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US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections

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Even as elections near, US has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court. More>>

Australian leader off to US for talks with Trump, governors

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull heads for the United States accompanied by the largest Australian political and business delegation ever to visit the U.S. More>>

Lebanon gets tough on the press ahead of elections

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A string of criminal suits against Lebanese journalists and researchers has jolted this small country that is accustomed to styling itself as the main forum for ideas in the Middle East. More>>

New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital

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Syrian rescuers say 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus. More>>

Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with key goals of full UN membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for resolving all issues with Israel for a two-state solution. More>>

AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attack

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AP Explains: Syria's starved rebellious suburbs east of the Syrian capital, Damascus, are under attack. More>>

Report: Hawaii wasn't ready to handle missile threat alert

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The latest report on Hawaii's missile scare says the state began testing alerts before fully a developing a plan to address the ballistic missile threat. More>>

Government bombing of Damascus suburbs kills more than 100 Video included

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Syrian activists, paramedics say 98 people were killed in government shelling of rebel-held Damascus suburbs on Monday. More>>

With new elections near, US strains to curb Russia meddling

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The first congressional primaries are just two weeks away, and the U.S. government has done little so far to aggressively combat the kind of Russian election interference that's been revealed. More>>

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

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Israel says it's successfully tested system capable of defending against ballistic missiles outside the atmosphere. More>>

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture

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Ancient acupuncture is increasingly used as weapon in the nation's struggle with opioids. More>>

Students shaken by shooting focus on stopping gun violence

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Survivors of a Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead are channeling their anger and sadness into action. More>>

Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, fighting for political survival, says he has the president's trust and will stay in his job. More>>

The Latest: Envoy says US extends hand to Palestinians

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Israel's U.N. ambassador is accusing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of refusing direct peace negotiations with Israel and is calling him "the problem" _ not the solution. More>>

The Latest: Group says Syria death toll tops 100 for the day

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The Latest: UNICEF's 'blank' statement decries killings of scores, including children, in rebel-held Damascus suburb. More>>

Satellite launch from California is delayed

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A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed. More>>

17 Turks reach Greek island, to apply for asylum in Greece

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A group of 17 Turks who reached a Greek island by dinghy from Turkey are seeking political asylum in Greece, authorities in Athens said Tuesday. More>>

New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops projects

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New rebellion against wind energy stalls or stops turbine projects. More>>

Czechs to open satellite center to serve intelligence, NATO

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The Czech Republic's army says it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country's military intelligence and NATO. More>>

IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

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Islamic State militants ambush Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary force, killing at least 27 fighters. More>>

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

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An Israeli settler leader says the number of settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year. More>>

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

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Syrian state TV says pro-government forces will start entering Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin 'within hours'. More>>

The Latest: Turkey denies reports that Syria will aid Kurds

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The Latest: Turkey threatens to battle Syrian government troops if they enter Syrian enclave to protect Kurdish fighters. More>>

West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

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West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands in once-quiet part of Burkina Faso flee. More>>

Case against activists threatens Kuwait's political openness

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Case against dozens over 2011 parliament storming renews threat to Kuwait's unique political openness, a Gulf rarity. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump lashes out on Russia probe

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump denies absolving Russia of election meddling despite his trail of doubts about Moscow's involvement. More>>

Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syria offensive

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Turkish authorities have renamed a street where the U.S. Embassy sits on after Turkey's military offensive in Syria that had led to tensions between the allies. More>>

Iraqi victories remain fragile as US reduces troops

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Thousands of US troops, billions of dollars helped bring down IS but as Americans draw down, old problems remain. More>>

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

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Philippine police say authorities have arrested an Arab man who they believe is a former commander of the Islamic State group. More>>

For Duckworth, a baby will bring down yet another barrier

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More barriers coming down as Sen. Tammy Duckworth prepares to have a baby, turn the Senate into a mom-friendly workplace and bolster the nation's disability law. More>>

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says an international agreement with Iran has emboldened the regime in Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the region. More>>

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

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One of the 13 Russians indicted by the United States for interfering in the American presidential election says the US justice system is unfair. More>>

Sen. Duckworth still breaking barriers, and she likes it

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth doesn't blend in, and that's the way she likes it, and now, with a baby due in April, she'll be the first senator to give birth while in office. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on collapse of immigration effort

