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A Syrian Kurdish refugee child from the Kobani area, peers from a tent on a cold morning at a camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Islamic State group nearly pushed out of Syria’s Kobani

- Associated Press

Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 4, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

John McCain: Iran ‘on the march’

- The Washington Times

Sen. John McCain said Sunday that Iran is “on the march” and that President Obama lacks a strategy to deal with the Islamic republic, ratcheting up a tense standoff between congressional Republicans and the White House.

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Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia, waits for the judge to arrive as he made his first appearance at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Ongwen arrived in The Hague last week after being taken into custody in Central African Republic. He faces war crimes and crimes against humanity charges for his alleged role in a reign of terror that has spanned more than 25 years in central Africa's Great Lakes region. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia appears in court

- Associated Press

A commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia made his first appearance before an International Criminal Court judge Monday, calling himself a former soldier who was abducted and "taken to the bush" when he was just 14.

Complaint challenges order barring female guards at Gitmo

- Associated Press

At least one female guard at Guantanamo Bay is challenging a military judge's order that only male guards be given jobs requiring them to touch a detainee while escorting him to hearings and meetings with his lawyers.

This image made with an iPhone shows emergency vehicles surrounding the southeast corner of the White House complex, near the main Treasury building, right, after a device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the lawn early in the morning Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Nedra Pickler)

Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear

- Associated Press

A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion.

Protesters chant slogans against Houthi Shiite rebels who hold the capital, Sanna, amid a power vacuum as they march on a street in Sanaa on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. Some 20,000 marched Saturday across the capital, where demonstrators converged on the house of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who resigned Thursday along with his Cabinet. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

First US drone strike in Yemen since leader resigned kills 3

- Associated Press

A U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the first so far this year, killed three al-Qaida fighters on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep targeting the global terror network's most lethal branch despite the resignation of the Yemeni president, a top U.S. ally, in the face of a Shiite rebel power grab.

Cyprus aims to become regional search-and-rescue hub

- Associated Press

Cyprus is setting up a satellite earth station that will anchor a search-and-rescue control center covering Europe's southeastern edge, the defense minister said Monday.

Stennis Space Center puts South Mississippi on path to Mars

- Associated Press

Every rocket that ever propelled U.S. astronauts into space was tested at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, and the NASA test center now is focused on testing rockets that will take astronauts into "deep space" - beyond the moon to an asteroid and then to Mars.

Afghan economic crisis looms as foreign aid dollars depart

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's fragile economy has lost around a third of its value in the past year as international aid organizations that poured in cash for more than a decade have drastically scaled back after Western forces effectively ended their 13-year war against the Taliban.

House tea partyers face new resistance from GOP pragmatists

- Associated Press

This should be a golden era for tea party conservatives, whose energies helped Republicans gain a historic House majority and take control of the Senate. But the House's die-hard conservatives face new frustrations and uncertainty, thanks to a higher number of establishment-friendly Republicans and a leadership push to "show we can govern" instead of throwing partisan brickbats.

Retired from Army, couple seeks to help National Guard unit

- Associated Press

A time-honored military tradition is the dining out, a formal ceremony and dinner meant to build camaraderie and esprit de corps. Mountain Home's 224th Light Maintenance Company of the Arkansas National Guard is planning a dining out in February, but the unit is short of funds for it.