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Islamic State terrorists shoot down Iraqi military helicopter

By The Associated Press
BAGHDAD — Islamic State terrorists shot down an Iraqi military helicopter, officials said Saturday, killing the two pilots onboard and raising fresh concerns about the group’s ability to attack aircraft amid ongoing U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. The attack happened late Friday ...

American, South African hostages killed in Yemen during rescue attempt

By The Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — An American photojournalist and a South African teacher held by al-Qaida militants in Yemen were killed Saturday during a U.S.-led rescue operation ...

Netanyahu calls election 2 years early to seek 'clear mandate to lead Israel’

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israel’s divided government fell apart Tuesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two rebellious cabinet ministers and called for a new election more than two years ahead of schedule. Netanyahu’s announcement plunges the country into a bitter campaign that ...

Kurdish fighters in shattered Syrian town of Kobani confident of ISIS defeat

By The Associated Press
KOBANI, Syria — Blocks of low-rise buildings with hollow facades, crushed concrete, streets strewn with rubble and overturned, crumpled remains of cars and trucks. Such ...

U.S.-backed rebels push forward in southern Syria

By The Associated Press
BEIRUT — Syrian rebels backed by the United States are making their biggest gains yet south of the capital Damascus, capturing a string of towns from government forces and aiming to carve out a swath of territory leading to the ...

Lack of money may crush ISIS

By Reuters
LONDON — Islamic State terrorists may ultimately lose the war in Iraq and Syria because they do not have enough money to run the territory ...

Egypt’s fixation on dictator Mubarak trial wanes

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Amal Shaker’s 25-year-old son, Ahmed, was fatally shot in the back on the “Friday of Rage,” one of the bloodiest days of Egypt’s 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Nearly four years later, Shaker said she still ...

U.S. military shifts strategy to smaller Iraq force

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — After learning hard lessons in rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the American military is shifting strategy against the Islamic State, choosing to train a smaller number of Iraqi soldiers rather than trying to stand up ...

U.S. forces help rescue hostages in Yemen

By The Associated Press
SANAA, Yemen — U.S operation forces took part in a rescue mission that freed eight hostages in a remote corner of Yemen, but a Yemeni official said Wednesday that it did not liberate five others, including an American journalist and ...

Israelis get eyes in sky for Jerusalem patrols

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in Jerusalem in the face of the city’s worst wave of violence in nearly a decade. Police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city’s eastern sector ...

Islamic State got up to $45M in ransom payments

By The Associated Press
UNITED NATIONS — The Islamic State group which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a U.N. expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida said. Yotsna Lalji ...

At least 17 killed in Egypt by building collapse

By The Associated Press
CAIRO — A shoddy seven-story building collapsed early Tuesday morning in a populous eastern Cairo district, killing at least 17 people while several others are ...

Nuclear talks with Iran extended until March; GOP senators call for more sanctions

By From Wire Reports
VIENNA — Six world powers and Iran failed to complete a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program by their deadline Monday, raising new risks for a yearlong diplomatic effort to resolve one of the world’s most urgent security challenges. Despite six ...

Israel OKs Jewish homeland legislation

By The Los Angeles Times
JERUSALEM — Israel’s cabinet on Sunday approved legislation defining Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people — a measure critics decried as racist and a threat to democracy. At the same time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the drafting ...

Islamic State recruits, exploits children for many roles in Iraq, Syria

By The Associated Press
Teenagers carrying weapons stand at checkpoints and busy intersections in Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. Patched onto the left arms of their black uniforms are the logos of the Islamic Police. In Raqqa, the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, ...

Egypt’s beleaguered tourism industry bounces back

By Betsy Hiel
GIZA, Egypt — In front of the Giza Plateau’s Great Pyramids and Sphinx, tourists ride colorfully decorated camels or horses led by Egyptian boys. Tour buses ...

Islamic State drive for Kobani blunted

By The Associated Press
More than two months into its assault on Kobani, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is pouring fighters and resources to try capturing the besieged Syrian Kurdish town. The border town’s unwavering Kurdish defenders, though, are gaining momentum — ...

3 Americans, Briton killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack

By The Associated Press 9:50 a.m.
JERUSALEM — Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing four people in the ...

Stabbing of Israeli man in Jerusalem augments rising tensions

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — An Israeli man was stabbed Sunday in Jerusalem, apparently by a Palestinian assailant, police said. The incident adds to tensions in the city that have spiked in recent weeks, mostly over disputed claims to a site that is holy ...

Tensions mount over east Jerusalem status

By The Associated Press
JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval Wednesday to build 200 homes in a Jewish area of east Jerusalem”— a move that threatens to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city’s holiest sites. The ...