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US to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan at year-end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by the end of 2016, senior administration officials said Tuesday.


After long wait, Malaysia releases jet data

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Close to three months after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared, the government on Tuesday released reams of raw satellite data it used to determine that the flight ended in the southern Indian Ocean, a step long demanded by the families of some of the passengers on board.


Hacker turned FBI mole sentenced to time served

A computer hacker who helped the government disrupt hundreds of cyberattacks on Congress, NASA and other sensitive targets and cripple the hacktivist crew known as Anonymous will serve no more time in prison after being sentenced to time served.


How VA clinics falsified appointment records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.


Turnout low, Egypt extends presidential vote a day

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt extended its presidential election an extra day as the government, military and supporters of front-runner Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi scrambled on Tuesday to increase turnout after two days of reportedly thin voting dented the former army chief's attempts to garner an overwhelming show of public support.


Chemical weapons team attacked but safe in Syria

A convoy of chemical weapons inspectors came under attack Tuesday while traveling to the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria, but all staff members were safe, the international watchdog agency said.


Clinton proud of diplomatic accomplishments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says in an excerpt from her upcoming book that she wishes she could go back and revisit some of her decisions but she is "proud of what we accomplished" at the State Department.

GOP pressing Obama to confront Russia over nukes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty — a faceoff that could further strain U.S.-Moscow relations and dampen President Barack Obama's hopes to add deeper cuts in nuclear arsenals to his legacy.


Thai troops detain gov't minister who blasted coup

BANGKOK (AP) — Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who defiantly emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week's military coup and urge a return to civilian rule, in the first public appearance by any member of the ousted government.


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