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Gov't warns US retailers about hacking software

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More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday. More>>

Marathon bombing suspect's lawyers seek dismissal

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Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a judge on Friday to dismiss indictments against the Boston Marathon bombing suspect and put on hold further proceedings in the case over concerns about the process of selecting jurors... More>>

Administration condemns Russian move into Ukraine

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The Obama administration on Friday denounced the movement of a Russian convoy into Ukraine, citing it as the latest provocation by Moscow along the highly volatile eastern border of the former Soviet republic. More>>

West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

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Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct... More>>

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaks

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Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided... More>>

Official says hackers hit up to 25,000 fed workers

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The internal records of as many as 25,000 Homeland Security Department employees were exposed during a recent computer break-in at a federal contractor that handles security clearances, an agency official said Friday. More>>

Colombia's military meets face-to-face with rebels

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Members of Colombia's military met face-to-face Friday with Marxist rebel leaders for the first time as talks aimed at ending a half-century war enter a decisive phase. More>>

Mosque attack kills 64 in Iraq, Sunnis halt talks

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Gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque during Friday prayers and killed at least 64 people, prompting Sunni lawmakers to withdraw from talks on forming a new, more inclusive government capable of confronting the Islamic extremists... More>>

Mexico creates special economic-crime force

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Mexico launched a special 5,000-strong police force Friday to combat industrial, farm and business crime that has extended throughout the country's economy, strangling commerce in some regions. More>>

Pentagon cites 'dangerous' Chinese jet intercept

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The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace - the fourth... More>>

2 French girls investigated as would-be jihadi

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Two French girls, aged 15 and 17, have been captured by a security net that authorities are using to ferret out citizens who are considering traveling to other countries to join jihads. More>>

Obama taking less vacation, but too much for some

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President Barack Obama has spent less time away from the White House than his predecessors. But his two-week break on the resort island of Martha's Vineyard and hours on the golf course have his detractors teeing up as... More>>

Morocco arrests suspected Islamic State members

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Morocco announced on Friday the arrest of two suspected militants seeking to join the Islamic State group as the country is in a heightened state of alert over fears of a terrorist attack. More>>

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US

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Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on... More>>

FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State

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The FBI and Homeland Security Department say there are no specific or credible terror threats to the U.S. homeland from the Islamic State militant group. More>>

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

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Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful Shiite rebel group escalated their standoff with the government on Friday, setting up tents near three ministries to press for the replacement of a prime minister they depict... More>>

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

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For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama... More>>

Facts about US racial unrest

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The St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, was roiled by racial unrest after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9. The street clashes there... More>>

US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

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U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam. More>>

Kenya: Man says he is wanted Somali terror suspect

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A Somali man in Kenyan police custody has admitted that he is Hassan Hanafi, who is wanted in Somalia for the killing of journalists, a senior Kenya police official said Friday. More>>

Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

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America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of... More>>

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

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The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday. More>>

Tunisia crackdown raises fears of rights rollback

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Mosques are being closed, local organizations banned and at least 1,000 people have been arrested as Tunisia cracks down on those suspected of sympathizing with radical Islamists. More>>

Obama faces options in Iraq and Syria

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At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria. More>>

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages Video included

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President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,... More>>

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

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America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no... More>>

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

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The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience. More>>

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

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The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay... More>>

10 Things to Know for Friday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: More>>

GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

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The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday. More>>

Pentagon: Islamic State militants will regroup

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U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said... More>>

Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

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Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to... More>>

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly... More>>

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza Video included

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Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting... More>>

Russian aid convoy advances toward Ukraine

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Fierce fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday in what appeared to be a last-gasp attempt by government troops to snatch back territory from pro-Russian separatists before the arrival of a Russian aid convoy overseen... More>>

Syria opposition: Deadly chemical attack forgotten

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The year since a chemical attack that killed hundreds near Damascus has been a strikingly good one for President Bashar Assad. More>>

Thai army ruler named prime minister

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Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the... More>>

Reports: Syria troops kill scores of jihadis

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Syrian troops killed dozens of jihadi fighters, including a prominent media activist, in heavy clashes on Thursday around a sprawling northern air base that the Islamic State group is trying to seize, activists and state... More>>

Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

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A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June - the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that... More>>

