Hollande says U.S., France to step up strikes in Syria, Iraq

French President Francois Hollande said the U.S. and France have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target Islamic State militants after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.


In taking economic war to Islamic State, U.S. developing new tools

U.S. warplanes have struck Islamic State's oil infrastructure in Syria in a stepped-up campaign of economic warfare that the U.S. estimates has cut the group's black-market earnings from oil by about a third.


Kerry says more cooperation with Russia possible, seeks to reassure opposition

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday the United States could broaden military cooperation with Russia in Syria, but that such a move should not deter opposition groups trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


World leaders seek new path to slow warming of planet

Next week, in the waning days of what is set to be the hottest year on record, world leaders meet on the outskirts of Paris for a summit that seeks nothing less than to steer the global economy away from its ever-growing reliance on fossil fuels.


Obama defends TPP secrecy, says now is chance for debate

U.S. President Barack Obama launched a defense on Friday of a signature Pacific trade pact kept largely under wraps and said the public would get its say before legislators in each country debate the full details.


House passes bill to slow Syrian refugees despite Obama veto threat

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on to suspend the program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year and then intensify the process of screening them.


Suspected mastermind of Paris attacks killed in raid

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian militant, who had boasted of mounting attacks in Europe for the Islamic State, was accused of orchestrating Friday's coordinated bombings and shootings in the French capital, which killed 129 people.


Republicans, defying Obama, propose tightening Syrian refugee screening

House Republican lawmakers defied President Barack Obama on Wednesday and laid out plans to tighten screening of Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks, in a political fight that challenges the U.S. view of itself as a refuge for downtrodden immigrants.


Two die in police raid targeting suspected Paris attack mastermind

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up and another militant died on Wednesday when police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb of St. Denis seeking suspects in last week's attacks in the French capital.


New bill in Congress proposes stricter vetting of refugees

The Syrian refugee crisis is dividing American politicians, given the choice between yielding to fears of importing terrorists or honoring the United States' traditional welcoming role.


France, Russia strike Islamic State in Syria, EU aid invoked

France and Russia both staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday as Paris formally requested European Union assistance in its fight against the group behind last Friday's bloody attacks on the French capital.


U.S. refugee advocates urge governors not to ‘panic’ on Syria

Republicans could use a must-pass spending bill to block President Barack Obama's plan to accept Syrian refugees, saying the Paris attacks prove they pose too much of a threat.


Obama rules out U.S. troops on the ground to fight Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday ruled out a shift in strategy in the fight against the Islamic State despite the deadly attacks in Paris last week, saying putting U.S. troops on the ground to combat the group "would be a mistake."


Obama urges Russia to join renewed effort to eliminate Islamic State

President Barack Obama vowed to step up efforts to eliminate ISIS and prevent more attacks like those in Paris, while urging Russia's Vladimir Putin to focus on combating the jihadist group in Syria.


French police raid homes, vow it’s ‘just the beginning’

Police raided homes of suspected Islamist militants across France overnight following the Paris attacks, and a source close to the investigation said a Belgian national in Syria was suspected of orchestrating Friday's mayhem.


France in shock after Islamist attacks kill 129

French prosecutors said three coordinated teams of gunmen and suicide bombers carried out a wave of attacks across Paris that killed 129 people in what President Francois Hollande called an "act of war" by Islamic State.

ith the Brandenburg Gate, illuminated in the French national colors, in the background, people lay down flowers and light candles for the victims killed in the Friday's attacks in Paris, France, in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. French President Francois Hollande said more than 120 people died Friday night in shootings at Paris cafes, suicide bombings near France's national stadium and a hostage-taking slaughter inside a concert hall. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

PHOTOS: Paris after the attacks

See a collection of moving images from the aftermath of the attacks in Paris.


New York, other U.S. cities beef up security after Paris attacks

New York, Boston and other cities in the U.S. bolstered security Friday night after gun and bomb attacks on civilians in Paris.


U.S. targets ‘Jihadi John’ in Syria air strike

The U.S. military is "reasonably certain" a drone strike had killed Jihadi John, Islamic State's "lead executioner" and a symbol of the militant group's brutality.


Climate change ruling looms over immigration case

The conservative legal challenge to President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, in line for U.S. Supreme Court review, would force the justices to wrestle with their own conflicting votes on when states have a legal right to sue the federal government.

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