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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (center) attends a funeral for two generals killed in fighting with Islamic State militants in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, in August. In an interview Monday with NPR, the Iraqi leader called on the U.S. to provide more airstrikes but said his country does not want ground forces from the U.S. or any other country. AP hide caption

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Iraqi Leader: We Want More U.S. Airstrikes, But Not U.S. Ground Troops

In an NPR interview, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi also calls on the U.S. to focus more firepower on Iraq's western border with Syria, saying Islamic State fighters can enter his country too easily.

Bill and Hillary Clinton greet supporters at the Central Iowa Democrats Fall Barbecue in November. Bill Clinton is expected to have a greater presence on the campaign trail after the New Year. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Meet Hillary Clinton's New Campaign Weapon — Bill

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Can't Keep Checking My Phone Unknown Mortal Orchestra
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Midnight in Harlem Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Echo, a digital assistant that can be set up in a home or office, vaulted into the top 10 of Amazon's best-selling electronics this year. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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How Did We Do On 2015 Tech Predictions? 'Still Waiting'

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President Paul Kagame posted his ballot in Kigali on Friday as Rwandans voted in a referendum to decide whether he should be allowed to extend his time in power. AP hide caption

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Rwanda's President Dangles The Possibility Of A Third Term

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (center) attends a funeral for two generals killed in fighting with Islamic State militants in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, in August. In an interview Monday with NPR, the Iraqi leader called on the U.S. to provide more airstrikes but said his country does not want ground forces from the U.S. or any other country. AP hide caption

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Iraqi Leader: We Want More U.S. Airstrikes, But Not U.S. Ground Troops

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Spirit Future Islands
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Que S'est-il Passe Tommy Guerrero
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Gay and bisexual men were banned from donating blood over concern that HIV could contaminate the blood supply. Vesna Andjic/Getty Images hide caption

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FDA Lifts Ban On Blood Donations By Gay And Bisexual Men

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Members of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Metropolitan Division participate in a simulation of a Paris-style coordinated attack. The team was tested on response time to converge on this site. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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In Wake Of Attacks, U.S. Cities Step Up Terrorism Simulations

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This second-generation prototype of a marijuana field tester being developed at Washington State University is larger than the planned final product. Tom Banse/KUOW hide caption

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High On The Highway: Scientists Try To Build A Marijuana Breath Test

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