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    US President Barack Obama made a forceful speech on Wednesday evening, laying out his plan to deal with the threat of militant group ‘Islamic State’. But on top of other foreign crises in Ukraine and Gaza, he is also fighting fires on the domestic front with mid-term elections drawing near. Joining Sean in studio to discuss this crunch time for Obama and the Democrats is Dr Graham Finlay, from the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. But first we got the story from Washington, with Fred Barbash of the Washington Post.

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    Ukraine

    The conflict in eastern Ukraine has killed nearly 2,600 people since mid-April, the United Nations has said. The figure is included In its latest report, explaining the sharp increase by fighting in densely populated areas between Kiev's army and pro-Russian rebels. The report noted that human rights violations like abductions and torture are "committed primarily by the armed groups" fighting the Ukrainian army. Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has accused Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine. Sean spoke with Daniel Baer, OSCE Ambassador in Vienna.

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