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  • Today in History 24 Jun 2016 | 11:01 pm

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  • Workplace retaliation suit against Tammy Duckworth settled 24 Jun 2016 | 9:34 pm

    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., appears in Springfield, Ill. A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Duckworth concluded Friday, June, 24, 2016 with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth concluded Friday with an agreement that no law was violated, removing an obstacle in her bid to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in one of November's most competitive Senate races.

  • 'Brexit' threatens to undermine U.S.-Britain special relationship 24 Jun 2016 | 3:40 pm

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama watch a fly-past by the Red Arrows during the NATO summit at the Celtic Manor resort, near NewportBy Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain’s decision to quit the European Union could send damaging shockwaves through the bedrock Anglo-American “special relationship,” raising questions about London’s willingness and ability to back U.S.-led efforts in global crises ranging from the Middle East to Ukraine. The loss of the strongest pro-U.S. voice within the 28-nation bloc, as a result of the “Brexit” referendum, threatens to weaken Washington’s influence in European policymaking and embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin to further challenge the West, analysts and former diplomats say. Britain's departure -- which is not immediate and must be negotiated with the EU -- could present the next U.S. president with a decision on whether to turn to other key European partners like Germany and France, essentially downgrading a special U.S. bond with London forged in World War Two.

  • France fears Brexit consequences for EU defense capability 24 Jun 2016 | 3:27 pm

    France fears Britain may downsize its military ambitions once outside the European Union, leaving its neighbor to a role as the only significant power in the region, according to French defense ministry sources. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian published a column on Wednesday in Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper in which he urged Britons to vote to remain in the EU, stressing the importance of Britain's defense relationship with its European partners as the west battles jihadi groups in the Middle East and Africa. Speaking after Thursday's vote to leave, the sources said France still hoped that relationship could continue in some form.

  • Officials: No evidence Orlando gunman was gay 24 Jun 2016 | 3:07 pm

    FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse nightclub following a fatal shooting, in Orlando, Fla. Two government officials familiar with the Orlando shooting say FBI investigators have so far not turned up persuasive evidence that the gunman was pursuing gay relationships. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI investigators so far have not turned up persuasive evidence that Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was gay or pursuing gay relationships, according to two government officials familiar with the investigation.

  • 33 killed in renewed clashes across Yemen 24 Jun 2016 | 3:03 pm

    Yemeni loyalist forces man a checkpoint on a road on April 15, 2016 in the town of Lahej, 30km from the port city of AdenClashes in several areas across Yemen on Friday killed 22 Shiite rebels and 11 members of pro-government forces, military officials said, after peace talks hit a new barrier. Fierce battles erupted in the northern Jawf province when Huthi rebels attacked loyalists in al-Motoon district, triggering a counter attack by government forces backed by warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition, a military official said. Further south, three Huthi rebels were killed in clashes in Bayhan, Shabwa province, another military official said.

  • IS captures 900 Kurdish civilians in north Syria in 3 weeks 24 Jun 2016 | 1:46 pm

    FILE - This file image posted on the Twitter page of Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, which is consistent with AP reporting, shows Nusra Front fighters moving forward to fight against Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen at the hilltop of Khalsa village, southern Aleppo, Syria. The Syrian government has suffered serious setbacks in its campaign to retake the Islamic State's de facto capital of Raqqa, even with Russia's support. Arabic, bottom right, reads, "Jihadis on their way to Khalsa village." (Al-Nusra Front Twitter page via AP, File)BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants abducted about 900 Kurdish civilians in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo over the past three weeks, forcing the captives to build fortifications for the extremists in retaliation for a Kurdish-led assault on a nearby IS stronghold, activists said Friday.

  • Hezbollah vows to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo 24 Jun 2016 | 1:38 pm

    A Hezbollah supporter wave his group flag, as Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, center, speaks via a video link during a ceremony marking the death of Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine who was killed in in Damascus last month, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, June 24, 2016. Nasrallah says the Lebanese Shiite militant group will send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo province, where pro-government forces are battling Syrian rebels on several fronts. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah's leader said on Friday that the Lebanese militant group will be sending more fighters to Syria's Aleppo province, where pro-government forces are battling Syrian rebels on several fronts.

