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In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, talks with Saudi King Salman after the king arrived in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. El-Sissi later made the remarks at the opening session of an Arab summit held in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. (AP Photo/MENA) (AP Photo/MENA)

Ignoring religious roots of terrorism risks victory

Not long ago I testified before the House Homeland Security Committee on what the Committee called “Islamist terror.” The Committee, unlike the Administration, chose to align that adjective (Islamist) with that noun (terror) in defining a global problem.

The Israel Ministry of Defense shows a test launch of its David's Sling missile system. Israeli officials said the joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense system has successfully passed a test and is expected to be operational next year. (Associated Press)

Marines land on Taiwan

The emergency landing of two U.S. Marine Corps F-18 fighter jets on the island of Taiwan appears to have been a political message from the Pentagon to Beijing following a recent Chinese bomber drill near the island nation that is a key rival to Beijing’s rule.

Veteran Army Spc. Julio Bernal of Takoma Park, Md. who served in Iraq brings more American flags over to fellow military veterans who put them down on the National Mall in D.C. on March 27, 2014. Veterans and supporters place American flags on the National Mall to represent each of the 1,892 veterans and service members who have died by suicide this year. (The Washington Times) **FILE**

Active-duty suicides up in 2014: report

- The Washington Times

Suicides among active duty members of the military increased in 2014, through reservists and members of the National Guard saw a decrease, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Pentagon.

A police officer directs a vehicle to turn away at the National Security Agency, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Fort Meade, Md. Earlier, a firefight erupted when two men dressed as women tried to ram a car into a gate, killing one of them and wounding the other, officials said. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

FBI identifies man killed in NSA shooting

- Associated Press

Two cross-dressing men who were fired upon by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who had picked them up to “party” at a motel, police said Tuesday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a meeting of the Fatah revolutionary council in the West Bank city of Ramallah in this Oct. 18, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

Palestinians want leverage on Israel in international court

- Associated Press

The Palestinians formally joined the International Criminal Court on Wednesday, as part of a broader effort to put international pressure on Israel and exact a higher price for its occupation of lands sought for a Palestinian state.

moving in: Iraqi fighters on Tuesday went house to house and street by street in search of snipers and booby traps to liberate the city from the Islamic State. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces reached the heart of the city. (Associated Press)

Iraqi forces take Tikrit, but victory celebration may be premature

- The Washington Times

Iraqi forces celebrated progress in Tikrit on Tuesday, but analysts cautioned that securing the city that Islamic State fighters have controlled since June is not complete and warned that the next step, to retake Mosul, would be even more difficult than the weekslong battle in Tikrit, which required U.S. aid.

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US hopes Japan navy will be more active in Pacific

- Associated Press

Even as Japan remains divided over proposed changes in the role it should play in regional security issues, senior U.S. and Japanese military officers say they hope the Japanese navy may soon be freed up to play a more active role in the Pacific and beyond, plying some of the world's most hotly contested waters.

FILE - In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on corruption charges

- Associated Press

Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

FILE  In this March 31, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyber espionage.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Obama signs order creating new cyber sanctions program

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.

Gov. Robert Bentley, right, swears in Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn as the state's new corrections commissioner in the Old State House Chamber at the Alabama Capitol building Wednesday, April 1, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/The Montgomery Advertiser, Albert Cesare)  NO SALES

New commissioner at helm of Alabama's troubled prison system

- Associated Press

Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn was sworn in Wednesday as Alabama's corrections commissioner, taking the helm of the state's severely crowded prison system, which has been plagued by accusations of abuse and inadequate medical care.

Yemeni men hold a burning portrait of Saudi King Salman, with Arabic that reads, "Horn of Satan," as scores of Yemeni expatriates, including students and clerics, protest against Saudi-led airstrikes on their homeland, in front of the Saudi Embassy, in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

- Associated Press

Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it.

Homeland security head to attend cadets' memorial service

Associated Press

Dignitaries including the commandant of the Coast Guard and secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security plan to attend the memorial service for two Coast Guard cadets from the Republic of Georgia killed in an automobile accident last month.

In this image made from video and released by WJLA-TV, authorities investigate the scene of a accident near a gate to Fort Meade, Md., on Monday, March 30, 2015. A spokesman at Fort Meade says two people are being treated for injuries at one of the gates of the sprawling Army installation near Baltimore. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV) MANDATORY CREDIT

Driver killed at NSA remembered as friendly, troubled loner

- Associated Press

The driver killed in a violent confrontation at a National Security Agency gate was a transgender sex worker in Baltimore, according to those who knew her, and she was remembered Wednesday as a friendly but troubled loner.

Judge: Navy's Hawaii, California training plan inadequate

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Tuesday said the National Marine Fisheries Service violated environmental laws when it approved the Navy's plans for training in waters off Hawaii and Southern California.

Teva to supply US military with Va.-made vaccine

Associated Press

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will supply the U.S. military with a Virginia-made vaccine to combat the spread of infectious respiratory disease in basic training camps.