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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit for tea after a stroll in the gardens of Hyderabad House, where the leaders held their talks, in New Delhi, India, Sunday. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India) INDIA OUT

U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power

- The Washington Times

President Obama announced a tentative agreement Sunday with India’s prime minister to open the country to U.S. firms investing in commercial nuclear power, a step that they said underscores improved bilateral relations.

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.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State

- The Washington Times

Japanese officials early on Sunday condemned a new video showing the execution of one of its citizens held captive by the Islamic State group. They demanded the immediate release of another captive shown in the video.

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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.

Republican White House maybes court evangelicals toward 2016

- Associated Press

Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have gotten much of the attention in these early days of the Republican race for president, but as they court the party's elite donors in private phone calls and meetings, a group of likely candidates to their right are just as eagerly chasing support among Christian evangelicals and social conservatives.

U.S. President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, center, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Obama is the first American leader to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Obama, Modi declare era of 'new trust' in US-India relations

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday declared an era of "new trust" in the often fraught relationship between their nations as the U.S. leader opened a three-day visit to New Delhi.

30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

- Associated Press

More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.

FILE - This file image taken from an online video released by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan media arm on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, purports to show the group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages that the militants identify as Kenji Goto Jogo, left, and Haruna Yukawa, right, unless a $200 million ransom is paid within 72 hours.  Japan's government is investigating a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 holding two Japanese hostages. The Associated Press could not verify the contents of the message, which varied greatly from previous videos released by the Islamic State group, which now holds a third of both Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo, File)

U.S. rejects ransom as video suggests another Islamic hostage beheaded

The Washington Times

The U.S. will not pay ransom or swap prisoners to satisfy the Islamic State and spring hostages from their grip in Iraq and Syria, the White House confirmed Sunday, as Japan mourned the apparent beheading of one of its citizens at the hands of the Islamic extremist group.

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan, speak to troops during a visit to Maiduguri, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. President Goodluck Jonathan, who is running for re-election next month, visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Thursday in his first trip to the northeast since a state of emergency was imposed in May 2014. His office said in a statement that he met with troops involved in fighting the extremists as part of his "surprise visit." He also visited hundreds of civilians who were staying in a camp in Maiduguri after fleeing Baga.(AP Photo/Jossy Ola)

Kerry breaks protocol, flies to Nigeria to discourage election violence

- The Washington Times

Amidst rising civil unrest in Nigeria, Secretary of State John F. Kerry flew there this weekend to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and his challenger in the upcoming Nigerian presidential election to discuss the vote and discourage violence from each party's supporters, and also to enhance cooperation in the fight against Islamist terrorism.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa speaks during the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

- Associated Press

The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a political reality not lost on the parade of would-be 2016 candidates trying to draw attention at a Saturday gathering of social conservatives.

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, left, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pose for the media prior to a meeting on the sideline of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for a gathering of the World Economic Forum at the Swiss ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

Kerry to visit Nigeria ahead of election

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to stop in Nigeria for meetings with the two leading candidates in the upcoming presidential election signals deep U.S. concerns about postelection violence in a country already devastated by an al-Qaida-linked insurgency.

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, security police watch over the entrance to a federal courthouse in New York where the trial of a man charged with conspiring in the 1998 bombings that killed 224 people at two U.S. embassies in Africa is taking place. Fears over the terror attacks in Paris have raised security at the city's federal courthouses to levels not seen since the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Sept. 11-era security unveiled for latest NYC terror trial

- Associated Press

Bigger names in global terrorism have been tried in New York's federal courts before but there has never been this kind of security all at once: Assault rifle-toting federal guards at every entrance, Homeland Security vans surrounding the courthouses, searches, metal detectors and sign-ins required for all trial visitors.