  • Libyan government forces repel IS counterattack in Sirte 24 Jun 2016 | 1:22 pm

    Fighters from the pro-government forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Unity hold a position as they target the Islamic State group in Sirte with air strikes to pave the way for ground troops on June 23, 2016Libya pro-government forces repelled a counterattack by the Islamic State group as they pressed their offensive to retake the jihadist coastal bastion of Sirte on Friday, a military statement said. Forces backing Libya's unity government early Friday "repelled a new counter-offensive from Daesh... in very violent clashes," the statement said, using an Arabic acronym for IS. Since May 12, pro-government forces from the west, Libyan naval forces and eastern militias have pushed the jihadists back into a residential zone of just five square kilometres (two square miles) inside the city.

  • U.N. can't verify incendiary bombs in Syria, concerned by reports 24 Jun 2016 | 12:55 pm

    The United Nations is concerned by the Syrian opposition's accusations that incendiary weapons have been used in Syria but said on Friday it is unable to verify the reports. The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee called on U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday to launch an investigation into its accusations that Russia has used air-delivered incendiary weapons and cluster bombs in Syria.

  • Hezbollah brushes off US sanctions, says money comes via Iran 24 Jun 2016 | 12:52 pm

    Supporters of Lebanon's militant Shiite movement Hezbollah watch a televised speech by Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, in the southern town of Insar, in the Nabatiyeh district on March 6, 2016Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Friday said his group would not be affected by fresh US sanctions because it receives its money directly from Iran, not via Lebanese banks. In a speech broadcast by the Shiite party's Al-Manar station, Nasrallah brushed off assertions that Hezbollah would be hurt by US sanctions on Lebanese financial institutions that work with the group.

  • Hezbollah to send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo 24 Jun 2016 | 12:39 pm

    Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah react as he addresses them from a screen during a ceremony marking the 40th day after Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an attack in Syria, in Beirut's southern suburbsThe leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement said on Friday it will send more fighters to Syria's Aleppo area, a battleground where it has suffered heavy losses fighting alongside Syrian government forces against insurgent groups. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said thousands of Hezbollah's Sunni militant foes had recently entered Syria via the Turkish border with the aim of taking over Aleppo and its surrounding countryside. "We are facing a new wave...of projects of war against Syria which are being waged in northern Syria, particularly in the Aleppo region," Nasrallah said in a speech broadcast live on the group's Al Manar TV.

  • Brexit vote a victory for populist politics 24 Jun 2016 | 12:35 pm

    Two people hold an European Union and the castle of Hardelot, the cultural center of the Entente Cordiale (the colonial-era promise of cross-channel friendship between Britain and France)in Neufchatel-Hardelot, northern FranceBritish voters' decision to leave the European Union highlighted working class dissatisfaction with the UK and Europe's ruling elite and the mass appeal of populist politics. Farage, who posed next to an anti-migrant poster emblazoned with the words "Breaking Point" during the Brexit campaign, dedicated the "Out" vote to people who have "had enough of the merchant bankers". Donald Trump's tell-it-like-it-is bluntness and disdain for both political correctness and Washington insiders has struck a chord among increasingly frustrated white working class and middle class voters in the United States.

  • Fight for Aleppo 'greatest battle' in Syria: Hezbollah chief 24 Jun 2016 | 12:19 pm

    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gives a televised address on June 24, 2016The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement said Friday that the offensive on the city of Aleppo was the "greatest battle" in Syria, pledging to dispatch more fighters to support Syrian regime forces. Hezbollah has intervened in Syria's complex war on behalf of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and has dispatched thousands of fighters to Damascus, Aleppo, and Homs provinces, among others.

  • Pope denounces 'genocide' in Armenia visit 24 Jun 2016 | 12:08 pm

    Pope Francis gives a speech as he visits the Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin, outside Yerevan, on June 24, 2016Pope Francis began his three-day visit to Armenia on Friday with a denunciation of the mass killing of Armenians a century ago by Ottoman forces as "genocide", risking Turkey's fury. The pontiff -- who is making his 14th overseas trip since he was elected in 2013 -- invoked a term Turkish authorities have vehemently rejected during a meeting with Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. "Sadly this tragedy, this genocide, was the first of the deplorable series of catastrophes of the past century," Francis said at the presidential palace in Yerevan.

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