Perry presses for greater US involvement in Iraq

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground... More>>

A look at govt ransom polices in US, Europe

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By The Associated Press A look at how the United States and various European nations have dealt with hostage-taking and ransom demands for their citizens in recent years: More>>

Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges

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A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 18 more people on terrorism charges, wrapping up a week of verdicts on nearly every person in an alleged 50-member cell charged with launching attacks aimed at toppling the monarchy... More>>

Kuwait questions 2 on US terror-funding list

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Kuwaiti police briefly detained and questioned two men designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as financiers of terror groups operating in Iraq and Syria, a lawyer and a security official said Thursday, amid mounting... More>>

Reporter's death galvanizes anger, little action Video included

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The killing of an American reporter is galvanizing international anger at Islamic State extremists and fueling fears about the flow of foreign fighters joining their ranks. But governments from the Mideast to Europe and... More>>

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

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The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible. More>>

Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks

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The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields... More>>

Israeli air strikes pound Gaza; 6 dead in Rafah

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Palestinian police say at least six people have been killed when an overnight Israeli airstrike hit a densely populated neighborhood in the Gaza Strip. More>>

Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

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Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics... More>>

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed Video included

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President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them,... More>>

Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

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A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. More>>

McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

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Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud. More>>

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

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The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.... More>>

Liberian slums barricaded as Ebola sets new record

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Riot police and soldiers acting on their president's orders used scrap wood and barbed wire to seal off 50,000 people inside their Liberian slum Wednesday, trying to contain the Ebola outbreak that has killed 1,350... More>>

Guilty plea expected by friend of marathon suspect

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A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev plans to plead guilty to impeding the investigation into the deadly attack, his lawyer said Wednesday. More>>

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk

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After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made a significant push Wednesday into rebel-held territory, claiming control over a large part of the separatist stronghold of Luhansk and nearly... More>>

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

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American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials... More>>

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure Video included

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Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza... More>>

Pakistan army chief wants negotiated end to rally

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Pakistan's powerful army chief called Wednesday for the country's civilian government to negotiate with thousands of protesters surrounding parliament who demand the prime minister step down over alleged fraud in... More>>

Militants use British killer as propaganda

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Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message - not just through the gruesome act, but also by the choice of messenger. More>>

WHO: West Africa Ebola death toll rises to 1,350

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The World Health Organization says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now at least 1,350 people. More>>

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria

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Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is... More>>

AP NewsBreak: Navy kicks out 34 for nuke cheating

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At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation,... More>>

Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help

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Members of a minority Iraqi Shiite community whose town has been besieged by Sunni militants appealed to Iraq's military and the international community to intervene to end the siege, a lawmaker said Wednesday as the... More>>

Germany, Italy, ready to send arms to Iraq Kurds

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Germany is prepared to arm Kurdish fighters battling Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq, officials said Wednesday. More>>

4 suspects arrested over IRA letter-bomb campaign

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Northern Ireland police say they have arrested four people suspected of organizing an Irish Republican Army letter-bomb campaign. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More>>

Ukraine's rebel capital seeks ersatz normality

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It has been weeks since Donetsk last had a traffic jam. More>>

Chinese, Russian media turn criticisms back on US

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Chinese and Russian state media have seized on the U.S. police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old and ensuing protests to fire back at Washington's criticisms of their own governments, portraying the United... More>>

No-fly list rules get changes

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Governor won't seek removal of county prosecutor Video included

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not seek the removal of the prosecutor overseeing the investigation into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, which has sparked more than a week of nightly clashes... More>>

Israeli-US relations tested once again in Gaza war

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When Israel completes its damage assessment from its latest war with Hamas, it may conclude that one of the biggest casualties was its all-important relationship with the United States. More>>

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

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A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants... More>>

American killed in Syria a journalist at heart

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Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn't matter. He was a journalist at... More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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By The Associated Press By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More>>

Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

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Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza... More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

How can authorities restore order in Ferguson? Video included

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By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer They've lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National... More>>

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules

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The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel. More>>

Tens of thousands march on Pakistani parliament

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Tens of thousands of protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes broke through barriers protecting Pakistan's parliament and other government buildings Tuesday night, demanding the country's prime... More>>

WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

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A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations. More>>

