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New Jobless Claims Rise

First-time unemployment claims rise unexpectedly, but continuing claims plummet | FULL COVERAGE

U.S. Foreclosures Set Record in July, Rising 7 Percent

The number of U.S. households on the verge of losing their homes rose 7 percent from June to July, setting a record pace for home loan failures as the escalating foreclosure crisis continued to outpace government efforts to limit the damage.

U.K. Hits Back at U.S. Critics

Britain's National Health Service says it's sick of what it calls lies from critics of Obama's health care overhaul

In Historic First, U.S. Senator to Meet Burma Chief

U.S. Senator Jim Webb plans to meet with Burma's top official, Senior General Than Shwe, following his arrival Friday in what would be the first-ever meeting between a U.S. official and Burma's junta chief, Webb's office said.

Oh, Canada ... or No Canada?

In U.S. health care debate, supporters of Canada's system say it's example of success, but critics warn of its pitfalls

Iran Calls for Ban on Striking Nuclear Facilities

Iran says the proposal is not linked to veiled threats by Israel of an attack as a last resort if the international community fails to persuade Tehran to freeze its nuclear activities.

Russia Sends Navy to Hunt for Missing 'Piracy' Ship

President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Russian navy to join the hunt for a cargo ship which disappeared after passing through the English Channel.

Report: Lockerbie Bomber to Be Released From Jail

Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi will be released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds, Sky News reported.

U.S. Marines Fight for Strategic Taliban Stronghold

The Taliban took an explosive hit in the northern Helmand province today. The marines lead some 500 in Operation Eastern Resolve, aiming to clear out the Taliban from the town of Dahaneh - a crucial resupply and regrouping base for militants.

Coach Pitino Admits to Sex, Paying for Abortion

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino told police he had sex with a woman accused of trying to extort him of $10 million and later paid for her abortion, a newspaper reported Tuesday.