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Pakistan mosque: Suicide attack leaves 25 dead

<b>Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> A suicide attack at a Pakistani mosque in the country's tribal areas killed at least 25 people Friday, an official told CNN.<p>Jamaat-ul-Ahra, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, has claimed responsibility for the bombing that also injured 34 people, according to the …


As Syria truce holds. al-Qaida affiliate denounces it

BEIRUT (AP) — With much of Syria calm for the past 24 hours, a powerful al-Qaida-linked group sharply criticized the U.S.-Russian-brokered cease-fire, saying Tuesday its real aim was to keep President Bashar Assad in power.<p>The extremist group was in talks with other rebel factions for a possible …

Middle East

From exile, Snowden requests a presidential pardon

In 2013, President Barack Obama said National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was not a patriot for revealing widespread government surveillance programs. AP<p>Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley and Zachary Quinto star in director Oliver Stone's "Snowden." Open Road Films


U.S. and Israel reach agreement on unprecedented amount of military aid

Israel and the United States have reached an agreement that will provide Israel an unprecedented amount of military aid over a decade.<p>The State Department said the agreement, known as a memo of understanding, will be signed Wednesday afternoon. Jacob Nagel, Israel’s acting national security …