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NATO coalition in Afghanistan shrinking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alongside the exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, soldiers who hail from countries like Singapore and Slovenia, Mongolia and Malaysia have been packing up too, leaving behind an ever-shrinking NATO coalition....

Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But the trip also serves as schooling for Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy experience....

US family grieving over new beheading video
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants....

Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering NATO's security commitments to nervous member states near the Russian border....

Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle there on Monday night, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday....

Memo: No wrongdoing in handling child immigrants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal investigation that included surprise inspections was unable to substantiate 16 accusations by advocacy groups that the government packed into frigid cells children caught crossing the border alone, made them sleep on hard floors and provided inadequate food and medical care. Other claims about treatment of the children are still under review, according to the Homeland Security Department....

US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new service....

Russia investment fund hides US advisers' names
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A $10 billion investment fund backed by the Russian government that has avoided being targeted by U.S. economic sanctions over the invasion of Ukraine redesigned its website Tuesday and made it more difficult to find names of prominent U.S. and European executives on its international advisory board....

Judge cautions Blackwater jury on immunity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge Tuesday urged jurors in the criminal case against four Blackwater security guards to proceed with caution when assessing testimony by the defendants' former colleagues given under immunity....

Paul Ryan blames Obama in rise of Islamic State
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist in two weeks....

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