UN Ambassador Rice says Libya attack was spontaneous

Sept. 17, 2012, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — A deadly assault on a U.S. consulate in Libya was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim video, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday, even as Libya’s president insisted the attackers spent months preparing and carefully choosing their date — the anniversary of the […]

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Afghan Boy, 6, Has Rare Surgery in NJ Hospital

LIVINGSTON, N.J. – A 6-year-old Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body has been reunited with the U.S. soldier who arranged for his rare operation at a New Jersey hospital. Muslam Hagigshah’s journey to get the care needed to live a normal life brought him from an impoverished community in eastern Afghanistan to an affluent suburb just outside New York City.

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Casualties of wars in Iraq, Afghanistan mourned while nation celebrates bin Laden’s demise

TRENTON, N.J. – Families and friends of U.S. troops recently killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan face a swirl of emotions as they bury their dead while the nation marks the killing of the terrorist mastermind of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

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Bomb rocks Jerusalem bus stop, killing woman

JERUSALEM – A bomb struck a crowded bus stop in central Jerusalem Wednesday, killing one woman and wounding more than 20 other people in what authorities said was the first major Palestinian militant attack in the city in several years. The bombing brought back memories of the second Palestinian uprising last decade.

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Israel unveils seized arms cache from cargo ship

ASHDOD, Israel – Rows of boxes, crates and containers filled with weapons stretched out on a dock Wednesday alongside a ship commandeered by Israel’s navy, a display of what Israel said was a shipment of arms, some sophisticated, to Palestinian militants in Gaza.

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Google Street View raises Israeli security fears

JERUSALEM — Google has for years fought claims its mapping and photography services infringed on personal privacy. Now the Internet giant is facing concerns from Israel that the technology could be used for terrorism.

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4 Israeli diplomatic missions closed by threats

JERUSALEM — Israel has temporarily closed at least four diplomatic missions abroad in response to threats against Israeli targets overseas, officials said Tuesday. The threats appeared tied to the third anniversary of the death of former Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

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Arab Israeli gets 9 years in prison for spying

JERUSALEM – An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an Arab-Israeli activist who confessed to spying for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants to nine years in prison. Court documents said Makhoul used encryption software to send Hezbollah information about Israeli military facilities and defense capabilities.

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Visiting the troops: Morale-booster, or photo op?

They’re a staple of wartime media coverage: High-profile trips to visit the troops by presidents and vice presidents, members of congress and top military officials. But do these visits really have an impact on troop morale, and to what extent are they photo opportunities intended for domestic consumption?

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War veterans hold different views of midterms

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Many active-duty and retired service members who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq say they’ve withdrawn from politics because of their experiences. Others find themselves in the center of today’s political battlefield.

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