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  • US launches 1st airstrikes in Syria

    SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The United States and partner nations launched their first airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, as fighting raged Monday between the extremist group and Kurdish …


  • Kurds seize disputed oil hub amid Iraq chaos

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — After a decades-long dispute between Arabs and Kurds over the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, it took just an hour and a half for its …


  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that’s warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its …


  • 2 dead in shootout in eastern Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Two people were killed and several others wounded, including a policeman, in a shootout at the building of a far-right Ukrainian nationalist group, highlighting the tensions …


  • Russian troops take over Ukraine’s Crimea region

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests …


  • Obama in Israel for first trip as president

    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Barack Obama plunged into the turbulent Middle East Wednesday, assuring Israel of the U.S. commitment to its security while cautioning that the region’s “winds …


  • US weighing military options if Syria uses WMD

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and its allies are weighing military options to secure Syria’s chemical and biological weapons, after U.S. intelligence reports show the Syrian regime may be …


  • Official: Syria moving chemical weapons components

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and allied intelligence have detected Syrian movement of chemical weapons components in recent days, a senior U.S. defense official said Monday, as the Obama administration strongly …


  • US struggles to get Israel, Palestinians to talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration sought Friday to direct Israel and the Palestinians back toward direct peace talks, even as the two sides and much of the world seemed …


  • Obama warns against ‘ramping up’ in Gaza crisis

    BANGKOK (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel’s forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he …


  • US seeks calm over Asian disputes; won’t mediate

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday pressed U.S. allies Japan and South Korea to continue their cooperation on North Korea and other key issues, despite a dispute …


  • Panetta: New Asia focus not aimed to contain China

    BEIJING (AP) — Top Chinese leaders have a better understanding of America’s new focus on the Asia-Pacific region, but they are concerned that there is too much emphasis on China’s …


  • Panetta in talks with Chinese leader-in-waiting

    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met Wednesday with Chinese leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, who just days ago reappeared after a puzzling two-week disappearance. The meeting was part of …


  • Panetta: US-Japan agree on new defense system

    TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Monday that U.S. and Japanese officials have agreed to put a second defense system in Japan aimed at protecting the country …


  • Obama condemns attack that killed envoy, 3 others

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday the United States would “work with the Libyan government to bring to justice” those who killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three …


  • US declares Haqqani network a terrorist body

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration declared Friday that the Pakistan-based Haqqani network of militants is a terrorist body despite misgivings about how the largely symbolic act could further stall …


  • Clinton urges ASEAN unity on South China Sea

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Southeast Asian states must present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea to “literally calm the waters,” …


  • Clinton to urge ASEAN unity on South China Sea

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Monday for Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes …