Iraq Holds First National Election Since US Troop Withdrawal

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_9270434270.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- Iraqis are heading to the polls Wednesday for the country’s first parliamentary elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011. More than 20 million Iraqis are eligible to cast ballots in an election in which Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping to win a third term. In addition, there are more than 9,000 candidates running for 328 seats in parliament.

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Amanda Knox's Family Disputes Court's Theft Motive for Murder

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_fd9dc2ae74.jpgOli Scarff/Getty Images (PERUGIA, Italy) -- The family of Amanda Knox disputed an Italian court's report Tuesday that she killed her roommate Meredith Kercher after a "mounting quarrel" that may have culminated with Kercher accusing Knox of stealing 300 euros from her. Knox’s family said on Tuesday that the court's reasoning was flawed, that there was no reason for Amanda Knox to steal money from Kercher.

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Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas Reportedly Split

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_c867c5669c.jpgChris Lee - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images (LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas have reportedly split. After nearly two years as a couple, it was too difficult to keep their relationship going with so much public pressure, according to media reports. "The relationship has certainly at least paused for a breather," a source told the Telegraph newspaper.

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Kerry: Russia Puts NATO's Model of Global Leadership at Stake

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_ba95e0a284.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Tuesday that Russia’s actions in Ukraine threaten the mission of NATO in the 21st century. “The fact is that our entire model of global leadership is at stake,” he said. Kerry added that the United States and Europe have tried for the past two decades to integrate Russia into the Euro-Atlantic community but that the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent months has rendered moot all those efforts.

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US Weapons Being Used by Syrian Rebels

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-04_bc848d4837.jpgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government has confirmed that American weapons are being used by Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al Assad's regime. It’s important to note that the U.S. itself has not confirmed that it is directly sending the weapons to the rebels. The weapons, in fact, are coming from a group called "Friends of Syria.”

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