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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds ‘direct’ telephone conversations with President Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders. (Allan Tannenbaum - Pool, Getty Images) Turkish PM says he, Obama no longer talk directly

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he no longer holds "direct" telephone conversations with U.S. President Barack Obama, suggesting a rift between the leaders who were once close.

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Personnel from the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry load the bodies of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 into a truck at the crash site. (Brendan Hoffman, 2014 Getty Images)
Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebels
"What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday to prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender workers by the federal government and its contractors. Some religious groups and conservatives urged him to provide a broad exemption for religious groups in his executive order, but Obama declined. (Eric Thayer, 2014 Getty Images)
Obama gives protection to gay, transgender workers
President Barack Obama says America's federal government contracts should not subsidize discrimination.
During his holiday in Rome, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, where the two explored approaches to migration. (Spencer Platt, 2014 Getty Images)
New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2
New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues.
Pro Palestinian demonstrations have been held throughout Germany. This sign, roughly translated, says 'Palestine has no air force, navy or army. This isn't war, this is murder.' (Adam Berry, 2014 Getty Images)
German Jewish leader condemns anti-Semitism
The leader of Germany's Jewish community says he is shocked by an "explosion of evil and violent hatred of Jews" shown by protesters at pro-Gaza demonstrations across the country.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (WPA Pool, Getty Images)
Kerry to go to Mideast
The White House says Secretary of State John Kerry will go Egypt soon to press for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants.
298 Crew And Passengers Perish On Flight MH17 After Suspected Missile Attack In Ukraine (Brendan Hoffman, 2014 Getty Images)
US outlines case against Russia on downed plane
Video of a rocket launcher, one surface-to-air missile missing, leaving the likely launch site. Imagery showing the firing. Calls claiming credit for the strike. Recordings said to reveal a cover-up at the crash site.
Health to keep Whittemore out of Reno-area prison
Prison officials say former Nevada developer and political power broker Harvey Whittemore's health issues will prevent him from serving his two-year sentence at a federal prison closest to Reno as his lawyers requested.
Police seek driver in deadly California bank heist
Police in the Northern California city of Stockton say they're looking for the driver of a car that was involved in a bank robbery and violent shootout that ended with three deaths, including a hostage.
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Johnson calls Christie 'a buddy' despite video
Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie "a buddy" despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star.
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to visitors at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa.  (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
Second chance? Perry in Iowa again courting voters
If Texas Gov. Rick Perry runs for president and loses Iowa to some other Republican again, it won't be for a lack of trying.

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