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U.S. says Syrian referendum plan is ‘laughable’

WASHINGTON — The United States Wednesday dismissed Syria’s call for a referendum on a new constitution, which critics see as a move designed to ease global outrage over the government’s bloody crackdown. “It’s actually quite laughable — it makes a mockery of the Syrian revolution,” White House spokesman Jay Carney…

Iraq will overcome ‘heinous’ attacks: U.S.

WASHINGTON — The United States insisted Thursday that an increasingly tense Iraq would be able to overcome attacks like the “heinous” rash of strikes that killed 67 people earlier in the day. The attacks took place less than a week after the last US soldiers left Iraq, and as US…

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