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Leading U.S. theory: ISIS leader al-Baghdadi hiding among civilians

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. effort to take out senior ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and other top ISIS officials is increasingly focusing on Raqqa, Syria, the self-declared capital of ISIS, CNN has learned.<p>The military is watching for signs of movement there as Kurdish forces are now just 35 …

Osama Bin Laden

French PM warns of more attacks after man decapitated

The alleged assailant, identified as 35-year-old married father-of-three Yassin Salhi, also caused an explosion by smashing his vehicle into the Air Products factory near France's second city of Lyon.<p>The grisly killing came on the same day as two other attacks claimed by the Islamic State jihadist …

U.S. government halts veterans' enrollment at five more helicopter schools

The government has ordered at least five additional helicopter training programs to stop enrolling more veterans, part of a continuing crackdown to end GI Bill abuses that have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.<p>The latest restrictions have been imposed on programs in Arizona, Florida, …

Iraqi Sunnis accuse Shi'ite paramilitaries of burning homes outside Tikrit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two Iraqi local officials and a police officer accused Shi’ite paramilitary forces on Saturday of burning and looting homes in the town of al-Dour after capturing the area during a military campaign to oust Islamic State fighters.<p>Families who have returned to their homes drive …

Pakistan says 80 militants killed in heavy Khyber clashes

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani troops killed 80 militants in heavy clashes in the lawless northwest, near the mountainous border with Afghanistan, a spokesman said on Sunday, while the Pakistani Taliban said at least six soldiers had been killed.<p>Fighter jets have pounded positions in the Tirah …

McCain: Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Sen. John McCain says he is "convinced" Obama is letting his personal problems with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get in the way of shared policy goals.<p>"The President should get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President," the Arizona Republican said Sunday …

Ashraf Ghani: U.S. Critical To Afghanistan's Future

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani tells NPR that most people in his country want a continued U.S. troop presence and that his government is determined to make sure that the self-declared Islamic State does not gain a foothold.<p>Ghani, on an official visit to the United States, spoke in a wide-ranging …

Ashraf Ghani

Army, AF leaders: Lack of resources jeopardizes national defense

<b>WASHINGTON (AFNS) --</b> Army and Air Force senior leaders spoke with one message to the Senate Armed Services Committee March 18, and the message was …

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Russian Military Jets Intercepted By NATO Near Latvia Over Baltic Sea

Seven Russian aircraft were intercepted by the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission while flying in international airspace near Latvia, the country’s …

Baltic Sea

Tunisia Attack Underlines Need For Inter-Africa Cooperation Against Terrorism, African Union Says

The African Union called the terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in Tunisia’s capital "heinous and cowardly," and said the attack also underlined …

African Union

Navy SEAL killed during parachute training identified

The Navy SEAL killed in a parachuting accident was identified Thursday as Petty Officer 3rd-class Jason Kortz of Highlands Ranch, Colo.<p>Kortz, 29, was killed Wednesday during a parachute training mission in the Riverside County community of Perris. The incident is under investigation.<p>Kortz enlisted …

U.S. veterans, Koreans seek conditions for Japan PM address to Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An organization for former U.S. prisoners of the Japanese and a Korean-American forum say Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should only be invited to address the U.S. Congress during an expected visit if he acknowledges Japan’s World War Two past.<p>Japan's Prime Minister …

Kashmir: Militant attack on police station kills four

<b>Militants attacked a police station in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing four people in the first major attack since a new coalition government took over power in the state this month.</b><p>The two attackers were killed after a gun battle that lasted four hours, officials said.<p>Ten others, including a …

The Interview: South Korea bans balloon drop of DVDs into North

Government in Seoul says it will intervene to stop stunt as it would do more harm than good, putting residents along the border at risk of retaliation<p>South Korea has vowed to stop a balloon drop of Hollywood film The Interview into North Korea, citing a “limit” to freedom of expression.<p>Activists …

FBI agent: Tsarnaev's computer contained extremist materials

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a variety of extremist materials on his computer, including an issue of the al-Qaida magazine Inspire with an article entitled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom," an FBI agent testified Thursday.<p>Tsarnaev, 21, faces the possibility of the death …

Gunmen 'take hostages' in attack on Tunisia parliament

Tourists from Poland and France among those killed, as Tunisian PM says one of gunmen was known to intelligence services before the attack<p><b>• Nine people arrested by Tunisia police in connection with attack</b> <b><br>• Overall death toll rises to 23, including 20 foreign tourists</b> <b><br>• One of gunmen was known to</b> …

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Pakistani Militants Kill Former Lawyer of Doctor Who Helped Find bin Laden

A Pakistani lawyer who represented the doctor charged with helping U.S. intelligence authorities hunt down al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed …

Who is the Air Force veteran who allegedly tried to join ISIS?

An Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic from New Jersey has been charged with attempting to travel to Syria and join Islamic State (ISIS) …

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Iran, U.S. line up technical options as push for deal intensifies

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran and major world powers have been making headway in identifying technical options for a historic nuclear deal as an end-March deadline nears but difficult issues must still be addressed, U.S. and Iranian officials said on Tuesday.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John …

Cotton says 'no regrets' about letter warning Iran about nuclear deal

Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton on Sunday stood behind the letter he and fellow Senate Republicans sent to Iranian leaders about their nuclear negotiations with the United States, amid criticism that it undermined Obama administration efforts.<p>"It's so important we communicated this message straight to …

Boko Haram militants attack village in Chad, killing one

N’DJAMENA (Reuters) - Fighters from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist insurgency attacked a village in Chad early on Sunday, killing one person, local residents said.<p>Boko Haram, which is seeking to carve an Islamist emirate out of northeastern Nigeria, has expanded its zone of operations over the past …

The latest explanation for Vladimir Putin's mystery disappearance … flu

Since Vladimir Putin vanished from public view 10 days ago, the speculation surrounding the Russian president has been nothing if not dramatic. One rumour claimed he had died. Another wondered if some cosmetic surgery had gone wrong. Yet another placed him in Switzerland for the birth of a secret …

Syria's war: 80% in poverty, life expectancy cut by 20 years, $200bn lost

The war in Syria has plunged 80% of its people into poverty, reduced life expectancy by 20 years, and led to massive economic losses estimated at over $200 billion since the conflict began in 2010, according to a UN-backed report.<p>The Syrian Centre for Policy Research painted a devastating picture …

Drought may soon yield mysterious WWII-era bomber beneath Lake Mead

The drought that has parched much of the southwest may soon yield a mystery that has rested at the bottom of Nevada's Lake Mead for nearly 70 years, a B-29 bomber that went down carrying a top-secret missile defense system that may have actually caused the crash.<p>The B-29 bomber, also known as the …

US Embassy in Saudi Arabia on security alert, suspends consular services

TOKYO — The US Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has cancelled all consular services Sunday and Monday due to “heightened security concerns,” according …