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Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said President Obama is perhaps "too cautious" in his approach to combatting the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk

Associated Press

Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

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British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

- Associated Press

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)

US military attacks al-Shabab in Somalia

- Associated Press

U.S. military forces attacked the extremist al-Shabab network in Somalia Monday, the Pentagon said, and a witness described ground-shaking explosions in a strike that reportedly targeted the group's leader.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting on development of the Russian Far East issues in Yakutsk, Russia, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Putin's '2 weeks to Kiev' out of context: aide

- Associated Press

A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.

Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang gestures as he talks about "the greatest escape" of Philippine troops deployed as UN Peacekeepers in the Golan Heights while being besieged by a rebel faction in Syria, during a forum with foreign correspondents Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. Catapang said that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp. Catapang further said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander's order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Syrian rebels issue demands for captive UN troops

Associated Press

Al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebels holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage have issued a set of demands for their release, including the extremist group's removal from a U.N. terrorist list and compensation for the killing of three of its fighters in a shootout with international troops, an official said Tuesday.

Thai junta forces rights group to nix presentation

- Associated Press

Thailand's ruling military junta forced a human rights group on Tuesday to cancel a presentation on the precarious rights situation in the Southeast Asian country three months after the army staged a coup.

Mexico turns to army, drones for security

- Associated Press

The Mexican government says it is increasingly turning to the use of the army and drones in security patrols, reducing the role of the once-successful Marine forces.

Flags of member nations flap in the wind outside NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. NATO on Friday urged Russia to cease its military actions and take immediate and verifiable steps towards de-escalation of the crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

COFFEY: U.S. must help usher Macedonia into NATO over Greek objections

In Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Kosovo and Bosnia, Macedonia has been punching well above its weight in security contributions for years, even though it is no longer part of a great empire. Still, neighboring Greece refuses to let Macedonia join NATO, even though it has met all the criteria for membership.

5 things to know about the Texas elections

- Associated Press

The results of Texas' Nov. 4 election will kick off the state's largest political shakeup in a generation because not a single statewide incumbent is on the ballot. Here are five things to watch:

Smoke caused by fighting in Syria is seen from the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, close to the border with Syria, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

- Associated Press

Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said.

Philippine military chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang answers questions from reporters about the situation of Filipino peacekeepers in Golan Heights, during a press conference at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon city, Philippines on Sunday Aug. 31, 2014.Catapang said more than 70 Filipino peacekeepers have escaped from two areas in the Golan Heights that came under attack by Syrian rebels.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Filipino force defied U.N. commander in Golan crisis

- Associated Press

The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.

Military installation unlikely habitat for snakes

- Associated Press

With the reverberation of an F-16 strafing a nearby target in the air, Dane Ward sets a northern pine snake onto the concrete at Warren Grove Gunnery Range.

Judiciary committee taking up terror lawsuit bill

Associated Press

The Senate Judiciary Committee is marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by focusing its attention on a long-deliberated bill that would allow victims to recover monetary damages from foreign sponsors of terrorism.

VA to hold town halls to discuss health care

Associated Press

Officials with the Veterans Affairs health care system in New Mexico are planning two town halls to discuss health care and disability claims with veterans and their families.

British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

- Associated Press

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.