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In this Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, file photo, a man walks past a PAC-3 Patriot missile unit deployed for North Korea's rocket launch at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to defend its airspace from incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

Experts say launch won’t bring North Korea much closer to ICBM

- Associated Press

Japan has deployed PAC-3 missile batteries in the heart of Tokyo to shoot down any incoming rocket debris. South Korea is reportedly mobilizing two Aegis-equipped destroyers. The U.S. is already gunning to punish Pyongyang for what it says will be a ballistic missile test in the guise of a space launch.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that Moscow's military activity in Syria is "an indication that the regime, supported by Russia, continues to try to find a military solution to problems that really require a political solution." (Associated Press)

Obama administration pressures Russia to stop Syria bombing campaign

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration escalated its demand that Russia halt its bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, a day after a major multinational push to hold peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s 5-year-old civil war struggled to get off the ground.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made it clear in a meeting with President Obama that his intent to engage in the peace process is predicated on actions by Palestinians as well as U.S. actions on Iran.

Iran is banking billions more than expected thanks to Obama’s deal

- The Washington Times

The Obama administration is finding itself on the defensive amid rising charges that the U.S. and its allies lowballed the estimate of the billions of dollars Iran will reap from the deal that curbed Tehran’s nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of punishing economic sanctions.

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Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force "Oosumi" carries PAC-3 missile interceptors as the transport vessel sails through Seto Inland Sea off Kure, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 to prepare for a planned rocket launch by North Korea. Less than a month after its purported H-bomb test, North Korea announced Tuesday it is planning a rocket launch as soon as next week.  (Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

Seoul: N. Korea moves up rocket launch window to Feb. 7-14

Associated Press

North Korea has moved up the window of its planned long-range rocket launch to Feb. 7-14, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday. The launch, which the North says is an effort to send a satellite into orbit, would be in defiance of repeated warnings by outside governments who suspect it is a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

- Associated Press

It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

Analysis: AP bureau chiefs in Koreas on planned launch

- Associated Press

It's another big, splashy step for the North Korean government: a planned rocket launch the world will see as a banned test of long-range missile technology that comes only weeks after testing what it said was a hydrogen bomb.

This image provided by the Department of Defense shows one of the 198 photos of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces, that were released Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in response to a Freedom of Information request from the American Civil Liberties Union. The often dark, blurry and grainy pictures are mainly of detainees' arms and legs, with faces redacted by the military, revealing bruises and cuts, and they appear far less dramatic than those released more than a decade ago during allegations of torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. (Department of Defense via AP)

Pentagon releases photos of alleged detainee abuse

- Associated Press

The Pentagon on Friday released nearly 200 photographs of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, taken mostly between 2004 and 2006, involving 56 cases of alleged abuse by U.S. forces.

New Mexico Senate Democratic Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, center, with Rep. Javier Martinez, D-Albuquerque, left, and state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, right, discusses plans at Sanchez's law office in Los Lunas, N.M., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015,  to pass a REAL ID compliant driver's license bill. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico REAL ID bipartisan compromise passes 2nd test

- Associated Press

Following an emotional meeting where senators revealed they were getting racist emails, a second Senate committee passed Friday a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.

VA leader: 'Absolute confidence' in embattled administrator

- Associated Press

The U.S. secretary of veterans affairs said Friday that he stands by his appointment of a regional health care executive who was accused of misleading Congress about how long veterans waited to receive care at a VA facility where she worked in Los Angeles.

Report: Captain drank with his Navy crew, harassed women

Associated Press

A former commanding officer could be dismissed from the Navy over numerous misconduct allegations after a night of heavy drinking with his crew while he was in charge of the guided missile cruiser the USS Anzio.

Judge: Ex-Salvadoran colonel can face charges in Spain

- Associated Press

A judge cleared the way Friday for a former Salvadoran colonel to face charges in Spain that he helped plan the 1989 slayings of six Jesuit priests during El Salvador's civil war - a notorious crime that prompted international outrage.

Obama, Xi coordinate response to NKorea provocations

Associated Press

The White House says President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) agree that a planned ballistic missile test by North Korea would be another "provocative and destabilizing" action in violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions.