General: Islamic State fighters on their heels

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The commander of U.S. forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria says the extremist group has been thrown on the defensive, unable to generate the kind of quick strikes that captured large chunks of Iraq last summer. Army Lt. Gen. James Terry...
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UN: $16.4 billion needed to aid most vulnerable

Britain’s Valerie Amos, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, launches the Global Humanitarian Appeal 2015 to support people affected by disaster and conflict, during a press conference, at the European...
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Afghanistan mired in war as US combat command ends

International Security Assistance Forces honor guards take part in a flag-lowering ceremony in north of Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. The U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the...

As US cleans up, it’s exporting more pollution

GARDI SUGDUP, Panama (AP) — Heat-trapping pollution released into the atmosphere from rising exports of U.S. gasoline and diesel dwarfs the cuts made from fuel efficiency standards and other efforts to reduce global warming in the United States, according to a new...

Israeli parliament dissolves itself, sets election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers have overwhelmingly voted to dissolve parliament, officially kicking off the country’s election campaign. Monday’s vote in the 120-seat Knesset passed 93-0 in favor of disbanding, ending its term two years ahead of schedule....
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South Africa: Briton acquitted of honeymoon murder

Ami Denborg, left, and her brother Anish Hindocha, right, react after the court case that acquitted their sister’s former husband Shrien Dwani from murdering her at the high court in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. British man Shrien Dwani accused of killing...
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Guantanamo prisoners start new lives in Uruguay

A soldier stands guard at the entrance of the military hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay, Monday, Dec. 8, 2014. Six Guantanamo Bay prisoners sent to Uruguay to be resettled as refugees are undergoing medical checkups before being released to begin new lives, the country’s...
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1st ID from remains in case of Mexico’s missing 43

The relative of one of the 43 missing students from the Isidro Burgos rural teachers college stands on a stage with other missing student relatives during a protest in Mexico City, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. At least one of the college students missing since September has been...
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Post reporter charged in Iran after day in court

FILE – In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. The Washington Post reporter has detained in Iran for more than...
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American, South African hostages killed in Yemen

In this Tuesday, April 16, 2013 photo, Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist who was kidnapped over a year ago by al-Qaida, uses a camera during a demonstration demanding the release of Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo Bay prison in front of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen....