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FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as they walk in Geneva, Switzerland, ahead of the next round of nuclear discussions. Should the talks over Iran's nuclear program collapse, the alternatives are not appealing: the war option that the United States has kept on the table has few fans, and the world does not seem willing to truly bring Iran to its knees by shutting off the flow of capital and goods. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP, File)

More than 200 retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran deal

- The Washington Times

The number of retired generals and admirals signing on to a letter to Congress rejecting the Iran nuclear deal continued to swell Thursday, with some 214 of the former high-level U.S. military officers putting their stamp on the document that asserts the “agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous” and “introduce new threats to American interests.”

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Select few pose vast majority of cyber risks, security firm warns

- The Washington Times

Cloud computing has changed the way organizations operate by allowing applications and data sets to be accessed from anywhere with Internet. But researchers warn in a new report that entire businesses can be easily brought down because of serious risks caused by a concentration of authority evidenced across the cloud.

Chinese parade, Russian games

As China gears up for a communist-style extravaganza with a military parade and ceremonial grandiosity next week to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Japan in World War II, Beijing is determined and eager to show off its military might to the world. It’s also making a clear attempt to isolate Japan from the international community and send a special message of China’s military might to its most distinguished guest, Russia’s equally bombast-loving President Vladimir Putin.

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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

Vietnam grants amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners

Associated Press

Vietnam has granted amnesty to more than 18,000 prisoners to mark the 70th anniversary of independence from France, but authorities said Friday they do not include anyone convicted of national security crimes.

Venezuelan Bolivarian soldiers stand at a checkpoint near Urena, Venezuela, on the border with Colombia, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. While some 5 million Colombians live in Venezuela, a crackdown on undocumented migrants has focused on a few towns near the border where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames migrant gangs for rampant crime and smuggling that has caused widespread shortages. (AP Photo/Eliecer Mantilla)

Venezuelans to rally in support of closing Colombian border

- Associated Press

Colombia and Venezuela recalled their ambassadors for consultations amid an increasingly bitter border dispute, while government supporters in Caracas prepared to rally Friday in support of a controversial crackdown on migrants, smugglers and paramilitary groups.

Judge: Government should pay $3 billion to repair wetlands

- Associated Press

A judge ruled Thursday that the federal government should foot the bill - tagged at about $3 billion - for fixing damage done to wetlands just outside New Orleans by a shipping channel the Army Corps of Engineers dug in the 1960s.

Central Arkansas veteran hospitals decrease some wait times

- Associated Press

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has hired more staff, streamlined services and decreased wait times for several types of medical appointments by as much as 12 days on average.

Phony distress call leads to 1-year prison sentence

- Associated Press

A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison, and federal prosecutors said they hoped the penalty sends a message to other potential pranksters.

Refugees walk through a field after crossing from Serbia to Hungary, in Roszke, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Over 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and headed toward Hungary. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Record migrant flow reported on Hungary's razor-wire border

- Associated Press

Hungary deployed police reinforcements to rein in an unrelenting flow of migrants across its porous border Thursday, but refugee activists said the effort appeared futile in a nation whose migrant camps are overloaded and barely delay their journeys west into the heart of the European Union.

Iraqi honor guards escort the coffins of Maj. Gen. Abdul-Rahman Abu-Regheef, deputy chief of operations in Anbar and Brig. Gen. Sefeen Abdul-Maguid, commander of the 10th Army Division who was killed in Ramadi during fighting with Islamic State militants, during the funeral procession at the headquarters of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. An Islamic State suicide bomber killed two Iraqi army generals on Thursday as they led forces against IS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad, military officials said. (AP Photo)

IS suicide bombing kills 2 Iraqi army generals in Anbar

- Associated Press

An Islamic State suicide bomber killed two Iraqi army generals on Thursday as they led forces against IS positions in the turbulent Anbar province west of Baghdad, military officials said.