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Wars and Military Conflicts


  • WASHINGTON— The Senate struggled unsuccessfully to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, blocking a House-passed bill and several short-term extensions of the USA Patriot Act. Finally, McConnell announced early Saturday that the Senate would begin a weeklong Memorial Day break and return on Sunday, May 31,...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. Separate legislation to prevent parts of the anti-terror USA Patriot Act from lapsing on June 1 was caught in a...

  • Has poor governance in the Middle East aided ISIS? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:58 PM ET
    An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilization unit monitors from his position near the village of Nukhayb west of Baghdad, on May 19, 2015.

    A senior political figure from the Middle East said that a lack of governance and "violent" policies were partly responsible for the rise of ISIS.

  • This country's economy may shrink by 10% in 2015 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:34 AM ET

    Ukraine may have dropped out of the headlines but its economic troubles are worsening as it continues to battle with separatists—and bondholders.

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices slipped on Friday as worries over the impact of war in the Middle East on crude supplies were outweighed by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in global trade talks, clearing the way for a highly unpredictable summer showdown in the House. A total of 48 Republicans supported the measure, but only 14 of the Senate's 44 Democrats backed a president of their...

  • Life's hard? Try running a bank in ISIS territory Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:32 AM ET
    A burned car in Mosul, Iraq.

    ISIS may be gaining ground across Syria and Iraq, but the Chairman of Jordan's Capital Bank, Bassem Al-Salem, says it's business as usual.

  • Thailand coup one year on: Stable but stuck? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:51 AM ET
    Thai soldiers parade during celebrations of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day at a military base in Bangkok, Thailand on January 18, 2015

    One year after Thailand's coup, politics may have stabilized, but investors are cautious amid doubts over when the military junta might relinquish power.

  • WASHINGTON— The Senate appeared headed for early Saturday morning votes on whether to change the way the National Security Agency handles American calling records, raising the possibility of a halt to that collection program and two less controversial surveillance techniques designed to track spies and terrorists. With the House already gone for a 10- day...

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— A Connecticut state board has ruled that Newtown must pay long-term disability to a police officer who developed anxiety and depression after responding to the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Hartford Courant reports the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration ruled Monday that the police contract requires the...

  • ISIS' latest victory puts valuable relics at risk Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:06 AM ET
    The external courtyard of the sanctuary of Baal in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, Syria.

    ISIS' seizure of Palmyra intensified fears that the 2,000-year-old site's archaeological treasures would be destroyed, NBC News reports.

  • Bin Laden's books reveal obsession with conspiracies Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 2:42 AM ET
    Local residents watch the demolition of the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad on February 26, 2012

    New documents offer fascinating clues into Osama bin Laden's life, and al Qaeda's efforts to develop new lines of attack.

  • With the Senate expected to vote as soon as Friday, Burr predicted the House bill would fail to break the 60- vote threshold needed to end debate, and he envisioned the same fate for a two-month extension of current law proposed by Senate leaders. As a compromise, he predicted, the leadership would propose that the Senate vote Friday to extend current law between 5...

  • Paul commandeers Senate to protest Patriot Act Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul commandeered the Senate floor Wednesday to deliver an hours-long protest against renewal of the Patriot Act, calling the post- Sept. 11 law government intrusion on Americans' privacy. "There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and...

  • BRUSSELS— The U.S. government's restrictions on access to documents and its insistence on secrecy are undermining trust in trans-Atlantic trade talks and anti-terror data exchanges, the European Union's transparency watchdog said Wednesday. "There is a little clash of cultures, yes," EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly told The Associated Press in an interview.

  • Ramadi under ISIS control, Iraq regroups   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:33 AM ET
    Ramadi under ISIS control, Iraq regroups

    Richard Engel, NBC News reports the Iraqi city of Ramadi is in the hands of terror group ISIS despite months of airstrikes by the Iraqi army.

  • Ramadi falls, Iraqi's ran away: Col. Jack Jacobs   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:33 AM ET
    Ramadi falls, Iraqi's ran away: Col. Jack Jacobs

    Col. Jack Jacobs, U.S. Army (retired), discusses the latest developments in Iraq, as military forces there gear up to fight back against the militant group ISIS. Ian Bremmer, Eurasia Group, shares perspective.

  • House panel unveils $578.6 billion for defense spending Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:38 AM ET

    The spending bill, which mirrors the broad defense policy bill the House passed last week, is to be considered Wednesday by the defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee. "This bill makes the most of a very tight budget, utilizing all resources to ensure that our military remains the best in the world and that they are ready and able to protect all...

  • STOCKHOLM— Sweden's financial watchdog agency has fined top banks Nordea and Handelsbanken after finding serious shortcomings in their efforts to prevent money laundering. Nordea on Tuesday received a warning and the maximum fine of 50 million kronor while Handelsbanken received a "remark" and a fine of 35 million kronor from the Swedish Financial...

  • Charlie Hebdo suffers post-attack divisions, departure Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:43 AM ET

    PARIS— French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo is facing new problems, with a top cartoonist leaving because of the emotional burden after terrorists killed his colleagues, and divisions over how to use donations from around the world. Cartoonist Renald Luzier, who drew the newspaper's first cover after the Jan. 7 attack killed 12 people, said in an interview...