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About 1,000 Kurdish activists from Istanbul who arrived in response to a call for mass mobilization by the imprisoned leader of the PKK rebel group, Abdullah Ocalan, gather at the border near Suruc, Turkey, on Sept. 25, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama denies sacrificing Kurds to gain Turkey’s help in Islamic State fight

- The Washington Times

Turkey has finally entered in force into the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, but the move also has exposed the contradictions and confusion at the heart of U.S. policy, with the Obama administration struggling Monday to balance its promises to warring allies in the region and to prevent a deeper U.S. ground force engagement in the fight.

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican (Associated Press) **FILE**

House homeland chair wants tougher punishment for ambush attacks

- The Washington Times

Rep. Peter King, chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, wants to amend federal sentencing guidelines so that anyone who ambushes a police officer, state law enforcement officer or federal agent faces extra jail time and stiffer fines.

Syed Tariq Fatemi, special assistant on foreign affairs to Pakistan's prime minister, said his country is in constant contact with Iran about prospects for commercial ties. (Associated Press)

Pakistan banking on Iran trade bonanza after Obama nuclear deal

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open “massive trade” opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iranian-Pakistani border, said a top Pakistani diplomat, expressing his nation’s deep hope that the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in Granjeno, Texas, June 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) ** FILE **

Obama loses last legal buffer against surge of immigrants

- The Washington Times

A federal judge’s ruling presaging the release of the largest number of illegal immigrant mothers and children from U.S. detention centers has erased the last get-tough immigration policy of the Obama administration, leaving the law even more of a mess and authorities with even fewer tools to try to deter another surge of border crossers.

President Barack Obama with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right, at Bole International Airport  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, July 26, 2015.  Obama is traveling on a two-nation African tour where he will become the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya and Ethiopia.  (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)

Obama urges Ethiopia to curb crackdowns on media, opposition

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama urged Ethiopia’s leaders Monday to curb crackdowns on press freedom and political openness as he began a visit that human rights groups say legitimizes an oppressive government.

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FILE - In this Sunday, March 15, 2015, file photo, a young Shiite volunteer militiaman stands near a vehicle on his way to the battlefield against Islamic State fighters in Tikrit, Iraq. The Associated Press has found that militia forces battling the Islamic State group are actively training children under 18 years old. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed, File)

Summer camp for Iraqi Shiite boys: Training to fight IS

- Associated Press

In the steamy Baghdad night, sweat poured down the faces of the Iraqi teens as they marched around a school courtyard, training for battle against the Islamic State group.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Five years after immigration agents and local police raided a south Nashville apartment complex, the federal and Nashville governments have agreed to pay $310,000 to 14 people who sued over constitutional violations.

Police officers patrol as Turkish police raide homes in Haci Bayram neighborhood in the capital Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 27, 2015. Security forces has detained at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency said. The Anadolu Agency said those detained in Haci Bayram neighborhood include a number of foreign nationals. It did not give details of the foreigners' home countries.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria

- Associated Press

Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.

FILE - In this June 6, 2013, file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus on in Fort Meade, Md. The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop using millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden. The Director of National Intelligence said July 27,  that as of Nov. 29, those records would no longer be examined in terrorism investigations, and would be destroyed as soon as possible. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

- Associated Press

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining - and will ultimately destroy - millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Program offers look at model aimed at ending homelessness

Associated Press

One year after 51 homeless veterans were given free housing for up to a year, the program has offered a glimpse into the challenges and successes of the "rapid rehousing" model that's aimed at ending homelessness.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asks Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, founding President and CEO of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, left, a question during a briefing for Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Under secretary Frank Kendall, as they visit SUNY Poly Canal Ponds during the official announcement of the Department of Defense awarding a $110 million to help create the new American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics Monday, July 27, in Rochester, NY.   At right is Michael Liehr, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology, Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute. (Shawn Dowd/Democrat & Chronicle via AP)

NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

- Associated Press

Rochester, whose fortunes have risen and fallen with the demand for futuristic technologies from former powerhouses like Xerox and Kodak, is looking for its next big breakthrough in the field of integrated photonics, a light science with the potential to transform communications, medicine and national defense.

Correction: Immigration-Family Detention story

Associated Press

In a story July 24 about the detention of immigrant children, The Associated Press reported erroneously which federal government agency was found to be in violation of a previous settlement involving the detention of immigrant children. The agency was the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Justice. The story also reported erroneously how long the judge gave the government to respond regarding the possibility of an injunction. It was one week, not 90 days.

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2013 file photo, Gen. Robin Rand, of Randolph Air Force Base, talks with the media in Fort Worth, Texas. Rand, a career fighter pilot but who has never served in the nuclear force he will lead as commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, takes over Tuesday, replacing Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson. Rand has broad experience in the Air Force, most recently as commander of the organization in charge of all Air Force recruiting, technical training and professional military education. (Ron T. Ennis/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via AP, File)  Mags Out, Mandatory Credit

'Just the ticket': 4-star solution to nuclear Air Force ills

- Associated Press

Working to reinvigorate its nuclear force after years of missteps and scandal, the Air Force is putting a four-star general in charge for the first time in the post-Cold War era. His mission: Restore institutional muscle and assert more influence on the force's behalf.