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Secretary of State John Kerry gestures while addressing the SelectUSA Investment Summit, hosted by the Commerce Department, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

U.S., Iran nuclear talks enter critical round ahead of deadline

- Associated Press

Nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran entered a critical phase on Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meeting his Iranian counterpart less than a week away from an end-of-month deadline to secure the outline of a deal.

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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, as they chant slogans during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Saudi airstrikes in Yemen target rebel stronghold in north

- Associated Press

Saudi Arabia bombed the northern stronghold of Yemen's Shiite rebels and other key military installations on Friday as a coalition led by the Gulf kingdom carried out airstrikes for a second day.

Charleston VA beginning work on $10M parking deck

Associated Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs is breaking ground on a new parking garage that will add hundreds of additional spaces for patients at its Charleston medical center.

Myanmar's Commander-in-chief Senior Gen.  Min Aung Hlaing speaks during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful army commander has pledged to work to support successful elections in November and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Myanmar army commander pledges successful elections

Associated Press

Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats.

UN approves cutting Congo peacekeeping force by 2,000

- Associated Press

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that cuts the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo by 2,000, a far smaller reduction than what Congo President Joseph Kabila has wanted.

This image provided by the U.S. Army shows a page from a brochure about the Distributed Common Ground System. Records obtained by The Associated Press show that the military has been trying to force the use of DCGS, an unpopular government-built intelligence system on special operations units deploying to war zones while blocking soldiers from using the commercial alternative they say they need. (AP Photo/U.S. Army

AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software

- Associated Press

Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and interviews.

File - In this file image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military says it will make an announcement Wednesday on the case against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video, File)

Bergdahl charged despite torture, attempts to escape Taliban

- Associated Press

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl says he was tortured repeatedly in the five years he was held captive by the Taliban: beaten with a copper cable, chained, held in a cage and threatened with execution after trying to escape.

VA officials say they will work to end overprescribing

- Associated Press

Department of Veterans Affairs officials are trying to put solutions in place to limit narcotic overprescribing practices in VA hospitals, they said Thursday, but lapses still happen.

US, UN press Europe to make strong return to peacekeeping

- Associated Press

Russia's aggressiveness in the east. The Islamic State group's sudden rise in the south. As Europe finds new threats close to home, it's now being asked by the United States to make a strong return to peacekeeping around the world as well.

Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws

- Associated Press

A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday.

A member of an Iraqi Shiite militant group called Imam Ali Brigades patrols in Tikrit, 130 kilometers (80 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters, a senior U.S. official said. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

US conducting airstrikes to help Iraq retake Tikrit

- Associated Press

At Iraq's request, the U.S. began airstrikes in Tikrit on Wednesday in support of a stalled Iraqi ground offensive to retake the city from Islamic State fighters. The bombing marked a significant expansion of the U.S. military role in Iraq.

People flee after a gunfire on a street in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, Wednesday,  March 25, 2015. Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled the country by sea Wednesday on a boat from Aden, as Shiite rebels and their allies advanced on the city where he had taken refuge. Aden was tense Wednesday, with schools, government offices, shops and restaurants largely closed. (AP Photo/Yassir Hassan)

Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels

- Associated Press

The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes.