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Hundreds flee Falluja during Iraqi offensive

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hundreds of residents, mostly women and children, fled Falluja Friday as Iraqi soldiers attacked to drive ISIS from the city, the Iraqi military said.<p>Security forces evacuated about 760 people, who escaped from the eastern and southeastern regions of Falluja, the military said.<p>The United …

Iraq

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:<p>1. OBAMA LIFTS ARMS BAN IN FIRST VISIT TO VIETNAM<p>The move aims to bolster a communist government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner, especially in the context of China's regional aspirations.<p>…

After Taliban leader's assassination, where do Afghan peace talks stand?

<b>(CNN) —</b> The White House, finally confirming the death of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, announced Monday the Taliban "should seize the opportunity to pursue the only real path for ending this long conflict -- joining the Afghan government in a reconciliation process that leads to lasting peace and …

Afghanistan

It's time to acknowledge the genocide of California's Indians

Between 1846 and 1870, California's Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Diseases, dislocation and starvation caused many of these deaths, but the near-annihilation of the California Indians was not the unavoidable result of two civilizations coming into contact for the first …

U.S. Army

Get ready for an economic crash if Britain leaves the EU

Britain's economic growth could tank by 3.6% if we leave the European Union, according to the Treasury.<p>Under a shock scenario, the UK's GDP growth would be 3.6% lower than the current forecast of a 4.3% increase by 2018.<p>The falling pound would drive prices for imported goods upwards and house …

Hawkish Fed sends U.S. dollar soaring; bank stocks rally | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar touched a seven-week high against major currencies on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled an interest rate rise could happen as soon as June, while stocks on Wall Street were buoyed by the resulting rally in bank shares.<p>Traders work on the floor of the …

Stock Markets

RAF fighters intercept Russian jets near Estonia for second time in a week

Typhoons met fighters and reconnaissance aircraft north of Estonia, MoD said, after jets joined Baltic air policing mission last month<p>Royal Air Force fighters have intercepted Russian jets approaching Estonia for the second time in a week, the Ministry of Defence said. The Typhoons were scrambled …

Military

Six Things to Watch in Kentucky and Oregon Primaries

Hillary Clinton continues to move ever closer to clinching the Democratic nomination with each successive primary contest, but Bernie Sanders could get more victories in his column on Tuesday when voters in Kentucky and Oregon head to the polls.<p>Oregon is the kind of progressive, activist state …

Middle-class

The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports

In the early months of 2003, the National Security Agency saw demand for its services spike as a new war in Iraq, as well as ongoing and profound …

The CIA Wants to Play American Citizens for Fools. Again.

Some thoughts on this latest "accident" involving a report on the agency's torture tactics.<p><i>"You've got two or three or four thousand people running around doing espionage. You can't monitor it. You can't control it. You can't check it. And that's probably the biggest problem with an espionage</i> …

Surveillance

How the NRA Keeps Killer Guns on the Market

Many were outraged when Zimmerman auctioned the gun that killed Trayvon Martin. But these macabre sales happen all the time.<p>The Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol, which retails for about $300, is one of the cheapest American-made guns available on the civilian market. In used condition, these are junk guns, …

Guns

Mark Cuban: It would have been 'fun' to run against Donald Trump, but it's too late

Mark Cuban says he was recruited to run for president against Donald Trump, but he believes "it's too late" to enter the race.<p>"It would have been fun to run against Donald," Cuban said -- in the past tense -- in an email to CNNMoney.<p>The billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and co-star of …

Donald Trump

Rule change may expand government surveillance powers, privacy advocates say

Privacy advocates and a U.S. senator are seeking to block a judicial rule change they worry will vastly expand the government's surveillance and hacking powers.<p>Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, plans to introduce legislation this week to halt implementation of a rule easing the government's …

Surveillance

Trump Predicts Refugees With ISIS Phones Will Commit 9/11 Size Attack In The U.S.

