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By John Irish and Marine Pennetier PARIS (Reuters) - Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed on Tuesday Iraq's plan to retake territory from the jihadist movement after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents. Around 20 coalition ministers met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris, in part to persuade his Shi'ite Muslim-led government to repair relations with Iraq's Sunni minority to strengthen its campaign against the Sunni Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Despite a show of unity, Abadi appeared to reject suggestions that Baghdad was paying insufficient attention to reconciliation with Sunni.
Americans ranging from pop stars to politicians to the New York Mets baseball team wore orange Tuesday in a new national campaign to stop gun violence. The first-of-a-kind National Gun Violence Awareness Day marked what would have been the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton, a girl shot dead in a Chicago park in 2013 days after performing in a parade in Washington as part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. "I think the fact that our heart hurts so much, that's the reason we're motivated to get into a movement," her mother, Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, said in a video.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after letting a disputed post-9/11 surveillance program go dark, the Senate sped toward passage Tuesday of legislation to revive but also reshape it. GOP leaders mounted a last-ditch effort to soften some of the changes.