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump cuts protections for young immigrants months ago, then blames Democrats for abandoning them. More>>

Russia: 5 dead in church shooting; police kill suspect

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Russian news agency Tass is reporting that a gunman opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia's Dagestan region, killing four and wounding four others. More>>

Job center for Syrians opens in Jordan refugee camp

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A job center has opened in Jordan's second largest camp for Syrian refugees, the latest sign of a EU-backed policy shift meant to improve life for Syrians in regional host countries. More>>

Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

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The case of a Minnesota woman accused of setting fires on a college campus last month in a self-professed act of jihad raises questions about whether law enforcement could have done more to stop her. More>>

Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA

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A passenger in the vehicle that was fired on outside the National Security Agency campus says the unlicensed teen driver made a wrong turn, panicked and hit the gas. More>>

Pistorius prosecutor sets sights on South Africa's Zuma

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Former South African state prosecutor who led case against convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius is prepared to take legal action against ex-president Jacob Zuma. More>>

The Latest: Iran vows to respond if US gives up on nuke deal

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that Israel "will never allow the rewriting of the historical truth" about the Holocaust _ a statement that comes as tensions between Israel and Poland over the issue flare anew. More>>

Israel's Netanyahu: A singular leader with a divisive legacy

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in serious trouble after police recommended bribery and other charges against him. More>>

Trump overreaches to claim indictment proves 'no collusion' Video included

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Trump over-reaches to claim Russian indictment is proof of 'no collusion'. More>>

The Latest: US says unlikely Turkey used chemical weapons

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White House official says US thinks it is "extremely unlikely" Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds. More>>

The Latest: Trump tweet undercuts McMaster Russia claims

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U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser has told an international audience that the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 American election is beyond dispute. More>>

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

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Syrian Kurdish news outlets and Syria's state-run news agency say six civilians have suffered breathing difficulties after what they say was a poison gas attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin. More>>

US Navy says China's military buildup won't stop patrols

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A Navy officer on a U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F18 fighter jets says American forces will continue to patrol the South China Sea wherever "international law allows us" when asked if China's new islands could restrain them in the disputed waters. More>>

Trio of suicide bombers kill 20 at crowded market in Nigeria

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Trio of suicide bombers kill at least 18 at crowded market in northern Nigeria. More>>

Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

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No Ethiopia military takeover, defense minister says amid new 6-month state of emergency. More>>

Israel's Netanyahu: A singular leader with a divisive legacy

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be in serious trouble after police recommended bribery and other charges against him. More>>

The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status

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Britain's prime minister seeks 'deep' EU security partnership. More>>

Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

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The Israeli military says one of its tanks has struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip in response to the detonation of an explosive device along its border. More>>

Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

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The state news agency Petra reports that Jordan's military says it has foiled a plot to smuggle in weapons, drugs and terrorists by using an old pipeline linking the kingdom with Syria and Iraq. More>>

UK blames Russian military for 'malicious' cyberattack

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Britain says the Russian government was behind a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year. More>>

Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

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Germany's foreign minister says that as China's influence on the world stage rises, the U.S. and Europe need to return to historical bonds and work together or risk getting left behind. More>>

Turkey: 6 journalists sentenced to life in prison

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Turkey's state-run news agency says a court in Istanbul has sentenced six journalists accused of involvement in a 2016 coup attempt to life prison terms. More>>

Civilians have no place to run as Turkey offensive drags on

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Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are hiding from bombs and airstrikes in caves and basements, trapped in the Kurdish enclave of Afrin nearly a month into a Turkish offensive. More>>

Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

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Commerce Department recommends sanctions on aluminum and steel imports. More>>

Afghans submitted 1.17 million war crimes claims to court

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The International Criminal Court says it has received over 1 million statements from Afghans claiming to be victims of war crimes. More>>

Challenges ahead as Kosovo, Europe's newest nation, turns 10

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It's been 10 years after Kosovo declared independence from Serbia and nearly two decades after it was engulfed in war between ethnic Albanian separatists and Yugoslav forces. More>>

House GOP leaders struggle to push immigration bill

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The Senate has wrestled itself into an immigration stalemate, leaving hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in limbo. More>>

Bangladesh gives names to begin Rohingya repatriation

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A Bangladesh Cabinet minister says he has given a list of 8,032 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar to begin repatriations of the Muslim minority under a November agreement between the two countries. More>>

