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U.S. military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

Sep 2, 2014

U.S. military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group’s leader. Al-Shabab had attacked the upscale Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 ...

Islamabad hit by raging protests

Sep 2, 2014

Islamabad hit by raging protests

Ahead of a joint session of parliament, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country’s army chief held marathon meetings Monday over violent antigovernment protests that could force the premier of the nuclear-armed country to resign. Sharif again vowed he will not step down under ...

Sep 2, 2014

Pro-government Syrian activist arrested over rare public defiance

Syrian authorities have arrested a pro-government activist who launched a social media campaign calling on officials to provide information about hundreds of missing soldiers, residents and activists said Monday. The arrest on Friday has fueled an already unusually bold push by some government supporters ...

Persian Gulf nations unite over IS threat

Sep 2, 2014

Persian Gulf nations unite over IS threat

Advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, and U.S. calls for a coalition against them have made Persian Gulf monarchies set aside disputes over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say. Wary of spectacular gains made by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and ...

FBI begins probing nude celebrity photo leaks

Sep 2, 2014

FBI begins probing nude celebrity photo leaks

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say what actions it was taking to investigate who was ...

Baltic states fear 'hybrid warfare' from former Russian masters

Sep 2, 2014

Baltic states fear 'hybrid warfare' from former Russian masters

Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flash point after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties. With U.S. President Barack Obama heading ...

Militants lampooned by Arab satire

Sep 2, 2014

Militants lampooned by Arab satire

The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town — not realizing he’s fired it backward at his leader. The “Looney Tunes”-style cartoon targeting ...