A.M. Links: White House Denies Mixed Messages, CIA Steps Up Operations in Iraq, Papal Conclave Starts Today


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    The White House sees no problem with the president speaking to his post-campaign campaign apparatus this same week he's reaching out to Republicans for compromise, and has had to deny sending mixed messages.

  • The CIA is conducting operations in Iraq purportedly to target Al-Qaeda affiliates backing rebels in Syria. 12 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in attacks across Iraq yesterday.
  • The ethnic cleansing may be beginning in Mali.
  • At least 50 people died drinking bootlegged liquor in Tripoli, Libya, where the sale and consumption of alcohol is illegal.
  • In Yemen, you could die by drone strike or by firing squad, even as a minor.
  • Residents of the Falkland Islands voted 1514-3 to keep the islands a British overseas territory.
  • The papal conclave begins today.

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