VA's chief of staff steps down after travel flap

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says the agency's chief of staff has stepped down after an investigation found she had doctored emails to justify Secretary David Shulkin's wife accompanying him on an European trip at taxpayer expense. More>>

Sheriff didn't pursue sex case against Texas church gunman

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Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the man who shot and killed 26 people at a Texas church even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack. More>>

Pakistan scrambles to avoid terror financing watch list

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Pakistan is scrambling to steer clear of a global watch list for terrorism financing, the latest U.S. pressure tactic to get its difficult ally to crack down on militants crossing the border to fight in Afghanistan. More>>

With Koreas Olympic thaw, war-split families want reunions

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War-separated Korean families hopes for reunions amid Olympic-inspired detente mood. More>>

Key senator to stop blocking US arms sales to Persian Gulf

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A key U.S. senator says he will no longer block Persian Gulf nations from buying American-made lethal weapons even though the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors remains in a stalemate. More>>

Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses in checks to get guns

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Mass shooters use loopholes, lapses in checks to get guns laws. More>>

German reporter freed from Turkish jail, pending trial

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A journalist working for a German newspaper who was detained in Turkey for more than a year is being released from jail pending trial, German officials and his lawyer said Friday. More>>

Al-Qaida fighter, absent from court, gets life in prison

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A self-described al-Qaida "warrior" who was in a firefight in Afghanistan that left two U.S. servicemen dead has been sentenced to life in prison. More>>

Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about Afghan war progress

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A Pentagon watchdog agency is raising fresh doubts about progress in the 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan. More>>

US intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms Video included

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The nation's top intelligence officials say the U.S. is seeing signs of Russian meddling in upcoming midterm elections. More>>

UN chief: Beware nuclear North Korea, back global unity

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Dozens of world leaders, top defense officials and diplomats are gathering in southern Germany for an influential security conference amid growing strains between the U.S. and other NATO nations and Russia over the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine. More>>

Did the FBI miss a warning before Florida school shooting? Video included

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The massacre at a Florida high school is again raising questions about whether the FBI missed a warning that might have headed off a mass killing. More>>

US, Turkey return from brink, aim to 'normalize' ties

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Dozens of demonstrators have marched to a building where the top U.S. and Turkish diplomats are meeting in a bid to ease one of the worst tensions in years between the two NATO allies. More>>

Germany arrests suspected member of al-Shabab militia

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German authorities have arrested a 20-year-old Somali man on suspicion of being a member of the extremist militia al-Shabab. More>>

Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia on training mission

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Pakistan's military says it is sending troops to assist Saudi Arabia on a training mission but that they will not be deployed in conflict zones outside the kingdom. More>>

Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria

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For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for the first time in the Syrian war. More>>

Russia: 5 citizens probably killed by US strike in Syria

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After a week of swirling controversy, Russia has acknowledged that five of its citizens may have been killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the first time Russians have died at U.S. hands in Syria. More>>

Tense times in US-Turkey relations as officials huddle

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States and Turkey are having an open dialogue about their growing differences over the fight in Syria, and are "finding common ground.". More>>

'Dreamers' left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills Video included

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A bipartisan agreement on the status of young immigrants and a border wall with Mexico has emerged from a group of 16 senators. More>>

The Latest: Hundreds at vigil mourn school shooting victims Video included

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The police officer who arrested the high school shooting suspect in Florida says the teen looked like a "typical high school student" when he spotted him walking away from the school. More>>

Court received 1.17 million war crimes claims from Afghans

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The International Criminal Court says it has received over 1 million statements from Afghans claiming to be victims of war crimes. More>>

Myanmar government under Suu Kyi cracks down on journalists

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Under Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar has aggressively prosecuted dozens of journalists and worked in other ways to suppress and discredit the media. More>>

The Latest: White House blasts Democrats over immigration

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A bipartisan agreement on the status of young immigrants and a border wall with Mexico has emerged from a group of 16 senators. More>>

US says detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter

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The U.S. says an American detained by U.S. forces was carrying thumb drives containing bomb-making files and documents describing work he did for the Islamic State group at the time he surrendered in Syria last year. More>>

Tillerson in Beirut wades into Lebanon-Israel border dispute

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Tillerson arrives in Lebanon as part of Mideast trip, most senior Trump administration official to visit the country. More>>

