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In this undated file photo posted on Monday, June 30, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the extremist Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)

Islamic State: With incentives and brute force, terror group subdues tribes

- Associated Press

The Islamic State group is employing multiple tactics to subdue the Sunni Muslim tribes in Syria and Iraq under its rule, wooing some with gifts — everything from cars to feed for their animals — while brutally suppressing those that resist with mass killings.

Secretary General of OPEC Abdalla Salem El-Badri of Libya speaks to journalists prior to the start of a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Expectations that the group would not cut output to support the market saw the global price of oil slump another US dollar 1.89 on Thursday to US dollar 75.86 a barrel, extending its losses since June, when it was as high as US dollar 115. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

OPEC seen unlikely to cut output despite oil glut

- Associated Press

OPEC oil ministers meeting in Vienna on Thursday are in a bind. Prices are plunging — and in the short term, the cartel may not be able to do much about it.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to work with U.S. President Barack Obama on immigration issues.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Obama calls Mexican president to discuss immigration action

- The Washington Times

President Obama spoke with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto Wednesday about Mr. Obama’s granting of legal status to millions of illegal immigrants, and the White House said both men pledged to stop more immigrants coming from Central America.

The CIA spokesman said agency Director John O. Brennan in late September tasked several agency veterans to conduct an internal review "to determine whether the agency is optimized for enduring mission effectiveness, specifically in the areas of integration, agility and resilience." (Associated Press)

William Reinsch says China is ‘dangerous’

William A. Reinsch, former undersecretary of commerce for export administration under President Bill Clinton, offered a surprising mea culpa in the latest annual report by the U.S.- China Economic and Security Review Commission made public earlier this month.

This photo provided on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, by an anti-Islamic State group and anti-Bashar Assad activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, showa burned cars and damaged buildings on a street after Syrian government forces airstrikes struck a popular market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood in Raqqa city, north Syria. The death toll from a series of Syrian government airstrikes on the Islamic State group's stronghold in northeastern Syria has risen to at least 95, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the city of Raqqa in the past three years. (AP Photo/Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently)

British jihadi skips on U.K. bail and flees to Syria

- The Washington Times

A British jihadi who once said during an interview with “60 Minutes” that he didn’t love his mother because she wasn’t Muslim — and who was arrested in September on alleged ties to a terrorist organization — has jumped his bail, skipped past U.K. authorities, and crossed into Islamic State-controlled territory.

China's Shenyang-J-31 stealth fighter jet (also called FC-31). (Image: United States Naval Institute)

China’s new stealth fighter jet sought by Pakistan

- The Washington Times

Pakistani officials are aware of China’s new stealth fighter jet, and they like what they see. Talks have started between Pakistan and China to work out a deal for up to 40 of the planes, which debuted Nov. 11 at the Zhuhai Airshow.

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.

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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.

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.

Colorado Editorial Roundup

- Associated Press

A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers:

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.

Security breach eyed at US embassy in Yemen

Associated Press

Court papers filed in New York City say the State Department has uncovered a potential security breach in Yemen involving a corrupt U.S. embassy employee.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry address the media after the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months. The move gives both sides breathing space to work out an agreement but may be badly received by domestic sceptics, since it extends more than a decade of diplomatic efforts to curb Iran's nuclear prowess. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Iran nuclear talks to be extended until July

- Associated Press

Facing still significant differences between the U.S. and Iran, negotiators gave up on last-minute efforts to get a nuclear deal by the Monday deadline and extended their talks for another seven months.

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.

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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John F. Kerry held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on Sunday. (Associated Press)

U.S., Iran may extend nuclear talks

- The Washington Times

U.S. and Iranian officials appeared close on Sunday to extending the high-stakes talks over Iran's disputed nuclear program after failing to meet a self-imposed deadline for a deal that would open the program to close international scrutiny in exchange for a withdrawal of crippling Western sanctions on Tehran.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the House Intelligence Committee. Morell, who edited the widely debunked talking points on the 2012 Benghazi attack, answered questions from the House intelligence committee in a rare open session. The hearing provides Morell with a chance to explain why he deleted references to al-Qaida.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CIA detected no 'credible threat' before Benghazi attacks

- The Washington Times

The CIA's main reason for setting up shop in Benghazi was to uncover the plans of al Qaeda-linked extremists, yet its officers there detected no sign that terrorists were set to launch the deadly Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission and the agency's own compound, a new House Intelligence Committee report shows.