IRAQI PRIME MIN NURI AL-MALIKI REJECTS CALLS FROM IRAN FOR HIM TO STEP DOWN *

AL-MALIKI HAS BEEN RESISTING GROWING PRESSURE TO STEP ASIDE FOR WEEKS AMID PRESSURE FROM CRITICS WHO SAY HE'S TOO DIVISIVE TO FORM A GOVT THAT CAN WIN SUPPORT FROM IRAQ'S SUNNI MINORITY *

IRAQ IS UNDER PRESSURE TO FORM AN INCLUSIVE GOVT THAT CAN DRAW SUNNI SUPPORT AWAY FROM THE SUNNI INSURGENCY THAT'S SEIZED CONTROL OF A LARGE SWATH OF THE COUNTRY *

VP JOE BIDEN URGES THE NAACP WED TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WHAT HE CALLS "A HAILSTORM" OF MEASURES TO RESTRICT CITIZENS' ABILITY TO VOTE *

SPEAKING AT THE NAACP'S ANNUAL CONVENTION IN LAS VEGAS, BIDEN SAID WED THERE HAVE BEEN 83 ATTEMPTS THIS YEAR ALONE IN 29 STATES TO RESTRICT VOTING RIGHTS *

BIDEN SAYS "THESE MOVES TO LIMIT THE RIGHT TO VOTE ARE NOTHING MORE THAN PURE POLITICS, MASQUERADING AS ATTEMPTS TO COMBAT CORRUPTION WHERE THERE IS NONE" *

FOX NEWS POLL FINDS AMERICAN VOTERS CONTINUE TO OPPOSE THE U.S. TAKING ACTION IN UKRAINE *

BY A MARGIN OF 61%-32%, VOTERS SAY THE U.S. SHOULD NOT GET MORE INVOLVED *

MEANTIME, MOST VOTERS THINK RUSSIAN PRES VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS THE "UPPER HAND" IN UKRAINE *

75% THINK PUTIN HAS THE ADVANTAGE, WHILE JUST 14% THINK PRES OBAMA DOES, ACCORDING TO THE POLL *

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SET TO ESTABLISH INDEPENDENT COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF INTL LAW IN FIGHTING BETWEEN ISRAEL AND HAMAS *

INVESTIGATION COMES AFTER UN REPORT FINDS THREE-FOURTHS OF PALESTINIANS KILLED BY ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES WERE CIVILIANS *

25% OF THE ALMOST 700 PALESTINIANS KILLED IN THE GAZA STRIP HAVE BEEN MINORS, ACCORDING TO U.N. FIGURES *

SINCE THE FIGHTING BEGAN ON JULY 8, ISRAEL SAYS IT HAS CONDUCTED ABOUT 3,250 AIRSTRIKES AGAINST "TERRORIST LOCATIONS" IN GAZA, INCLUDING HAMAS COMMAND CENTERS AND ROCKET LAUNCHING SITES *

UN SECY GEN BAN KI-MOON CONDEMNS PLACEMENT OF ROCKETS IN UN SCHOOL IN GAZA STRIP *

BAN SAYS THOSE RESPONSIBLE "ARE TURNING SCHOOLS INTO POTENTIAL MILITARY TARGETS, AND ENDANGERING THE LIVES OF INNOCENT CHILDREN" *

THE ROCKETS HAVE GONE MISSING FROM THE SCHOOL, THOUGH IT IS NOT CLEAR WHO TOOK THEM *

THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN RECENT WEEKS THAT THE UN HAS DISCOVERED WEAPONS CACHES AT ITS SCHOOLS IN GAZA *

CANADIAN AUTHORITIES CHARGE MAN WITH LEAVING THE COUNTRY TO JOIN ISLAMIST FIGHTERS IN SYRIA *

25-YR-OLD HASIBULLAH YUSUFZAI IS BEING CHARGED UNDER A NEW LAW CRIMINALIZING TRAVEL OVERSEAS TO TAKE PART IN TERRORIST ACTIVITY *

INTL LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES ARE CURRENTLY WORKING TO FIND YUSUFZAI, WHO LEFT CANADA IN JANUARY *

THE U.S., CANADA AND THE EU ARE INCREASINGLY CONCERNED ABOUT CITIZENS TRAVELING TO SYRIA TO TAKE PART IN THE CIVIL WAR AND RETURNING HOME WITH EXTREMIST VIEWS *

FED AUDITORS SAY NASA IS LIKELY TO MISS THE PLANNED DEC 2017 TEST FLIGHT FOR ITS NEW $12 BIL ROCKET PROGRAM *

THE GOVT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE REPORT FINDS NASA DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND THE SPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM *

THE NEW NASA PROGRAM IS INTENDED TO BUILD ROCKETS BIG ENOUGH TO SEND ASTRONAUTS TO ASTEROIDS AND MARS *

FED JUDGE RULES COLORADO'S BAN ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL *

JUDGE RAYMOND MOORE ISSUED A TEMPORARY STAY OF THE RULING PENDING AN APPEALS COURT HEARING NEXT MONTH *

CO GOV JOHN HICKENLOOPER (D) AND ATTY GEN JOHN SUTHERS (R), WANTING THE ISSUE TO BE DECIDED BY THE U.S. SUPREME COURT, BOTH REQUESTED THE STAY *