Shulkin to pay back some expenses after Europe trip faulted

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin is pledging to repay more than $4,000 for his wife's airfare for an 11-day trip to Europe that mixed business and sightseeing. More>>

US denies plan for 'bloody nose' strike on North Korea

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The Trump administration doesn't have a "bloody nose" strategy focused on a military strike against North Korea's nuclear program without provoking a full-scale war, according to senators who've been briefed by the White House. More>>

2 freed after shots fired at SUV in NSA campus confrontation

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Shots fired: FBI seeking to determine why a black SUV carrying three men tried to enter top-secret intelligence site at Fort Meade but doesn't believe terrorism was reason. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson: Kurds never got heavy weapons from US

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is urging Hezbollah to cease its activities abroad to help reduce tensions in the region. More>>

The Latest: UN says Syria envoy overstated fatalities

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Russian Foreign Ministry says 5 Russians killed in a U.S. strike in Syria, the first official recognition of Russian deaths in the incident that has threatened to further strain Russia-U.S. ties. More>>

Turkish PM tells Merkel: trial for German reporter shortly

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Berlin. More>>

As Gaza deteriorates, Israel turns to world for help

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Israel appeals to the world to help rebuild Gaza's heavily damaged infrastructure, 4 years after war with Hamas. More>>

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Florida high school shooting plunges city into mourning; American Mikaela Shiffrin wins Olympic grand slalom gold; Ramaphosa set to become new South African president. More>>

Specialist prosecutor for Kosovo court standing down

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The American prosecutor working to bring to justice former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army accused of crimes against ethnic Serbs in Kosovo's war for independence is stepping down at the end of next month. More>>

UN: Afghan civilian casualties decreased 9 percent in 2017

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UN says number of civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan decreased by 9 percent in 2017. More>>

Pot-users want judge to declare marijuana safe under US law

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Federal judge in New York to hear arguments in lawsuit that targets federal marijuana lawslaws. More>>

$30 billion pledged in Kuwait at summit to rebuild Iraq

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Kuwait's ruling emir says nation will give $1 billion in loans, $1 billion in direct investments to help rebuild Iraq. More>>

New fronts emerge in Syria as Assad, allies push for victory

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New fronts open in Syria even as Assad pushes toward victory, fight against Islamic State group draws to end. More>>

Admiral says North Korea aiming to reunify Korean Peninsula

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The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's long-term goal is to reunify the divided Korean Peninsula under his totalitarian regime. More>>

Group of senators reaches immigration deal on Dreamers, wall

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President Donald Trump is sending a message to the Senate on immigration: Pass a bill based on his priorities. More>>

French court acquits 1 man, convicts 2 in terror-tied trial

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A French court on Wednesday acquitted a man charged with harboring Islamic extremists after they carried out the 2015 Paris attacks, in the first trial related to the country's deadliest extremist violence since World War II. More>>

NSA: Several hospitalized after vehicle tried to enter

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Police say authorities are responding to a shooting outside the National Security Agency campus at Fort Meade, where police have surrounded a handcuffed man after a black SUV ran into a barrier. More>>

Ex-Cheney adviser poised to be US representative for Syria

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The Trump administration plans to name a former adviser to then-Vice President Dick Cheney as its next envoy for the Syrian crisis. More>>

Watchdog's report faults VA chief over Europe trip expenses

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An internal watchdog's investigation has found that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin improperly accepted Wimbledon tennis tickets and likely wrongly used taxpayer money to cover his wife's airfare for an 11-day European trip. More>>

Trump-sought military parade could cost $10M-$30M

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The White House budget director says a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, though it's not included in the administration's new budget request. More>>

Russia seeks to regulate private military contractors

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A senior lawmaker says the Russian parliament is working on a bill to regulate private military companies, a statement that comes amid reports about an unknown number of Russian military contractors killed in a U.S. strike in Syria. More>>

France: 'Perpetual' house arrest prompts vote, hunger strike

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A man who has spent a decade under house arrest in France is awaiting a vote by lawmakers that could end his "open-air prison" or more likely, uphold it indefinitely. More>>

US boosts aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cuts

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Despite repeated threats to punish countries that don't agree with U.S. Mideast policy, the Trump administration is set to boost aid to Jordan by more than $1 billion over the next five years. More>>

