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Egyptian, Libyan Airstrikes Target IS in Libya – Voice of America

Monday, February 16, 2015

Egyptian and Libyan warplanes carried out airstrikes Monday against the Islamic State group in eastern Libya, the militaries said, in retaliation for militants beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were kidnapped in Libya. The bombings targeting militant camps and weapons storage sites in the town of Darna came hours after the Islamic State group released a video purporting to show the killings. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah…

US condemns Islamic State killings of Egyptians in Libya as ‘despicable’ – Jerusalem Post Israel News

Monday, February 16, 2015

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The White House on Sunday condemned the “despicable and cowardly murder” of 21 Egyptians in Libya by Islamic State-affiliated militants and urged a political solution to the conflict in the country. “This wanton killing of innocents is just the most recent of the many vicious acts perpetrated by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region, including the murders of dozens of Egyptian…

Danish Police Kill Suspected Gunmen in Copenhagen Attacks – Voice of America

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Danish police shot and killed a man early Sunday suspected in the slayings of two people in Copenhagen since Saturday, in what the country’s prime minister calls a “cynical act of terror against Denmark.” Authorities said the man, who has not yet been publicly identified, was fatally shot after he opened fire on officers near a train station. map locating Krudttonden , copenhagen, denmark map…

Alleged Halifax shooting plotters ‘were prepared to wreak havoc and mayhem’ – CBC.ca

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay spoke to reporters on Saturday regarding the investigation into “murderous misfits” who allegedly plotted to kill a large number of people in Halifax, N.S. Three suspects involved in the alleged plot are in custody, while a fourth suspect was found dead in a home in Timberlea. MacKay gave an opening statement, then responded to questions from reporters. Here is a transcript of…

‘Glimmer of hope’ for Ukraine after new ceasefire deal – Reuters

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MINSK (Reuters) – Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal offering a “glimmer of hope” for an end to conflict in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, but the United States said continued, intense fighting ran counter to the spirit of the accord. The deal, announced after more than 16 hours of discussions through the night in the Belarussian capital Minsk, was followed swiftly by allegations from Kiev of a new,…

‘American Sniper’ Trial: Widow Taya Kyle Cries as She Details Husband’s Final … – ABC News

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle could tell something was wrong when he spoke to her by phone from a Texas gun range shortly before he was shot and killed, she testified in court today. Taya Kyle started to get worried when her husband didn’t respond to a subsequent text message, and she said she learned her husband had been killed when a police officer showed up at her…

CBS’ Bob Simon dies in NYC car crash – USA TODAY

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bob Simon of “60 Minutes,” attends the New York premiere of “The Railway Man” in New York, April 7, 2014.(Photo: AP/Andy Kropa, Invision) CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died Wednesday night in a car crash, the network announced. The journalist was riding in a for-hire Lincoln Town Car when the crash took place, the New York Post reported. The longtime correspondent for 60 Minutes and foreign reporter was 73. A…

Kayla Mueller’s Parents Receive Photos of Her Body From ISIS – New York Times

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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The Back Story: Details emerge on Kayla Mueller’s capture, captivity at ISIS hands – Fox News

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The nightmare started in the summer of 2013, when Kayla Mueller and her boyfriend were forced off the road and kidnapped by the Islamic State. While her boyfriend was eventually released, the 26-year-old aid worker spent the next several months shuttling between holding cells – a children’s hospital in Aleppo, an industrial area near the Turkish border, and the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Despite attempts to rescue her,…

American hostage Mueller’s death confirmed by Obama, family – Reuters

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday confirmed the death of Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker who had been held hostage by Islamic State militants, saying the United States would “find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible.” Mueller’s family also said in a statement that they were “heartbroken” to learn of her death and released a copy of a letter she had written in…

Soldiers in Brian Williams’s Group Give Account of 2003 Helicopter Attack – New York Times

Sunday, February 08, 2015

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Brian Williams to Take Hiatus From ‘NBC Nightly News’ – New York Times

Saturday, February 07, 2015

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Adnan Syed Granted Opportunity For Appeal In ‘Serial’ Case – Huffington Post

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals on Friday granted a leave for appeal in the case of Adnan Syed, the inmate at the center of the case in the popular “Serial” podcast. Syed was convicted of fatally strangling ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 in Baltimore County when they were both in high school. He has spent the last 15 years in prison serving a life sentence for a crime…

Kayla Mueller’s parents appeal to ISIS: ‘We are still hopeful’ – CNN

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Amman, Jordan (CNN)The parents of Kayla Mueller are imploring ISIS to contact them. They believe — or at least hope — that their daughter may still be alive. “We have sent you a private message and ask that you respond to us privately,” Carl and Marsha Mueller said in a statement. The couple is not giving interviews to the media as ISIS warned them not to. CNN had previously not…

Merkel: Ukraine peace ‘uncertain’ after talks with Putin, but worth trying – CNN

Saturday, February 07, 2015

(CNN)German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that prospects for peace in Ukraine are “uncertain” following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met with Putin in Moscow on Friday. On Saturday, at the annual Munich Security Conference, she said it is uncertain whether their talks were successful, but it was worth trying. She defended borders in Europe as “inviolable.” Russia has shown disrespect for peace…

Parents of US hostage still hopeful she’s alive – USA TODAY

Saturday, February 07, 2015

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Taiwan Plane’s Engines Lost Power Before Crash – Wall Street Journal

Friday, February 06, 2015

ENLARGE TAIPEI—Fuel to the left engine of the ATR72-600 twin turboprop plane that was TransAsia Airways Flight 235 was manually cut off after the right engine appeared to have malfunctioned almost immediately after takeoff, according to flight data reviewed by investigators from the deadly crash in Taipei. Both engines stopped producing thrust just before the crash, which occurred on Wednesday in four minutes after takeoff. The data raise the possibility…

Unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent. Why that’s great news. – Christian Science Monitor

Friday, February 06, 2015

On its face, January was yet another great month for job creation. But 5.7 percent unemployment in 2015 looks very different than it did a few decades ago. The US economy added 257,000 jobs in January, according to figures released Friday by the Labor Department. That exceeded economists’ expectations for about 234,000 added jobs. It was the 11th straight month that the labor market has added 200,000 jobs or more…

Kerry: US Won’t ‘Close Eyes’ to Russian Aggression in Ukraine – Voice of America

Friday, February 06, 2015

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States, while seeking a diplomatic solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, would not “close our eyes” to Russian tanks and fighters crossing the border. Kerry said he and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko discussed issues including Russia’s continued aggression during a meeting Thursday. “We talked about the largest threat that Ukraine faces today, and that is…

Till we run ‘out of fuel and bullets’: Jordan’s king vows to crush ISIS – Fox News

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Jordan’s King Abdullah, himself a former general, angrily vowed to pursue ISIS until his military runs “out of fuel and bullets,” in a closed door meeting with U.S. lawmakers that followed the release Wednesday of a grisly video showing a captured Jordanian airman being burned alive in a cage by the terrorist army. The pledge preceded the hanging of two Al Qaeda terrorists early Wednesday in Jordan, a swift response…