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Josh Earnest Won’t Say ‘Winning’ in Describing U.S. Military Effort Against the Islamic State

White House press secretary Josh Earnest declined to say multiple times Friday whether the United States is winning against the Islamic State in a military effort that’s been going on for over a year.<p>He would only say the United States is making progress.<p>“There is no denying we’ve made a lot of …

Russia to U.S.: talk to us on Syria or risk 'unintended incidents' | Reuters

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia called on Friday for military-to-military cooperation with the United States to avert “unintended incidents” as it stages navy exercises off the coast of Syria, where U.S. officials believe Moscow is building up forces to protect President Bashar …

California's SB 707: Gun Control vs. the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment

<i>Bryant: "Stop right where you are! You know the score, pal. You're not cop, you're little people." - Blade Runner, 1982</i><p>It's been quite the summer for Section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution also known as the Equal Protection Clause. It states,<p><i>"All persons born or</i> …

'Something's wrong': The ISIS intelligence scandal just hit Obama's inner circle

James Clapper, America's top spy, is reportedly in "frequent and unusual contact" with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration's official line, Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports.<p>"In communications, Clapper, who is far more …

Vladimir Putin confirms Russian military involvement in Syria's civil war

Russian president talks of desire for "international coalition" to fight terrorism and extremism and does not rule out possibility of direct military intervention in Syria<p>Russia is providing “serious” training and logistical support to the Syrian army, Vladimir Putin has said, in the first public …

Syria conflict: Ministers to 'argue for UK military action'

<b>Ministers will start to make a case for British military action in Syria next week - with Downing Street keen to take the "next step" against so-called Islamic State - the BBC understands.</b><p>Sources said ministers planned to lay the groundwork for a new Commons vote.<p>The government plans to set out its …

Image of dead Syrian boy captures human tragedy of Europe's migrant crisis

As politicians argue over how to handle the worst migrant crisis since the Second World War, the body of a little boy still dressed in T-shirt and shorts washes ashore<p>It was an image that captured the human tragedy of Europe’s migrant crisis: a Turkish border guard tenderly cradling the lifeless …

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Kim Jong-un orders North Korean frontline troops onto war footing

Supreme Leader orders his troops to be in a 'wartime state' after exchange of artillery fire with South Korea<p>Kim Jong-un has ordered front-line North Korean troops onto a war-footing as tensions on the border with South Korea soared following an exchange of artillery fire.<p>South Korea fired dozens …

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Israeli army attacks Syrian town after rocket attacks

Syria's state news agency has quoted a Syrian military source as saying that an Israeli army helicopter launched a number of rockets towards Syrian territory, targeting the transportation directorate and the governorate building in Quneitra.<p>The attack on Thursday, which the SANA news agency said …

Why Democrats Are Struggling With Black Lives Matter

Tiffany Mitchell—AP<p>Huy Mach—St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP<p>David Carson—St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP<p>Whitney Curtis—The New York Times/Redux<p>David Carson—St. …

U.S. confirms ISIS used mustard agent

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. government has test results from an ISIS attack in Hasakah, Syria, from two weeks ago that confirm the terror group used a mustard agent as a weapon, multiple U.S. intelligence and military officials told CNN on Friday.<p>The U.S. is continuing to investigate an attack this …

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Turmoil in Burma's military-backed ruling party as leaders are deposed

Burmese security forces surrounded the headquarters of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development party on Thursday and senior regime figures were removed from their posts as tensions mount ahead of elections in November.<p>Sources within the headquarters of the USDP – which is effectively a …

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North Korean vice premier allegedly executed for disagreeing with Kim Jong-un

According to a South Korea media report, 63-year-old Choe Yong-gon, a North Korean vice-premier, was executed by a firing squad for disagreeing with …

Sri Lanka's torture of Tamils persists despite war's end: charity | Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The torture of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka by the police and military remains a major problem six years after the end of the civil war with victims beaten, burned and sexually abused, a UK-based charity providing medical care to survivors said.<p>In a report …

UK families of Iraq War dead threaten legal action over inquiry delay | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Families of British soldiers killed following the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 threatened on Thursday to take legal action unless a long-awaited report from a public inquiry into the war is published, the Daily Mail newspaper reported.<p>Lawyers representing 29 families have …

2 police wounded in attack on post in Mali's capital

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A witness says men drove by a police post near a bus station in Mali's capital and opened fire, injuring two police …

European volunteers fighting in Eastern Ukraine | Europe

<b>Shyrokyne, Ukraine -</b> Separatist and pro-Ukrainian forces have clashed in Shyrokyne since September, as this once quiet seaside village became one of the most hotly contested sections of the front line.<p>Houses have been destroyed by artillery fire and the city is a mess of broken glass and twisted …

Afghan president in last-ditch attempt to repair ties with Pakistan

Ashraf Ghani sends top spy, diplomat and defence chief to Islamabad, but warns decisions made in coming weeks will affect bilateral ties for years<p>The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, has sent his top spy, diplomat and defence chief to Pakistan for a last-ditch attempt to rescue a relationship which …

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Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law even after the official enrollment season …

Life in Sadr City: 'We are living in a state of fear'

BAGHDAD (AP) — In this torrid Baghdad summer, Karim Kadim, his wife and five children have been sleeping in their living room, where the air …

Pakistan military OKs death sentences for 6 school attackers

Pakistan's military chief on Thursday approved death sentences for six men convicted in last year's devastating attack on an army-run school in this northern city, while another man was sentenced to life in prison.<p>The army's Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement that a military court …

Al-Zawihiri Pledges Allegiance To New Taliban Chief

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has released an audio message pledging loyalty to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who was chosen recently to succeed Mullah Omar.<p>"We pledge our allegiance [to the] commander of the faithful, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, may God protect …

Journalist, five others killed in Mexico state of Veracruz | Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A journalist was among six people killed by armed men in a bar in the Mexican state of Veracruz, the state attorney general’s office said on Thursday, days after the murder of another journalist based in the state sparked widespread outrage.<p>Five gunmen stormed the bar early …

U.S. raises concern about Iranian’s reported visit to Moscow

Secretary of State John F. Kerry raised U.S. concerns about a reported visit by the head of Iran’s paramilitary Quds Force to Moscow last month in a conversation Thursday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the State Department said.<p>The Quds Force’s Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani is subject to …

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IG report slams Comey for 'error of judgment' in Clinton email probe<p>Video shows Trump saluting North Korean general<p>Tense White House briefing centers …

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