Saudi King Abdullah Dies, Prince Salman Named as Successor

In this Nov. 22, 2010, file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, left, speaks with Prince Salman, the Saudi King's brother and Riyadh governor, right. AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who fought al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom, including by nudging open greater opportunities for women, has died. He was 90. A royal court statement said the king died at 1 a.m. on Friday. His successor was announced as 79-year-old... more

US Deploying Troops to Ukraine to Train its National Guard

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The U.S. military plans to deploy troops to Ukraine this spring to train four companies in the Ukrainian National Guard, according to the commander of U.S. Army Europe. Lt. Gen. Frederick Ben Hodges led a U.S. command delegation to Kiev on Wednesday to begin evaluating the situation in Ukraine's restive southeastern regions. American soldiers ... more

Russia, Ukraine Agree Pullback Line for Heavy Arms

People pay their respects to the body of serviceman Thomas Sukhiashvili, a Georgian national who was killed in fighting against Russian-backed separatists, during a commemoration ceremony in Kiev, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

BERLIN — Diplomats from Russia and Ukraine agreed Wednesday on a dividing line from where both sides should pull back their heavy weapons, just hours after separatist forces deployed more arms and manpower to an emerging flashpoint in eastern Ukraine. Germany's Foreign Minister, who hosted a meeting of his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and ... more

Iraq Coalition Tensions Emerge in Islamic State Fight

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi addresses members of the UN Security Council, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, at U.N. headquarters (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

BAGHDAD — Iraqi commanders heavily dependent on outside support to defeat the Islamic State group are increasingly voicing frustration over the U.S.-led coalition's efforts, complaining of miscommunication, failed deliveries of weapons, inadequate training and differences in strategy. Speaking to The Associated Press this week, Iraqi Prime Min... more

Navy Ships Patrol Waters off Yemen Coast as Rebels Takeover Country

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Several U.S. Navy amphibious assault ships are now on stand-by off the coast of Yemen to assist with an evacuation of U.S. personnel should ongoing violence in the country prompt the State Department to make that order. The two ships are patrolling the waters as the Houthi Muslim rebels have taken control of the Yemen capital after the cou... more

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