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  • Delay in terror assistance case against NC man

    Through his attorney and on his own, Basit Sheikh told a federal judge the following things Thursday: He wants to represent himself on charges he tried to join an al-Qaida-linked militant group. He wants his family to hire another attorney. And he will leave the country voluntarily if the government drops the charges.

  • Battle for Syrian rebel town erases Lebanon border

    Sunnis and Shiites from Lebanon are streaming into Syria to take up arms on opposite sides of a fierce battle over a rebel stronghold - a fight that has effectively erased the border between the two countries and underlined how Lebanon is being sucked into the civil war next door.

  • This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces shows a missile on an intercepted ship in the Red Sea Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Israeli naval forces raided a ship deep in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza, the military said. (AP Photo/IDF)

    Israelis had U.S. help in intercepting Iranian missile shipment to Palestine

    The State Department revealed Wednesday that even as the Obama administration was engaging in direct and very high-stakes nuclear negotiations with Iran, U.S. officials for months have been secretly collaborating with Israeli intelligence to track an illicit Iranian weapons shipment bound for Palestine.

  • March critical to eliminate Syria chemical weapons

    The head of the mission charged with destroying Syria's chemical weapons said Wednesday the government has accelerated its efforts after several missed deadlines and that March will be critical if the country is to totally eliminate its stockpiles by the June 30 deadline.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Foreign policy would distract Obama from social hour

    The current administration does not have a faulty foreign policy; it has no foreign policy, period.

  • Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

    An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as "dhimmis," low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice.

  • LA Police Chief says gangsters may be in Syria

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says two men claiming to be fighting in Syria are gang members who were deported.

  • This picture taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens inspecting destroyed cars and buildings which were attacked by a Syrian government forces airstrike in the town of Kfar Takharim in the northwest province of Idlib, Syria. Government airstrikes hit residential buildings in the town of Kfar Tarakhim in the northwest province of Idlib on Saturday afternoon, according to the Idlib News group and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim)

    Syrian army advancing on rebel town near Lebanon

    Syrian government troops are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday.

  • Syria disarmament chief: June deadline feasible

    The Dutch diplomat leading an international mission to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons program says the pace of removing chemicals from the civil war-torn country is picking up and an end-of-June deadline for total destruction of the program is still achievable.

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