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4 World War II veterans from Western Pennsylvania honored by French government

By Adam Smeltz
The French government awarded its highest decoration Wednesday to four World War II veterans from Western Pennsylvania and more than a dozen others from across ...

Mexican cartel kingpin busted

By The Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY — A leader of one of Mexico’s most brutal drug cartels was arrested early Wednesday, Mexican media reported. Omar Trevino Morales, head of the Zetas paramilitary cartel, was captured by federal authorities in a wealthy suburb of Monterrey, capital ...

China again boosts military spending by double digits

By The Associated Press
BEIJING — China’s official military budget will grow by about 10 percent this year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday amid unease among Beijing’s neighbors about its growing might and territorial ambitions. The increase to about $145 billion in spending would mark ...

U.S. ambassador slashed in S. Korea

By The Associated Press
SEOUL — U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a weapon with a 10-inch blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday. Media images showed a ...

Iraqis attempt to cut off ISIS forces

By Tribune News Service
IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi security forces and aligned Shiite militias continued Wednesday to encircle the Islamic State-held city of Tikrit in the third day of a major operation to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown and the scene of a major victory ...

Deal ‘paves Iran’s path’ to nukes, Netanyahu says

By The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — In a rousing speech before Congress punctuated by more than 40 bursts of applause, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday assailed the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, asserting bluntly that the United States was on the ...

Netanyahu speech changes few minds in Congress

By Bloomberg News
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress heightened partisan tensions and helped accelerate plans to consider legislation on President Obama’s effort to strike a nuclear deal with Iran. The speech to a packed chamber Tuesday, with at least ...

As Nemtsov buried, Russian opposition faces gloomy future

By The Associated Press
MOSCOW — After paying their final tributes Tuesday to slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, many members of Russia’s beleaguered opposition are looking into the future with gloom. The sadness and loss that drew thousands to Nemtsov’s funeral is unlikely to ...

Tikrit battle poses test for Iraqi army

By The Washington Post
BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces will endure a prolonged fight to reclaim the northern city of Tikrit from the Islamic State, military experts and analysts said, as pro-government forces continued a large-scale offensive to oust the militant group from one of ...

Afghan forces hit by loss of numbers

Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Afghan security forces are suffering heavy casualties on the battlefield and large numbers of troops are resigning or deserting their units, a new report said Tuesday. The United States military has overestimated the size of the Afghan police and ...

Rape program ordered off air in India amid outcry

By The Associated Press
NEW DELHI — Indian authorities ordered television stations Tuesday not to broadcast a documentary about a gang rape on a New Delhi bus in which one of the attackers blames the victim and says she could have avoided being killed ...

On remote Japanese island, cats outnumber humans

By Reuters
AOSHIMA, Japan — An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a ...

Netanyahu claims moral obligation to speak

By Tribune News Service
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to change many minds, if any, when he makes his controversial speech at 11 a.m. Tuesday to a joint session of Congress to warn of the dangers of a nuclear deal ...

Iran’s role against ISIS in Tikrit stokes U.S. unease over Tehran influence, Sunni-Shiite tensions

By USA Today
WASHINGTON — Iran’s military is playing a significant role in helping Iraq to drive the Islamic State from Saddam Hussein’s hometown, raising American concerns about growing Iranian influence and increased sectarian tensions in Iraq. Iran provides artillery and other support ...

Boko Haram beheading video mimics Islamic State propaganda

By The Associated Press
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The latest video from Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremist group shows the bodies of two beheaded men accused of spying, and copies some of the hallmarks of propaganda from the Islamic State group. The SITE intelligence group said ...

Pakistani parents jailed for refusing to vaccinate children against polio

By The Associated Press
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Hundreds of parents in northwest Pakistan were arrested and jailed on charges of endangering public security after refusing to give their children polio vaccinations, officials said Monday. Parents targeted by police starting this past weekend were not arrested ...

Teacher charged with drug smuggling in Japan

Wire Reports
TOKYO — An American woman remains in a Japanese jail for shipping medication prescribed for her attention-deficit disorder to Japan, where she traveled to teach. Carrie Russell, 26, was arrested in a Tokyo restaurant Feb. 20 and jailed for drug smuggling, ...

Venezuela calls for U.S. to slash diplomatic mission by 80 percent

By The Associated Press
CARACAS — Venezuela has given the United States two weeks to slash its diplomatic mission here to less than 20 percent of its size as tensions between the two nations rise. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez made the announcement Monday after ...

Russia promises full probe of killing of Putin rival

By USA Today
MOSCOW — Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is a “dirty crime” that will be “investigated to the full extent of the law.” Speaking at a U.N. Human Rights Council session in Geneva, ...

Fugitive on U.S. most-wanted terror list held by Somalia

By The Washington Post
A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list is in the custody of the Somali government, American officials said. Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was ...