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Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russian nuclear bombers buzz Alaska, N. Europe

Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.


Dem Rep. says FBI watching 40 Islamic State fights back from Middle East

Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

Xi Jinping’s show of affection for India upstages Japan

China is love-struck with its new Best Friend Forever — India — epitomized by Supreme Leader Xi Jinping’s three-day official visit to the South Asian country, as Chinese state media revved up praises for India and its new prime minister, Narendra Modi.

French President Francois Hollande gestures while answering questions during a press conference at the Elysee Palace, Thursday, Sept.18, 2014. Hollande said he agreed to Iraq's request for air support at a meeting of his top defense and security advisers earlier Thursday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

France strikes Islamic State’s depot in Iraq

- Associated Press

Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrike Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, the French presidency said.

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FILE - This undated file photo provided by Mark and Kate Quigley shows Glen Doherty, who died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 12, 2012. Doherty's heirs, led by his mother Barbara Doherty, filed a claim in September 2014 seeking damages from two government agencies, alleging inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and nearby CIA compound in Benghazi. (AP Photo/Quigley Family, File)

Family of CIA contractor slain in Benghazi may sue

- Associated Press

The family of a CIA contractor killed in Benghazi, Libya, has filed claims seeking $2 million in damages from the CIA and State Department, alleging there was inadequate security at the U.S. diplomatic post and CIA compound when it came under attack by militants in 2012.

La delegation: How will VA fix mistakes in La?

- Associated Press

All eight members of Louisiana's congressional delegation say the Department of Veterans Affairs is hurting the credit of hundreds of Louisiana veterans by failing to pay on time for emergency health care at private facilities.

Fayetteville VA emergency department now a clinic

Associated Press

The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center is temporarily converting its emergency department to an urgent care clinic. The VA announced the change is effective Friday.

US troops heading into Africa soon for Ebola fight

- Associated Press

Thousands of promised American forces will be moving into Africa over the next 30 days to set up facilities and form training teams to help the Africans treat Ebola victims, the Army's top officer said Friday.

Supporters of the No campaign for the Scottish independence referendum celebrate after the final result was announced at a No campaign event at a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Scots reject independence in historic vote

- Associated Press

The United Kingdom will stay united. Voters in Scotland resoundingly rejected independence in a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

College says it will get rid of grenade launcher

Associated Press

Officials of Hinds County Community College say they will dispose of a grenade launcher acquired under a Defense Department program to designed to disperse surplus military equipment.

Nigeria sent $9.3 million cash for arms in SAfrica

- Associated Press

A Nigerian watchdog group Friday demanded an international investigation into the Nigerian government for flying $9.3 million in cash to South Africa to buy weapons.

Army secretary to visit Rock Island Arsenal

Associated Press

U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh will visit the Rock Island Arsenal next month for a tour that a pair of Illinois lawmakers will use to highlight why they think the historic facility is deserving of continued investment.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a joint press conference with the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III., as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe

- Associated Press

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph McGee, Commander of 2-327 Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, walk through the streets of Samarra to visit the locals, on Oct. 29, 2008. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen/Released)

General: Airstrikes tougher as militants blend in

- Associated Press

The Army's top officer warned Friday that it will become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against Islamic State militants hiding among the Iraqi population.