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Gov. Perry to deploy Texas National Guard troops for border crisis

AUSTIN, Texas — Doing what President Barack Obama would not do, Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will deploy up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to augment a month-old state police surge on the Texas-Mexico border — and will bill the federal government for the estimated $12 million monthly tab.

Train leaves Ukraine war zone with victims of Malaysia plane

DONETSK, Ukraine — After days of resistance, pro-Russian rebels on Monday yielded some ground in the crisis surrounding downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 — handing over passengers’ bodies, relinquishing the plane’s black boxes and pledging broader access for investigators to the crash site.

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China ends drilling operations in disputed sea

HANOI, Vietnam — China on Wednesday was moving a massive oil rig away from waters claimed by Vietnam after announcing the end of operations, a development that should end a tense standoff between the nations in the South China Sea.