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The Torturer in Charge of Mosul

ISIS’s success in Mosul could have something to do with the Iraqi government putting a general accused of carrying out systematic torture in charge of the city’s security.


Lawsuit: Extending eagle death permits illegal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservation group says it's suing the Obama administration over a new federal rule that allows wind-energy companies to seek approval to kill or injure eagles for 30 years.


Veteran wounded by grenade gets Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a veteran who took the blow from a grenade to protect a fellow Marine in Afghanistan, sustaining major wounds, including the loss of his right eye.


Israel presses West Bank teen hunt with 30 new arrests

Israeli troops arrested some 30 Palestinians in the West Bank overnight as they ramped up a massive search for three teenagers believed kidnapped by Hamas, the army said on Thursday. The three teenagers, two of them minors, disappeared from a popular hitchhiking spot near the sprawling southern West Bank Gush Etzion settlement bloc late on June 12, with Israel blaming Hamas. It has launched a massive military operation to find them which also has the stated objective of crushing the Islamist movement's infrastructure in the West Bank. One of the sites targeted was the students' union at Bir Zeit University near Ramallah, the radio said.


Miliband to reveal welfare policies

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband was on Thursday to announce plans to withhold Jobseeker's Allowance from 18 to 21-year-olds unless they complete education or equivalent training if Labour come to power. Miliband was to reveal broad changes to the welfare system during a speech at the IPPR think tank on Thursday. He will announce that some benefits for the jobless, including Jobseeker's Allowance, would be replaced by a means-tested "youth allowance", only to be received if the claimant is in training or education.


Concern as Australians learn 'terrorist trade' in Iraq, Syria

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Thursday said she was deeply concerned about 150 Australians learning the "terrorist trade" fighting alongside Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. The country's top diplomat was briefed by her intelligence analysts this week on the number of Australians, some dual citizens, taking up arms alongside rebel groups. There are about 150 Australians who have been or are still fighting with opposition groups in Syria and beyond," she told ABC radio. "In Syria it seems that over a period of time they have moved from supporting the more moderate opposition groups to the more extreme and that includes this brutal extremist group, ISIS."


Philippines seeks speedy UN ruling on China sea dispute

The Philippines said Thursday it would ask a UN tribunal to expedite its appeal to declare China's expansive claims to the South China Sea invalid, as tensions over the contested waters worsen. A formal request will be filed seeking a resolution on the case within the year or early 2015, foreign department spokesman Charles Jose said. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario separately said a speedier ruling was necessary "because the situation is getting worse by the day in the South China Sea". China claims most of the South China Sea, including waters near the shores of its neighbours, which has led to escalating territorial disputes.


Fiji leader blasts global inaction on climate change

Suva (Fiji) (AFP) - Fijian leader Voreqe Bainimarama accused the global community Thursday of abandoning Pacific island nations to "sink below the waves" instead of tackling climate change, singling out "selfish" Australia for criticism. Opening a regional summit, he said there was "collective disappointment and dismay" in the Pacific at the failure to address climate change, which scientists blame for rising seas that threaten many low-lying island nations. "The rising sea levels caused by global warming threaten the very existence of some of our neighbours -- Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands," he told the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF). "(They) are already swamping the coastal areas of many Pacific nations, including Fiji.


Republicans accuse Obama administration over Healthcare.gov crash

Two Republican senators on Thursday issued a report accusing the Obama administration of pushing ahead with last October's botched rollout of HealthCare.gov website despite internal concerns that the technology would not work. The 34-page document, issued jointly by Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, alleges that the White House prevented the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from meeting website development deadlines by delaying decisions on related regulations. The report, which surfaced as Republicans seek to make Obamacare a major issue in this year's midterm congressional elections, also blames senior officials from CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for ignoring evidence that the website, intended to help uninsured Americans in 36 states find private coverage, had serious issues. The assertion contrasts with public statements by officials including former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that claim the administration had no idea the site would face major problems.


Biden urges greater inclusion in call with Iraq PM

US Vice President Joe Biden pushed Washington's calls for greater political inclusion in Iraq in phone calls with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other top officials, amid a deepening crisis. With President Barack Obama opposed to putting US boots on the ground inside Iraq, his administration has said it was still working on reviewing all potential military and diplomatic options, after Sunni militants seized control of vast areas of the country the United States invaded in 2003. Yet before any action in Iraq, Washington is also demanding Shiite al-Maliki work harder to include rival religious communities, as opinion hardens that official persecution of the minority Sunni community is partly to blame for the deepening sectarian mire. Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have grabbed large swaths of northern Iraq and have Baghdad in their sights.


O’Reilly Disses His Fellow Fox Newsers

The ‘Factor’ host told an appreciative audience of Manhattan ‘folks’ Wednesday what he really thinks of his coworkers. (Hint: Greta and Shep are liberals.) Whatever will Ailes say?


Delaware ditches bill to bar 'loser pays' corporate bylaws

Delaware lawmakers will not take up a bill this year that would have barred corporations from adopting rules to require shareholders who sue and lose to pick up the costs of the litigation. The rules, known as "loser pays" or fee-shifting bylaws, became a front-burner issue in May when the Delaware Supreme Court said companies could adopt them to curtail investor litigation.

Biden commends Ukraine's president on peace plan

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is commending Ukraine's new president for his commitment to move ahead with his peace plan and for further steps taken to unify the embattled country.


Was Hillary Right About Iraq All Along?

When the Obama administration was looking to pull American troops from Iraq, the then-secretary of state was a force pushing for troops to stay. Did she make the right call?


Senate Democrats scuttle a vote on spending bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apparently fearing that the top Senate Republican might score a political win, Democrats for the second time in a week cancelled a preliminary vote on a major spending bill.

What's next for Libya suspect, on ship and beyond?

The U.S. military got its man, and has handed him over to the Justice Department. What's next for Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan militant accused of being a mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi attacks? What's happening on the ship where he's being held? Where is he headed? What does he know? Some questions, answers — and unknowns:


US e-cigarette makers under fire from lawmakers

US senators ripped at electronic cigarette makers for their aggressive marketing campaigns to lure youths that have drawn parallels to those once used by Big Tobacco. "While major e-cigarette companies reiterate that they only target adults, a large youth audience still appears to be getting their message pretty loudly and pretty clearly," said Democratic Senator John Rockefeller. The increased alarm comes with greater usage of the devices, with the percentage of middle and high school students who used e-cigarettes more than doubling between 2011 and 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means an audience of about 24 million kids is targeted by companies selling vaporized nicotine products.


Federal judge tosses out parts of Utah immigration law

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - A federal judge issued a split ruling Wednesday on a controversial Utah immigration law, saying the state can verify the legal status of arrested persons, but cannot detain someone without a warrant based on an officer’s suspicions or a racial profile. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups in Salt Lake City also tossed out a portion of the law which made it a state crime to harbor an illegal immigrant, and he struck down a provision which required local police to investigate immigration offenses. The 30-page decision comes more than a year after the case was argued in Salt Lake City's federal court, and three years after lawmakers passed the Utah Illegal Immigration Act. Modeled after a similar law in Arizona, the measure was part of a package of bills dubbed the "Utah solution" to immigration reform and had been due to take effect in May 2011.

US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gave U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now, they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to double down on catching others responsible for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in the attacks.


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