Top Saudi cleric: Islamic State is Islam's enemy

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Saudi Arabia's top cleric said Tuesday that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaida are Islam's No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims. More>>

'Canadian Idol' contestant acquitted on terrorism

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A former "Canadian Idol" contestant was acquitted on Tuesday of conspiring to facilitate terrorism, with the judge finding insufficient evidence that he intended to join a plot. More>>

S Sudan authorities close popular radio station

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Authorities in South Sudan have shut down a popular radio station in the capital, Juba, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. More>>

Ukrainian forces press attacks on rebel-held areas

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Government troops pressed attacks Tuesday in the two largest cities held by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, while Kiev also pursued diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict that has killed more than 2,000 and... More>>

Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

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Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go to homes across the Somali... More>>

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

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Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed... More>>

Iraqi military clashes with militants in Tikrit

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Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged... More>>

US blacklists Gaza-based extremist group

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The Obama administration has placed a Gaza-based extremist group on several terrorism blacklists, freezing any assets it may have in U.S. jurisdictions and barring Americans from transactions with it. More>>

Activists: Jihadi killed near Syria-Lebanon border

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Lebanese Hezbollah fighters have killed a senior member of the Islamic State group who was known to be one of their top explosives experts in an operation inside Syria, activists said Tuesday. More>>

Clash over Kurdish rebel statue in Turkey kills 1

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Backed by military helicopters and armored vehicles, Turkish troops clashed with Kurdish protesters trying to block the removal of a statue of a Kurdish rebel fighter on Tuesday, in violence that killed one person and... More>>

Syria strikes militants as US targets them in Iraq

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As the U.S. military strikes the Islamic State group in Iraq, Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces have significantly stepped up their own campaign against militant strongholds in Syria, carrying out dozens of... More>>

Ukraine: Dozens killed in shelling of convoy

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Ukraine accused pro-Russia separatists of killing dozens of civilians in an attack early Monday on a convoy fleeing a besieged rebel-held city. The rebels denied any attack took place, while the U.S. confirmed the shelling... More>>

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More>>

Obama: Time to review local police militarization Video included

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Calling for a sharp separation between the nation's armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with... More>>

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

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President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a "major step forward" as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of its counteroffensive against the... More>>

Obama hails elimination of Syria chemical weapons

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President Barack Obama on Monday said the elimination of Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile is an important achievement against the spread of dangerous weapons of mass destruction, but warned that Syria's... More>>

Obama: Iraq forces retake Mosul Dam from militants

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces recaptured Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants Monday following dozens of U.S. airstrikes, President Barack Obama said, in the first major defeat for the extremists since they swept... More>>

Egypt: No deal yet on Gaza cease-fire, more talks

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Egypt late Monday announced a 24-hour extension in talks between Israel and the Hamas militant group aimed at salvaging a long-term arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war... More>>

Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities, wants UN OK

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Pope Francis on Monday said efforts to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq are legitimate but said the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene. More>>

Grief, relief as ravaged Ukrainian town rebuilds

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Weeks after Ukrainian government forces recaptured Lysychansk from the rebels, the residents of this shell-shocked town near the Russian border say they hope simply to rebuild their former lives - but fear that war could... More>>

A buyer's market at gun bazaar in Kurdish town

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There suddenly are deep discounts available at the once-thriving gun bazaar in Irbil. More>>

Militias complicate situation on Texas border

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On a recent moonlit night, Border Patrol agents began rounding up eight immigrants hiding in and around a canal near the Rio Grande. A state trooper soon arrived to help. Then out of the darkness emerged seven more armed... More>>

Reports: Islamic State group kills Syria tribesmen

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The extremist Islamic State group shot and beheaded hundreds of tribesmen from eastern Syria over the past two weeks after crushing an uprising they led against the jihadi fighters, activists said Monday. More>>

UK to pay Raytheon $373 million in tribunal ruling

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Britain's government says it will pay some 224 million pounds ($373 million) to defense firm Raytheon Systems Ltd. for unlawfully ending a contract for a program meant to collect information in advance about passengers... More>>

Kenya anti-terror police accused of abuses

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There is strong evidence that the Kenya Anti-Terror Police Unit has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, an international human rights group said Monday. More>>

