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Islamic State Christians execution video displays cinematic sophistication

- The Washington Times

The Islamic State’s latest mass-beheading video might seem like guerrilla camera work shot on a desolate Libyan beach. But a closer look reveals a level of cinematic sophistication that U.S. officials and one American filmmaker say likely involved rehearsals and perhaps even multiple takes to pull off successfully.

This March 9, 2012, file photo shows FBI spokesman Kyle Loven giving a tour of the Emergency Operations Center at the new Minneapolis-area field office in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Loven, spokesman for the Minneapolis office of the FBI, said six people were arrested Sunday, April 19, 2015, but gave no further details. An FBI spokesman in San Diego referred questions to Loven. (AP Photo/Amy Forliti, File)

Six arrested in San Diego, Minnesota for Islamic State assistance

- Associated Press

Six people have been arrested in connection with a terrorism investigation in Minnesota, where authorities have been tracking youths who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group, authorities said.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, suggested that as an oil-rich country, Iran does not seek uranium enrichment capability for energy, but rather for military might. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio steps up rhetoric in Iran

- The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio polished off his first week as a 2016 candidate Sunday by saying Iran could face war unless it abandons all hope of developing a nuclear bomb, offering a dose of tough talk days after congressional Democrats struck a deal with Republicans to give Congress a say over an emerging deal between the Islamic Republic and the White House.

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In this April 20, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping, left and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attend a press conference after their talks in Islamabad, Pakistan. Xi is on a two-day visit in which he is expected to announce $45 billion worth of investment projects in energy and infrastructure development.  (Lan Hongguang/Xinhua via AP) NO SALES

Chinese president applauds Pakistan's anti-terror efforts

- Associated Press

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday applauded Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to parliament, vowing his nation would continue to stand by its neighbor.

Air Force puts B-1, other long-range bombers in 1 command

- Associated Press

B-1 bombers from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota and Dyess Air Force Base in Texas are joining their long-range B-2 and B-52 bomber counterparts under a single Air Force command as part of a leadership shift announced Monday.

Highlights from around the Capitol

Associated Press

The Texas Senate voted Monday to advance a contentious but potentially landmark school voucher plan that would use taxpayer funds to help parents send their children to private and religious schools instead of public ones.

A street is littered with debris after a Saudi-led airstrike against Iran-allied Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hit a site of a weapons cache in Yemen's capital, Monday, April 20, 2015. Airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen's rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed a local TV presenter. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Bombs shatter houses in Yemen capital, hit near Iran Embassy

- Associated Press

Saudi-led airstrikes hit weapons caches held by Iran-backed Shiite rebels, touching off massive explosions Monday in Yemen's capital that killed at least 19 people and buried scores of others under the rubble of flattened homes.

FILE - In the March 25, 2015 file photo, Sen. Tammy Baldwin speaks at a news conference in Washington. A former state director for Baldwin has filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat saying she placed blame about problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center on her. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Baldwin's former staff member files ethics complaint

- Associated Press

A former deputy state director for U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin filed an ethics complaint against the Wisconsin Democrat on Monday, saying Baldwin unfairly faulted her for mishandling reports of problems at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center.

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015, file photo, Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cuts to Medicare and the health care law and almost $40 billion in unrequested money for overseas war-fighting operations top the agenda as congressional negotiators meet Monday to begin ironing out a Republican budget blueprint for next year and beyond. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Talks begin on Capitol Hill budget measure

- Associated Press

Lawmakers quarreled Monday over Medicare, taxes and almost $40 billion in unrequested money for overseas war-fighting as House and Senate negotiators kicked off work on a Republican budget blueprint for next year and beyond.

Saudi soldiers fire artillery toward three armed vehicles approaching the Saudi border with Yemen in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, Monday, April 20, 2015. The Saudi air campaign in Yemen is now in its fourth week. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

Saudi Arabia: 1 border guard killed by fire from Yemen

- Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry said on Monday that one of the kingdom's border guards was killed and two others were wounded from gunfire and mortar shells fired from inside Yemen.