"Who pays their monthly charges, right?"<p>Donald Trump said Sunday that he believes refugees will launch a terrorist attack against the United States comparable in size to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.<p>Asked on the National Border Patrol Council's <i>Green Line</i> radio show if he thought it would take another …

Donald Trump

Europe's Top Cop: It's 'Almost Certain' Terrorists Will Try to Strike Again

For months, E.U. officials have faced criticism for failing to prevent the Paris and Brussels attacks, with many intelligence experts blaming the …

Rio Olympics won't save Brazil from recession

The Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro won't give Brazil the boost it needs.<p>That's according to a new report by Moody's Investor Service. It found that the Olympics will help improve Rio's infrastructure, but any gains from the surge of tourism won't save Brazil from its longest recession since the …

Brazil

He Was Caught Trying To Join ISIS, Now He's In Jihadi Rehab

All eyes were on 20-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf when he stepped on the stand in federal court last week in Minneapolis to testify for the prosecution in America's largest ISIS recruitment trial.<p>As Yusuf began to speak, his words provided a rare, behind-the-scenes look at how more than a dozen young …

Terrorism

'Worst' charity for veterans run by VA employee

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> At first glance, the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation is a roaring success. According to its tax filings, the charity has received more than $29 million in donations from generous Americans from 2010 to 2014 for what it calls on its website "aiding, supporting and benefiting …

Homelessness

South Korea, Japan to join U.S. for missile-defense exercise

<b>Seoul, South Korea (CNN) —</b> At a time of growing concern about North Korea's missile program, South Korea, Japan, and the United States will hold their first-ever joint anti-missile exercise next month, South Korea's Defense Ministry told CNN Monday.<p>"It will involve one Aegis-level vessel from each …

North Korea

As Supreme Court Sends Back Birth Control Case, Both Sides Claim Victory

When it comes to the issue of religious rights versus no-cost contraception, the only thing the Supreme Court could agree on was not to decide.<p>In an unsigned opinion issued Monday, the court sent a series of cases back to a raft of federal appeals courts, with instructions for those courts and the …

Health Care

A history of presidential impeachments

ON MAY 12th Brazil's Senate voted to open an impeachment trial against the country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff. Accused of hiding the …

PBS Explores the Origins of the Islamic State’s Terror Campaign

<i>Frontline: The Secret History of ISIS</i><b>. PBS. Tuesday, May 17, 10 p.m.</b>The most significant TV show in the world doesn't air on American television. …

Islam

World War I-era cannon stolen from veterans hall returns home

A 1-ton World War I-era cannon stolen earlier this month from a veteran's hall has been returned to its home in the Bay Area.<p>A Martinez man saw a news story about the stolen 105 mm cannon and realized he had purchased it for $1,200 days ago, according to the Richmond Police Department. He contacted …

Military

How World War II Changed Walt Disney

Filmmaker Walt Disney filming on Brazilian beach. 1941<br>Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 6<p>When the Great Depression ended in …

A look at past killings of Hezbollah figures

BEIRUT (AP) — Top military commander Mustafa Badreddine, who died in an explosion in Damascus, is the latest of a number of senior figures from the Lebanese Shiite guerrilla group to be killed in past years.<p>In the past, Israel was the prime suspect in any assassinations, but since Hezbollah joined …

This Week in World War I: May 14-20, 1916

Sykes-Picot a Century Later<p>Sir Mark Sykes (left) and Francois Georges Picot (right)<p>May 16 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Sykes-Picot Agreement between Great Britain and France. Officially it was called the Asia Minor Agreement, but it has gone down in history as the namesake of …

“The scope of our failure”: The real story of our decades-long foreign policy disaster that set the Middle East on fire

<b>Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld (AP/Reuters/Jason Reed/Kevin Lamarque/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>The brilliant Andrew Bacevich tells Salon why our massive march to folly in Middle East has to be seen as one war<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>May 15, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>I first interviewed Andrew Bacevich, …

Geopolitics

Battle of Britain revisited: why Adolf Hitler matters in Brexit debate

<b>London:</b> For the French, the Dutch, the Belgians and the Germans, World War II is an important reason to be part of the European Union. For many …