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  • Paris wants Iran to help crush Islamic radicals

    PARIS (AP) — France is prepared to invite Iran to an international conference Monday aimed at coordinating actions to knock out the Islamic State extremists in Iraq — even though that runs counter to the U.S. refusal to deal with Tehran. The position reflects a recent shift in France's policy...

  • Pakistan nabs militants linked to attack on Malala

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women. Army...

  • Poland resumes gas deliveries to Ukraine

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has resumed deliveries of gas to Ukraine that it had halted after its own supplies from Russia dropped this week, the state pipeline operator said Friday. The statement by Gaz-System S.A. suggests gas flows from Russian supplier Gazprom are once again meeting...

  • Dozens of Israeli intel soldiers refuse to serve

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Dozens of reserve soldiers from an elite Israeli intelligence unit have sent a letter to the country's military chief and prime minister saying they refuse to serve for moral reasons. The letter from soldiers in Unit 8200 — Israel's equivalent of the eavesdropping,...

  • US sanctions target key Russia economic sectors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States hit Russia Friday with a new round of economic sanctions, levying penalties on Russia's largest bank and expanding financing restrictions on major energy and defense companies. The sanctions were imposed in coordination with the European Union, which unveiled...

  • European countries condemn Estonian's abduction

    TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Nine European countries demanded on Friday that Russia immediately release an Estonian security service officer who was abducted by unknown gunmen a week ago and taken across the Russian border. At a scheduled meeting in Tallinn, the capital, eight Nordic and Baltic...

  • Salmond: Savvy salesman for Scottish independence

    Alex Salmond is many things: a gambler with an obsessive eye for the horses, a populist showman equally quick to cause and claim outrage, an improvisational wit with a cut-throat edge. And should he triumph in Scotland's independence referendum Thursday, Salmond would earn a new reputation — as...

  • Two Navy fighters crash in Pacific

    Navy ships were searching the waters of the western Pacific Ocean on Friday for a missing pilot after two Navy F/A-18 fighter jets crashed while conducting flight operations, the Navy said.

  • Exclusive: White House delays release of security-strategy doctrine

    Even before President Obama's "no strategy" gaffe and this week's major speech laying out a plan to confront the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, White House staffers were working on updating a long overdue national security strategy doctrine.

  • Arab allies pledge to fight Islamic State group

    JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Key Arab allies promised Thursday to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in, signaling the struggle the U.S. faces in trying to get front-line nations to put aside their regional animosities and work together to...

  • GRAPHIC: How does Obama's 2014 coalition stack up to earlier coalitions?

    An Iraqi volunteer force chant slogans against the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and Syria during training in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, June 25, 2014, after authorities urged Iraqis to help battle insurgents. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)

  • Faith in the Republican Party's ability to fight terrorism is at an all-time high

    The president's foot-dragging and seeming lack of a coherent strategy for foreign policy, has likely led to the collapse of voter confidence in Democrats.

  • White House to Congress: Pass bill arming Syrian rebels ASAP

    Time is of the essence, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, because Saudi Arabia has agreed to host a training operation for vetted members of the Syrian opposition, and U.S. officials want to take them up on the offer as quickly as possible.

  • John Boehner: Obama's plan not likely enough to defeat Islamic State

    "If our goal is to eliminate [the Islamic State], there's a lot of doubt [among House Republicans] whether the plan that was outlined by the president last night is enough to accomplish that mission," the House speaker said.

  • Obama: U.S. placing tougher sanctions on Russia

    President Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. would "intensify" sanctions against Russia's financial, energy and defense sectors, as western powers ratchet up their showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his incursions in Ukraine.



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