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Activists: Number of Christians abducted by IS rises to 220

BEIRUT (AP) — The number of Christians abducted by the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria has risen to 220 in the past three days, as militants round up more hostages from a chain of villages along a strategic river, activists said Thursday.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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US looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Ukraine will start pulling back heavy weapons in the east

 

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's military said it would start pulling back its heavy weapons Thursday from the front line with Russian-backed separatists as required under a cease-fire agreement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015

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Senate Dems agree to GOP plan to fund Homeland Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Wednesday signed onto a Republican plan to fund the Homeland Security Department without the immigration provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. The announcement by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid put the Senate on track to pass the bill as a partial agency shutdown looms Friday at midnight.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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FACT CHECK: Talking heads skew 'net neutrality' debate

EDITOR'S NOTE _ An occasional look at political claims that take shortcuts with the facts or don't tell the full story

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Obama aides sharpen criticism of Netanyahu ahead of speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — The strain between the U.S. and Israel deepened Wednesday, as top advisers to President Barack Obama sharply rebuked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress as "destructive" and challenged his judgment on the Iran nuclear negotiations.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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3 nabbed in NY, Florida in plot to join Islamic State group

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Three men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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Justices appear to favor Muslim denied job over headscarf

WASHINGTON (AP) — Have you heard the one about the Sikh, the Hasidic Jew, the Muslim and the nun who walked into a job interview?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015

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