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  • BANNU, Pakistan, June 28- Air strikes killed at least 20 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwestern Shawal Valley on Sunday, intelligence officials said, more than a month after security forces moved in on Pakistani Taliban strongholds in the region. The deeply forested ravines are a smuggling route between Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan, and are...

  • Queen Elizabeth II says the attack on a beach resort in Tunisia has left her and her husband, Prince Philip, shocked. British police say they have mobilized more than 600 officers and staff— one of the force's largest counterterrorism deployments in recent years— to respond to a deadly gun attack in Tunisia. Police said Sunday that nearly 400 officers have been at...

  • Enticing lonely Americans to support ISIS Saturday, 27 Jun 2015 | 4:36 PM ET
    ISIS fighter, North American ISIS fighter, Islamic State

    ISIS is explicitly at odds with the West, but is making a relentless effort to recruit Westerners into its ranks for propaganda value.

  • DUBAI, June 27- Kuwait has detained the owner of the vehicle that took a suicide bomber to a Shi'ite Muslim mosque where he detonated explosives, killing 27 people, state media reported on Saturday.

  • Gunmen kill at least 37 people on beach in Tunisia Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 3:57 PM ET
    Sousse, Tunisia

    Gunmen opened fire on a beach popular with tourists in Tunisia on Friday, killing at least 37 people, NBC News reports.

  • Armenia standoff continues peacefully Friday, 26 Jun 2015 | 7:02 AM ET

    YEREVAN, Armenia— Dancing and singing demonstrators protesting a hike in electricity prices blocked the Armenian capital's main avenue Friday for a fifth straight day, in a tough challenge to the ex-Soviet nation's government. The numbers swelled from several hundred in the daytime to thousands in the evening, as they have all week, in the worst unrest Armenia...

  • MARIKANA, South Africa, June 26- Almost three years after South African police shot 34 striking miners dead outside platinum producer Lonmin's Marikana mine, little has changed in this hardscrabble town that has become a symbol of post-apartheid hardship and inequities. A long-awaited probe into the slayings, unveiled on Thursday by President Jacob Zuma,...

  • PARIS— French authorities open terrorism investigation after attack, decapitation at gas factory.

  • UNITED NATIONS— The five countries investigating last year's shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine are calling for an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible. Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Thursday that her government is committed to working with Malaysia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Belgium, "and the broader...

  • Mozambique turns 40, high on gas prospects Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    MAPUTO, June 25- Mozambique turned 40 on Thursday, mixing formal military parades with exuberant African dancing as it turned from a generation of civil war and poverty to look to a more prosperous future, powered, it hopes, by vast amounts of natural gas. Underpinning the national optimism in this $17 billion economy is the prospect of massive revenues from an...

  • Putin vows to further strengthen Russian military Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 7:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, in a stance that reflects soaring tensions with the West over the crisis in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and the West have sunk to post-Cold War lows after Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for a...

  • No major breakthrough at annual US-China dialogue Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 12:42 AM ET
    No major breakthrough at annual US-China dialogue

    Although the U.S.-China dialogues failed to address issues of cybersecurity and disputes in South China Sea, some progress was made on economic matters.

  • NAIROBI, June 24- The European Union said it will offer counter-terrorism training to help east African security agencies improve cross-border investigations and prosecutions in a region hit by deadly raids carried out by Islamist militants. The new program, to be implemented later this year or early 2016 across Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, South Sudan,...

  • The PATCO Speedline between suburban New Jersey and downtown Philadelphia has resumed operations after a storm-related power outage halted service for the morning rush hour. PATCO trains typically run every 3-5 minutes from downtown Philadelphia during rush hour. Service remains suspended on SEPTA's Media/ Elwyn regional rail line and between Radnor...

  • The unrest is raising concerns about political stability in Armenia, which has relied on close ties with Russia and joined a Moscow- dominated economic alliance. Russia has a military base in Armenia, and Russian companies control some of the most prized economic assets, including the power grid. Some politicians in Russia have suggested that the West or...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C., June 23- Prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week's attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania- based company came to the...

  • BEIRUT— In Syria's civil war, both government forces and opposition fighters are targeting civilians in a way that has led to "unspeakable suffering," U.N. investigators said Tuesday. The assessment, in a report by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, sought to draw attention to the plight of the civilians, saying that with "each passing...

  • US-China dialogue with 'candid, to-the-point' talks Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 8:57 PM ET

    U.S. and China held "candid and to-the-point" talks aimed at managing the complex relationship between the world's two biggest economies, a U.S. official said.

  • *Russia denies seeking confrontation over Ukraine. MUENSTER, Germany, June 22- The United States said on Monday it would contribute special operations forces, intelligence and other high-end military assets to a new NATO rapid response force that aims in part to deter any future actions by Russia. Russia's intervention over Ukraine has put NATO allies in...

  • *Al Shabaab has launched series of attacks in Kenya. DADAAB, Kenya, June 21- When Kenyan police arrested six men in the vast Dadaab refugee camp near the Somali border last April, their ultimate aim was to dismantle a decades-old sugar smuggling trade that is funding Somali militants waging war on Kenya. The arrests, coming weeks after four al Shabaab gunmen...