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Russian and Ukrainian President Discuss Crisis in Eastern Ukraine


iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Amid news that 10 Russian paratroopers had been captured in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met for the first time since the conflict between the two countries began last winter.Neither side spoke about what happened during the two-hour session following an economic summit in Minsk although Putin told reporters beforehand that both he and his Ukrainian counterpart feel that hostilities can't be solved militarily.Puti

UK Police Ask Public to Help Identify Potential Homegrown Terrorists


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley of the Metropolitan Police Service in London said on Tuesday that there have been five times as many terrorism-related arrests made in the U.K. in 2014 than at this point last year.In an appeal to the public to "help identify aspiring terrorists" who may be traveling abroad, returning, or "showing signs of becoming radicalised," Rowley referenced the death of American journalist James Foley -- the video of which was posted

Pentagon Confirms Incident Between US Coast Guard and Iranian Fishing Boat


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed on Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard had fired a single shot at a small Iranian fishing boat.Kirby said at Tuesday's briefing that the Iranian boat, a small dhow, had been the subject of a brief incident. The crew of a U.S. Coast Guard boat, which regularly patrols the Persian Gulf, spotted the dhow, and saw a "machine gun or small arms weapon" pointed at the Coast Guard boat, Kirby said.The Coast Gu

US Military Conducts Two More Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ERBIL, Iraq) -- U.S. military forces conducted a pair of airstrikes against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, bringing the total number of strikes in Iraq since Aug. 8 to 98.The strikes were confirmed by U.S. Central Command on Tuesday evening. Centcom says that the two strikes utilized attack aircraft and destroyed two of ISIS' armed vehicles and damaged a third.The latest strikes were part of the ongoing effort to support Iraqi security force

American Jihadi Killed in Syria Fighting, White House Says


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ALEPPO, Syria) --  A Chicago-born jihadist has been killed while fighting in Syria, the White House said Tuesday -- purportedly for the terrorist group ISIS.Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was among several ISIS militants the Free Syrian Army claimed on Twitter had been killed over the weekend in fighting for the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo. Caitlin Hayden, a spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said the administration was &ldqu

Hagel Announces Increased International Aid to Kurdish Forces in Iraq


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) -- On Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that a number of nations, in addition to the U.S., will commit to providing aid to Kurdish forces in need of arms and equipment in the battle against militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.Hagel commissioned a working group about two weeks ago in an effort to resupply the Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. Among the foreign nations now committed to supplying aid are Albania, Canada, Croatia,

Israel Accepts Cease-Fire Plan to End War Against Hamas


iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- After 50 days of fighting in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas have agreed to a new open-ended cease-fire that began at noon eastern time on Tuesday.Shortly after the truce began at 7 p.m. local time, a number of rockets were fired onto Southern Israel, but now the attacks have stopped and Israeli is holding its fire.The strongest indication that this conflict may have finally ended is the reaction on the streets of Gaza -- thousands of Palestinians have poured into the

ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A third American hostage held by ISIS has been identified as a 26-year-old American woman who was kidnapped a year ago while doing humanitarian relief work in Syria. The terror group is demanding $6.6 million and the release of U.S. prisoners for the life of the young woman, who the family requested not be identified.She is the third of at least four Americans who were known to be held by ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. American journalist James Foley

Former Archbishop Accused of Sex Abuse Loses Diplomatic Immunity


iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- The Vatican says a former archbishop and ambassador it defrocked after he allegedly paid for sex with children has lost his diplomatic immunity and could be criminally tried in the Dominican Republic, where he's accused of the crimes.Last summer, Bishop Josef Wesolowski was caught paying for sex with children in the Caribbean country. Months later, he was found guilty under canon law by a Vatican tribunal and defrocked.The former archbishop also faces a criminal trial

Search Underway for American Student Missing in Israel


iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) -- A large search is underway in the Jerusalem Forest for an American student who never came back from a hike on Friday. Police units, search and rescue teams and dozens of volunteers are fanning out across the forest to try to find Aaron Sofer, a 23-year-old Orthodox Jew from Lakewood, New Jersey.Sofer had come to Jerusalem to study in a Yeshiva, or Jewish seminary. He disappeared Friday while hiking with a friend who told Israeli Police the two had split up to take

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