INDIANA TEEN TRYING TO SET A RECORD FOR AN AROUND-THE-WORLD FLIGHT KILLED TUES WHEN HIS PLANE CRASHES IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN *

PLANE FLOWN BY 17-YR-OLD HARIS SULEMAN WENT DOWN SHORTLY AFTER LEAVING PAGO PAGO IN AMERICAN SAMOA *

CREWS ARE STILL LOOKING FOR SULEMAN'S FATHER, WHO WAS ALSO ON BOARD THE SINGLE-ENGINE PLANE *

DUO LEFT INDIANA ON JUNE 19 IN HOPES OF CIRCUMNAVIGATING THE WORLD IN 30 DAYS, SETTING THE RECORD FOR THE FASTEST TIME IN A SINGLE-ENGINE AIRPLANE WITH THE YOUNGEST PILOT IN COMMAND *

COMPUTER GLITCH CAUSING MAJOR DELAYS IN THE STATE DEPT'S PASSPORT AND VISA ISSUANCE OPS AT U.S. EMBASSIES WORLDWIDE *

ISSUE HAS STALLED THE ISSUANCE OF U.S. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND REPORTS OF AMERICANS BORN ABROAD *

STATE DEPT SAYS IT'S WORKING URGENTLY TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM, ADDING IT EXPECTS THE SYSTEM TO BE WORKING SOON *

ARIZONA GOV JAN BREWER (R) ORDERING FULL REVIEW OF STATE'S EXECUTION PROCESS AFTER INMATE DIED TWO HOURS AFTER HIS EXECUTION BEGAN WED *

55-YR-OLD JOSEPH RUDOLPH WOOD, A CONVICTED MURDERER, WAS REPORTEDLY "GASPING AND SNORTING" FOR MORE THAN 90 MINUTES AFTER THE LETHAL INJECTION PROCESS STARTED *

INCIDENT FOLLOWS TWO OTHER CONTROVERSIAL EXECUTIONS IN OHIO AND OKLAHOMA *

POPULAR TOURIST TRAIN DERAILS IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA, INJURING NINE PASSENGERS *

A HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIAL SAYS THE INJURIES DO NOT APPEAR TO BE LIFE-THREATENING *

DERAILMENT OCCURRED AT AN ELEVATION OF 2,865 FEET AT THE WHITE PASS SUMMIT, LOCATED NEAR SKAGWAY, AK *

AUSTRALIA AND THE NETHERLANDS REPORTEDLY CONSIDERING SENDING MILITARY PERSONNEL TO UKRAINE TO SECURE THE CRASH SITE OF MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLT 17, ACCORDING TO NEWSPAPER REPORTS IN BOTH COUNTRIES *

AUSTRALIAN AND DUTCH GOVT MINISTERS ARE MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN LEADERS IN KIEV TO DISCUSS SECURING THE 20-SQ-MILE CRASH SITE IN THE REBEL-HELD TERRITORY *

OF THE 298 PEOPLE ABOARD THE DOWNED FLIGHT, MORE THAN 190 WERE DUTCH, WHILE 27 WERE AUSTRALIAN *

FOX NEWS POLL FINDS 58% OF VOTERS BELIEVE THE WHITE HOUSE HAS NOT BEEN COMPETENT AT MANAGING THE FED GOVT, INCLUDING 32% OF DEM VOTERS *

40% SAY THE OBAMA ADMIN HAS BEEN COMPETENT AT RUNNING THE GOVT, ACCORDING TO THE POLL *

42% OF VOTERS APPROVE OF PRES OBAMA'S JOB PERFORMANCE, WHILE 52% DISAPPROVE *

FAA LIFTS BAN ON U.S. AIRLINES FLYING TO TEL AVIV, ISRAEL *

AGENCY SAYS IT MADE THE DECISION AFTER WORKING WITH OTHER U.S. GOVT ENTITIES TO ASSESS THE SECURITY SITUATION IN ISRAEL *

THE TWO-DAY PROHIBITION ON FLIGHTS CAME AFTER A ROCKET LANDED ABOUT A MILE FROM BEN GURION INTL AIRPORT IN TEL AVIV *

OFFICIALS SAYING STORMY WEATHER FROM TYPHOON MATMO THE LIKELY CAUSE OF A PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED 48 PEOPLE IN TAIWAN THURS *

TAIWAN'S TRANSASIA AIRWAYS SAYS FLIGHT GE222 WAS CARRYING 58 PASSENGERS AND CREW WHEN IT CRASHED ON A TAIWANESE ISLAND ABOUT 150 MILES SOUTHWEST OF TAIPEI *

200 FLIGHTS AT TAIWANESE AIRPORTS WERE CANCELLED THURS DUE TO HEAVY RAIN AND HIGH WINDS *

THIS IS TAIWAN'S FIRST FATAL CRASH IN 12 YEARS *

THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING *

MILITANTS ATTACK A PRISONER CONVOY IN BAGHDAD THURS MORNING, KILLING 52 PRISONERS AND EIGHT SOLDIERS *

OFFICIALS SAY MILITANTS ALSO ATTACKED ARMY INSTALLATIONS IN TAJI WHERE SUSPECTS ACCUSED OF TERRORISM WERE BEING HELD *

THE ATTACKS COME ONE DAY AFTER A CAR BOMB IN BAGHDAD KILLED DOZENS OF PEOPLE AT A POLICE CHECKPOINT *