Ukraine to pull out most troops out of Kosovo

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NATO in Kosovo says Ukraine will pull out most of its troops from its peacekeeping mission in the Balkan country by the end of the month. More>>

UK Iraq mission no longer strictly humanitarian

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Britain has moved past a strictly humanitarian mission in Iraq - and the country's leader warned Monday that the effort won't be over any time soon. More>>

Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation's woes

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In a red-lit bar in Beirut, Nasser Shorbaji and Marwan Alameh try not to knock the microphones over while laughing during the broadcast of their weekly radio show. More>>

In Gaza, emotional wounds of war remain unhealed

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Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her living room. Shrapnel pierced the 8-year-old's head and neck, and she died minutes after arriving at a... More>>

New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers Video included

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The U.S. has expanded its air campaign in Iraq with attacks aimed at helping Iraqi forces regain control of the strategic Mosul dam. More>>

US launches airstrikes near Irbil and Mosul Dam

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U.S. officials say a mix of fighter planes and remotely piloted aircraft have attacked Islamic State militants near the Iraqi city of Irbil and the Mosul Dam. More>>

Ukraine says troops entered rebel-held city

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Army troops have penetrated deep inside a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine in what could prove a breakthrough development in the four-month-long conflict, the Ukrainian government said Sunday. More>>

Kurdish forces retake parts of Iraq's largest dam

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Aided by U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, Kurdish forces Sunday wrested back part of Iraq's largest dam from Islamic militants who had captured it less than two weeks ago, security officials said. More>>

Palestinian divisions emerge in truce talks

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The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was still opposed to a compromise Egyptian proposal that would ease the closure of the... More>>

Syrian airstrikes target Islamic State group

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Syrian government warplanes pounded an Islamic State group stronghold as well as other towns controlled by the extremists, conducting a wave of airstrikes Sunday that killed at least 11 people, activists said. More>>

High-res photo satellite launched from California

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A satellite designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space was launched Wednesday from a military base on California's Central Coast. More>>

Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattles stocks

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Renewed fighting in Ukraine rattled markets on Friday. Reports that Ukrainian forces attacked Russian military vehicles that had crossed the border knocked stock markets down in the afternoon and sent traders into the... More>>

John Kerry talks Asian relationships, trade pact

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's address to Hawaii's East-West Center think tank this week drew attention primarily for its focus on the need for a constructive relationship with China to ensure regional peace... More>>

White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

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The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian... More>>

2 UN peacekeepers killed in north Mali; 7 wounded

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The U.N. secretary-general says two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and seven wounded in a suicide attack in Mali. More>>

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq Video included

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Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials... More>>

Montana Democrats choose new Senate candidate

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Montana Democrats on Saturday selected a little-known state lawmaker named Amanda Curtis as their candidate for U.S. Senate after Sen. John Walsh dropped out amid plagiarism allegations from his time at the U.S. Army War... More>>

Russian aid convoy waiting for security guarantees

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Hundreds of trucks in a Russian aid convoy waited Saturday near the Ukrainian border as complicated procedures dragged on for allowing them into eastern Ukraine to help civilians suffering amid fighting between Ukrainian... More>>

Jihadists closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

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Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a... More>>

Thousands of protesters demand re-vote in Pakistan

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Tens of thousands of protesters thronged the streets of Pakistan's capital Saturday, defying pouring rain to answer the call of a fiery cleric and a cricket star-turned-politician who are both demanding the government... More>>

Egypt PM blames saboteurs for rising power cuts

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Egypt's premier on Saturday partially blamed the country's worsening energy shortage -- with rolling blackouts of up to six hours in some Cairo neighborhoods -- on saboteurs seeking to undermine the government, a... More>>

Mayor: 34 killed in C. African Republic attacks

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A local official says Muslim rebels in Central African Republic have killed at least 34 people over the last week in a series of attacks on remote villages. More>>

Tens of thousands protest Pakistan's government

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Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Saturday in Pakistan's capital, defying the pouring rain to demand the prime minister step down in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government. More>>

China, S. Korea blast Japan's war shrine visits

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China and South Korea reacted strongly Friday to visits by three Japanese Cabinet ministers to a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted war criminals, although Japan's prime minister stayed away. More>>

