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US Efforts to Arm Syrian Rebels Suffer Setbacks

Meredith Buel efforts to provide weapons to moderate rebels in Syria are suffering setbacks as al-Qaida-linked militants force the collapse of mainstream insurgent groups fighting the Syrian military. Analysts say the developments underscore the risks of a new Pentagon program to train and equip moderate rebels. Recent gains in Syria by the al-Qaida affiliated Nusra Front represent a blow to strategy of identifying and arming groups to oppose the Syrian military, analysts say. An onslaught by Nusra fighters forced the Hazzm movement to collapse in recent days as the moderate rebels fled their headquarters in Aleppo Province. Hazzm was once…
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Kerry Calls for US War Powers to Fight IS

Secretary of State John Kerry called on Congress to approve President Barack Obama's war powers request during testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Wednesday "Our nation is strongest when we act together -- and we simply cannot allow this collection of murderers and thugs to achieve its ambitions," Kerry said, noting that the Islamic State militant group has captured large portions of land in Iraq and Syria threatening  "the death or submission of all who oppose it" and "the incitement of terrorist acts across the globe." Key members of Obama's national security team testified before a Senate committee hearing…
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Kerry, Zarif Continue Nuclear Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are meeting for a second day in Switzerland to discuss the status of Tehran’s nuclear program. Kerry and Zarif met for two hours Tuesday morning in the city of Montreux. A senior State Department official says they are expected to resume talks later in the day. Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, the so-called P 5 + 1, are working against a self-imposed March 31 deadline aimed at finding a framework agreement. Negotiators have until July 1 to reach a final agreement.…
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Hispanics Will Fill 75% of New US Jobs Between 2020 and 2034

From 2020 to 2034, about 14 million new jobs will be created in the United States and 75 percent of them—approximately 11 million—will be filled by Hispanics. In the nearer future, over the next five years, Hispanics are expected to fill 40 percent of all new jobs. A wave of baby boomer (people born between 1946 and 1964) retirements, and a younger faster-growing Hispanic population are driving those numbers, according to a new report from the research group IHS Economics. “People think Hispanics are going to take three of every four jobs but a lot of what’s going on is replacing…
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Friction Increasing Between White House, Israel

WHITE HOUSE— The war of words is escalating over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to accept an invitation to speak to the Congress next week. National security adviser Susan Rice’s remarks on the subject Tuesday on the "Charlie Rose" interview show, the strongest yet from the administration, have raised further questions about the state of relations between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East. “On both sides, there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship,” Rice said. At issue…
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Embassy Reopenings Top Americans’ List in Cuba Talks

A Cuban delegation will be at the State Department on Friday to talk about restoring diplomatic ties with the United States for the first time since 1961 — part of President Barack Obama's initiative to end the trade embargo against Cuba. A senior State Department official said Friday's session would focus solely on doing what needs to be done to open embassies in Washington and Havana as quickly as possible. "This is where we roll up our sleeves as diplomats and sit down at the table and make sure that we hammer all of the details out to get embassies…
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Obama to Unveil National Security Strategy

President Barack Obama is set to present his plan to deal with foreign policy concerns, ranging from the Islamic State to the rise of China, in a report to lawmakers. No major policy changes are expected to be unveiled Friday in the 33-page National Security Strategy document. Some Republican lawmakers have criticized Obama for what they feel is an insufficient response to global threats, including the Islamic State group and Russia's actions in Ukraine. In a brief introduction to the report, President Obama defended his policies. "In a complex world, many of the security problems we face do not lend…
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Kobe Bryant Now Third Top NBA Scorer

National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers is now the league's third all-time leading scorer, supplanting the legendary Michael Jordan. Entering Sunday night's road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Bryant needed nine points to better Jordan's career total of 32,292. The tying and go-ahead points came on two free throws with 5:24 left in the first half. The game was stopped at that point to acknowledge the achievement, and the 36-year-old Bryant was awarded the ball. Bryant still trails NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by more than 6,000 points (38,387), and is more than 4,500…
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Army spokesman: Guantanamo 9/11 Hearing canceled

WASHINGTON— Court officials canceled a two-day pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Monday at the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a Army spokesman hearing, intended to examine allegations the FBI tried to infiltrate legal defense teams, according to a docket on a Pentagon website. It would have been the first such proceeding since a Senate report on CIA torture was released last week. No reason was given for the cancelation. Judge James Pohl, an Army colonel, ruled in July that no conflict of interest arose for defense attorneys from the FBI approaching a security officer for…
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Thousands March in US Against Killings by Police

During nationwide marches protesting the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers, families of the victims urged demonstrators to continue pressing for changes to the criminal justice system. In Washington, relatives of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin gathered on Saturday at Freedom Plaza, near the White House, before peacefully participating with thousands of others in the "Justice for All" march down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol. "I am here not only for marching for Eric Garner, but for everyone's daughters and sons and nieces and nephews and dads and moms," said Esaw Garner, his…
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