Pakistan begins seizing charities linked to US-wanted cleric

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Pakistan begins seizing assets of charities linked to radical cleric wanted by U.S., sought in Mumbai terrorist attacks. More>>

Trump has chosen nominee to lead NSA, US Cyber Command

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President Donald Trump has picked Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone to be the next director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. More>>

Bomber gets life in prison for New York, New Jersey attacks Video included

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A man who set off small bombs on a New York City street and at a charity race in New Jersey is set to be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison. More>>

NATO chief urges defense budget hike amid command expansion

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is urging European allies and Canada to keep ramping up defense spending, as the alliance expands its command headquarters in response to a more assertive Russia. More>>

Kosovo president slams international war crimes court

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Kosovo's president has called an international war crimes court with jurisdiction over potential Kosovar suspects a "historical injustice," adding his government only reluctantly accepted it as the "price for its liberty.". More>>

Coalition ramps down air support in Iraq, shifts to training

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The U.S.-led coalition is decreasing sir support for Iraq following Baghdad's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. More>>

UK rejects return of Islamic State fighters despite US calls

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Britain's defense secretary says the U.K. does not want to take back two British Islamic State members caught in Syria despite U.S. appeals for countries to deal with citizens who are foreign fighters. More>>

Reports of Russian deaths underscore dangers of Syria's war

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It's a scenario many feared in the fog of Syria's multi-front war: U.S. forces, responding to a provocation, killing Russian soldiers or mercenaries on a crowded battlefield. More>>

US intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

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A new US intelligence report on worldwide threats says Russia likely to target midterms. More>>

US says Myanmar makes life for Rohingya 'a death sentence'

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U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley is denouncing Myanmar's government for continuing to make life for Rohingya Muslims "a death sentence," citing the reporting of mass graves by The Associated Press and other news organizations. More>>

Reports: Russian contractors killed by US strike in Syria

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At least several private Russian military contractors have been reportedly killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the deaths that could further fuel Russia-U.S. tensions if officially confirmed. More>>

The Latest: Officials cite signs of more Russian meddling

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Three of the nation's top intelligence officials say the U.S. has seen Russian activity aimed at meddling in the upcoming midterm elections. More>>

Egypt arrests ex-anti-graft chief in latest pre-vote turmoil

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Egypt arrests former anti-graft chief in latest chapter of pre-election upheaval. More>>

New US-Turkey tensions overshadow anti-IS unity meeting

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Trump administration increasingly concerned the 74-strong coalition it cobbled together to destroy the Islamic State group is losing sight of the prime objective. More>>

Mattis: Allies must take responsibility for Syria detainees

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged reluctant allied nations to address a growing crisis by taking responsibility for their citizens who have been detained as foreign fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria. More>>

Israel military court trial closed for Palestinian protester

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Palestinian protest icon to go on trial at Israel military court for slapping, punching Israeli soldiers. More>>

The Latest: Senate off to slow start on immigration debate

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Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas says President Donald Trump's immigration bill is "not an opening bid" for negotiations with Democrats but the "best and final offer.". More>>

Serbian leader won't apologize for wartime nationalism

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Serbia's president has refused to apologize in Croatia for his nationalist past during the 1990s' when he supported the idea of Greater Serbia that would include parts of Croatia. More>>

Official's departure adds to strain of vacancies at Justice

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The sudden departure of the Justice Department's No. 3 official is adding to the turmoil at an agency that already lacks permanent, politically appointed leaders for many of its most important divisions. More>>

AP interview: Qatar Air CEO sees growth despite Mideast spat

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AP interview: Qatar Airways chief executive says carrier will post an annual loss amid a blockade by neighboring countries, but the Middle East's second largest airline will continue to grow. More>>

US urges Russia to honor 1987 arms pact, warns of collapse

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The United States is urging Russia to prove it's honoring a landmark nuclear arms treaty from the Soviet era or to prepare for the pact to collapse. More>>

Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence

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Afghan officials and Taliban talk despite wave of violence, Trump's pronouncement that there would be no talks. More>>

US warns EU against defense market protectionism

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The United States is warning the European Union not to use its deepened military cooperation as an excuse to protect Europe's defense industry, saying such practices could undermine NATO. More>>

The Latest: Israel closes doors on trial of Palestinian teen

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The Latest: Israeli military judge orders closed-door proceedings in trial of Palestinian teenager Tamimi. More>>

