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Key Afghan city falls to Taliban in major government setback

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban captured the strategic northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday in a multi-pronged attack involving hundreds of …

France: 2 Americans subdue gunman on high-speed train

There are alarming consequences to stopping the Iran nuclear deal

The fate of the nuclear deal with Iran appears to be in some jeopardy.<p>Key democrats in Congress - most notably New York Senator Chuck Schumer - have recently announced that they would vote to reject the agreement.<p>Passage of the agreement is far from a done deal, with more than two dozen Senate …

14 unusual hot dog topping ideas for your Fourth of July barbecue

This Fourth of July, skip the ketchup and mustard — there are better ways to top the humble hot dog.<p>Instead, raid your pantry for condiments and …

Negotiators make headway on Iran sanctions, past nuclear activity

The head of the<p>United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency said Saturday he hopes to complete his controversial investigation of Iran’s past nuclear activities by December, potentially removing a key obstacle to completion of world powers’ sweeping nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.<p>Meanwhile, …

Beijing rejects US demands to scale back artificial islands in South China Sea

China on Sunday rejected US demands to stop intensifying reclamation works in the South China Sea, saying it was exercising its sovereignty and using the outposts to fulfil international responsibilities.<p>Admiral Sun Jianguo, deputy chief of the general staff department in the People’s Liberation …

Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter …

ISIS executes 262, as it takes ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, group says

<b>(CNN) —</b> When ISIS captures a city, the bloodshed is hardly over, as the militants summarily execute captive fighters and residents by the dozens. In Syria, they have killed more than 250 of them in less than two weeks.<p>At least 13 of the victims were children, said the Syrian Observatory for Human …

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Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," …

Pentagon: US will help Iraq retake Ramadi if it falls to ISIS

While stopping short of confirming Islamic State's statement it had seized full control of Anbar province's capital, the Defense Department appeared to leave open that possibility, which would mark a major defeat for the Baghdad government.<p>"Ramadi has been contested since last summer and ISIL now …

Two Russian soldiers captured near rebel-controlled Luhansk, says Ukraine

Two Russian soldiers captured while fighting in war-torn eastern Ukraine are being transported to the capital, Kiev, a Ukrainian military spokesman has said.<p>The Russians were wounded and taken prisoner near the frontline town of Shchastia in the Luhansk region on Sunday, Ukrainian officials …

Former CIA deputy director explains what it was like dealing with Pakistan after the bin Laden raid

Despite our success, there was still a lot of work to be done.<p>One major issue was the state of US-Pakistan relations and particularly the relations between CIA and Pakistan's intelligence service, the Directorate for Inter-​Services Intelligence (ISI).<p>The ties between our two nations and their …

ISIL overruns last Iraqi holdout in Ramadi

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have overrun one of the last remaining districts held by government forces in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, security officials have said.<p>Iraqi special forces soldiers were reported to be fleeing the city on Sunday as the armed group …

China says Philippines breaking code of conduct by building in South China Sea

China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea by building on disputed islets, a move that comes after repeated criticism of China’s construction work.<p>China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an …

U.S. aircraft carrier sent to Yemen in response to Iran

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt left the Persian Gulf on Sunday and is headed toward Yemen, where there are already three U.S. amphibious …

Al-Shabab bombs UN van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF workers killed

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Islamic extremists set off a bomb in a U.N. van in normally tranquil northern Somalia on Monday, killing at least seven …

Iraqi forces seize government headquarters in battle for Tikrit

TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi troops aided by Shi’ite paramilitaries have driven Islamic State out of central Tikrit, Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Tuesday, but the fight to retake all of Saddam Hussein’s hometown continued.<p>Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite paramilitary fighters hold an …

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Iraqi army weighs cost of U.S.-led strikes in Tikrit as militiamen leave

TIKRIT, IRAQ — In the makeshift Iraqi army command headquarters for the operation to clear Tikrit, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim reads out the coordinates for targets that planes from the U.S.-led coalition are to strike: the local council building, the teacher’s institute, a local mall.<p>As he speaks, …

Tunisia Museum Attack Suspect Killed in Overnight Operation

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.<p>State news agency TAP cites Prime Minister …

Slow economy could prompt Iran to take nuclear deal

The headlines in Tehran have been trumpeting some good news for Iran’s economy lately. In the first 11 months of the Iranian fiscal year, car production climbed 58 percent and pistachio exports shot up 71 percent. Inflation is high but easing, and after a sharp contraction in 2012 and 2013, the …

Yemen Crisis: U.N. Security Council to Meet After Houthis Seize Taiz

The United Nations Security Council will meet on Sunday on the situation in Yemen after Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi called for an "urgent intervention" by the 15-member body.<p>Hadi on Saturday accused the Iranian-allied Houthi militia that controls the capital Sanaa of staging a coup …

Obama says Netanyahu's comment complicates goal of Israel-Palestinian peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments before his reelection last week were divisive and make it harder to find a path forward toward peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, President Obama said in an interview published Saturday.<p>Obama ratcheted up his confrontation with …

Binyamin Netanyahu victory causes international concern

Two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict slips further from becoming a reality after Likud remains largest party in Knesset in 17 March election<p>Binyamin Netanyahu’s sweeping victory in Israel’s general election is causing dismay internationally because it appears to be another nail in the …

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CIA director announces sweeping reorganization of spy agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Director John Brennan has ordered a sweeping reorganization of the CIA, an overhaul designed to make its leaders more accountable …