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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose country in West Africa has suffered with during the outbreak of the Ebola virus, waits to speak on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. President Sirleaf meets with President Barack Obama on Friday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ebola battle far from over, Sirleaf says

- The Washington Times

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wants Americans to know she’s grateful for the help so far but her country’s battle with the deadly Ebola epidemic is far from over.

In this Friday, Feb.20, 2015 photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a traditional attire of the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, waves during an event marking the 28th anniversary of its statehood in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, India. China summoned India's ambassador over  Modi's visit to a disputed border region in the Himalayas, a long-festering irritant in relations between the Asian giants.(AP Photo/Press Trust of India)INDIA OUT

Indian PM riles China

China has unleashed its anger on the man President Xi Jinping has been trying his best to cultivate in recent months, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after the Indian leader on Feb. 20 visited the Indian state called Arunachal Pradesh — the place Beijing calls “South Tibet” and insists is its “sacred and indivisible territory.”

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee to deliver the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Clapper: Half the world’s stable countries ‘at risk of instability’

- The Washington Times

Breaking sharply with Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s far sunnier assessment just a day before, the Obama administration’s intelligence czar told Congress on Thursday that political instability and state-sponsored mass killing are at their “highest rate” in decades, and the U.S. still faces ominous challenges from China, Russia, cyberterrorists and the continuing turmoil in the Middle East.

Syrian refugees gather near their tent after recent stormy weather and snowfalls at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, in this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo. The Obama administration's commitment to taking in thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among some law enforcement officials and Republican lawmakers. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh, File)

U.S. looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns

- Associated Press

The Obama administration’s commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced.

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A woman places the ringed label on a Hoyo de Monterrey cigar at the Corona cigar factory in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Cuban cigar makers are licking their chops over new U.S. rules that let more Americans travel to the island and legally bring back as much as $100 worth in prized stogies for the first time in decades. Officials said during this week's annual cigar festival that this year alone, they expect to double sales of hand-rolled "habanos" on the island. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Cuban cigar makers anticipate big bucks from US travelers

- Associated Press

Over six decades rolling premium cigars with his small, wrinkled hands, Arnaldo Alfonso has taken pride in seeing his "habanos" sampled by visiting heads of state and other dignitaries.

Alexis Ramos, a 48-year-old janitor in a medical clinic, poses for a photo, an image of Fidel Castro tattooed on his arm, in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. As Cuban officials head to Washington for a second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations on Friday, many working-class islanders say they no longer expect immediate changes in their lives regardless of what emerges from the talks. "I expect the rich to get richer, and the poor to get poorer." said Ramos. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Reality sinks in for many Cubans on eve of talks with US

- Associated Press

The jubilation that greeted the announcement of U.S.-Cuban detente two months ago has faded to resignation for many Cubans who are realizing they're at the start of a long process unlikely to ease their daily struggles anytime soon.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015, file courtroom sketch, Khaled al-Fawwaz, right, a defendant in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, is seated next to his defense attorney, Barbara O'Connor, during jury selection in Manhattan Federal Court. Al-Fawwaz was convicted Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, of conspiracy in the bombings of the two embassies. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams, File)

Saudi man convicted of conspiracy in '98 US embassy bombings

- Associated Press

A man prosecutors portrayed as one of al-Qaida's early leaders was convicted Thursday of conspiracy in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa following a trial that showcased the terror group's early days.

Young Spaniards moving to Germany get trapped in dismal jobs

- Associated Press

Edur Ansa couldn't find work for a year after he got his nursing degree from Barcelona University. Like many other Spaniards, he started looking for work in Germany and ended up with a job at a private hospital.