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In this picture taken on Feb., 22, 2008, Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh, speaks during a rally to commemorate his father and two other leaders Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. A Hezbollah official said Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, that an Israeli strike in the Syrian Golan Heights killed Jihad Mughniyeh and four other fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militant group. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Israeli strikes kill 6 Hezbollah fighters in Syria

- Associated Press

An Israeli strike in Syria on Sunday killed the son of a slain top Hezbollah commander and at least five other fighters in a move that could ratchet up tensions with the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, which recently boasted of rockets that can hit any part of the Jewish state.

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles in the rain as he arrives for Republic Day in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends decision not to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu

- The Washington Times

President Obama blamed the upcoming Israeli elections for why he’s choosing not to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in March, saying such a meeting could create the appearance that the U.S. is interfering in Israeli political contests.

Saturday's rocket strikes at Mariupol, Ukraine destroyed a market and killed 30 people. (Associated Press)

Residents of crucial Ukraine export hub defiant as Russia threat looms

In this city under siege, where many argue the fate of Ukraine rests, citizens are defiant. “Vladimir Putin, if you can hear me, you’re a dead man,” said Mariupol resident Vladimir Ivanovich, calling out Russia’s president, who is accused of sending thousands of troops into Ukraine to help separatists who have set up breakaway republics in eastern provinces.

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In this image made from video posted by a Libyan blogger, the Cortinthia Hotel is seen under attack in Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Gunmen stormed the luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday, killing several foreigners and guards, officials said. The blogger, @AliTweel, captured the moments shortly after the blast, when flames rose up from outside the hotel, appearing to be from the aftermath of the car bomb. (AP Photo/@AliTweel via AP video)

Gunmen storm luxury Libyan hotel, killing American, 9 others

- Associated Press

In the latest sign of Libya's descent into chaos, gunmen stormed a luxury hotel used by diplomats and businessmen in the capital Tuesday, killing 10 people, including an American, a French citizen and three people from Asia.

Senate Banking Committee member Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. gives his opening statement on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, during the committee's hearing on Iran sanctions. A group of Senate Democrats told the White House on Tuesday that they won't support passage of an Iran sanctions bill until at least the end of March. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Democrats put brakes on Iran sanctions bill

- Associated Press

Senate Democrats on Tuesday put the brakes on new Iran sanctions legislation, ending for now a looming showdown between Congress and President Barack Obama over negotiations to prevent Tehran from having the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

FILE - In this July 31, 2014, file photo, boys open the door to a McDonald's restaurant in Beijing. Long a symbol of American economic might, the rising dollar is denting the earnings of U.S. companies that operate overseas. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Strong dollar hits U.S. companies' bottom lines

- The Washington Times

Some of America's biggest and best-known companies are paying the price for the country's economic strength, as the surging U.S. dollar is cutting into foreign sales and profits across of a slew of industries.

Members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Forces load bodies of police commandos into vehicles in Maguindanao, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in a fierce battle with Muslim guerrillas after launching an assault in which they may have killed one of southeast Asia's most-wanted terrorists, officials said Monday. (AP Photo)

Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal

- Associated Press

Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos.

Oxfam: Rich countries must support Ebola recovery

- Associated Press

Rich countries must act swiftly to repair battered health systems and get cash to millions of families in the three countries hit hardest by the world's worst Ebola outbreak, the international development agency Oxfam said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz upon his arrival on Air Force One at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama defends US ties as he pays respects in Saudi Arabia

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama defended the U.S. government's willingness to cooperate closely with Saudi Arabia on national security despite deep concerns over human rights abuses, as he joined an array of current and former American statesmen Tuesday in paying respects following the death of King Abdullah.