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17 MINS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Sudanese government denies supporting rebels in South Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Sudanese government has denied supporting rebels in South Sudan after it accused Khartoum of supplying arms to the insurgents threatening its oil fields. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after the region was engulfed in years of bloody civil war with Sudanese government troops.

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43 MINS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Turkish minister defends spending on posh cars as 'peanuts'

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's finance minister has come under criticism for defending government spending of $1.3 billion on luxury cars and other vehicles for officials as "peanuts." Addressing crowds at election rallies ahead of Turkey's June 7 elections, outraged opposition party leaders said Sunday the money could have been spent to improve pensions or to aid Palestinians.

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1 HOUR AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Obama administration's approach in Iraq is a blend of retraining and rebuilding the Iraqi army, prodding the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad to reconcile ...

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2 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed

The talks, scheduled in Geneva for May 28, were an attempt to reach a political settlement and end the country's armed conflict between Shiite rebels known as Houthis and Yemen's embattled internationally recognized government now in exile in Saudi Arabia.

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5 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Study: Many hospitals stop giving free formula to new moms

CHICAGO (AP) — Many U.S. hospitals have abandoned sending breastfeeding new moms home with formula freebies, according to government researchers who found a big decline in a practice they say discourages nursing. Questions involve various practices surrounding childbirth, including whether hospital discharge packets given to breastfeeding moms contain infant formula samples. Public health efforts, including the World Health Organization's Baby-Friendly ...

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