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Politics Breaking News: Obama Holds Phone Talks With Palestinians' Abbas, Israel's Netanyahu

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A White House official said President Barack Obama spoke by phone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the United States seeks to keep up the momentum toward peace negotiations. President Barack Obama has chosen John Koskinen, "an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform," to take over an Internal Revenue Service under fire for targeting political groups. Koskinen is a retired corporate and government official with experience managing numerous organizations in crisis More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the U.N. said, a grim figure that shows rapidly deteriorating security as sectarian tensions soar nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew from the country.

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