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Iraq Shiite fighters prepare to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug 18, 2014. Fighters of the voluntary armed group formed after the radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to protect holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

US trying to verify video of American’s killing

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it has not confirmed the authenticity of a video that purports to show the killing of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants. White House […]

08/19/2014

In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, a technician from Access TV, a new Somali satellite television company offering world news, local news and sports, adjusts a receiver box for a customer inside the company's headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia. The TV business is booming in Somalia, in part because of fears by people of gathering in public places like movie theaters, hotels and restaurants that are targeted for deadly attacks by the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Somalia TV sales grow as many avoid public places

  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Inside the small office, the line of sweating clients waiting to renew their satellite TV subscriptions keeps growing. Technicians crimp wires and test signal strength of boxes while others go […]

08/19/2014

Pope Francis listens to questions during a news conference aboard the papal flight on its way back from Brazil, Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Luca Zennaro, Pool)

Vatican: Argentina car crash kills papal relatives

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican says a road accident in Argentina has killed two young great-nephews of Pope Francis as well as their mother, the wife of the pope’s nephew. Vatican spokesman the Rev. […]

08/19/2014

FILE - In this July 9, 2014 file photo, an Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from the Gaza Strip in Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

BREAKING: Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

JERUSALEM (AP) – The Israeli military says it has carried out a series of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire. There was no immediate word on casualties from the strikes. […]

08/19/2014

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 16, 2014, file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby during their meeting at his residence in Cairo. With a deadline just hours away, Egyptian mediators shuttled between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in hopes of salvaging a long-term cease-fire arrangement that would allow reconstruction of the Gaza Strip following a monthlong war that killed more than 2,000 people. In an apparent attempt to pressure Hamas, Egypt said it would co-host an international fundraising conference for Gaza, but only if a deal is reached. Israel, meanwhile, said in recent months it had arrested nearly 100 Hamas operatives in the West Bank in an alleged plot to topple Abbas. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Israelis, Palestinians resume talks on Gaza deal

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo resumed indirect talks on Tuesday, trying to hammer out a roadmap for the war-torn Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to […]

08/19/2014

Penny and Phil Sound Bite

John King: Obama on Ferguson and the ongoing situation in Iraq

President Obama announced a major step forward in the fight against The Islamic State in Iraq. He also has his eye on social unrest at home. Penny and Phil discussed these topics with the host of […]

08/19/2014

Iraq Shiite fighters prepare to fight militants from the extremist Islamic State group in Jurf al-Sakhar, 43 miles (70 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug 18, 2014. Fighters of the voluntary armed group formed after the radical Shiite cleric Muqtatda al-Sadr called to protect holy shrines against possible attacks by Sunni militants. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraq military clashes with militants in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (AP) – Clashes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by […]

08/19/2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Taking a two-day break from summer vacation, Obama met with top advisers at the White House to review developments in Iraq and in racially charged Ferguson, Mo., two trouble spots where Obama has ordered his administration to intervene. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama hailed the recapture of Mosul dam Monday as a “major step forward” as a barrage of U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces score the biggest victory of […]

08/18/2014

Rick Warren

Rick Warren hopes to expand ministry in Africa

  NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The American evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who visited Rwanda this week, told The Associated Press that he hopes to expand his ministry to East Africa. “I could take you to […]

08/18/2014

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