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VP Biden Praises Japan's New Military Policy

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, is welcomed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prior to their talks at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013.

Associated Press | Aug 01, 2014

WASHINGTON  — Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries. Biden spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday. The White House says the two agreed that Japan's policy will strengthen U.S.-Japanese ties and help Japan contribute ... more

Obama Takes Tougher Line against Gaza Casualties

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Associated Press | Jul 31, 2014

WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting civilian casualties stemming from its ground and air war against Hamas. The U.S. frustrations were compounded by a... more

With Israel at War, US Lawmakers Give Full Support

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Associated Press | Jul 29, 2014

WASHINGTON — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to stop violence that has killed more than 1,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 40 Israe... more

US Evacuates Embassy in Libya with F-16 Support

US and Libyan flags | Jul 27, 2014

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 U.S. State Department staff members including the Marine guards were evacuated safely Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Libya by convoy to Tunisia as Air Force F-16 fighters flew cover overhead. Embassy personnel reportedly destroyed classified documents or carried them away before joining the column of vehicles on t... more

Hamas Tunnel Threat At Center of War With Israel

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 file photo, Israeli soldiers enter a tunnel discovered near the Israel Gaza border (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, File)

Associated Press | Jul 25, 2014

JERUSALEM — A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel — dubbed "lower Gaza" by the Israeli military — is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel. Gaza's Hamas rulers view them as a military game changer in its conflict with Israel. The Israeli military says the tunnels pose a serious threat ... more

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