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President Barack Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama said the US will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, set up joint operation centers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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In a June 16, 2014 photo, Riyadh Alwahab, 75, discusses the violence in Iraq during an interview in Dearborn, Mich. Alwahab, who lives in the city to the largest Iraqi population in the United States, said it’s particularly distressing to see “barbarians” using sect or religion as an excuse for killing. “I am Shiite, but the best of my friends are Sunni, or Christians,” he said. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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FILE - In this May 3, 2014, file photo, Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Milwaukee. First it was Chris Christie, humbled by members of his staff who shut down a bridge from New Jersey into Manhattan in an apparent act of political retribution. Now it’s Walker, who prosecutors in Wisconsin believe acted criminally by coordinating the fundraising and spending of outside conservative groups. They’re two of the nation’s highest-profile Republican governors, both with hopes for the White House in 2016.(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)
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In this June 6, 2014 photo, members of "Clowns Without Borders" perform for children at a Syrian refugee camp in the eastern town of Chtoura, in Bekaa valley, Lebanon. The children are among the more than 1 million Syrians who have flooded into Lebanon over the past three years, fleeing the violence that has ripped apart their homeland. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
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This May 7, 2014 photo shows the names of the five Smith brothers that are engraved on a War Memorial on the grounds of the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, England. The five sons of Margaret and John McDowell Smith were all killed in World War I between 1916-1918. One name not on the monument is that of a sixth brother, Wilfred Smith, who was just 20 when he was plucked from the Western Front and sent home. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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In this May 20, 2014 photo, people stand inside the Teatro Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil. The theater was a lavish vanity project of the rubber barons, whose plantations briefly catapulted Manaus into the ranks of the world’s wealthiest cities in the late 19th century. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. CAR BLAST ROCKS SYRIAN VILLAGE

A powerful car bomb explosion has killed 34 civilians and wounded more than 50 others in the government-controlled area near the central city of Hama.

2. WHAT LIMITED AMERICAN AID MEANS FOR IRAQ

The restrained U.S. military assistance offered to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reaffirms the Obama administration’s mantra that Baghdad is still largely on its own.

3. WHO FEARS FOR LOVED ONES BACK HOME

Iraqi immigrants in the U.S. who risked their lives to escape the country’s past wars are afraid they may never hear from those they left behind.

4. FUNDRAISING QUESTIONS SWIRL ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL

Unsealed documents for the first time put Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at the center of an investigation into his campaigns in 2011 and 2012.

5. WHERE CLOWNS USED FOR THERAPY

For Syria’s young refugees who are now living in a makeshift camp in Lebanon, performers provide a brief escape from the horrors they’ve seen.

6. IRS PROBE MIRED IN MYSTERY

Computer crashes inside the agency and the government’s efforts to recover all the missing data related to the tea party investigation leave many questions unanswered.

7. 'HICKS BABIES' TRYING TO FIND BIRTH PARENTS

Adopted off the books decades ago, some of them hope to discover hidden biological links with the help of fresh DNA testing.

8. ON WWI MEMORIAL, NAMES OF FIVE BROTHERS GIVE NO HINT OF SIXTH WHO SURVIVED

Long before the fictional tale of “Saving Private Ryan,” there was the real-life story of saving Private Smith, which has taken 100 years to fully come to light.

9. VIEWS FROM MOUNTAINTOP MUSEUM NOT ALL THAT WILL MAKE YOU HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT

At 6,288 feet, you can see six states, plus the Atlantic Ocean on a clear day from Extreme Mount Washington. But it’s better known for its extreme weather–very extreme.

10. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE, CARMEN

In Manaus, a Brazilian city so remote it can only be reached by plane or boat, four World Cup matches are being played. And, in the Belle Epoque opera house known as Teatro Amazonas, so is Bizet.

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