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Iran Enters Iraqi Fight for Key Oil Refinery, US Officials Say

Displaced civilians from Ramadi wait to receive humanitarian aid from the United Nations in a camp in the town of Amiriyat al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

WASHINGTON -- Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops -- including some operating artillery and other heavy weapons -- in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces, U.S. defense officials said Friday. Two U.S. defense officials said Iranian forces have tak... more

China's Actions Mean Larger Role for One of Navy's Newest Planes

A P-8A Poseidon takes off from a Boeing facility in Seattle earlier this year, marking the 20th overall production model for the U.S. Navy. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Boeing)

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The P-8A Poseidons that patrol over the South China Sea's disputed territory don't end up on many posters, nor are they likely to dethrone fighter planes as Hollywood's favorite military aircraft. The P-8, modeled after the Boeing 737, looks from afar like an average commercial flight headed from Cleveland to Omaha.... more

House to Senate: Pass our Bill or NSA Programs 'Go Dark'

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky walks to a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House and Senate Republicans were locked in an escalating standoff Friday over legislation reining in the National Security Agency, with lawmakers warning surveillance programs could "go dark" in a matter of days if they don't reach an agreement. The standoff concerns a pair of dueling bills. With Patriot Act authorization for NSA data collect... more

'Insane Schedule' Begins for WWI Memorial Design, Construction

Edwin Fountain, vice chairman of the World War One Centennial Commission, announces the start of the National World War I Memorial Design Competition at the National Press Club on May 21, 2015. (Photo by Carlos Bongioanni/Stars and Stripes)

WASHINGTON -- If you ever wanted to design a war memorial with the possibility of having it built, now's your chance. The National World War I Memorial Design Competition officially kicked off Thursday. It's open to all, and there's a $25,000 cash prize for each of the designs selected as finalists in the second round of the contest. The winni... more

Hundreds of North Korean Spies at Large, Defector Says

In this Tuesday, May 5, 2015, photo, a man uses his smartphone in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean spies are active around the world including in the United States, a former spy for Pyongyang said. Speaking to CNN in Seoul on Thursday, North Korean defector and former spy Kang Myong-do said North Korean spies are operating in the "hundreds." In the United States, they attempt to lure Korean Americans into their ranks -- individ... more

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