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Armored vehicles remain at the site of a blast targeting the NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. It comes a week after an audacious attack on the nation's parliament, which highlighted the ability of insurgents, who have been fighting to overthrow the Kabul government for almost 14 years, to enter the highly fortified capital to stage deadly attacks. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossasini)

Pentagon: Afghan forces inadequate to fight Taliban

- The Washington Times

Afghanistan defense forces suffered a whopping 59 percent increase in battlefield casualties the past six months compared with 2014, mostly by the national police force, which remains ill-equipped to counter Taliban offenses and/or to hold recaptured territory, says a new Pentagon report.

President Obama took Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (second from right) on a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Ms. Rousseff's trip is also taking place as the world's seventh-largest economy is falling into recession, struggling to balance its national budget and desperately seeking foreign investment. (Associated Press)

Obama says nuke deal hinges on Iran

- The Washington Times

President Obama said Tuesday that Iran’s willingness to submit to tough international inspections “will be the test” of whether the U.S. and other world powers reach a nuclear deal with Tehran.

Secretary of State John F. Kerry sits between Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (left) and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano during a meeting in Vienna, Austria.  (Associated Press)

White House defends stance as Iran talks face deadline

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration conceded Monday that international talks over Iran’s disputed nuclear program will carry on indefinitely past this week’s deadline for a final deal — and pushed back at critics who accuse the president of making last-minute concessions out of desperation to get a deal.

President Obama took Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (second from right) on a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Ms. Rousseff's trip is also taking place as the world's seventh-largest economy is falling into recession, struggling to balance its national budget and desperately seeking foreign investment. (Associated Press)

Dilma Rousseff puts spying spat aside, seeks economic aid for Brazil on U.S. visit

Two years after she canceled a state visit to Washington in a pique over revelations of U.S. spying on her office, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff no doubt will be glad to visit President Obama at the White House this week — if only to escape her mounting problems back home.

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Washington, about the Supreme Court upholding the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defies federal judge, fails to rescind wrongly issued amnesties

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration still hasn’t fully rescinded the 2,000 three-year amnesties it wrongly issued four months ago in violation of a court order, government lawyers recently admitted in court, spurring a stern response from the judge who said the matter must be cleaned up by the end of July — or else.

 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in June. FILE (Associated Press)

China OPM hack prompts union to sue Katherine Archuleta, agency

- Associated Press

The largest federal employee union filed a class action lawsuit Monday against the federal personnel office, its leaders and one of its contractors, arguing that negligence contributed to what government officials are calling one of the most damaging cyberthefts in U.S. history.

A Tunisian police officer guards the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Tunisia's top security official says 1,000 extra police are being deployed at tourist sites and beaches in the North African nation. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Tunisia struggles to find balanced response to terror

- Associated Press

Tunisia has reason to fear a terror attack. The only democracy that emerged from the turmoil of the 2011 Arab Spring has seen more of its young men join the Islamic State group than any other nation, and many have returned, battle-hardened, to spread radical ideologies back home. It’s also a country full of vulnerable targets, with an economy that depends on welcoming European tourists to its warm Mediterranean shore.

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FILE - This Oct. 1, 2009 file photo shows the long-abandoned Atlas D site, west of Cheyenne, Wyo.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality plans to hold a public meeting about a proposal to use vegetable oil to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring bacteria that would clean up groundwater at the former nuclear missile site. The project, expected to cost $36 million and take at least 200 years, is  near Cheyenne. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

Water well testing planned around Cheyenne-area missile site

- Associated Press

A new round of homeowner well testing will occur later this summer near an old nuclear missile site on the plains where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to rely on naturally present bacteria to break down a plume of groundwater pollution, Corps officials announced at a public meeting Tuesday.

Appeals court sides with veterans in suit over experiments

Associated Press

The U.S. military must continue to alert veterans exposed to chemical and biological weapons experiments of any new information that may affect their health and provide them ongoing medical care, a federal appeals court said Tuesday.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff watches as Vice President Joe Biden puts his glass on a table after a toast during a luncheon in her honor, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the State Department in Washington.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

2 years after spying flap, U.S., Brazil seek to turn the page

- Associated Press

Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter Tuesday, declaring that the relationship between the U.S. and Brazil is on an upward swing.

Report: Border Patrol should add 350 internal investigators

- Associated Press

Customs and Border Protection should more than double its ranks of internal affairs investigators, an advisory panel has recommended in a report sent to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Anti-drone protesters make pleas for peace to Vegas judge

- Associated Press

Three of more than 30 anti-drone protesters who received summonses in March trying to block the entrance of a U.S. Air Force base in southern Nevada pleaded no contest Tuesday before a Las Vegas judge hearing their misdemeanor trespass and blocking traffic cases.

An Israeli surveillance vehicle is exhibited at an expo of Israeli intelligence-gathering technology in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. An exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology has offered a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli espionage and special forces operations. Some two dozen Israeli companies exhibited their products used by Israeli and international militaries, police units and intelligence organizations. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

Israeli intel expo displays tools of spooks and spies

- Associated Press

Hidden cameras, invisibility cloaks and mini-drones were among the gadgets on display Tuesday at an exhibition of Israeli surveillance technology, offering a rare peek into the secretive world of Israeli espionage.

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as they walk in Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the next round of nuclear discussions. Should the talks over Iran's nuclear program collapse, the alternatives are not appealing: the war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world does not seem willing to truly bring Iran to its knees by shutting off the flow of capital and goods. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation

- Associated Press

Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition - significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons.

US envoy confident Australia will manage gay marriage debate

- Associated Press

The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.