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  • Former CIA leader defends drone strikes, torture 
    Updated: May-04-15 2:57 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama ordered a barrage of CIA drone strikes in Yemen in 2013 that killed the al-Qaida operatives behind the most serious plotting against American interests in years, a former CIA leader says in a new memoir that broadly defends the targeted killing of terrorists.

  • US gives $45 million to help Kenya with refugee crisis story has photos
    Updated: May-04-15 12:56 pm

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The United States said Monday it will give $45 million to help Kenya deal with an increasingly complex refugee crisis in a region long defined by Somalia's endemic violence, but where war in nearby Yemen is now creating conditions so dire that some people are even fleeing to Somalia.

  • Under-fire German spy chief says his agency not a 'US tool' 
    Updated: May-04-15 9:07 am

    BERLIN - Germany's top spy has rejected opposition charges that the country's foreign intelligence agency acted against national interests in cooperating with U.S. counterparts.

  • Secretary of Homeland Security to deliver Landon Lecture 
    Updated: May-04-15 8:28 am

    MANHATTAN, Kansas - The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, will deliver a Landon Lecture on May 27 at Kansas State University.

  • Summer camps with a mission: To create cybersecurity experts story has photos
    Updated: May-02-15 12:11 pm

    MONTPELIER, Vermont - At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the chance to fly drones and earn special patches.

  • Homeland Security secretary speaks at graduation in Florida 
    Updated: May-02-15 3:05 am

    MIAMI GARDENS, Florida - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will deliver the commencement address at Florida Memorial University.

  • Some Muslim groups concerned about terror prevention program 
    Updated: May-01-15 7:24 pm

    MINNEAPOLIS - About 40 Muslim groups in Minnesota are voicing concern about a federal program designed to fight terror recruiting, according to a statement sent out Friday by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

  • US commander: Loss of military toehold in Yemen is worrisome 
    Updated: May-01-15 3:01 pm

    WASHINGTON - The top commander of U.S. special operations forces is expressing "very great concern" about losing a presence on the ground in Yemen, where his forces had been working with Yemeni forces against al-Qaida's affiliate there.

  • Airbus to take legal action over alleged German, US spying 
    Updated: May-01-15 12:25 pm

    BERLIN - European aviation company Airbus said Friday it is taking legal action following reports that it was targeted by German and U.S. intelligence agencies.

  • Pakistanis see double standard in drone strikes story has photos
    Updated: May-01-15 6:51 am

    ISLAMABAD - People in Pakistan who live under the threat of U.S. drone strikes see a double standard at work in Washington.

  • House panel targets 'glaring management failures' at EPA 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 4:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Oversight Committee blasted the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday for what he called "glaring management failures" that included promoting a senior employee even though he had been accused of sexual harassment and allowing three other employees to continue working at the agency despite admitting they watched pornography on the job.

  • DHS No. 2 regrets perception of favoritism in visa cases story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 3:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas steadfastly defended his work on three foreign-investor visa cases while testifying before a House committee Thursday, following allegations that he used his post to help well-connected Democrats.

  • Germany foils suspected Boston-style attack, officials say story has photos
    Updated: Apr-30-15 2:25 pm

    BERLIN - German authorities foiled what they believe may have been an imminent Boston Marathon-style attack on a professional cycling race planned for Friday, seizing a cache of weapons, including a pipe bomb, and chemicals that can be used to make explosives in a raid on a suspected Islamic extremist's home outside Frankfurt.

  • House reaches deal on bill to end NSA phone collection 
    Updated: Apr-30-15 1:10 pm

    WASHINGTON - House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that would end the National Security Agency's controversial collection of American phone records, but the measure faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

  • Obama lives up to pledge to slow immigrant deportations story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 8:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has failed to live up to a campaign promise to push through immigration legislation, but he has met a postelection pledge to slow deportations with or without approval from Congress.

  • Cyprus, Egypt, Greece to boost ties on combatting terrorism story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-15 10:52 am

    NICOSIA, Cyprus - The leaders of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed Wednesday to step up cooperation on combatting terrorism amid fears that worsening security conditions in neighboring countries such as Libya could threaten the region.

  • French troops budget boosted to sustain anti-terror mission 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 5:25 am

    PARIS - French president Francois Hollande says he has decided to increase the military budget by 3.8 billion euros ($4.2 billion) between now and 2019 to allow troops to fulfill their anti-terror mission.

  • CIA manager who had been removed from his job is back 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 10:49 am

    WASHINGTON - A top CIA manager who had been removed from his job last year for abusive management has been named to a senior role in the agency department that conducts drone strikes.

  • Deaths raise questions about ways to aid abducted Americans story has video
    Updated: Apr-25-15 3:16 am

    WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of two hostages in a U.S. operation against al-Qaida has put a new spotlight on the Obama administration's reliance on drones in the battle against terrorism - and has also raised pressure on the White House to revise the nation's oft-criticized strategy for dealing with abducted Americans and their families.

  • Obama defends US intelligence after hostage deaths story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:31 pm

    MCLEAN, Virginia - A day after revealing an intelligence failure that cost the lives of two al-Qaida hostages, President Barack Obama on Friday praised the nation's spying operations as the most capable in the world while promising a review aimed at preventing future mistakes.

  • Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-24-15 7:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.

  • Italian authorities: Terror suspects planned Vatican attack story has photos
    Updated: Apr-24-15 11:01 am

    MILAN - Islamic extremists suspected in a bomb attack in a Pakistani market that killed more than 100 people had also planned an attack against the Vatican in 2010 that was never carried out, an Italian prosecutor said Friday.

  • American, Italian hostages killed in US drone strike story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-23-15 4:44 pm

    WASHINGTON - Blaming the "fog of war," President Barack Obama revealed Thursday that U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and an Italian, two hostages held by al-Qaida, as well as two other Americans who had leadership roles with the terror network.

  • Mistaken killings by US drone show limits of spycraft 
    Updated: Apr-23-15 4:37 pm

    WASHINGTON - The accidental killing of al-Qaida hostages in Pakistan by a U.S. drone, which President Barack Obama called a regrettable mistake, illustrates the limitations of U.S. intelligence even in a region that has been closely watched for more than a decade.

  • Experts say drone strikes appear in bounds of US law story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-23-15 4:20 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Thursday that recent U.S. strikes that killed Americans were consistent with guidelines for counterterrorism efforts, and experts say the attacks appear to have been within the bounds of U.S. law despite what the president called "deadly mistakes."