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  1. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken speaks about Russia, Ukraine as well as the Middle East conflict during a July 28 appearance at the daily press briefing at the White House. Jacquelyn Martin / AP

    White House: EU, U.S. to impose new Russia sanctions

    The United States and European Union plan to impose new sanctions against Russia this week, including penalties targeting key sectors of the Russian economy, the White House said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  2. U.S.: Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  3. Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after speaking at a July 28 news conference at the State Department in Washington. Cliff Owen / AP

    U.S. fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry

    Obama administration officials were fuming Monday over a torrent of Israeli criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  4. A pro-Russian rebel touches the MH17 wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 22, near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.N. rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

    The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  5. A satellite image purports to show a before and after close-up of artillery strikes. The United States says the images back up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine and heavy artillery for separatists has also crossed the border. State Department / AP

    U.S.: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

    Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. has released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border.

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  6. Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport July 24 during fighting between rival factions around the capital's airport. Mahmud Turkia / AFP

    38 killed as Libyan forces battle militias in east

    Heavy clashes between Libyan soldiers loyal to a renegade general and Islamist-led militias killed 38 people, health officials said Sunday, as fighting between rival militias around the capital's international airport raged on and European nations warned

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  7. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, center, pays tribute to former presidents Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il, his grandfather and father, on July 27 to mark the 61st anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. AFP

    Events mark anniversary of Korean War armistice

    The 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, meaning the two Koreas remain technically at war. But in North Korea, the anniversary of the agreement ending the hostilities is commemorated as '

    • Jul. 27, 2014
  8. A quick reaction force with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response prepares to depart Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in support of a military assisted departure from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, Saturday. The Department of State, in coordination with the U.S. Ambassador for Libya, requested Department of Defense support for a military-assisted departure of embassy personnel. 1st Lt. Maida Kalic/Marine Corps

    New details emerge on Libya embassy evacuation

    Dozens of U.S. Marines and at least seven military aircraft were involved in Saturday's embassy evacuation operation in Libya, Military Times has learned.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  9. Jerzy Dyczynski and Angela Rudhart-Dyczynski whose daughter, 25-year-old Fatima, was a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, sit on part of the wreckage of the crashed aircraft in Hrabove, Ukraine, on Saturday. The couple who live in Perth, Australia, crossed territory held by pro-Russian rebels to reach the wreckage-strewn farm fields outside the village of Hrabove. They last spoke to Fatima shortly before she boarded the flight for Kuala Lumpur in Amsterdam on July 17. Rudhart-Dyczynski said, 'We have promised our daughter we will come here.' Nicholas Garriga/The Associated Press

    Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

    Ukrainian officials said their forces advanced to the outskirts of a key town north of Donetsk on Saturday as they try to retake the stronghold held for months by pro-Russia rebels.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  10. North Korea fires short-range missile into sea

    North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast on Saturday, a South Korean defense official said.

    • Jul. 26, 2014
  11. A convoy of military vehicles of the Ukrainian forces drives towards the eastern Ukrainian city of Lysychansk, in the region of Lugansk, on Friday. GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon: Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon

    The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is 'imminent,' the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  12. Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with U.S.

    The Taliban's reclusive leader is warning that a bilateral security pact allowing foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  13. U.S. clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo

    The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  14. House to Obama: No troops to Iraq without our OK

    The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a resolution Friday that would bar President Barack Obama from sending forces to Iraq in a 'sustained combat role' without congressional approval.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  15. An armed Sunni militiaman wearing an Iraqi Army patch, left, and a U.S. Army soldier patrol in Samarra on Oct. 6, 2010. Over the past month, militants led by the extremist Islamic State group overpowered the military and the Sahwa, seizing control of most of the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq. The jihadis have systematically killed dozens of former Sahwa leaders, forced others to flee and recruited the remaining foot soldiers through intimidation. Maya Alleruzzo / AP file

    Iraq Sunni militias pinched by jihadis, corruption

    Wisam al-Hardan's cellphone rang late into the night. He let it ring on and on. He couldn't bear to answer.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  16. Central American leaders convening at White House

    President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
  17. A Mexican boy looks at a member of the U.S. Border Patrol standing guard Tuesday on the border between El Paso in the United States and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico. Jesus Alcazar / AFP via Getty Images

    Unaccompanied children could be housed at Maxwell

    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, is now joining several other military bases as possible locations to house unaccompanied Central American minors, according to the state's governor's office.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  18. Iraqi lawmakers elected veteran Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the nation's new president on July 24. Ali Al-Saadi / AFP

    Iraq elects new president as attacks kill dozens

    Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  19. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Brett McGurk testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

    Official: Iraqi request for U.S. airstrikes 'under active consideration'

    The U.S. is still considering a request from the Iraqi government for airstrikes against Sunni militants in Iraq, a senior State Department official told lawmakers.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  20. Damage inflicted where a missile punched, two days before, a gaping hole in the wall of Alexander Litvinenko's ninth-floor apartment, in Donetsk, Ukraine. The 53-year-old college philosophy teacher had just stepped into his study to check the news online, barely escaping death. Others in the residential neighborhood in northwest Donetsk were less fortunate. Five civilians were killed and 12 injured in fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels on Monday, according to the mayor's office. Vadim Ghirda/The Associated Press

    U.S.: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military

    The Obama administration is accusing Russia of firing artillery to hit Ukrainian military sites and planning to send pro-Russian separatists more lethal weaponry.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  21. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who has previously held up the transfer of Apache helicopters to Iraq, threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. Army

    Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info

    An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  22. 2 Finnish aid workers killed in Afghanistan

    Gunmen riding on a motorcycle opened fire and killed two Finnish women aid workers in the western Afghan city of Herat on Thursday, officials said, the latest in a series of attacks on foreign civilians that has rattled aid workers, contractors and journa

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  23. Court: Poland violated human rights in CIA case

    Europe's top human rights court ruled Thursday that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects by allowing the CIA to secretly imprison them on Polish soil from 2002-2003 and facilitating the conditions under which they were subject to torture.

    • Jul. 24, 2014
  24. An Iraqi man inspects a destroyed prisoner transport bus Thursday in the town of Taji, about 12 miles north of Baghdad. Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad earlier, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and several soldiers were killed. Khalid Mohammed / AP

    Iraq: Attack on prisoner convoy kills 60 people

    Gunmen attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad on Thursday, setting off a gunbattle with troops in which scores of prisoners and eight soldiers were killed, brutally underscoring Iraq's instability as lawmakers convened to elect a new president.

    • Jul. 24, 2014

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