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Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.<p>The announcement comes as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits President Barack Obama and …

Ashraf Ghani

Jury seated in slaying of 'American Sniper' author

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — A jury was seated Monday in the trial of a man charged with killing the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper," with the judge estimating no more than two dozen people were dismissed from service because of publicity about the case.<p>Ten …

Latin America

U.S. Officials Say Non to 'Je Suis Charlie' Rallies

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Police: As many as 6 Paris terror suspects may be at large

PARIS (AP) — As many as six members of a terrorist cell involved in the Paris attacks may still be at large, including a man who was seen driving a car registered to the widow of one of the gunmen, French police said Monday.<p>The disclosure came as France deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive …

Terrorism
Cuba

Sydney cafe siege: timeline of Australia's growing terror threat

The Sydney Siege comes as Australia faces an increasing threat of terrorism at home. In revenge for Australia’s combat missions in Iraq, the Islamic State in the Levant called on its supporters to carry out spontaneous “lone wolf” attacks<p><b>A timeline of the events leading up the Sydney siege.</b><p><b>Jul 21</b>: …

Australia

In pictures: Commandos end Sydney hostage siege

New South Wales

Sydney Siege Ends: Police Storm Cafe Where Man Haron Monis Held Hostages

A gunman was killed and two hostages are dead after police stormed a chocolate shop in Sydney on Monday, ending a 16-hour siege by a self-professed sheik.<p>An intelligence source named the gunman as Man Haron Monis, who is also known as Sheikh Haron. He appeared to be making demands to negotiators …

Terrorism

Here Are Microsoft's New Robot Security Guards

Microsoft recently installed a fleet of 5-feet-tall, 300-pound robots to protect its Silicon Valley campus. The robots are packed with HD security cameras and sensors to take in their organic, protein-based surroundings. There's also an artificial intelligence on board that can sound alarms when …

Robotics

Nationwide Protest over Ferguson

Canada raises 'terrorism' alert after soldier killed

The alert level was raised from low to medium after authorities said a man they believed to be "radicalized" struck two officers with his car Monday, but authorities said the heightened alert was not "the result of a specific threat."<p>"This level means that intelligence has indicated that an …

Extremism

Hong Kong police arrest 45 in clashes

Dozens of people were arrested in clashes Tuesday night as Hong Kong police moved to stop protesters from re-occupying a major road outside the government headquarters.<p>Pro-democracy protesters repelled the first police attempt to move them on, encircling officers who fired pepper spray before …

North Korea says leader has reappeared

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korean state media has attempted to end the international speculation about the whereabouts of leader Kim Jong Un by publishing the first photos of him in more than a month.<p>The North Korean leader gave "field guidance" to a newly built residential district and visited the Natural …

Finland wins world junior championship with 4-3 overtime win over Russia

Kasperi Kapanen scored a wraparound goal in overtime as Finland rallied past Russia 4-3 on Tuesday to win the world junior hockey championship.<p>Patrik Laine, Sebastian Aho and captain Mikko Rantanen all scored in the third period as Finland staged a late comeback. Kaapo Kahkonen made 22 saves for …

North and South Korea exchange fire

North and South Korea exchanged fire Friday after gunners in the North targeted balloons carrying leaflets critical of the country's reclusive regime, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.<p>North Korean gunners fired anti-aircraft rounds at the balloons for 20 minutes, and some of the shots landed …

Ebola comment gets passenger hazmat escort from plane

Ebola is no laughing matter, especially not at airports or on planes, where screenings have gotten tighter.<p>So, when a man on a flight on Wednesday may have joked that he had been to Africa and had the deadly disease, he received a special escort off the plane.<p>Four officials in blue plastic hazmat …

Turkey to allow army to fight in Syria and Iraq, but blocks Kurds

Turkish lawmakers Thursday approved allowing ground troops into Syria and Iraq, as riot police prevented Kurdish defenders from reaching the besieged Syrian border town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani to its mostly Kurdish residents.<p>"It's clear. Daesh and the Turks are one hand," said one disgusted …

Gaza reconstruction plan ‘risks putting UN in charge of Israeli blockade’

Critics say Israel’s insistence on strict controls of basic supplies and veto of specific projects will undermine $8bn programme<p>A UN-sponsored agreement for the reconstruction of Gaza is facing sharp criticism from senior international officials and NGOs, who say it will create a restrictive new …

9 peacekeepers killed in Mali, U.N. says

Nine U.N. peacekeepers were killed in an ambush Friday in Mali, a U.N. spokesman said.<p>Their convoy was attacked near Menaka, in the country's eastern Gao region, by heavily armed men on motorcycles, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Mali.<p>The nine dead were from …

Hong Kong protests: Leaders threaten to call off talks

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1113000/1113304_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522373477_e7c270fc87446e99da411baa34d87672<p><b>Leaders of a pro-democracy student group in Hong Kong have postponed talks with the government after demonstrators got into scuffles with …

Hong Kong

David Cameron tells UK troops their work in Afghanistan ‘will live forever’

Prime minister makes final visit to country before full pullout of British troops, warning them fight against extremism continues<p>An emotional David Cameron has told British troops leaving Camp Bastion in Afghanistan that their achievements in the country would live for ever, while warning that …

North Korea capital 'under lockdown' amid rumours of threat to Kim Jong-un

Travel ban triggers renewed speculation about stability of regime of Kim Jong-un<p>The North Korean capital has been placed under lockdown, according to sources with Pyongyang, raising new questions about the stability of Kim Jong-un's regime.<p>Quoting sources within North Korea, the respected New Focus …

North Korea

Turkish lawmakers OK military action against ISIS

Turkey's lawmakers voted Thursday to authorize military force against the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq, opening the door to cooperation with a U.S.-led coalition going after ISIS as its fighters laid siege to towns just south of the Turkish border.<p>The Turkish Parliament voted 298-98 …