have taken control, and it's the Arabs who have been driven out. Is this the future of Iraq?

Yes, The Weather Is Polar. No, It's Not The Vortex

Meteorologists are annoyed by the hype around the phrase "polar vortex." This week's frigid snap, they say, was just a regular old cold front.

Comet Lander Sends Back Data, Settles In For A Potentially Long Nap

Mission Control re-established contact with the Philae lander today, but its bumpy landing left it in the shadow of a cliff a bad spot when you're relying on solar power.

The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

Young girls and boys take a little trip into the future of matrimony.

Boko Haram Seizes Town That Is Home To Kidnapped Schoolgirls

The rebel group that abducted nearly 300 girls in April has captured the town where they were taken, dashing faint hopes that a cease-fire deal with the government could still be salvaged.

At A Tense Jerusalem Holy Site, Palestinians Stand Watch

With tensions rising over a sacred hilltop in Jerusalem, Muslims "defenders" say they are protecting the holy site against Jewish activists. But critics say this is just contributing to the friction.

Putin Gets Frosty Reception At G20 In Australia

President Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper were among those who gave the Russian leader an earful over Moscow's involvement in Ukraine.

Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Barred From Traveling To Beijing

Three student activists, including Alex Chow, were stopped at the airport as they sought to board a flight in hopes of meeting with Chinese leaders.

Court Rejects Challenge To Obamacare Rules On Contraceptives

At issue were regulations to accommodate religious nonprofits that object to including birth control in their health insurance plans. Catholic groups said the regulations don't go far enough.

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