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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias pushed back against media reports that Greece has detected six Islamic State recruits traveling through. "We've been monitoring a lot of guys that pass by. But there was no arrest of jihadists in Greece," he said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Terror issues loom large in Greek official Kikilias’ Washington visit

- The Washington Times

It is “too early to tell” whether the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State will work, says a top Greek national security official who was in Washington this week to discuss how his nation can better coordinate with the U.S. to track extremist foreign fighters between Europe and the Middle East.

Afghanistan's security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, targeting an Afghanistan's National Army convoy on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The suicide bomb killed several Afghan security force troops Saturday as a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province killed a district police chief, authorities said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Taliban have step up assaults against both Afghan and foreign forces across the country as most international troops are preparing to withdraw at the end the year. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

U.S. refuses to stop giving contracts to backers of Afghan insurgency

The U.S. Army is refusing to “suspend or debar” supporters of the Afghan insurgency from receiving lucrative government contracts, a practice that is illegal and dangerous to U.S. national security interests, according to a government watchdog group.

Cheering local people surround a group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Nusaybin, Mardin in southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Peshmergas are on their way to Syria to help Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State group extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani. ( AP Photo)

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town

- Associated Press

Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.

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In this May 6, 2014 photo, activist Win Cho gets off a police truck upon arrival for his trial at a township court in Yangon, Myanmar. Win Cho, who comes from a well-educated upper-class family, has been in and out of prison in the last two years for engaging in peaceful protests. He is now serving three months for a January rally calling for the release of all remaining political prisoners, constitutional change and the establishment of a farmers' union in the country. He is among one of more than 200 people who have been detained in the last year including peaceful protesters, journalists and activists. Critics say as long as restrictive laws remain on the books, those numbers will continue to climb. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

Activists: Myanmar clinging to political prisoners

- Associated Press

Myanmar has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state's international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast.

A mother, center, of a victim, identified as Private First Class Yoon, cries after the trial at an outside of military court in Yongin, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Korea's Defense Ministry says a military court has sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison for bullying and beating a subordinate who died. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Ryu Soo-hyun) KOREA OUT

South Korea soldiers convicted in hazing death

- Associated Press

A South Korean military court sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison on Thursday for bullying and beating a subordinate who died, the Defense Ministry said.

Pair convicted in secret $1.6 M Navy silencer deal

- Associated Press

A senior Navy intelligence official and a California race-car mechanic were convicted in federal court for their roles in pushing through a secret Navy contract to build hundreds of untraceable rifle silencers for an unspecified, classified program.

Drone strike kills 2 militants in NW Pakistan

- Associated Press

Suspected U.S. drone-fired missiles struck a house early on Thursday in a restive tribal region in northwest Pakistan, killing two militants, officials said.

Defense asks for new judge in Iraq war crime case

- Associated Press

Defense lawyers called a military judge biased and unfair on Thursday and asked him to remove himself from the case of a Marine being retried on a murder charge in a major Iraq war crime case.

Event celebrates Fort Drum's new energy provider

Associated Press

New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be in the North Country for a ceremony celebrating the recent awarding of a 20-year contract for providing power to Fort Drum.

Rescue crews train to prepare for next disaster

- Associated Press

The deafening whir of rotating blades and a small sandstorm filled the afternoon air as rescue crews took flight from a Brazoria County beach in a Black Hawk helicopter ready to hoist survivors to safety from the Gulf of Mexico.

Minnesota man wants immigration fraud case tossed

- Associated Press

A Minnesota man accused of entering the U.S. and obtaining a green card illegally by concealing his military service during the Bosnian war - and omitting allegations that he killed a neighbor - is asking that the case against him be dismissed.

State troopers and a television reporter stand across from the home where Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebola patients in West Africa, is staying, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox said Wednesday she plans to stop quarantining herself in rural Maine, signaling a potential showdown with state police monitoring her home and state officials preparing to legally enforce the quarantine. She said she'll defy the state if the policy isn't changed by Thursday. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

- Associated Press

The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S.

Feds reach $1M settlement with ship firm

Associated Press

Federal prosecutors have reached a $1 million settlement with a Jacksonville ship repair company accused of making false claims to get Coast Guard contracts set aside for disabled veterans.