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Greek Public Order Minister Vassilis Kikilias pushed back against media reports that Greece has detected six Islamic State recruits traveling through. "We've been monitoring a lot of guys that pass by. But there was no arrest of jihadists in Greece," he said. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Terror issues loom large in Greek official Kikilias’ Washington visit

- The Washington Times

It is “too early to tell” whether the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the Islamic State will work, says a top Greek national security official who was in Washington this week to discuss how his nation can better coordinate with the U.S. to track extremist foreign fighters between Europe and the Middle East.

Afghanistan's security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack, targeting an Afghanistan's National Army convoy on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The suicide bomb killed several Afghan security force troops Saturday as a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province killed a district police chief, authorities said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the Taliban have step up assaults against both Afghan and foreign forces across the country as most international troops are preparing to withdraw at the end the year. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

U.S. refuses to stop giving contracts to backers of Afghan insurgency

The U.S. Army is refusing to “suspend or debar” supporters of the Afghan insurgency from receiving lucrative government contracts, a practice that is illegal and dangerous to U.S. national security interests, according to a government watchdog group.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks during a news conference Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state. (AP Photo/Annika af Klercker)

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

- Associated Press

Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

Cheering local people surround a group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Nusaybin, Mardin in southeastern Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. The Peshmergas are on their way to Syria to help Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State group extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani. ( AP Photo)

Peshmerga troops start entering Syrian border town

- Associated Press

Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the embattled Syrian border town of Kobani via Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops headed there, activists said.

A car burns outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso as people protest against their longtime President Blaise Compaore who is seeking another term in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Theo Renaut)

Burkina Faso protesters burn down parliament

- The Washington Times

Thousands of anti-government protesters set fire to Burkina Faso’s parliament in the capital Ouagadougou in West Africa and are reportedly making their way toward President Blaise Compaore’s palace, forcing the government to at least temporarily scrap plans to extend the president’s 27-year rule.

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Mayor: Boston preparing for climate change

- Associated Press

The city has made significant strides in preparing for major natural disasters, rising sea levels and other impacts to the ever-changing climate, Mayor Martin Walsh said on the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Russia successfully test-fires new ICBM

Associated Press

The Russian Navy has successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile, proving its reliability after a long and troublesome development.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai interacts with students during his visit to the Amani High School in Kabul. Suicide bombers, roadside bombs and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office on Sept. 29, 2014, as the Taliban are sending a message that they disapprove of his tough stance on ending the insurgency and close security ties with Washington, officials, analysts and the Taliban said. (AP Photo/Wakil Kohsar, Pool, File)

Violence marks Afghan president's first month

- Associated Press

Suicide bombers, roadside bombs and rocket attacks on the Afghan capital have intensified in the one month since President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai took office as the Taliban are sending a message that they disapprove of his tough stance on ending the insurgency and close security ties with Washington, officials, analysts and the Taliban said.

A hazmat worker looks up while finishing up cleaning outside an apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. The Texas health care worker, who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who later died, has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

State Department plans to bring foreign Ebola patients to U.S.

- The Washington Times

The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world's medical backstop.

A man speaks on a cellphone while watching the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the US led coalition on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Iraqi Kurds head for Kobani to join fight against Islamic State

Associated Press

Thousands of cheering, flag-waving people gave a noisy send-off to a group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops who left Tuesday for Turkey — the first step on their way to help their Syrian brethren fight Islamic extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani.

State paid more than $34,000 to defend Kobach

Associated Press

Kansas taxpayers footed the bill for more than $34,000 in legal fees to defend Secretary of State Kris Kobach against a lawsuit filed by Democrat Chad Taylor after Taylor withdrew from the U.S. Senate race, according to records provided by the state attorney general's office.