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3:08 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Sunni Extremist Group ISIS Declares New Islamic Caliphate

The official website of Iraq's Interior Ministry claims this picture shows Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the so called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 4:20 pm

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Sunni militant group that's been leading an insurgency in Iraq, made a bold statement today: The organization's Shura Council has declared a new caliphate, and the organization's extremist leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is the new caliph.

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The Two-Way
1:32 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Poll Garners More Than 780,000 Votes

People queue at a polling center to vote in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Vincent Yu AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:16 pm

An unofficial referendum demanding democratic reforms in Hong Kong has garnered more than 780,000 votes over the course of 10 days.

As Reuters reports, the referendum was "branded illegal by local and mainland Chinese authorities." The wire service explains:

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Obama Administration Seeks Change In Law To Speed Deportations

Children detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville,Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 2:33 pm

President Obama will ask Congress for about $2 billion in emergency funds and for a change in the law in an effort to stem the tide of Central American immigrants flooding the Southern border, according to a White House official.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Iraqi Military Launches Offensive Against Insurgents In Tikrit

The Iraqi prime minister's security spokesman, Lt. Gen. Qassem Atta, holds a press conference on Saturday in Baghdad. The government is launching an offensive against insurgents in the northern city of Tikrit.
Ahmad al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:27 pm

The Iraqi government launched a heavy offensive on Tikrit, the hometown of the late dictator Saddam Hussein and one of the early wins by the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The Associated Press reports the Iraqi government moved in on Saturday with ground troops, tanks and helicopters. The wire service adds:

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The Two-Way
4:43 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Facebook Scientists Alter News Feeds, Find Emotions Are Affected By It

A man poses for photographs in front of the Facebook sign on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:39 pm

For one week back in 2012, Facebook scientists altered what appeared on the News Feed of more than 600,000 users. One group got mostly positive items; the other got mostly negative items.

Scientists then monitored the posts of those people and found that they were more negative if they received the negative News Feed and more positive if they received positive items.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

On Penalties, Brazil Pulls Off A Hard-Fought Win Against Chile

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring during the penalty shootout after extra time in the Round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on Saturday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:30 pm

After more than 120 minutes of play, Brazil's World Cup run came down to penalty kicks on Saturday.

Remember, we've moved on to the knock-out round, so a win means a team moves on; a loss means they go home.

Like the game that preceded, the penalty shootout was heart-stopping and thrilling, with Brazilian goal keeper Julio Cesar stopping Chile's first two kicks, only to have Chile come back and tie the penalty kicks at 2-2.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

Dallas County Agrees To Take In About 1,000 Immigrant Children

A child deported from the United State poses for photo in front of a map of Guatemala City at an immigration shelter in Guatemala City on June 19.
Luis Soto AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 5:34 pm

Calling the situation a "humanitarian crisis," County Judge Clay Jenkins said Dallas County is prepared to house more than 1,000 immigrant children.

"I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here," Jenkins said while speaking at the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Following High Court Decision, Aereo Suspends Operations

Aereo, a Web service that provides television shows online, lost a Supreme Court case Wednesday, as the justices ruled it violates copyright law.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, has decided to suspend its operation.

The decision comes a few days after the Supreme Court handed the company a major loss by ruling that, like cable companies, it was performing the work of television networks publicly.

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The Two-Way
10:29 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Suspect In Benghazi Attacks Now On U.S. Soil, Pleads Not Guilty

This undated image obtained from Facebook shows Ahmed Abu Khattala, an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 4:19 pm

(This post was last updated at 3:55 p.m. ET.)

Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan man the United States says played a key role on the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is now on American soil.

In a short appearance at the federal court house in Washington, D.C., Khattala pleaded not guilty to a single count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists.

NPR's Carrie Johnson is at the court house and reports:

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Report Blames 'Corrosive Culture' For Problems In VA System

Originally published on Sat June 28, 2014 11:29 am

A White House investigation into the problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country found that "there are significant and chronic systematic failures" that need to be addressed.

NPR's Scott Horsley tells our Newscast unit that the report was delivered to President Obama on Friday. Scott filed this report:

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