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  • The insurgents attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installions, including storage tanks. Thousands of families have fled Anbar in recent days as Islamic State militants gained on Ramadi and local officials warned the city was about to fall. Two members of the Anbar provincial...

  • Iraqi forces retake most of Baiji refinery-officials Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    The insurgents attacked Baiji refinery- which is Iraq's largest- a week ago, blasting through the security perimeter around the sprawling complex in northern Iraq and taking over several installions including storage tanks.

  • COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 17- The United States needs disruptive new technologies, new ways of acquiring equipment and bandwidth, and closer ties with global allies to stay ahead of growing challenges in space from China, Russia and others, the head of U.S. General John Hyten said the United States had been bracing for threats to its satellite systems for years,...

  • LONDON, April 15- At least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen, shipping data showed on Wednesday, as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran- allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis. Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice, to...

  • LONDON, April 15- At least five merchant vessels carrying food are stuck off Yemen as warships from a Saudi-led coalition search them for weapons bound for Iran- allied Houthi rebel forces, with delays adding to a humanitarian crisis. Yemen imports more than 90 percent of its food, including most of its wheat and all its rice, to feed a population of 25 million.

  • Taiwan not among 57 charter members of China's Asian Bank Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:06 AM ET

    BEIJING— China on Wednesday announced the 57 intended charter members of the proposed Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, with longtime rival Taiwan left off the list despite expressing a desire to join. Taiwan's exclusion means it won't participate in drawing up the bank's foundational documents and governance rules, although Beijing...

  • Obama to remove Cuba from state sponsor of terror list Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 3:06 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, the White House announced Tuesday, a key step in his bid to normalize relations between the two countries. In a message to Congress, Obama said the government of Cuba "has not provided any support for international terrorism" over the last six months.

  • SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba— Two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy trashed Cuba's second-largest city, 35- year-old Melba Martinez is still out of work and struggling to feed two children on her state ration book and a daily hustle for extra rice or cooking oil. "How are you going to buy a pair of shoes that cost $20? Down the hill in the pastel-tinted colonial center of...

  • US to tell certain travelers if on no-fly list Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    The explanations provided to six travelers so far, which were mandated by a federal judge, have been inadequate, the ACLU said. For instance, in a letter to New Jersey resident Amir Meshal, the government's explanation for his inclusion on the list was based on information the FBI obtained from Meshal when he was detained in Africa in 2007, ACLU attorney Hina...

  • The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said estimates show that over 121,000 people had been displaced inside Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition airstrike campaign targeting Shiite rebels began on March 26, with nearly half that number concentrated in the country's northwest. A combined force of Shiite rebels and security forces...

  • Amid tensions, Chinese premier meets Japan delegation Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 6:25 AM ET

    BEIJING— Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met Tuesday with a Japanese delegation led by ex-Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, amid halting efforts to reduce lingering tensions between the countries before this year's 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender at the end of World War II. Kono is considered a strongly pro- China member of Japan's ruling Liberal...

  • Jury seated in Colorado theater shooting trial Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 3:03 AM ET

    CENTENNIAL, Colo.— A jury was seated Tuesday in the death penalty trial of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes after a selection process that experts say was among the largest and most complicated in U.S. history. James Holmes is charged with killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the July 2012 attack in suburban Denver. Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. seated a...

  • Ron Paul: Who's the real enemy—Russia? Nope. Monday, 13 Apr 2015 | 10:44 AM ET
    Ron Paul speaking at George Washington University in March

    There's a drumbeat of fear mongering for all kinds of global threats. But don't believe the lies, says former Rep. Ron Paul.

  • BEIJING— Cross-strait frictions remerged Monday as China said Taiwan won't be among the charter members of the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, apparently because of a dispute over what name the island should use in the institution. However, the Chinese Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement that Taiwan would be welcome to...

  • PANAMA CITY, April 12- Cuba and the United States just made history. At a time of multiple risks to his foreign policy record- from Iran's nuclear program and the war in Syria to Russian involvement in Ukraine and the violence of Islamic State- getting on well with Cuba looks relatively easy. "I think there is a strong majority both in the United States and in Cuba that...

  • MES AYNAK, Afghanistan, April 12- China and Afghanistan remain deadlocked over a stalled $3 billion copper mine five months after Beijing demanded royalties be slashed by almost a half, underlining Kabul's struggles to support itself as foreign aid dries up. Tapping Afghanistan's estimated $1 trillion mineral resources is a top priority for President...

  • 'Schizophrenic' moves in oil   Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    'Schizophrenic' moves in oil

    The moves in oil right now are perplexing and 'schizophrenic,' according to Amrita Sen, Chief Oil Analyst at Energy Aspects Ltd, who discusses what factors are currently impacting oil.

  • Iran slams Saudi-led Yemen campaign as 'genocide' Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of "genocide" in Yemen.

  • Obama's Iran fixation needs vetting: GOP senator Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 12:01 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House about negotiations with Iran over their nuclear program, April 2, 2015, in Washington.

    Tennessee's Barrasso tells CNBC he's worried about the repercussions of lifting sanctions in exchange for a nuclear deal.

  • ANKARA, Turkey— Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper says two of its journalists have been charged with "openly insulting the people's religious values" for featuring French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's cover with the image of the Prophet Muhammad in their columns. The pro-secular newspaper said Thursday that columnists Ceyda Karan and Hikmet Cetinkaya...