Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks
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Kerry pushes back on Israeli criticism of Iran nuke talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry challenged critics of a nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran to come up with a better alternative Wednesday, in a spirited rebuke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that the emerging pact would leave Tehran just a step away from making atomic arms. Separately, … Continue reading

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Italy rescues nearly 1,000 migrants; 10 die

  ROME (AP) — In a dramatic sea rescue north of Libya, a flotilla of rescue ships saved nearly 1,000 migrants and refugees, while 10 migrants perished in the southern Mediterranean, Italian officials said Wednesday. The rescue vessels, including from Italy’s coast guard and navy, and three cargo ships, saved 941 people in seven separate … Continue reading

Netanyahu tells AIPAC that US-Israel alliance strong
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Netanyahu tells AIPAC that US-Israel alliance strong

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Monday that despite recent differences with the Obama administration over a looming nuclear deal with Iran the alliance between his country and the Unites States was “stronger than ever.” Kicking off a charged visit to Washington that has sparked criticism both in the U.S. and Israel, … Continue reading

Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab
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Rival protests in Yemen in wake of Shiite rebel power grab

  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched Friday in the capital, Sanaa, in support of Shiite rebels who captured the city last year. The demonstrators denounced alleged “foreign conspiracies” — a reference to international backing for Yemen’s embattled president, who managed to escape house arrest at the hands of the rebels … Continue reading

Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism
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Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday, February 26 that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world. The likely Republican presidential contender sparked pointed criticism from labor union leaders across the country after remarks delivered on the first … Continue reading

‘Jihadi John’ identified as London-raised college grad
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‘Jihadi John’ identified as London-raised college grad

  LONDON (AP) — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. On Thursday he was identified as a London-raised university graduate known to British intelligence for more than five years. The British-accented militant from the chilling videos is Mohammed … Continue reading

3 arrested in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State
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3 arrested in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State

NEW YORK (AP) — Three men accused of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State and wage war against the United States were arrested on terrorism charges Wednesday, February 25  federal officials said. Akhror Saidakhmetov, a Brooklyn resident and citizen of Kazakhstan, was arrested at Kennedy International Airport, where he was attempting … Continue reading

Fate of abducted Christians unclear; Syria clashes continue
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Fate of abducted Christians unclear; Syria clashes continue

  BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have moved a large group of Christian hostages to a city they control in northeastern Syria, while they continue to battle Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along the Khabur River, activists and state-run media said Wednesday. Hassakeh province which borders Turkey … Continue reading

Fake US aircraft carrier the target in latest Iranian drills
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Fake US aircraft carrier the target in latest Iranian drills

  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With rockets roaring and guns blazing, more than a dozen swarming Iranian speedboats assaulted a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier Wednesday during large-scale naval drills near the strategically vital entrance of the Persian Gulf. The nationally televised show of force by the country’s elite Revolutionary Guard comes just weeks … Continue reading