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10 things to know, Thursday, June 25

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Who is the latest person arrested in prison break Prison guard Gene Palmer, who delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped, faces arraignment. 2. Slain pastor’s legacy lives on Parishioners of Read More…

Islamic State pushes back, launches attacks in northern Syria

BEIRUT — Islamic State militants launched two major attacks in northern Syria on Thursday, storming government-held areas in the mostly Kurdish city of Hassakeh and pushing into Kobani — the Syrian Kurdish border town they were expelled from early this year — where they set off three cars bombs, killing and wounding dozens, activists and Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, June 16

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Al-Qaida confirms U.S. strike killed leader of Yemen affiliate The death of Nasir al-Wahishi is announced in a video statement. It’s the biggest blow for the militant network since the death of Osama bin Laden. 2. Rachel Read More…

Kurds take Syrian border town, cutting Islamic State’s supply lines

BEIRUT — Kurdish fighters took full control of the border town of Tal Abyad on Tuesday, dealing a major blow to the Islamic State group’s ability to wage war in Syria by cutting off a vital supply line to its self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. A senior Kurdish commander, Haqi Kobane, told The Associated Press that Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, June 11

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: 1. Manhunt for escaped killers expands to Vermont Authorities believe the convicted murderers talked about slipping into the neighboring state thinking there would be less police presence there. 2. Who is defending Texas officer recorded in pool party Read More…

Body of American fighting Islamic State returned to family

BEIRUT — The body of an American who died fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group in Syria was handed over on Thursday to his family at a Turkish border crossing, a Kurdish official said. Hundreds of people turned up in the Kurdish town of Kobani to bid farewell to Keith Broomfield before Read More…

Iraq calls for more intelligence, actions from allies against Islamic State

PARIS — Iraq’s prime minister has called for more intelligence and more action from international allies against Islamic State extremists. Haider al-Abadi says the flow of foreign fighters across the border into Iraq has not slowed, and the radical Sunni group now is majority foreign. A year ago, he said, it was 60 percent Iraqi. Read More…

Problems in Middle East spark Graham’s presidential run

CENTRAL, S.C. — Lindsey Graham will formally launch his bid for president in the small South Carolina town where he grew up. His White House ambitions are rooted half a world away in the Middle East. When kicking off his campaign Monday, South Carolina’s senior senator is sure to blast President Barack Obama’s withdrawal of Read More…

For women jihadis, Syria is one-way trip

PARIS — When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return. Only two of the approximately 600 Read More…

Honeymoon in Raqqa: Islamic State sets up welfare system to recruit, retain warriors

BEIRUT — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on Read More…