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US Troops to Deploy to Iraq in January to Train, Advise Iraqi Security Forces


Marcio Silva/iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- U.S. troops will arrive in Iraq in January in order to begin training and advising Iraqi security forces.At a Friday press briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that 1,300 Americans will head to Iraq in January. About 1,000 of those troops will come from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, with 300 or so coming from other services.The U.S. plans to establish four main training areas -- in Baghdad, Erbil, Anbar and a fourth near Bag

Cost of US Airstrikes Targeting ISIS Surpasses $1 Billion


pablographix/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The cost of airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has surpassed $1 billion, the Pentagon said Friday.The U.S. has been conducting airstrikes targeting ISIS in Iraq since Aug. 8. Strikes in Syria began in September. The Pentagon said Friday that the total cost of operations has reached $1.02 billion as of Dec. 11. The average daily cost is $8.1 million.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d

These American Fugitives May Be Hiding Out in Cuba


FBI(NEW YORK) -- Former prisoner Alan Gross was thrilled to return to America from Cuba earlier this week but there are dozens of other Americans who are in the country for other reasons -- and probably don't plan on leaving.Cuba has been a haven for American fugitives for decades, but now that the two countries are restoring diplomatic relations their hideout might not be an option much longer."We will continue to press for the return of U.S. fugitives in Cuba to pursue justice for the victims

How Scientists Found Deepest-Ever Fish 5 Miles Down


University of Aberdeen(NEW YORK) -- An underwater voyage has found an unidentified species of fish more than 5 miles down -- deeper than any other fish has ever been found before.The white, translucent fish, found in early December in the Mariana Trench below the Pacific Ocean, was 8,145 meters, or about five miles, below the surface, breaking the previous record of 7,700 meters set in 2011 by the pink gelatinous snailfish in the Japan Trench of the Pacific Ocean by almost 500 meters, or 1,640 f

Putin Opposition Leader Facing 10-Year Prison Term


Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The day after President Vladimir Putin insisted Russia was not repressing his political opponents, Putin’s biggest critic is facing a lengthy prison term. Russian prosecutors announced Friday they are seeking a 10-year prison term for opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Navalny and his brother are on trial for what he says are trumped up corruption charges aimed at silencing Putin’s opponents. On Thursday, Putin denied there is any cam

NASA Can See Christmas Lights from Space


NASA's Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen(NEW YORK) — Those twinkling holiday lights illuminating suburban streets can even be seen from space.Using data from a satellite run by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, researchers determined that patterns of light intensity changed during the major holidays.In the United States, that means the lights shine brightest between Black Friday and New Year's, while in the Middle East they're most visible during Ramadan.The data wa

NASA's Kepler Finds New Planet Outside Our Solar System


NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T Pyle(NEW YORK) -- The Kepler space telescope has discovered a planet outside our solar system more than a year after its mission came to an end because of a technical failure.The new "exoplanet," which means it doesn't orbit Earth's sun, is 2.5 times the diameter of the Earth. The planet is named HIP 116454b, NASA said Thursday.Kepler's mission came to an end in May 2013 with the failure of the second of four reaction wheels, which are used to stabilize the spacecraft. Bu

Pope Francis Celebrates Birthday by Donating 400 Sleeping Bags


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- After Pope Francis got a cake and an impromptu tango flash mob for his 78th birthday Wednesday, he made sure Rome’s homeless got a gift, too -- sleeping bags emblazoned with the papal coat of arms.The pontiff donated 400 of the sleeping bags to homeless people in the Italian capital, the Vatican said, continuing his tradition of helping the poor on his birthday.Members of the pope’s famed Swiss Guard and volunteers handed out hundreds of the sleep

Kim Jong-un Invited to Russia for Victory Day Celebration


KNS/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been invited to Moscow, the Kremlin confirmed to Russian media.Kim has been invited to attend the Victory Day celebration in Red Square in May, which next year will honor the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany, TASS reported.If he accepts, it would be Kim’s first trip abroad since taking power after his father’s death in 2011. North Korea recently declared the end to a three-year mourning peri

The Slow Process Towards 'Normalization' with Cuba Begins


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama's announcement Wednesday for a new chapter in diplomatic relations with Cuba is just the beginning of a slow process towards “normalization,” according to the State Department.Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson will be traveling with a team to Havana in January to discuss the details.Jacobson says the process of restoration of diplomatic relations begins with an exchange of letters or notes stating the desire to establi

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