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John F. Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, before the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa hearing on Examining U.S. Reconstruction Efforts in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Afghanistan anti-corruption task force shuttered amid U.S. troop drawdown

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon this month will terminate a critical task force responsible for combating corruption in Afghanistan as it tries to reach President Obama’s target force of 9,800 U.S. troops in the country — adding to concerns about oversight and accountability in a government rife with waste, fraud and abuse.

Federal prosecutors won a new 18-count indictment against accused Benghazi attacker Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (Associated Press)

Libyan militant pleads not guilty in Benghazi attacks

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A Libyan militant has pleaded not guilty to charges arising from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Detained immigrant children line up in the cafeteria at the  Karnes County Residential Center,  a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained at the border, in Karnes City, Texas. (Associated Press)

Strict rules govern service contractors for illegal immigrant children

- The Washington Times

Want to bid for a contract to care for the illegal immigrant children coming across the border? Make sure your staff members get Hepatitis vaccines and regular TB tests and can speak foreign languages — probably Spanish but maybe Mandarin, suggesting a surprising number of the children are coming from China.

Dutch police have been evicting immigrants who have been staying in the Netherlands after their applications for asylum have been rejected. The government has taken an increasingly hard line on immigration to try to allay public concerns about overcrowding. (Associated Press)

Dutch battle surge of desperate, violent Muslim refugees

Nasir Galid fled Somalia hoping for a better, safer life. Instead, he died in an Amsterdam hospital five days after being attacked in a garage where he was living with other homeless immigrants.

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Executive charged in Ohio VA corruption case

Associated Press

A business executive from Virginia is being charged in a federal corruption case that already has resulted in a guilty plea from the former director of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Cleveland and Dayton.

Iran military ready to ship equipment to Lebanon

- Associated Press

Iran's defense minister said his country is ready to ship defensive materials to Lebanon to aid its army in the fight against Sunni extremists on Monday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

In this Aug. 27, 2014 photo, Prasanna Kolar, right, controls a quad copter through an app on his smart phone in San Antonio, Texas .  Kolar and other students at University of Texas at San Antonio Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are studying how to control a drone with brain waves collected by the electroencephalogram system (cap) worn by Mauricio Merino, a masters student in Electrical Engineering.  (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)  RUMBO DE SAN ANTONIO OUT; NO SALES

Research looks to run drones by mind

- Associated Press

With sensors covering his head, University of Texas at San Antonio graduate student Mauricio Merino concentrated hard. A camouflage-colored drone hovered with a soft hum in the middle of a campus research lab.

Trial begins over Navy silencer contract

- Associated Press

A Navy intelligence officer illegally diverted nearly $2 million in government funds to his boss's brother under a secret, illegitimate contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers, prosecutors said Monday in laying out their case against the officer.

VA hospital in Albuquerque to operate fewer beds

Associated Press

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it is reducing the number of inpatient beds at its Albuquerque hospital by 20 percent due to a nationwide nursing shortage.

Nevada teacher killed in school shooting honored

Associated Press

A Nevada middle school teacher has posthumously been awarded a rare Air Force medal for bravery, a year after he was killed while trying to protect children during a schoolyard shooting.

Argentine town faces ghosts of its Dirty War

- Associated Press

Shade trees hide the crumbling farm house outside of Olavarria. Hidden at the end of a dirt path, the white plaster coating is falling away from the brick foundation like scabs peeling off an unhealed wound.

CORRECTS LAST NAME OF MOTHER TO LAUDE - In this Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 photo, Julita Laude, mother of Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, grieves beside the casket of her daughter at a funeral parlor in Olongapo, Zambales province, northern Philippines. Laude's distraught mother Julita said she lost a child, who had given her money regularly for medicine for her ailments, including diabetes and hypertension. The killing of Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old transgender whose former name was Jeffrey, has sparked public anger in the Philippines and revived a debate over the U.S. military presence in a country seen by Washington as a major ally in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine leader: Murder case won't harm US ties

- Associated Press

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said Monday that a murder investigation focused on a U.S. Marine should have no bearing on the two countries' relations, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Washington seeks no "special privilege" for the suspect but only protection of his rights.