National Guard on border, but not Perry's 1,000

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In coming weeks, Texas National Guardsmen on two separate missions will be working along the Texas-Mexico border in South Texas. More>>

Iraqis welcome change of PM but challenges loom Video included

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Nouri al-Maliki's decision to step down as Iraq's prime minister raised hopes Friday for a new government that can roll back an increasingly powerful Sunni insurgency and prevent the country from splitting apart. More>>

Russia denies its vehicles destroyed in Ukraine

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NATO on Friday said a Russian military column ventured overnight into Ukraine, and the Ukrainian president said his forces destroyed most of it. Russia denied all of this, but the reports spooked global markets and... More>>

Critics: Police equipped like armies going too far

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The Missouri police department at the center of an uproar over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager acquired two armored Humvees and other military gear for free through a Pentagon program that critics blame for... More>>

US airstrikes hit militants' vehicles near Sinjar

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U.S. military officials say airstrikes from drones have destroyed two armed vehicles south of the Iraqi town of Sinjar, the latest American-led military actions against forces of the Islamic State group. More>>

Hundreds mourn AP video journalist killed in Gaza

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Several hundred mourners packed the ornate cathedral of this hilltop Tuscan town on Friday to remember Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli as a committed storyteller who had found personal and professional... More>>

Russian assures Hagel on Ukrainian relief

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu "guaranteed" Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday that no Russian troops are involved in the transport of humanitarian relief supplies to eastern Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said. More>>

Iraq's al-Maliki: Stern, unwavering, heavy-handed Video included

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By ADAM SCHRECK Associated Press When a rocket struck in Baghdad's Green Zone in 2007 during a news conference by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the world's... More>>

No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land

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No one bid for the compound of a tax-evading couple convicted of amassing an arsenal of weapons and holding federal law enforcement officials at bay for months. More>>

Seeing Iraq horror, Europe pledges aid and arms

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The European Union on Friday forged a unified response to the rapid advance of Islamic militants in Iraq and the resulting refugee crisis, allowing direct arms deliveries to Kurdish fighters battling the Sunni insurgents.... More>>

Boko Haram kidnaps 100, Chad frees most captives

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Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group kidnapped 100 people earlier this month but most were freed by security forces from neighboring Chad, a Nigerian security official and a local self-defense member said Friday. More>>

3 killed in Egypt as Islamists protest

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At least three people were killed in the Egyptian capital Friday as dozens of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi held scattered protests for a second straight day, a year after the mass killing of... More>>

Marine who urinated on corpses in Afghanistan dies

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A decorated retired Marine whose career as a sniper was derailed by a video that showed him urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters has died, his attorney said Friday. More>>

War college begins review into senator's work

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A U.S. Army War College spokeswoman says no information will be released about an investigation into plagiarism allegations against Sen. John Walsh until the process is complete. More>>

EU says status quo for Gaza 'not an option'

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The European Union offered Friday to take charge of Gaza's border crossings and work to prevent illegal arms flows, insisting on a durable truce and saying a return to the status quo before the latest war "is not an... More>>

Car bomb kills at least 22 in southern Syria

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A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in an opposition-held town in southern Syria on Friday, killing at least 22 people, activists said. More>>

Iran: Nuclear deal by November deadline unlikely

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Iran's foreign minister said Friday that Tehran is unlikely to reach a final nuclear accord with world powers by a November deadline. More>>

Israel weighing how to deal with UN war probe

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With the Gaza war seeming to have calmed, Israel is now preparing for its next big battle: a diplomatic and legal challenge over Palestinian civilian deaths in its campaign against Hamas militants. More>>

Reports of fighting in Ukraine erase stock gain

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Reports of renewed fighting in Ukraine are sending stocks lower in midday trading. More>>

7 dead as battle erupts in Somali capital

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Combat shook Mogadishu early Friday as government troops launched a dawn attack on a house belonging to a former warlord as part of a disarmament campaign. Seven people died in the violence. More>>

New fighting hits South Sudan

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After a lull of several weeks, fighting broke out in South Sudan on Friday, forcing aid workers to take cover in a city where more than 40,000 civilians are huddled in a U.N. base. The country's rebel leader blamed the... More>>

Al-Qaida urges abducted man's family to press US

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Al-Qaida urged the family of an American aid worker it abducted in Pakistan three years ago to demand that the U.S. government negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release. More>>

Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond Video included

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The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets. More>>

Congressman wants to curb military surplus program

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Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager is giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that... More>>

Missouri Highway Patrol seizes control of Ferguson Video included

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The Missouri Highway Patrol seized control of a St. Louis suburb Thursday, stripping local police of their law-enforcement authority after four days of clashes between officers in riot gear and furious crowds protesting... More>>

Japan criticized as 2 ministers visit war shrine

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Two Japanese Cabinet ministers paid respects Friday at a Tokyo shrine that honors the war dead including convicted criminals, a move that drew immediate criticism from South Korea, although Japan's prime minister... More>>

Pope makes tough sell on materialism in SKorea Video included

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Pope Francis urged Catholic youth on Friday to renounce the materialism that afflicts much of Asian society today and reject "inhuman" economic systems that disenfranchise the poor, pressing his economic agenda in one of... More>>

Obama: No Iraq rescue; further airdrops unlikely Video included

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President Barack Obama on Thursday promised to expand U.S. humanitarian relief to Iraqis threatened by the advancing army of the Islamic State militants. He took credit for alleviating the genocide threat to thousands... More>>

Iraq's al-Maliki gives up post to rival Video included

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Embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced late Thursday that he was relinquishing his post to his nominated replacement, ending a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights... More>>

Police images fuel outrage in St. Louis and beyond Video included

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The images were reminiscent of a war zone: Helmeted officers pointing weapons from armored trucks, flash grenades lighting the night sky and tear gas exploding in crowded streets. More>>

Sept. 11 suspect pushes for details of FBI inquiry

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The lead attorney for the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks said Thursday he might withdraw from the case unless the judge orders the government to divulge details about FBI investigations of... More>>

Report: FBI improves national security letter use

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The Justice Department's watchdog has found the FBI has improved handling of national security letters, but says the agency could do better. More>>

VA chief: Firings of workers a deliberate process

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The Veterans Affairs Department is in the process of holding bad employees accountable amid a scandal about long wait times for patients and other problems, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday, but he declined to... More>>

Ukraine, Russia parry over Russian aid convoy

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Raising the stakes in Ukraine's conflict, a Russian aid convoy of more than 200 trucks pushed up to the border on Thursday but then stopped, provocatively poised to cross into rebel-held territory. More>>

Candidates clash in Colorado congressional debate

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Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, clashed over immigration, campaign finance and the budget on Thursday, in the first debate in one of the most competitive, expensive and closely... More>>

US victims' lawyer: Arab Bank financed terrorists

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A large Jordan-based bank funneled tens of millions of dollars to the families of suicide bombers and terrorist operatives with ties to Hamas during a deadly Palestinian uprising from 2001 to 2004, lawyers for American... More>>

Palestinians voice optimism as Gaza truce holds

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Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an end to the fighting in Gaza and secure new arrangements for the war-battered territory. More>>

Displaced Iraqis escape fighting, but not hardship Video included

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Abbas Mohammed Habib was born into Iraq's rapidly expanding world of the displaced. More>>

Subtle voices of dissent surface in war-torn Gaza

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The group of neighbors surveyed the destruction wreaked on their residential complex by Israeli bombardment, with building after building flattened or punctured by shells. The men then began to voice something almost never... More>>

Tsarnaev lawyers say November trial date too soon

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Thursday they likely won't be ready for a planned Nov. 3 trial date. More>>

Eurozone recovery grinds to halt amid Ukraine fear

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Well, that didn't last long. More>>

500 guns seized: Somalia tries to disarm Mogadishu

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Somalia's government has launched a new disarmament campaign that has netted some 500 guns and sparked gun battles in a capital that is awash with weapons, said officials who want to get rid of the weapons before they... More>>

Syrian troops seize contested Damascus suburb

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Syrian government troops captured a fiercely contested suburb of the capital Thursday after five months of heavy fighting, flushing rebels from their last hideouts and quickly moving to crush pockets of resistance in the... More>>

US to deliver more weapons to Lebanese military

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The United States will soon deliver additional weaponry to help bolster the Lebanese military as it faces a growing threat from Islamic militants amid the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria, the U.S.... More>>

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

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The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken,... More>>

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