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Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes

- The Washington Times

One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley.

Defense Dept.’s $2M staffing-needs calculator doesn’t meet needs

- The Washington Times

The Defense Department spent $2 million to develop a tool to estimate mental health staffing requirements, but the services say it doesn’t do an accurate job of estimating needs, choosing instead to use legacy or service-specific estimates for the fiscal 2016 requests, according to a report released Friday.

Security forces inspect the site of a twin bombing at a crowded market in Baghdad Iraq, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Islamic State kills senior Kurdish general, 8 of his troops

- Associated Press

Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Friday, officials said.

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Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

- Associated Press

The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.

Thai junta tries to curb dissent and keep good terms with US

- Associated Press

When Thailand's military junta sensed it was being criticized this week, the country's rulers reacted as they always do: by issuing stern warnings and summoning those responsible for talks army leaders like to refer to as "attitude adjustments."

Senior Kurdish military commander killed in Iraq

- Associated Press

Clashes with Islamic State militants killed a senior Kurdish military commander and eight of his fighters on Friday just outside the disputed northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, officials said.

Trial set for former Alabama VA worker

Associated Press

A federal judge has scheduled a trial April 13 in Opelika for a former worker at the Veterans Administration Health Center in Tuskegee who is accused of sexual abuse of a mentally disabled volunteer.

Activists: Syrian rebels blow up tunnel under army post

Associated Press

Syrian opposition fighters on Friday detonated a cache of explosives in a tunnel under an army post in the northwestern province of Idlib, inflicting heavy casualties among government troops, activists said.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2014 file photo, an Egyptian army armored vehicle stands on the on the Egyptian side of border town of Rafah, north Sinai, Egypt. An Egyptian militant group affiliated with the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for coordinated and simultaneous attacks Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 that struck more than a dozen army and police targets in three towns in the restive Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 26 security officers. Following the attack, el-Sissi cut short a trip to Ethiopia, to return to Cairo, MENA  reported Friday.(AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper, File) EGYPT OUT

Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for deadly Sinai attack

- Associated Press

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for playing a role in a sophisticated insurgent attack that killed 31 people in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai Peninsula. El-Sissi, a former army chief, cut short a trip to Ethiopia to return to Cairo Friday, as state television broadcast the arrival of the bodies of slain soldiers in coffins draped with Egyptian flags.