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  • ** FILE ** A Sunday, June 9, 2013, file photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency. (AP Photo/The Guardian, File)

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  • ** FILE ** Ron Dermer, Israel's new ambassador to U.S., has presented his credentials to President Obama. Mr. Dermer started developing close ties with Republicans when he worked with party strategist Frank Luntz in the 1994 congressional campaigns. (Twitter/@AmbDermer)

    Israel's ambassador praises Obama, slams Human Rights Watch report

    Israel's ambassador to the United States praised the Obama administration for standing in support of the now two-week-old Israeli military campaign against the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas on Tuesday, despite calls this week by President Obama for a cease-fire.

  • An Iraqi Shiite fighter chants slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State group during Friday prayers in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 11, 2014. The Sunni militant blitz led by the Islamic State extremist group has effectively cleaved the country along ethnic and sectarian lines — the swath of militant-held Sunni areas, the Shiite-majority south and center ruled by the Shiite-led government in Baghdad and the Kurdish north. (AP Photo)

    Iraq sends 4K volunteers bolster forces taking on ISIL in Ramadi

    Iraq is airlifting some 4,000 volunteers to an embattled city west of Baghdad to help bolster government forces locked in a running battle with Sunni militants there, authorities said Saturday.

  • ** FILE ** This file image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) leading away captured Iraqi soldiers dressed in plain clothes after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq. (AP Photo via militant website, File)

    Iraq's top cleric calls for deal on PM by Tuesday

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to set aside their differences and form an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory.

  • FILE - Farm workers make their way across a field shrouded in fog as they hoe weeds from a burley tobacco crop near Warsaw, Ky., early in this Thursday, July 10, 2008 file photo. You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday May 14, 2014 by  Human Rights Watch. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

    Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

    An international rights group is pushing the federal government and the tobacco industry to take further steps to protect children working on U.S. tobacco farms.

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, rebels sit in the now-emptied hospital in Malakal, South Sudan. A week ago forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar retook Malakal in a bloody assault that forced the government army to make what it labeled a tactical withdrawal, while Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are responsible for serious abuses that may amount to war crimes for atrocities committed in Malakal and Bentiu, another capital of an oil-producing state, despite a cease-fire signed in January. (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)

    Scenes of death in South Sudan: 'No humanity here'

    House after house has been burned to the ground. Hospital patients have been shot by armed rebels while lying in their beds. Dozens of corpses litter the streets.

  • Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

    Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.

  • FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, a Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen in December 2013 may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    Report: US drone may have killed dozen civilians

    A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen last December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.

  • Le Quoc Quan conviction upheld by Vietnam court

    A court in Vietnam has upheld the conviction of a popular human rights lawyer and dissident on tax evasion charges, drawing a swift rebuke from the Obama administration.

  • The flame of the Olympic cauldron is viewed through a glass panel with a sticker of the Olympic rings at a food court in Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    IOC presses Sochi officials over jailed activist

    The International Olympic Committee has asked Russian authorities to clarify why an activist who criticized the environmental impact of Olympic construction in Sochi has been sentenced to three years in prison.

  • A man suspected to be a Muslim Seleka militiaman lays wounded after being stabbed by newly enlisted FACA (Central African Armed Forces) soldiers moments after Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza addressed the troops in Bangui Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014. The man died later after being lynched by hundreds of recruits using knifes, bricks and foot blows to the head. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    HRW: Chadian peacekeepers help CAR rebels flee

    Rebels who escaped the capital of Central African Republic last month with the illicit help of peacekeepers from Chad, have now resumed their killing spree in the country's north, a human rights group said Thursday.

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah speaks during a meeting at the Saudi Royal palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah has ratified a new counter-terrorism law which went into effect Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Rights activists said that the law criminalizes speech critical of the government or society. It was published in full in the government's official gazette Um Al-Qura Friday. (AP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool, File)

    New Saudi counterterrorism law alarms activists

    Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 file photo, demonstrators stage a theatrical play where gays are grabbed by others wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a protest against Russia's new anti-gay law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" in central London. Despite seven months of international protests, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place leading up to the winter olympic games. Yet the eclectic campaign has heartened activists in Russia and, without question, caught the attention of its targets - including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Sochi sponsors pulled into gay-rights fray; activists fly to Russia to join protests

    Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7.

  • FILE-- In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, Iranian female demonstrators burn a representation of U.S. flag, and a caricature of President Barack Obama, in an annual state-backed rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, commemorating 33rd anniversary of the embassy takeover by militant students. On Nov. 4, 1979, students who believed the embassy was a center of plots against Iran held 52 Americans hostages for 444 days, and the US severed formal diplomatic ties in response. In a sharp counterpoint to the Western outreach by President Hassan Rouhani’s government, hard-line factions in Iran have amplified their bluster and backlash in messages that they cannot be ignored in any diplomatic moves with Washington either in the nuclear talks or beyond. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

    Group run by al Qaeda terrorist invited to brief Dems on drone policy

    The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.

  • A U.S. drone targets Taliban combatants assembled for a funeral. Rules of engagement at the cemetery prevented the U.S. from taking a shot.

    Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones

    The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to "ensure" civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to "avoid targeting" civilians.

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