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Netanyahu assails Iran-nuclear talks in Congress address

posted: 03/03/2015 10:58 a.m. Comments 9

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Congress on Tuesday that negotiations under way between Iran and the United States would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs.

Hundreds killed as Chad forces seize northeast Nigerian town

posted: 03/03/2015 8:03 a.m. Discuss

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Military reports and witnesses say hundreds of people have been killed as troops from Chad seized the Nigerian town of Dikwa from Boko Haram extremists while Nigerian soldiers fought off a separate attack miles outside the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria.

Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee

updated: 03/03/2015 9:02 a.m. Discuss

SANTIAGO, Chile — One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

Kerry: Anti-Israel bias undercuts U.N. rights panel

posted: 03/03/2015 3:20 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came to Israel's defense Monday amid growing political tensions between the allies, saying that anti-Israeli bias by the United Nations' top rights panel is undermining its mission.

Iraqis begin fight to retake Tikrit

updated: 03/02/2015 11:47 p.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces began a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from Islamic State extremists, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

'Jihadi John' born stateless, two say

updated: 03/02/2015 11:47 p.m. Discuss

KUWAIT CITY -- The Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was born to a family in an impoverished corner of oil-rich Kuwait belonging to the country's so-called stateless community, two members of that community said Monday.

U.N.: Latest Ukraine fighting killed 842

posted: 03/03/2015 3:15 a.m. Discuss

GENEVA -- The United Nations said Monday that a sharp escalation in the fighting in eastern Ukraine from mid-January to the middle of last month had left at least 842 people dead and more than 3,400 wounded, with hundreds missing and many buried without their deaths being recorded.

Reporter detained in Iran allowed to hire attorney

posted: 03/03/2015 3:07 a.m. Discuss

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- After more than seven months behind bars in an Iranian prison, detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has for the first time been allowed to hire a defense lawyer, according to his family.

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N. Korea test-fires 2 missiles into sea

Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

posted: 03/02/2015 8:32 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

Thousands honor slain Putin foe

posted: 03/02/2015 3:10 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW -- For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.

Ukraine truce mostly holding

updated: 03/01/2015 11:56 p.m. Discuss

KIEV, Ukraine -- The truce in Ukraine's easternmost region is mostly holding with no artillery shelling and no recent casualties among Ukrainian government forces amid some small-arms fire, a military spokesman said.

Aircraft ocean-tracking trial set

posted: 03/02/2015 3:05 a.m. Discuss

SYDNEY -- Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.

Prisoner's female no-touch rule lifted

posted: 03/02/2015 3:03 a.m. Discuss

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military judge has lifted his restraining order and is again allowing female prison guards to touch an alleged war criminal while moving him between Guantanamo’s most clandestine prison and legal appointments.

Iraq warns Sunnis before attack on city

posted: 03/02/2015 3 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- Iraq's prime minister called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group Sunday, ahead of a promised offensive to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the extremists.

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