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  • Hagel says nuclear operation has drifted Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    Many of the recent problems in the U.S. nuclear forces have occurred in the Air Force, but in February the Navy announced that dozens of senior enlisted instructors at a Navy nuclear propulsion school in South Carolina were accused of cheating on written tests that help them qualify to operate nuclear reactors.

  • Oil on 2-week slide even with Mideast turmoil Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:50 PM ET

    In the Middle East, the insurgency in Iraq is far from resolved, but hasn't halted oil exports. Tensions between Israel and Hamas have escalated in the past week, but aren't threatening any major oil production. "We in the U.S are sitting on a ton of crude oil," says energy analyst Stephen Schork of the Schork Group.

  • Libya's oil industry remains vulnerable to protests Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    TRIPOLI, July 9- Libya's oil industry hopes life will return to normal now that a wave of protests has ebbed, but it will take months to ramp up production and more unrest is in prospect as political chaos spreads in the North African country.

  • Army leaders defend flawed intelligence system Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:29 PM ET

    But after an inquiry from The Associated Press, the Army acknowledged this week that Campbell misspoke. Army leaders, including Campbell and his boss, Army chief of staff Gen. The Army has continued to pour money into the system despite its record of blown deadlines and unmet promises.

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 9- North Korea has complained to the United Nations about a film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, accusing the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing production of a movie about a plot to kill its leader, Kim Jong Un.

  • By Maria Tsvetkova and Richard Balmforth. KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, July 9- Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but defiant rebels reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

  • KIEV/ DONETSK, Ukraine, July 9- Ukrainian government forces on Wednesday warned separatists in the eastern town of Donetsk that a plan was now in place to take back the territory they occupy, but rebels defiantly reported a steady flow of new recruits who were ready to fight.

  • US sanctions 3 firms for aiding Syrian government Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday sanctioned three companies suspected of aiding the Syrian government, which is fighting opposition forces in a civil war that has killed more than 160,000 people.

  • Israel on high alert     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    Israeli military launched a major offensive today in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin, reports Israel has opened bomb shelters and put the country on high alert.

  • Economic stakes enormous for Israelis: Expert     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

    Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations president, weighs in on the crisis and turbulence in the Middle East and discusses the widespread economic consequences facing Israel.

  • Japan protests China paper's map of atomic clouds Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan protested Wednesday to China over a newspaper's depiction of exploding mushroom clouds in a map of Japan, calling it offensive. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that Japan, as the only nation to have suffered atomic attacks, will "never tolerate" such a depiction.

  • Gaza Strip in the crosshairs     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    Joshua Mitnick, Wall Street Journal contributor, reports on the latest violence in the Middle East.

  • Israel intensifies attacks on Gaza Strip     Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:06 AM ET

    NBC's Ayman Mohyeldin, reports on the latest violence in the Middle East. Airstrikes may not be enough to stop the unrest, says Mohyeldin.

  • NEW DELHI, July 8- Britain's foreign secretary lobbied India on Tuesday to buy Eurofighter military aircraft, suggesting that London has not yet abandoned hope of ousting France's Rafale from a multi-billion-dollar combat jet order.

  • Why nukes keep finding trouble: They're really old Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, North Dakota— The nuclear missiles hidden in plain view across the prairies of northwest North Dakota reveal one reason why trouble keeps finding the nuclear Air Force. The Air Force asserts with pride that the missile system, more than 40 years old and designed during the Cold War to counter the now-defunct Soviet Union, is safe and secure.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, July 7- Pro-Russian rebels erected new barricades on the streets of Donetsk on Monday, preparing to make a stand in the city of a million people after losing their bastion in the town of Slaviansk in the worst defeat of their three-month uprising. Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Ahmetov, pleaded with the government on Monday not to bomb his home city.

  • Take that, ISIS: Refugees start up own businesses Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 12:10 PM ET
    The beauty salon run by Syrian Majedah al-Dabogh in Zaatri, a Jordanian border city that has become home to 100,000 or more refugees.

    A growing number of people who've fled Iraq and Syria are actually managing start their own businesses in Jordan.

  • Egypt President defends recent price hikes Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    CAIRO— Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended Monday his recent decisions to partially lift subsidies on fuel that caused a public outcry, calling them a necessary "bitter pill" to revive his nation's ailing economy.

  • Pavlo Sultansky, Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, says the retake of Slaviansk by Ukrainian forces indicates that order being restored. He is confident that other territories will be recaptured soon.

  • Islamic militants seize Syria oil field Friday, 4 Jul 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    BEIRUT— Islamic militants seized an eastern Syrian oil field near Iraq and inched closer to the Turkish border on Friday as they try to consolidate their control of an area along the length of the Euphrates river stretching through Syria and Iraq.