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U.S. forces already advising Iraqi forces in Anbar province

INCIRLIK AIR BASE Turkey (Reuters) - American forces have begun advising Iraqi troops in the western Anbar province, the top U.S. general told Reuters, in a faster-than-expected expansion of an operation that is central to its campaign against Islamic State.<p>General Martin Dempsey (R), chairman of …

Israeli man stabbed in Jerusalem

Police say an Israeli man has been stabbed in Jerusalem, apparently by a Arab assailant.<p>Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attack took place in central Jerusalem on Sunday, and involved a Jewish man in his 30s.<p>She said the man was stabbed in his upper body with a screw driver, wielded by an assailant …

The illegal ivory trade may not fund a major terror group, after all

Kathryn Bigelow and other prominent activists have denounced poachers’ ties to al-Qaida, but are they real?<p>NAIROBI, Kenya — Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has made a 3-minute animated short called "Last Days," telling the story of ivory poaching and the threat it poses to elephants. The film …

Obama stands firm on immigration executive action, dismisses GOP threat of government shutdown

President Barack Obama showed no sign of backing down on his plans to issue executive orders on immigration, saying the timing will not be affected by the threat of a government shutdown by Republicans, who says they’ll try to include measures to block the orders in must-pass spending bills.<p>The …

Latest Islamic State horror masks a week of defeats

After a week in which Islamic state (Isis) has suffered a wave of setbacks, it is determined to show that it plays a long game.<p>On all of its active fronts, things have not been going well for the terror group. Iraq has been a particular problem: Isis appears to have lost control of one of its …

Republicans reject government shutdown as a viable option for immigration reform

Republican lawmakers overwhelmingly agreed on Sunday talk shows that shutting down the government to avoid unilateral action by President Barack Obama on immigration is not a good option<p>"I think there's got to be more productive ways for us to be able to impress on the President the need to work …

Sen. Claire McCaskill Distances Herself From Obama, Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON -- Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill reiterated on Sunday that she is unhappy with both the leader of her party in the Senate and with President Barack Obama's plan to take unilateral action on immigration reform. McCaskill's tone will likely help fuel speculation that she is …

Should cities be reimbursed for Ebola costs? One U.S. senator says yes

The federal government should pay back New York and other cities that have shelled out millions to deal with Ebola, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.<p>In New York, which diagnosed its first Ebola case last month, the price tag has been steep, Schumer said.<p>The city has spent about $20 million so …

Here's What We Know About Dr. Martin Salia, The Most Recent Ebola Patient In The U.S.

UPDATE: Dr. Martin Salia has died, according to the Nebraska Medical Center. "Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren't able to save him," Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at the hospital said in a statement.<p>…

U.S. heightens Ebola screening for travelers from Mali | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will begin enhanced Ebola screening on Monday for travelers whose trips started in the African nation of Mali, the government said on Sunday.<p>A health worker sprays disinfectant at a mosque in Bamako November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney<p>Mali has been added to …

Suicide attack targets market in Nigeria

A female suicide bomber has blown herself up at a mobile phone market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 13 people, police have said.<p>The attack happened in the town of Azare in Bauchi state, which neighbours the three states worst hit by attacks by the armed Boko Haram group.<p>"So far, 13 persons …

Turkey's Erdogan: Muslims discovered Americas

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is claiming that Muslim sailors reached the Americas more than 300 years before explorer Christopher Columbus.<p>Speaking Saturday at a gathering of Muslim leaders from Latin America, Erdogan said that contact between Islam and Latin America dates to the 12th …

Romney: Obama 'Needs to Learn That He Lost' the Midterms

A former opponent's criticism of how the president has handled ISIS and immigration<p>As news broke Sunday morning of a new ISIS video that reportedly depicted the beheading of American hostage Peter Kassig, Mitt Romney was among the first to criticize the Obama administration, doubling down on his …

David Cameron warns of looming second global crash

David Cameron has issued a stark message that “red warning lights are flashing on the dashboard of the global economy” in the same way as when the financial crash brought the world to its knees six years ago.<p>Writing in the Guardian at the close of the G20 summit in Brisbane, Cameron says there is …

Egypt to try students in military court

Five Egyptian students have been transferred to a military court on charges of rioting at a university, a judicial source and state media said, weeks after a law was passed allowing military trials of civilians for damaging state property.<p>A Cairo criminal court transferred the students after ruling …

The 'Inside Politics' forecast: A possible bipartisan deal on Obama's nominees

John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.<p>One final 2014 showdown and several examples of post-election fallout filled a trip around the "Inside Politics" table that -- …

Death on the New York City Subway

Around 50 people die in the New York City subway system each year, but city officials won't invest in physical safeguards.<p>Early Sunday morning in the Bronx, 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok and his wife entered the 167 St. subway station in order to head to Manhattan's Chinatown for breakfast. They never …

Main Mexico leftist party on verge of dissolution, leader says

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The elder statesman of Mexico’s main leftist party said on Sunday the group was on the verge of falling apart after a series of mistakes and the disappearance of 43 students in a state it runs in the southwest of the country.<p>Cuauhtemoc Cardenas (R), founder of the Party of …

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Iran Is Your Enemy'

WASHINGTON -- Less than 48 hours before the start of final talks on Iran’s nuclear program, set to begin Tuesday in Vienna, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on American television to warn the Obama administration against agreeing to a deal to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons …

Threat of lone wolf attacks worries Homeland Security chief

Lone wolf terror attacks remain a significant threat within the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday, and could occur without warning.<p>"We have to be vigilant against an independent actor here in the homeland who might choose to strike at any moment," Johnson told CNN's …

Hagel says U.S. military accelerating mission to train Iraqi troops | Reuters

FORT IRWIN Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Sunday the Pentagon will accelerate its mission to train Iraqi forces to combat Islamic State militants, using troops already in Iraq to start the effort while funding is sought for a broader initiative.<p>U.S. Secretary of …

Suicide attack in Nigerian market kills at least 12: witnesses

ABUJA (Reuters) - A female suicide bomber blew herself up on Sunday, killing at least a dozen people in a cellphone market in Azare, a town in Nigeria’s Bauchi State where a similar attack at a bank last week killed seven, witnesses said.<p>No one claimed immediate responsibility for Sunday’s blast, …

The Ongoing Eruption In Hawaii, In Pictures

Lava is continuing its slow and steady approach towards the community of Pāhoa.<p>Lava is still approaching the Hawaiian town of Pāhoa. It already destroyed a house (see below; the red-roofed structure still standing is a garage) and is continuing its march, oozing slowly towards other structures, …

Man pushed to death in New York City subway station

Police in New York City are looking for a suspect they say pushed a man to his death from the subway platform into the path of the D train on Sunday.<p>Police have little to go on. Lt. John Grimpel says a male suspect was wearing a dark jacket. The act is "believed to be random," he said.<p>Bronx …

Colombian general kidnapped, rebels suspected

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Authorities in Colombia have mounted a massive search and rescue operation for an army general who was apparently taken captive by leftist rebels.<p>Gen. Ruben Dario Alzate and two civilians were intercepted Sunday afternoon while traveling by motor boat along a remote river in …

Russia expels Polish diplomats as row deepens

Russia has expelled a number of Polish diplomats accusing them of activities "incompatible with their status" in response to expulsions of Russian diplomats by Warsaw, the foreign ministry has said.<p>"The Polish authorities indeed took such an unfriendly and absolutely groundless step," the ministry …