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This image released by the Department of Defense on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, and displayed at a Pentagon briefing, shows an image of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Department of Defense via AP)
October 31, 2019 - 12:33 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for IS identifies the successor as Abu...
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is displayed on a monitor as U.S. Central Command Commander Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie at a joint press briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, on the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi raid. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 30, 2019 - 9:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The general who oversaw the U.S. raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi provided the most detailed account yet of the operation Wednesday and said the U.S. is on alert for possible "retribution attacks" by extremists. Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie, head of U.S. Central...
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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, right, greets Russian President Vladimir Putin upon his arrival in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. Hungary has maintained friendly ties with Russia and long criticized the European Union's sanctions against Moscow. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
October 30, 2019 - 3:48 pm
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minster said Wednesday after hosting a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that good relations with Russia are a necessity because of his country's geographical location. Analysts see Prime Minister Viktor Orban as Putin's closest ally in the...
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An injured protester is rushed to a hospital during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
October 29, 2019 - 2:56 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked gunmen opened fire at Iraqi protesters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala on Tuesday, killing 18 people and wounding hundreds, security officials said, in one of the deadliest single attacks since anti-government demonstrations erupted earlier this month. The overnight attack...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 25, 2017 file photo, former CIA agent Sabrina De Sousa arrives at Milan's court, Italy. The only American to serve a sentence in the CIA-organized kidnap of a Muslim cleric in Italy has skipped the country. A lawyer for Sabrina de Sousa confirmed Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 that she had left Italy with some months remaining in her three-year community service sentence for her role in the 2003 kidnapping of the cleric, known as Abu Omar, from a Milan street as part of the CIA’s extraordinary renditions program. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP, File)
October 29, 2019 - 1:04 pm
MILAN (AP) — The only American to serve a sentence in the CIA-organized kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Italy has skipped the country. A lawyer for Sabrina de Sousa confirmed Tuesday that she had left Italy with some months remaining in her three-year community service sentence for her role in the...
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the J Street National Conference, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
October 28, 2019 - 4:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Israel and the United States grapple with uncertain politics that could have a massive effect on the future of Israel-Palestinian relations, politically progressive Jewish Americans are showcasing their influence. Five Democratic presidential candidates addressed thousands of...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, during the weekly Angelus prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (Giuseppe Lami/ANSA via AP)
October 28, 2019 - 10:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has declared that the Vatican Secret Archive isn't so secret after all. Francis on Monday officially changed the name of the Holy See archive to remove what he said were the "negative" connotations of having "secret" in its name. From now on, the vast trove of...
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In this photo provided by the White House, President Donald Trump is joined by from left, national security adviser Robert O'Brien, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary mark Esper, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley and Brig. Gen. Marcus Evans, Deputy Director for Special Operations on the Joint Staff, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, in the Situation Room of the White House in Washington. monitoring developments as in the U.S. Special Operations forces raid that took out Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (Shealah Craighead/The White House via AP)
October 27, 2019 - 3:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group who was killed in a U.S. military raid in Syria, according to President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:15 p.m. The Prescott, Arizona parents of slain American hostage Kayla Mueller say they have mixed...
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Pope Francis presides over a Mass for the closing of the Amazon synod in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
October 27, 2019 - 1:54 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the heels of a landmark call by Amazon region bishops for married men to become priests, Pope Francis on Sunday exhorted Catholics to be open to new ways of evangelization, saying the church must "open new roads for the proclamation of the Gospel." He also cautioned against...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Israel's prime minister says he wants a "broad national unity government" amid political deadlock over forming a government following last month's elections. Speaking to his Cabinet, Benjamin Netanyahu said such a coalition is essential for Israel to face what he said were mounting security challenges around the region.(Gali Tibbon/Pool Photo via AP)
October 27, 2019 - 12:52 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister and his main rival opened a new round of unity talks Sunday in the latest effort to break a political stalemate and avoid an unprecedented third parliamentary election in less than a year. Israel has been paralyzed by political deadlock following an...
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