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US and Iraq search for Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 08:46

Search operations were under way Monday for three Americans kidnapped from a "suspicious apartment" in Baghdad, in a rare abduction of Western nationals in the Iraqi capital. Kidnappers in Iraq have recently seized groups of Qataris and Turks, but it has been years since Americans were abducted, with Iraqis suffering the most from kidnappings for ransoms or to settle scores. The Islamic State group, which overran large areas in 2014, has abducted thousands of people in Iraq, while Shiite paramilitary forces opposed to the jihadists have also carried out kidnappings.

Muslim women must learn English or risk deportation: British PM

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 07:23
Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday. Cameron's comments came as his centre-right Conservatives launched a £20 million ($28.5 million, 26 million euro) language fund for women in isolated communities as part of a drive to build community integration. Immigration rules already force spouses to speak English before they come to Britain to live with their partners.

Confederate flag's removal turns King Day into celebration

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 02:02

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Civic leaders, activists, artists and others are celebrating, marching and paying homage Monday to Martin Luther King Jr., marking the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.

Iraqi official: Americans kidnapped from interpreter's home

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 23:13

BAGHDAD (AP) — A group of Americans who went missing over the weekend in Iraq were kidnapped from their interpreter's home in Baghdad, according to an Iraqi government intelligence official.

Analysis: Iran deals may not herald rapid changes

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 23:05

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The lifting of crippling international sanctions linked to Iran's nuclear program and the flurry of diplomacy that led to the release of Americans held by Tehran suggests a new era could be dawning. But anyone hoping for rapid change is likely to be disappointed.

This Sanders-Clinton debate clash sums up the entire Democratic race

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 21:33

The candidates defend their visions of health care's future.

Bernie Sanders' radical political past

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 18:47

The Democratic candidate once told the Los Angeles Times that he believed in redistribution of wealth.

U.S. seeks Americans missing in Baghdad: official

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 11:40

Washington (AFP) - US and local authorities are trying to find a group of Americans reported missing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the State Department said Sunday.

Obama cites Americans' release as win for 'smart' diplomacy

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 08:55

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held prisoner in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic, holding both up as a victory for "smart" diplomacy and fulfillment of his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States.

Viewer's Guide: Clinton, Sanders in last debate before Iowa

Sun, 01/17/2016 - 07:32

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been relatively civil so far during their months-long contest. But tensions in the Democratic presidential campaign are poised to flare in Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday night over curbing gun violence.

Rouhani hails 'golden page' in Iran's history as sanctions lifted

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 23:51

President Hassan Rouhani looks forward to an economic future less dependent on oil.

About the 12 Marines missing in the Hawaii helicopter crash

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:25

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps on Saturday night released the names of the 12 Marines missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii. Here are their stories:

Tightening Clinton-Sanders race raises stakes for Dem debate

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:20

By John Whitesides CHARLESTON, S.C. - Tightening polls and rising tensions between White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders could fuel a fiery Democratic debate on Sunday, their last face-to-face encounter until Iowa kicks off the presidential nominating race in two weeks. The leading Democratic contenders stepped up their attacks on each other during the past week, battling over guns, healthcare and Wall Street with growing intensity as polls showed Sanders gaining ground on Clinton in key states. Clinton, Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, who lags badly in polls, will participate in the 9 p.m. EST debate, the fourth between the Democratic contenders.

Sanders says he supports repealing gun manufacture immunity

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:58

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — On the eve of the next Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his support for legislation that would reverse a 2005 law granting gun manufacturers legal immunity that he once supported.

High surf complicating Hawaii search for missing Marines

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:33

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Rescuers battled waves up to 30 feet Saturday as they searched for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters crashed off the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Nuclear sanctions lifted as Iran, U.S. agree on prisoner swap

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 14:48

By Lesley Wroughton and Sam Wilkin VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran emerged from years of economic isolation on Saturday when world powers began to lift crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. In a dramatic move scheduled to coincide with the scrapping of the sanctions, Tehran also announced the release of five Americans including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian as part of a prisoner swap with the United States. Together, the lifting of sanctions and the prisoner deal considerably reduce the hostility between Tehran and Washington that has shaped the Middle East since Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979.

In Flint, Michigan, daily life revolves around lead fears

Sat, 01/16/2016 - 11:28

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The longest line at Freeman Elementary School's Family Fun Night was not for face painting or food. It was for lead testing.