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President Barack Obama waves as he leaves a cafe on Martha's Vineyard, MA.  on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama weighing options for rescuing Iraqi refugees

EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is considering a range of military options, including airlifts and creating safe passages, for rescuing thousands of Iraqi refugees trapped on a mountain, and is expected to make a […]

08/13/2014

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Iraq PM warns of more turmoil if replaced

As thousands of displaced Iraqi’s are threatened by militants from the group Islamic State, the US is sending more troops to Iraq. Phil and Penny talked with AP National Security Correspondent Sagar Meghani from the […]

08/13/2014

President Barack Obama talks about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congress on board with Obama’s Iraq plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers last year over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American warplanes strike extremist targets in Iraq. Almost a week into the […]

08/13/2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, speaks with Sayyed Amar Al-Hakim, head of Supreme Islamic Council, during a meeting in Baghdad, Monday, June 23, 2014.  (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

Officials: US to send 130 more advisers to Iraq

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is sending 130 more military advisers to northern Iraq to help local forces in their escalating fight against Islamic militants, officials said Tuesday. The move shows the Obama administration is […]

08/12/2014

U.S. and Kurdish flags flutter in the wind while displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community cross the Syria-Iraq border at Feeshkhabour bridge over the Tigris River at Feeshkhabour border point, in northern Iraq, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Kurdish authorities at the border believe some 45,000 Yazidis passed the river crossing in the past week and  thousands more are still stranded in the mountains. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday, but the aid has […]

08/11/2014

Smoke rises in the skyline from Israeli strikes in eastern Gaza City, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Congress backs Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved a $225 million package to replenish Israel’s missile defenses with its last order of business before a five-week recess, as the Jewish state’s cease-fire with Hamas unraveled and Israeli forces pushed […]

08/02/2014

German national soccer players Tonis Kroos, from left, Miroslav Klose, head coach Joachim Loew and captain Philipp Lahm challenge for the ball during a training session in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. Germany play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

No deal to draw, say Germany and US before game

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — There won’t be friendly phone calls, there won’t be any dirty deals. That’s the promise from both sides ahead of Germany’s final Group G match against the United States. A […]

06/24/2014

FILE - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a news conference in midtown Manhattan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in New York. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the fog of diplomacy. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop […]

06/21/2014

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Israeli push for visa-free travel to US faces test

WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign to allow Israelis to enter the United States without a visa is gaining steam in Congress, but is still running into a brick wall with the Obama administration over the […]

04/25/2014

Afghan men line up for the registration process before they cast their votes at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Afghans flocked to polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation's first democratic transfer of power. The vote will decide who will replace President Hamid Karzai, who is barred constitutionally from seeking a third term. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Obama praises Afghans on presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday that Afghanistan’s presidential election marks another milestone in the effort by the Afghan people to take full responsibility for their country as the United States and its […]

04/05/2014

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