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NATO chief says helping partners' armed forces is crucial

July 8, 2016 - 5:33am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The NATO military alliance doesn't only need to reinforce its own armed forces, it also must also come to the aid of partner nations in the Middle East and North Africa that are threatened by extremist violence, NATO's chief said Friday.

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Iraqi PM fires head of Baghdad security after shrine attack

July 8, 2016 - 5:26am
BAGHDAD (AP) — An attack on a Shiite shrine north of the capital has killed 37 people, Iraqi official said Friday, just hours before Iraq's prime minister fired Baghdad's security chief as public anger mounted over security failings.
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Should Women Be Drafted? How Hillary Clinton Complicates the Question

July 8, 2016 - 5:15am

As Congress considers whether women should have to register for the draft, a new poll by The Economist/YouGov finds that by a slim margin, women don’t think women should have to sign up with the Selective Service, as young men have to do when they turn 18.

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Iraqi PM dismisses top Baghdad security officials after bombing

July 8, 2016 - 4:46am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Friday dismissed three top officials in charge of Baghdad's security after a bombing over the weekend killed nearly 300 people and caused outrage at the inadequacy of emergency services and the security apparatus. A statement posted on his Facebook page said he had fired the commander of military operations, security services and intelligence in the capital. The bombing, claimed by the militant group Islamic State, was the deadliest bombing in Iraq since U.S.-led forces toppled Saddam Hussein 13 years ago.

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Iraq PM sacks Baghdad security chief after deadly bombing

July 8, 2016 - 4:46am

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sacked the head of the Baghdad security command and other officials after a bombing in the capital killed 292 people, his office said on Friday. Abadi issued "an order to relieve the Baghdad Operations commander of his position, and relieving security and intelligence officials in Baghdad of their positions," a statement said. The head of the Baghdad Operations Command was Lieutenant General Abdulamir al-Shimmari, but the premier's office did not identify the other officials who were removed.

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Turkish jets hit PKK in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq, kill 12: sources

July 8, 2016 - 4:38am
Turkish fighter jets struck Kurdish militant targets in rural areas of Turkey's southeastern Hakkari province and northern Iraq on Friday, killing 12 militants, security sources said. Eight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets near the southeastern town of Semdinli and seven others in northern Iraq, where the group's leadership is based, were hit in the air strikes, the sources said. Following intelligence gathered by drones, jets took off from Diyarbakir, the mainly Kurdish region's largest city, hitting shelters and groups of militants across territory where Turkey regularly carries out air strikes against the PKK.
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Dallas Shootings: Brian Williams Returns to NBC as Part of Coverage

July 8, 2016 - 4:10am
The former 'Nightly News' anchor covered breaking news live from Dallas where gunmen fatally shot five police officers and injured several more.
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For NATO, key challenges range from Russia to missiles

July 8, 2016 - 3:30am

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — For NATO, its two-day summit beginning Friday may be the most crucial since the Cold War. Alliance leaders will tackle an unprecedentedly complex set of challenges in search of ways to better guarantee their nations' security. Here are some key challenges, and what NATO heads of state and government are expected to do about each:

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Obama urges NATO to stand firm vs. Russia despite Brexit fallout

July 8, 2016 - 3:22am

By Paul Taylor and Ayesha Rascoe WARSAW (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama urged NATO leaders on Friday to stand firm against a resurgent Russia over its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, saying Britain's vote to leave the European Union should not weaken the western defense alliance. In an article published in London's Financial Times newspaper as he arrived for his last summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation before leaving office in January, Obama said America's "special relationship" with Britain would survive the referendum vote he had sought to avoid.

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Turkey's Erdogan calls on NATO to do more on fighting militant attacks

July 8, 2016 - 2:15am

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called on NATO to do more to fight the threat of global terrorism, saying the 28-nation alliance needed to "update" itself to better adapt to new security threats. NATO leaders are meeting at a summit in Warsaw on Friday where they are expected to display their resolve towards a resurgent Russia - despite what some see as a weakening of the West due to Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Speaking to reporters before his departure to Warsaw late on Thursday, Erdogan said he would press the leaders of fellow NATO countries to do more to fight militant attacks like the triple suicide bombing last week that killed 45 people at Istanbul's main airport.

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Australia pledges extra $300 million for Afghan security forces

July 7, 2016 - 10:34pm

Australia will pay an extra $300 million to help develop Afghanistan's security forces, the government said on Friday ahead of a NATO leaders' summit in Warsaw, where tenuous security in Afghanistan will be a central discussion topic. Australia, a firm U.S. ally in its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, had originally pledged $500 million from 2010-2017 but will now provide an extra $100 million annually until 2020. The announcement of extra funding came two days after U.S. President Barack Obama said he had decided to postpone plans to cut the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan almost in half by the end of the year, instead keeping 8,400 troops there from January.

