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  • US reviewing how it deals with families of American hostages

    WASHINGTON The Obama administration is reviewing its policies for helping the families of Americans held hostage overseas, following criticism from Congress and families of captives later executed by the Islamic State. Obama directed the review over...
  • Obama administration reviewing hostage policies, but not ransom ban

    President Obama has ordered a review of his administration’s handling of kidnappings by terrorist organizations, the White House confirmed Tuesday, but that review does not include a reconsideration of U.S. policy against paying ransom for hostages....
  • Senate falls short on Keystone, battle looms with Obama next year

    WASHINGTON The Senate failed to vote for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Tuesday, rebuffing a Democratic senator fighting for her political career and setting up a confrontation between President Barack Obama and a Republican-controlled...
  • Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate

    Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate
    A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senateon Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported.  The measure fell just short of the 60 votes needed for...
  • Pentagon to double U.S. force in Iraq to help fight Islamic State

    The Pentagon will send up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, more than doubling the size of the U.S. force assisting Iraqi and Kurdish troops battling Islamic State militants, the White House said Friday. For the first time since U.S. troops returned...
  • Israel lifts age limit on Muslim men praying at Jerusalem holy site

    For the first time in weeks, Israel lifted age restrictions for Muslim men wanting to pray at a holy site in the walled Old City, and Friday prayers passed peacefully, raising hopes for a cooling of tensions in the wake of a visit to the region by...
  • Republicans in Congress poised to clash with Obama over environment

    Republicans in Congress poised to clash with Obama over environment
    Despite postelection nods toward cooperation, Republicans, who will hold the majority in Congress next year, appear poised to clash with President Obama over a range of energy and environmental issues, including the controversial Keystone XL pipeline...
  • Aasif Mandvi on 'No Land's Man'

     Aasif Mandvi on 'No Land's Man'
    As "senior brown correspondent" (and sometimes "senior Muslim correspondent"), Aasif Mandvi is often one of the funniest performers on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." But in real life, Mandvi — whose family emigrated from India...
  • Foreign students flock to US, set record in 2013

    WASHINGTON The number of international students in the United States last year rose to a record 886,052, with China by far leading as the nation sending the most students for the fifth year in a row, according to data to be released on Monday by the...
  • Infected, cured of Ebola and still committed to doing good

    WICHITA, Kan. It's something no one should have to tell the person they love. But David Writebol had to tell his wife of 40 years. They'd both already seen the effects of Ebola. At first there were just reports from northern Liberia, which borders...
  • Doctor, whose family lives in Md., flown to Nebraska for Ebola treatment

    Doctor, whose family lives in Md., flown to Nebraska for Ebola treatment
    A surgeon from Sierra Leone, critically ill with Ebola, was flown to a Nebraska hospital for treatment on Saturday, and is sicker than previous patients treated in the United States, medical officials said. Dr. Martin Salia, 44, whose family lives in...