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Stratcom backs Iran deal

The commander of the U.S. Strategic Command on Wednesday gave qualified support to the Obama administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

Jacob Lew says U.S. will still curb Iran economy if nuclear deal passes

- The Washington Times

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Wednesday the Obama administration intends to “redouble” its efforts to target Iranian government support for terrorism and regional destabilization activities — even as nuclear sanctions on Tehran are being lifted under the major accord reached with world powers this month.

This undated file photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Reports of mullah’s death rock Afghan peace push

- The Washington Times

Uncertainty swirled Wednesday around new reports that long-secretive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for perhaps as long as two years, as U.S. officials declined to confirm an Afghan government claim and analysts debated how the death might impact Afghan-Taliban peace talks and the group’s surging operations in the war-torn nation.

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Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, left, Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Kerry at House hearing: Nothing in Iran deal built on trust

- Associated Press

Secretary of State John Kerry pitched the administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran before 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.

Secretary of State John Kerry prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

John Kerry grilled over nuclear deal as lawmakers stress lack of trust in Iran

- The Washington Times

Iran's long record of evading and concealing its nuclear programs from U.N. inspectors hung like a specter over Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top administration officials faced their second sharp grilling in as many weeks from lawmakers weighing whether to support the Iranian nuclear deal.

French archaeology students find 560,000-year-old tooth

- Associated Press

Archaeologists say two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country.

President Obama delivers a speech to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On the final day of his African trip, Obama was focusing on economic opportunities and African security. (AP Photo)

Obama: 'If I ran again, I could win' a third term

- The Washington Times

President Obama Tuesday chided African leaders who refuse to leave office after their terms end, saying he himself could win a third term in the U.S. but is looking forward to walking away from the White House.

President Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Ethiopia, said during a news conference with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn Monday that Republican presidential candidates are attempting to distort the facts of his Iran nuclear deal. (Associated Press)

Obama to wrap Africa trip with speech to African Union

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama highlighted his administration's efforts to combat hunger worldwide on Tuesday as he prepared to end a historic return to the land of his father's birth with a speech to the African Union.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media during a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, in this Thursday, March 12, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, file)

NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request

- Associated Press

NATO's secretary-general said Tuesday that the alliance "stands in strong solidarity with our ally Turkey," as ambassadors gathered for a rare emergency meeting about the threat faced by a member.

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2015 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in National Harbor, Md. Rubio's presidential ambitions and a court ruling tossing out several congressional district maps will cause upheaval among Florida's representation in Washington, including political complications for a congresswoman considered one of the state's few Democratic stars. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Florida congressional delegation will see upheaval in 2016

- Associated Press

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential ambitions and a court ruling tossing out several congressional district maps will cause upheaval among Florida's representation in Washington, including political complications for a congresswoman considered one of the state's few Democratic stars.

BRIEF: 400 students graduate from English Access programme

- Associated Press

July 27--AMMAN -- Over 400 students from all over Jordan recently graduated from the English Access Micro-scholarship Programme and received their certificates from US Ambassador Alice G. Wells, according to a US embassy statement released Monday.

Police officers patrol as Turkish police raide homes in Haci Bayram neighborhood in the capital Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 27, 2015. Security forces has detained at least 15 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the state-run news agency said. The Anadolu Agency said those detained in Haci Bayram neighborhood include a number of foreign nationals. It did not give details of the foreigners' home countries.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria

- Associated Press

Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.

About 1,000 Kurdish activists from Istanbul who arrived in response to a call for mass mobilization by the imprisoned leader of the PKK rebel group, Abdullah Ocalan, gather at the border near Suruc, Turkey, on Sept. 25, 2014. (Associated Press)

Obama denies sacrificing Kurds to gain Turkey's help in Islamic State fight

- The Washington Times

Turkey has finally entered in force into the U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State group, but the move also has exposed the contradictions and confusion at the heart of U.S. policy, with the Obama administration struggling Monday to balance its promises to warring allies in the region and to prevent a deeper U.S. ground force engagement in the fight.