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US Says China Tested Anti-satellite Missile

Associated Press | Jul 26, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions.   State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the "non-destructive" test occurred Wednesday. She said a previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debr... more

Afghan Taliban Leader Warns against Pact With US

Associated Press | Jul 26, 2014

KABUL, Afghanistan -- In a blow to hopes for peace talks, the Taliban's reclusive leader warned Friday that a bilateral security pact allowing thousands of U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.   The Americans and NATO allies are winding down combat operations but want to leave a residual force... more

US: Russia is Firing across Border into Ukraine

Ukraine sailors prepare to protect their base against Russian intrusion at Novoozernaya, Crimea, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Sergei L. Loiko/Los Angeles Times)

Associated Press | Jul 26, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine -- Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.   Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border on a Russian vi... more

In Gaza Lull, Residents Return to Destroyed Areas

Associated Press | Jul 26, 2014

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip -- Thousands of Gaza residents who had fled Israel-Hamas fighting streamed back to devastated border areas during a lull Saturday to find large-scale destruction: scores of homes were pulverized, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets.   The 12-hour truce was the only apparent outcome from a high... more

Some in 'Torture' Report Denied Chance to Read It

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Associated Press | Jul 26, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. -- About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.   Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be a... more

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