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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi speaks to The Associated Press during an interview at the presidential palace in Cairo, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. In the background is a 1930s era carpet depicting a map of Egypt. In his first interview with foreign media since taking office in June, el-Sissi has told AP he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group but says military action is not the only answer. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world’s alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East. The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt’s first freely elected president and his ferocious crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 and imprisoned more than … 0

Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war

Saturday, September 20, 2014

President Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago. But military experts both inside and outside the administration argue that even more may be needed for the mission to succeed, including embedding U.S. ground troops with Iraqi security forces who are … 0

IRAQ: France joins U.S. bombing

Saturday, September 20, 2014

France is back at America’s side in conducting military strikes in Iraq. More than a decade after spurning President George W. Bush’s war against Saddam Hussein, France yesterday became the first country to join U.S. forces pounding targets inside Iraq from the air in recent weeks – this time in pursuit of militants … 0

Spirituality at the speedway: Rise Again group reaches out to fans

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Small miracles have taken place on the grassy hill overlooking the infield at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Just ask Jim Dufour, who will tell you about a woman who stumbled on the ministry during race weekend a decade … 1

3-D printer may reinvent space

Friday, September 19, 2014

The 3-D printing boom is about to invade space. NASA is sending a 3-D printer to the International Space Station in hopes that astronauts will be able to one day fix their spacecraft by cranking out spare parts … 0

Fierce fighting in Yemeni capital kills 120

Friday, September 19, 2014

Shiite rebels and Sunni militiamen battled for a second day yesterday in clashes that have killed at least 120 people and shaken the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The violence raises fears that the chronically unstable country could be … 0

Buffer zone agreed on in Ukrainian peace talks

Friday, September 19, 2014

Negotiators in Ukrainian peace talks agreed last night to create a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants and withdraw heavy weapons and foreign fighters in order to ensure a stable truce in eastern Ukraine. The … 0

Sierra Leone begins 3-day Ebola lockdown

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sierra Leone confined its 6 million people to their homes yesterday for the next three days as the Ebola-ravaged West African country began what was believed to be the most sweeping lockdown against disease since the Middle Ages. … 0

Yahoo cashes in with Alibaba investment

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon. The latest windfall came with Alibaba’s record-setting IPO completed late Thursday, in which … 0

License plate scanner networks capture movements

Friday, September 19, 2014

A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license … 0

Nation & world briefs, Sept. 20

Friday, September 19, 2014

Georgia Guilty verdict in salmonella trial More than five years after hundreds of Americans got sick from eating salmonella-tainted peanut butter, the top executive at the Georgia plant where it was made was convicted yesterday and faces prison time in a rare food-poisoning trial that advocates said sends … 0

Satanists want to give out materials in Florida schools

Friday, September 19, 2014

A religious group called The Satanic Temple is making plans to hand out literature in Florida’s Orange County Public Schools later this school year, following distributions by atheist and evangelical Christian groups. The New York-based Satanist group hopes to use a distribution as a form of protest. “If … 0

Strong Senate vote for Obama on Syria rebel aid

Friday, September 19, 2014

In the heat of an election campaign, Congress cleared the way for the U.S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State militants last night, reluctant ratification of a new strategy that President … 0