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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

James Clapper: Half the world’s stable countries ‘at risk of instability’

- The Washington Times

Breaking sharply with Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s far sunnier assessment just a day before, the Obama administration’s intelligence czar told Congress on Thursday that political instability and state-sponsored mass killing are at their “highest rate” in decades, and the U.S. still faces ominous challenges from China, Russia, cyberterrorists and the continuing turmoil in the Middle East.

In this Friday, Feb.20, 2015 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a traditional attire of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, waves during an event marking the 28th anniversary of its statehood in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India. China summoned India's ambassador over  Modi's visit to a disputed border region in the Himalayas, a long-festering irritant in relations between the Asian giants.(AP Photo/Press Trust of India)INDIA OUT

Indian PM riles China

China has unleashed its anger on the man President Xi Jinping has been trying his best to cultivate in recent months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Indian leader on Feb. 20 visited the Indian state called Arunachal Pradesh — the place Beijing calls “South Tibet” and insists is its “sacred and indivisible territory.”

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper (Associated Press)

James Clapper, intel chief: Cyber ranks highest on worldwide threats to U.S.

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s top intelligence official pointed to a range of threats facing America Thursday, from the surge by Sunni Muslim extremist groups in the Middle East, to the pursuit of nuclear weapons by Iran and North Korea, to the push by Russian and Chinese operatives to penetrate Washington’s clandestine national security community.

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Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., holds up a copy of the Constitution while talking to reporters as House Republicans emerge from a closed-door meeting on how to deal with the impasse over the Homeland Security budget, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  GOP lawmakers have been trying to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration through the funding for the DHS which expires Friday night. Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday night to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans prepare to pass Homeland Security funding

- Associated Press

Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.

New commander at Naval Station Great Lakes

Associated Press

A Kenosha, Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame will take the helm at the Naval Station Great Lakes during a change-of-command ceremony next week.

In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill

- Associated Press

With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the "Great Satan."

Some Mexicans to be given another chance to stay in US

- Associated Press

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House voted last month to end Homeland Security funding on Saturday unless Obama reverses his order to protect millions of immigrants from possible deportation. After Democratic filibusters blocked the bill in the Senate, the chamber's Republican leaders agreed this week to offer a "clean" funding measure, with no immigration strings attached.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Some in GOP say DHS funding lapse not a big deal

- Associated Press

Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about.

Ukraine rebels seen withdrawing heavy weapons front line

- Associated Press

Separatist fighters in east Ukraine moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops Friday in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire agreed earlier this month.

In this 2014 photo provided by Homeland Security Investigations, two books that federal officials say are stolen Italian books from the 17th century are shown in San Francisco. The books were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be returned to their country of origin. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the books, "Stirpium Historiae" and "Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601," were taken from Italy's Historical National Library of Agriculture and sold to an antiquities dealer in Italy. (AP Photo/Homeland Security Investigations, Misty D. Miller)

400-year-old books stolen in Italy are found in California

- Associated Press

Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, center, attends a press conference with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the end of their meeting at the Italian Foreign Ministry in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

NATO ready to advise Libya on security, eyes more drones

- Associated Press

NATO's chief said Thursday the alliance was ready to advise Libya's government on defense and security issues, saying the deteriorating situation in the country is posing new security threats for Europe that require a more robust defense.

Marathon bombing suspect: Not enough minorities in jury pool

- Associated Press

Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the indictment against their client or suspend his trial, saying there weren't enough minorities and younger people in the jury pool.

Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y. motions to an hour glass during news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, February 25, 2015, to discuss Homeland Security Department funding. House Republicans reacted tepidly at best Wednesday to calls from the upper reaches of both political parties for legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security without immigration-related add-ons opposed by the White House.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

What happens, and does not, in Homeland shutdown

- Associated Press

A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don't solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night:

US looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

- Associated Press

The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens during a news conference following a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Boehner said he's waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department ahead of Friday's midnight deadline.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security

- Associated Press

Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal.