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A deadly attack on a Tunisian beach was just one of three from Europe to the Middle East on June 26 after an Islamic State call to violence. Some attacks by far-flung affiliates have targeted Westerners, while others are aimed at Shiite Muslims living in Sunni-majority nations. (Associated Press)

Islamic State attacks beyond Syria, Iraq prompt U.S. concern

- The Washington Times

A surge in attacks claimed by Islamic State fighters in nations beyond Syria and Iraq is prompting concern among U.S. intelligence officials, who say the pattern fits into the extremist group’s ambition to grow a network of affiliates, or “provinces,” from North Africa to Asia.

Jamal Abdel-Majeed Abdulkareem, acting director of Baghdad libraries and archives, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Baghdad National Library in Iraq in this Tuesday, July 28, 2015, file photo. The Islamic State militants "want history to reflect their own views instead of the way it actually happened," Abdulkareem said. "So when an area is liberated, we send them books to replenish whatever was stolen or destroyed, but also, so that Iraqis in this area have access to these materials so they can always feel proud of their rich history." (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Facing Islamic State threat, Iraq digitizes its national library

- Associated Press

The dimly-lit, dust-caked stacks of the Baghdad National Library hide a treasure of the ages: crinkled, yellowing papers holding the true stories of sultans and kings; imperialists and socialists; occupation and liberation; war and peace.

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., is seen at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington in this May 17, 2013, file photo. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

House GOP claim enough votes to reject Iran deal

- The Washington Times

House Republicans said Monday they have the votes to reject President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, but the White House expressed growing confidence it will win a veto showdown over the accord as the administration moved to ease concerns among Arab allies and Jewish leaders in the U.S.

Illustration on the Obama Iran nuclear arms deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why the Iran ideal increases the risk of war

Let’s cut to the chase: Does the Iran deal make war more or less likely? “No deal means a greater chance of more war in the Middle East,” President Obama says. His critics disagree. They think it will make war more likely. So which is it?

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Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Kerry pitched the administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran to a skeptical House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, pushing back against the allegation it would ease crippling sanctions forever in exchange for temporary concessions on weapons development.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Slavery concerns rise over Trans-Pacific Partnership

- The Washington Times

Amid accusations that the Obama administration is whitewashing modern slavery by a potential trading partner, U.S. officials on Tuesday called for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim free-trade deal to resolve disputes that have stalled the pact.

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

- Associated Press

California restored voting rights Tuesday to tens of thousands of criminals serving sentences under community supervision, reversing a decision by a state official that they could not participate in elections.

Official: Iran to partially allow BBC to report for a week

- Associated Press

An Iranian government official said Tuesday the Islamic Republic will allow some BBC journalists to report there for a week's time, loosening restrictions on a news organization often vilified in local media amid signs of warming diplomatic ties to Britain.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens to an interpreter during a press conference following a meeting with foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015 in Doha. Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran's nuclear program as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Brendan Smialowski/pool photo via AP)

Kerry pushes Asia trade pact in Singapore

- Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.

Judge: Owner of ND vegetable plant must serve time in prison

- Associated Press

The owner of a North Dakota vegetable processing plant who was convicted of recruiting and hiring illegal workers must serve time in custody despite a joint sentencing recommendation calling for no prison time, a judge said Monday.

US begins armed drone flights from Turkey

- Associated Press

The U.S. military is expanding its combat role in Syria in defense of coalition-backed rebels, conducting armed drone missions into Syria from an air base in Turkey and imposing new rules allowing the U.S. to defend rebels against attacks from any hostile force, including the Assad government.