Feb 23, 2015

Slain hostage's dad slams U.S. ransom policy

The father of American hostage Kayla Mueller, who died while being held by the Islamic State group, has accused the Obama administration of putting its policy of not paying ransoms “in front of American lives.” Islamic State fighters claimed Mueller, who was seized in ...

A fast-track to future losses

Feb 22, 2015

A fast-track to future losses

By calling on Congress to grant him fast-track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, President Barack Obama appears to want to expand on a flawed trade model and extend it to other countries.

Feb 22, 2015

Come home, families beg Syria-bound U.K. schoolgirls

The families of three British schoolgirls feared to be traveling to join the Islamic State group in Syria issued emotional appeals for them to come home Saturday. Close friends Kadiza Sultana, 17, and 15-year-olds Shamima Begum and Amira Abase left their east London homes ...

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

Feb 21, 2015

New Pentagon chief Carter visits Afghanistan to assess situation

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his international debut Saturday with a visit to Afghanistan to see American troops and commanders, meet with Afghan leaders and assess whether U.S. withdrawal plans are too risky to Afghan security. “We’re looking for success in Afghanistan that ...

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Feb 21, 2015

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s big-screen dramatization of U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations will be released Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. “Snowden” will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. ...

White House tries to counter Netanyahu visit

Feb 21, 2015

White House tries to counter Netanyahu visit

The White House is mulling ways to undercut Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington and blunt his message that a potential nuclear deal with Iran is bad for Israel and the world in what has become a nasty grudge match. There ...

India insists Obama's tree is not dead

Feb 21, 2015

India insists Obama's tree is not dead

Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks ago is not dead. It just looks dead. The peepal tree was awash in leaves when Obama planted it at the New Delhi ...

Iraqis worry they won't be ready to retake Mosul

| Feb 21, 2015

Iraqis worry they won't be ready to retake Mosul

Questions persist about whether the struggling Iraqi military will be ready for the operation to retake the country’s second largest city from Islamic State militants in just a few months. Iraqi officials continue to insist they have not received the advanced weapons they need ...

Feb 21, 2015

Another Japanese temporarily held by Kurds in northern Iraq

The Foreign Ministry said Saturday another Japanese national was temporarily detained as a suspicious person by authorities in northern Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous zone earlier this month. The national, whose sex and age were not disclosed, has already been released after being detained in mid-February ...

Islamic State bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Feb 21, 2015

Islamic State bombers kill dozens in Libyan suicide attacks

Islamic State militants unleashed suicide bombings Friday in eastern Libya, killing at least 40 people in what the group said was retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the extremists’ aggressive new branch in North Africa. The bombings in the town of Qubba, which is controlled ...

'Obamacare'  clients given wrong tax information

Feb 21, 2015

'Obamacare' clients given wrong tax information

President Barack Obama’s signature health care program has run into another problem. About 800,000 customers of HealthCare.gov, the website where people can sign up for insurance under the program, got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday. Officials are ...