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Oil rebounds from two-month lows, outlook seen volatile

July 7, 2016 - 8:58pm

Oil prices rebounded on Friday, bouncing off two-month lows hit in the previous session when prices fell 5 percent on news that the U.S. weekly crude draw missed some forecasts. Traders said that the outlook looked volatile as a refined product glut and slowing economic growth weighed on markets while the risk of supply disruptions could tighten supplies. The bounce came after a 5 percent fall in prices the previous sessions, to two-month lows, after the U.S. government reported a weekly draw in crude oil inventories that was lower than many analysts had expected.

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10 Things to Know for Friday

July 7, 2016 - 8:05pm

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

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At least 35 killed in attack on Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad

July 7, 2016 - 7:21pm
Islamic State claimed a triple suicide attack on Thursday evening near a Shi'ite mausoleum north of Baghdad, which killed at least 35 people and wounded 60 others, according to Iraqi security sources. The attack on the Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi reignited fears of an escalation of the sectarian strife between Iraq's Shi'ites and Sunnis. The Shi'ite form a majority in Iraq but Sunnis are predominant in northern and western provinces, including Salahuddin where the mausoleum is located.
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Accused Islamic State sympathizer indicted in Arizona bomb plot

July 7, 2016 - 7:03pm
An Arizona grand jury has indicted an accused Islamic State sympathizer on charges of plotting to stage an attack on a Phoenix-area state motor vehicle office with bombs and other weapons, prosecutors said on Thursday. The suspect, Mahin Khan, 18, of Tucson, was arrested on July 1 by FBI agents in an investigation that began with citizens alerting authorities to suspicious behavior, according to a statement from the Arizona attorney general's office. Prosecutors said the charges stemmed from an investigation by the FBI and state authorities of Khan's repeated communications with an individual he believed was an Islamic State fighter.
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Most suicides by U.S. veterans are by those over age 50: study

July 7, 2016 - 6:56pm

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs analysis, which shows the suicide rate among veterans climbing over the past 15 years, is based on millions of records and is touted as the government's most comprehensive examination of the issue to date. President Barack Obama has joined veterans groups in singling out as a national priority the prevention of suicide among veterans, who the study says are at a 21 percent greater risk of taking their own lives than other Americans. Of the veterans known to have committed suicide in 2014, the latest year for which such data was available, 65 percent were at least 50 years of age, old enough to have served in the 1990-91 Gulf War, the Vietnam War or previous conflicts.

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U.S. asks other nations to curb use of North Korean workers

July 7, 2016 - 6:40pm
By Arshad Mohammed and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The administration of President Barack Obama is asking other nations to cut the employment of North Korean workers as a way to reduce Pyongyang’s access to foreign currency, a U.S. official said on Thursday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, spoke a day after the United States sanctioned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, citing "notorious abuses of human rights" in a move that infuriated the nuclear-armed country. The effort aims to increase economic pressure on the North, which angered the United States this year by conducting its fourth nuclear test and by carrying out a rocket launch that Washington said used banned ballistic missile technology.
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Saudi Arabia identifies bombers in 2 attacks this week

July 7, 2016 - 5:44pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia identified on Thursday suspects in two of the three attacks that struck the kingdom on the same day this week, including one outside the sprawling mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried in the western city of Medina that killed four Saudi security troops.
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19 people arrested over Saudi attacks including Medina: ministry 

July 7, 2016 - 5:35pm

Nineteen people, including 12 Pakistani nationals, have been arrested in Saudi Arabia following suicide attacks on Monday, including one near Islam's second-holiest site in the city of Medina, the kingdom's Interior Ministry said on Thursday. Seven people are believed to have been killed and two wounded in three separate attacks -- in Medina, at a Shiite mosque in Qatif, and in western Jeddah, the economic capital, not far from the US consulate. A 26-year-old Saudi man, Naer Moslem Hammad al-Balawi, who had a "history of drug use" had been identified as the perpetrator of the Medina attack, the ministry said in a statement published by the official SPA news agency.

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Saudi Interior Ministry names Qatif, Medina bombers; suspects arrested

July 7, 2016 - 5:13pm

Saudi Arabia said a suicide bomber who attacked Prophet Mohammed's Mosque in the city of Medina on Monday was a 26-year-old Saudi citizen with a history of drug abuse. Twelve Pakistanis and seven Saudis have been detained in relation to attacks that day. Naer Muslim Hamad crossed a parking lot next to the prophet's mosque in Medina and detonated an explosive belt near a security headquarters, killing four soldiers, the state news agency SPA quoted an Interior Ministry spokesman as saying.

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