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In this June 16, 2014, file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq. Under its leader, Iraqi jihadi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State group top command is dominated by former officers from Saddam Hussein's military and intelligence agencies, according to senior Iraqi officers and top intelligence officials. (AP Photo, File)

Philippine forces kill 8 suspected to have IS sympathies

- Associated Press

Philippine marines killed eight suspected sympathizers of the Islamic State group in a clash in the southern Philippines on Thursday, seizing bomb-making equipment, assault rifles and black flags, military officials said.

In this photo from September 2012, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, are seen. The Chinese Defense Ministry on Nov. 23, 2013, issued a map of an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone that includes a chain of disputed islands also claimed by Japan, triggering a protest from Tokyo. (Associated Press/Kyodo News)

Japan plans to deploy troops near disputed islands

- Associated Press

Japan’s deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island Thursday to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region including nearby disputed East China Sea islands.

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'Hello Barbie' doll can be hacked, researcher warns

- The Washington Times

Mattel's "Hello Barbie" is one of the hottest toys this holiday season, but researchers warn that a security flaw that affects the Wi-Fi-enabled doll is capable of quickly turning Christmas into the creepiest time of the year.

Canal-clogging weed spreads as regulations slow removal

Associated Press

An aquatic weed capable of clogging irrigation canals and other waterways is spreading along the Columbia River while the federal government is grappling with regulatory hurdles to remove it.

Clark County leaders commit to helping veterans

- Associated Press

United States Marine Corps Sgt. Will King was sitting in the Clark County jail when he first heard about the Veterans Court program in Floyd County.

US has hosted war detainees before in World War II

- Associated Press

None other than Walter Winchell, the radio commentator who opened his show by greeting Americans and "all the ships at sea," took issue with the treatment of German and Italian prisoners in World War II.

Far-right party leader Marine Le Pen is gaining traction in France post-attacks. (Associated Press)

France's far-right party surges on immigration, terror fears

The terror attacks in Paris earlier this month left the nation reeling and the government struggling to respond, but it has also offered a political windfall to Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front, France's far-right political party.

Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees

- Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner says his moratorium attempting to block Syrian refugees from resettling in Illinois is simply a request for the Obama administration to "take a deep breath" and tighten the review process to make sure Washington shares necessary information with the states.