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  • Morning Jolt: Pressure on Iraqi PM to step down

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    Islamic militants continue gaining ground in Iraq while pressure grows for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to be removed for office in hopes of unifying the country. The U.S. continues to weigh its options for military intervention, including possible airstrkes.
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    The Dow Jones opened at 16,909.90 after closing yesterday at 16,906.62.
    Must-see video: Ukraine forces fight fierce battle with separatists
    Ukrainian military sources said Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists were locked in a fierce battle in the rebellious east of the country on Thursday. One military source said heavy fighting broke out at around 4 a.m. near the town of Krasny Liman, which has been under government control since early this month. Separatists in the area appeared to have tried to break through a cordon of government troops, and up to 4,000 separatist fighters could be involved. Armored vehicles--possibly tanks--were being used by each side.

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