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In the 1860s, the U.S. government declared Decoration Day as a day of remembrance to honor those who had died in our nation's service during the Civil War. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in May 1868, and after World War I the holiday was changed from honoring the Civil War dead to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
Indianapolis 500 fans will have to leave their big coolers of beer at home and pay to park in a once-free lot as part of tighter security measures at Sunday's race.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is demanding intelligence and security heads explain how two Islamist terror suspects could massacre a soldier in the streets when the two had been surveillance targets of MI5 for the past eight years.
In 1868, Union Army Major General John A. Logan declared May 30 "Decoration Day," a day to honor fallen Civil War soldiers with speeches, prayers, and flowers and other decorations on their graves at Arlington National Cemetery. In 1971, Congress made the observance a national holiday to remember all those who have died serving our country, and since then, Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday of May.
Russian ministers said Friday that Syria has agreed to join a Russia-U.S. peace conference and talk about the besieged government's future — but the agreement was laced with conditions.
A loud explosion, followed up by heavy gunfire, was heard in the capital city of Kabul near government buildings on Friday afternoon around 4 p.m local time.
Stockholm is in chaos, as hundreds of youths on Friday set fire to nearly a dozen cars, two schools and a police station as violent protests in Sweden's capital city enter their fifth day.
Terrorism analysts are rebutting President Obama's assertion that the "scale of the threat" from Islamic terrorists has reverted to pre-Sept. 11, 2001, levels.
Radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, whose fiery rhetoric has left him banned from Britain, referred to the suspected terrorists who hacked a soldier to death on a London street as "heroes" who carried out God's will.
The main Syrian opposition coalition meets in Istanbul Thursday for three days of talks, including a key decision whether or not to attend a Russia and U.S.-backed peace conference with the Syrian government in Geneva next month.
The attack that killed an off-duty soldier in London this week appears, like the Boston Marathon bombing, to have been the work of home-grown, "lone-wolf" extremists, underlining the very different kind of threat posed by al Qaeda now that its leadership has largely been destroyed and its ideology of global jihad left largely in the hands of individuals and small groups all over the world.
The machete attack that left a British soldier dead on the streets of London on Wednesday included attackers shouting, "Allahu akbar," but the main television broadcast networks failed to reference Islam in their initial coverage.
British police late Thursday arrested a man and a woman in connection with the butchering of a British soldier on a London street, as anti-Muslim protests sprang up across the country.
Opponents and supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad traded heavy machine gun fire and mortar shells in the Lebanese port city of Tripoli, leaving five people dead in what was described as some of the heaviest fighting there in years, officials said Thursday.
A British government official says both suspects in the brutal killing of a solider were part of previous security services investigations for possible terror links.