U.S. military forces Monday conducted an operation in Somalia against al-Shabab, the main al Qaida affiliate in the east Africa country, the Pentagon said.

President Barack Obama and allied leaders will respond to Russian aggression in Ukraine by moving to set up a quick-strike force of several thousand troops at the NATO summit this week in Wales.

WASHINGTON U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has received $962,000 since 2008 from employees and political action committees of industries that are under the jurisdiction of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, where she has served for a large portion of her first term in Congress.

The White House said Monday that its latest airstrikes in Iraq are “consistent” with prior military missions the White House has authorized to date in Iraq -- “to protect U.S. personnel and facilities and to address the humanitarian situation on the ground.”

North of Aleppo, the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army is battling the Islamic State terror group over a vital supply route.

Running for the U.S. Senate was never a sure thing for Claire McCaskill. She had to be courted. The story goes that she was so resistant to the idea that it took an extraordinary intervention from Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who in 2005 headed the Democratic recruiting committee.

An announcement by Israel that it was appropriating nearly 1000 acres of land in the West Bank, a preparatory step toward further settlement construction, has drawn criticism from the United States and protests from the Palestinian leadership.

Sen. Richard Durbin, the Senate’s number two Democrat, could be facing a tougher than anticipated re-election race.

Filipino United Nations peacekeepers who were surrounded and attacked by anti-government rebels on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights fled to safety under the cover of darkness early Sunday, the UN said, while another group of peacekeepers from Fiji were still being held after their capture last week.

China’s top legislative body on Sunday struck a blow to democracy advocates in Hong Kong, ruling that Beijing can effectively veto candidates it deems undesirable from seeking the region’s top leadership job in a 2017 election.

The U.S. military began to conduct air strikes and air-drop humanitarian aid to a starving Iraqi town south of Kirkuk besieged by militants of the Islamic State since mid-June, according to a Pentagon spokesman late Saturday night.

More than a year after it began, the Texas governor’s race is entering a frenzied two-month windup toward the Nov. 4 election, with Republicans exuding confidence that they will easily keep the office that Gov. Rick Perry has held for 14 years while Democrats insist that they are within striking distance of a stunning upset.

When the shock troops of the Islamic State set out to conquer a city in Syria or Iraq, their first move has been to avoid a battle by spreading terror – using videos that show them savaging civilians and beheading captured soldiers.

United Nations peacekeepers from the Philippines stationed on the Syrian Golan Heights exchanged fire with Syrian rebels surrounding their base on Saturday as another group of Filipino troops were extricated from a neighboring post, the UN and Philippine officials said.

Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign.

President Barack Obama heads to Europe next week, looking to assure nervous allies of the United States’ commitment to the region, as NATO prepares to beef up forces amid fears that Russia will step up its provocations beyond Ukraine.

Nearly half of Syria’s population has been displaced either internally or externally as refugees in the worst humanitarian crisis to strike the Middle East in at least a century, according to new data released by the International Rescue Committee.

James Brown was a unique talent: mercurial, scrappy, self-promoting.

The United Kingdom on Friday raised to “severe” its assessment of the threat of domestic terrorism in response to the spreading grip of Islamic militants in parts of Iraq and Syria, meaning that the risk of an attack is now considered “highly likely.”

In life-or-death trials, as in real estate, a lot comes down to location, location, location.

The last two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, are teaming up to launch a program to study presidential leadership and decision making.

The secret funerals are back. So are motherly measures. Even soccer officials are sniping at each other. As the Ukrainian-Russian conflict enters its sixth month, there are signs from inside Russia that a nation’s nerves are beginning to fray.

For awhile now, the White House has insisted that President Barack Obama would issue a series of executive actions on immigration by the end of the summer.

There will be a new face in the TARDIS on Saturday night.

The Obama administration unveiled a host of new sanctions Friday against more than 30 companies and individuals doing business in or with Iran, seeking to thwart that nation’s nuclear ambitions, its support for organizations the United States deems as terrorist groups and mute its support for the embattled regime of Syrian leader Bashar Assad.

The United States does not expect to follow the United Kingdom in raising its terror alert level because of concerns over Islamic militants.

Megan Boken was chatting with her mom on her new iPhone on August 18, 2012, when a thief shot her dead on the street in St. Louis, Mo. He wanted the 23-year-old’s smartphone.

Three opinions issued Friday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit provide a compare-and-contrast opportunity for those keen on judicial writing.

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will lead a hearing next week to examine the militarization of state and local police following this month’s protests and riots in Ferguson, Mo.

Voters hate Washington, and they’ll get their chance to shake things up in November’s midterm elections.

REYKJAVIK - Icelandic authorities Friday lowered an aviation alert, hours after raising it to its highest level over a small lava eruption detected near a volcano in the south-east.

The United States faces no small task in drumming up allies to fight the Islamic State as part of a new coalition that foreign policy analysts already are criticizing as a hollow effort unless the Obama administration proves a commitment to wading into a conflict it’s largely avoided for three years.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Thursday of invading his nation, at about the same time that a separatist rebel leader admitted his forces are made up of Russian fighters, including active and retired Russian troops.

The House of Representatives should debate and vote on whether to authorize expanded military force in Iraq, U.S. Reps. Walter Jones, R-N.C., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and James McGovern, D-Mass., wrote in a letter sent on Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner.

As China’s top legislative body meets this week to mull Hong Kong’s political future, Hong Kong authorities raided the home of a media mogul who’s used his wealth to support pro-democracy forces in the former British territory.

An armed group that’s fighting Syrian government forces captured 43 United Nations peacekeepers Thursday on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and another 81 peacekeepers were being confined to their positions, the U.N. said.

A former Tacoma, Wash.-area soldier serving time for his role in the 2009 drug-related death of his 16-year-old girlfriend will get another chance at a lighter sentence.

A district-level look at how the reds got redder and the blues got bluer across the United States.

Kansas’ U. S. Senate race may be more volatile than usual.

– The United Nations said on Thursday that 43 of its peacekeepers on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights had been detained by an armed group fighting government forces there.

Pennsylvania is proving to be a classic case of incumbent fatigue.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent from April to June, the government reported Thursday in a second estimate.

The race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Iowa, traditionally the nation’s first caucus state, remains a muddle. But only if Mitt Romney stays out of the race.

On an unseasonably cool August day, Zola Hamlin pulled up to a small square cemetery on the outskirts of town, saluted the headstone of her fallen grandson and offered a somber thought for the parents and grandparents of future soldiers who might get caught again in an Iraq war.

After a 50-day conflict in Gaza that ended with inconclusive results, leaders of Israel and Hamas are struggling to convince their war-weary constituents that the costly campaign has brought them real achievements.

The nation’s highest military appeals court on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a soldier who killed a Fresno, Calif., native in a sudden rage allegedly induced by the anti-smoking drug Chantix.

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have used chemical agents – most likely chlorine – in at least eight attacks this year and systematically committed massacres and other war crimes, while the Islamic State has perpetrated attacks on civilians that amount to crimes against humanity, a U.N. report said Wednesday.

The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques widely denounced as torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.

The Iowa Senate race is tied.

The solution to the big issue of nuclear nonproliferation might be smaller than you think, so small it’s virtually invisible and massless.

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