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SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ.COM - President Obama addressed the nation on Thursday about the militant threats in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine and Russia.

Obama rules out US military action in Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is ruling out the possibility that the U.S. will take military action to address growing violence in Ukraine.

Obama says the U.S. will stand firm with its allies to address the conflict in Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia is backing pro-Russian separatists. But Obama says a military confrontation between the U.S. and Russia in the region, quote, "is not in the cards."

But Obama is pointing to the NATO alliance as a deterrent for Russia. He says although Ukraine isn't part of NATO, other nearby nations are. He says the U.S. takes its commitment to defend NATO allies "very seriously." Obama will attend a NATO summit in Wales next week.

Obama spoke amid an escalation of violence in eastern Ukraine and fresh signs of Russia's involvement.

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Obama weighs options for targeting IS group

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says degrading Islamic State militants is going to require a "regional strategy" and assistance from partners in the Middle East.

Obama is speaking shortly before meeting with his national security advisers to discuss options for going after the militant group. The president says he has asked the Pentagon to prepare a range of options for confronting the militants.

The U.S. is already going after militant targets inside Iraq and officials say Obama is considering taking similar action in Syria.

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Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is drawing attention to heartening evidence of economic growth. He says, quote, "there's reason to feel good for the direction we are heading."

He says he still wants to push Congress to take more action to move the economy along.

The government on Thursday said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter. The figures represented a reversal from the first quarter of the year when the economy shrunk at a 2.1 percent annual rate.

The economic recovery has been a difficult issue for Obama because improvements have not matched public perceptions.

Obama made his remarks to reporters as he also addressed developments in Syria and Ukraine.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will speak at 4 p.m. from the White House before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq.

The U.S. is already launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in Iraq and Obama is considering similar action in Syria.

The president's remarks also come amid increased tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Officials in Ukraine say two Russian military columns rolled into the southeastern part of the country after missiles were fired at a border post.

The U.S. and European Union have levied economic sanctions against Russia as punishment for its provocations, but the penalties appear to have had little impact on Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn)'s thinking.

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