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U.N. Chief Warns Iraq Crisis Could Spill Across Borders

The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the specter of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation’s borders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.

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Obama Sends Troops as Isis Sweeps Iraq

Amid a rampant insurgency in Iraq and forced talks between the U.S. and Iran, President Obama has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq.

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Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

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Meet Zalmay Khalilzad, ‘A Primary Architect of Iraq’s Current Misery’

“As jihadists everywhere celebrate their stunning victories in Mosul and Tikrit,” Andrew Cockburn writes at the website of Harper’s Magazine, “we can only hope that they accord due credit to a man who was indispensable to their success.”

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Enthusiasm for Big-Picture Environmentalism Wanes as Local Causes Boom

A new report contends that the environmental movement has been losing the battle for new converts largely because it places “too great a dependency on three things: elite-level engagement, the rationalism of climate science and the agency of top-down legislation,” Lucy Siegle writes in The Observer.

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Secret Service Seeks to Automate Social Media Message Evaluation

To help it judge whether to take specific threats online seriously, the U.S. Secret Service has offered a contract for analytics software that can be used “to detect sarcasm and false positives” on Twitter and other social media.

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World Cup: The Globalized Game

In the July issue of Harper’s Magazine, sports writer Simon Kuper tracks the World Cup’s transformation from a postwar proxy for establishing claims to national supremacy to an expression of the border dissolving tendencies of globalization.

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Eric Cantor and ‘The Certainty of Conservative Sellout’

Salon columnist Thomas Frank explains House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising loss to a tea party primary challenger last week as “part of a long-running and basically unchanging Republican melodrama. …An eternal populist revolt against leaders who never produce and problems that never get solved.”

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Militants Publish Photos of Mass Slaughter in Iraq

As the Iraqi government moved to strengthen its defenses Sunday, the Islamic militant group that captured two major cities last week posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters executing dozens of Iraqi soldiers.

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Florida Requires Doctors to Evaluate Fetus Survival

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill prohibiting women from getting abortions if the fetus is deemed able to survive outside the womb.

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