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In this Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, photo, Iraqi federal policemen search a car at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq. The government is now trying to revamp security measures, moving away from reliance on ubiquitous concrete blast walls and police checkpoints. Instead, the plan is to beef up police intelligence units that have gone understaffed and underfunded since the fall of Saddam Hussein. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Iraq to overhaul Baghdad security to stop bombings

- Associated Press

Baghdad’s neighborhood of Gorayaat, a small Shiite enclave on a bend in the Tigris River, exemplifies the failures of Iraq’s security agencies trying to protect the capital from attacks by the Islamic State. The district has been a target for years, hit by so many bombings, suicide attacks, rockets and mortars that residents have lost count.

This is a  Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, file photo of shoppers at the entrance to Asda supermarket store in West Belfast, Northern Ireland after  at least one person was injured and taken to hospital from the store earlier Friday, as shoppers rushed to get their hands on sale deals for their Black Friday event. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

Black Friday shopping catches on in U.K.

- Associated Press

Halloween and Mother’s Day have become staples of the U.K. shopping calendar. Now Black Friday looks as though it may be the next big retail import from the United States.

World Taekwondo Federation President Choue Chung-won (left) gives an honorary taekwondo black belt and uniform to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

Vladimir Putin earns 8th-degree black belt in karate

- The Washington Times

Russian President Vladimir Putin — known for his shirtless photo ops, including one on horseback that grabbed international headlines — can now lay claim to another feat related to physical fitness: He’s earned a new high rank in karate.

U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said that while Iran is currently keeping up its end of the nuclear deal amid U.S. sanctions, more work is ahead. (Associated Press)

Obama extension for Iran talks gives GOP opening to seek new sanctions

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s willingness to extend by seven months the talks on ending Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions thrusts any final decision on the matter into a new year when Republicans will have control of both chambers of Congress and be able to press their own efforts at increasing sanctions or other pressures on Tehran.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, is among a growing number of GOP figures calling for President Obama to take a tougher approach to the Ebola crisis, including travel restrictions for West African countries ravaged by the disease. (Associated Press)

John Boehner reappoints Trey Gowdy to lead Benghazi probe

- The Washington Times

Saying there are still “far too many questions” unanswered, House Speaker John A. Boehner reappointed Rep. Trey Gowdy Monday to lead his chamber’s inquiry into the Benghazi terrorist attack just a few days after a House committee cleared the CIA of most wrongdoing, in a move that signaled the GOP is not satisfied with those conclusions.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, listens as President Barack Obama, right, talks about Hagel's resignation during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Hagel is stepping down under pressure from Obama's Cabinet, senior administration officials said Monday, following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular foreign policy team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Hagel resignation comes at messy moment for US

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning at a particularly tough time for U.S. foreign and defense policy, with one war ending, another just beginning and the Pentagon struggling with the prospect of deeper budget cuts ahead.

James Cartmill holds an American flag while protesting in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, after the announcement that a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old. Several thousand protesters marched through Oakland with some shutting down freeways, looting, burning garbage and smashing windows. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Russian envoy: Ferguson shows US racial problems

- Associated Press

The violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reflect simmering U.S. tensions over racial discrimination that could undermine the country's stability, a senior Russian diplomat said Tuesday.

South Sudan warns UN against imposing sanctions

- Associated Press

South Sudan warned Tuesday that imposing sanctions will only make it harder to find an elusive peace in a yearlong conflict that has ripped the country apart and killed thousands of civilians.

Gonzales councilman facing recall resigns

Associated Press

Gonzales City Councilman Gary Lacombe has resigned, almost two weeks before a recall election targeting him and fellow councilman, Timothy Vessel, on Dec. 6.

This photo released by the office of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder shows Snyder, center, in Shanghai, China, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, during his trade mission to China. Snyder is shown talking with travel reporters at a meeting to promote Chinese tourism in Michigan. He is flanked by Mike Finney, left, chief executive of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and Dave Lorenz, manager of industry relations for Travel Michigan. (AP Photo/Office of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder)

Snyder: Personal China trade diplomacy eases deals

- Associated Press

Gov. Rick Snyder said he has a turkey dinner on his mind as he wrapped up a trade mission to China designed to promote Michigan's automotive, agricultural and tourism businesses in the world's emerging economic powerhouse.

Colorado Editorial Roundup

- Associated Press

A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to a question during a briefing at the Pentagon. A senior administration official says Secretary of State Chuck Hagel is resigning from President Barack Obama's Cabinet.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House's insular team of national security advisers.