Ridicule of leaders, samba, skimpy garb at Brazil Carnival

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A drag queen is headlining the parade of one of Rio de Janeiro's most storied samba schools as Carnival celebrations across the country continue the tradition of ridiculing cultural icons and pushing social boundaries. More>>

Ukraine deports opposition leader Saakashvili to Poland

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Ukrainian officials say Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president-turned opposition leader in Ukraine, has been deported to Poland. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's inflated claim on costs of war

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump plugs infrastructure plan with an inflated claim on how much has been spent on war. More>>

Trump's budget balloons deficits, cuts social safety net Video included

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President Donald Trump is proposing a $4 trillion-plus budget that projects a $1 trillion or so federal deficit. More>>

Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget

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Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump's 2019 budget. More>>

Cyprus says Turkish warships continue to block drilling rig

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Cyprus' government spokesman says Turkish warships continue to impede a rig from reaching a target off the island nation where Italian energy company Eni plans to drill for gas. More>>

Senate GOP, Dem leaders say it's time for immigration deal Video included

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When it comes to trying to pass an immigration overhaul, President Donald Trump's support will be vital if Congress is to overcome election-year pressures against compromise. More>>

Venerable B-52 may outlive snazzier, younger bombers

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The Air Force says the venerable B-52 bomber, which that gained lasting fame in Vietnam as an aerial terror, is now likely to outlive its younger, far snazzier brother bombers, the swept-wing B-1 and the stealthy B-2. More>>

The Latest: Senate votes to begin immigration debate

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President Donald Trump says it's up to Democrats to decide whether to extend protections for young immigrants living in the country illegally. More>>

Workers comb snowy field for clues to Russian plane crash

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Emergency teams are combing snowy fields outside Moscow for debris of the Russian airliner and remains of 71 people who were killed in the crash. More>>

'I feel trapped': Violence fuels fear among Myanmar Muslims

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Far from the violence and vengeance in Myanmar's far west, Rohingya Muslims who once felt relatively safe in Yangon describe rising persecution and hatred and vanishing freedoms and opportunities. More>>

In Olympic corner of Asia, web of relationships is complex

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In the corner of Asia where three Olympics _ including the current one _ are unfolding in the next four years, the political relationships are complex and easily misunderstood. More>>

US and Egypt pledge allegiance in IS fight raging in Sinai

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US and Egypt reaffirm commitment to fight Islamic State group; Tillerson meets top Egyptian officials in Cairo. More>>

The Latest: Trump budget would usher in new deficit era

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President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.4 trillion spending plan that provides a huge increase in defense spending while cutting taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, resulting in soaring budget deficits. More>>

Polish PM visits Lebanon ahead of refugee donor conferences

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Poland's prime minister is visiting Lebanon ahead a series of European donor conferences to support the tiny Mediterranean country as it hosts nearly one million Syrian refugees. More>>

US wants foreign fighters in Syria to face justice at home

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The United States is urging allied nations to help deal with the growing number of foreign fighters that are being held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. More>>

NKorea still holds the key after US shifts policy on talks

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The U.S. is open for talks without preconditions with nuclear North Korea, Vice President Mike Pence has declared, subtly shifting White House policy after Olympics-inspired gestures of respect between the rival Koreas. More>>

General Dynamics to buy CSRA for almost $7 billion

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Aerospace and defense company General Dynamics is buying CSRA for almost $7 billion. More>>

Correction: Pakistan-Obit-Jahangir story

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Pakistan's prominent right activist and lawyer, Asma Jehangir, dies of heart attack in eastern city of Lahore. More>>

Israeli military court to try Palestinian teen protest icon

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Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian teen turned protest icon, to go trial before Israeli military court for slapping Israeli soldiers. More>>

Iran MPs confirm suicide of held Iranian-Canadian professor

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Iranian semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that some Iranian lawmakers have confirmed that an Iranian-Canadian university professor committed suicide while he was in custody. More>>

Bosnian Serb leader honors late Russian who gave key UN veto

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Bosnian Serbs honor former top Russian diplomat for backing them in dispute with West over 1995 Srebrenica genocide. More>>

Burnished in history: How an AP photo showed the cost of war Video included

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One of the most iconic photographs from the Vietnam War turns 50 this year. More>>

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Turkish military announces death of another soldier in Ankara's operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria. More>>

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