Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

ISTANBUL - Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

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Israel approves new homes in settlement after demolishing two buildings at site

JERUSALEM - Israel gave final approval on Wednesday for plans to build 300 new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, announcing the move as it carried out a court demolition order against two vacant apartment blocs at the site.

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Russians hackers used Twitter, photos to reach U.S. computers: report

SAN FRANCISCO - Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign.

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Afghanistan investigating reports of Taliban leader's death

KABUL - Afghanistan said on Wednesday it was investigating reports that Mullah Omar, leader of the militant Taliban movement behind an escalating insurgency, was dead.

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Kerry warns Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

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Part of Pentagon email network taken down over suspicious activity

WASHINGTON - An unclassified email network used by Army General Martin Dempsey and other members of the U.S. military's Joint Staff has been taken off line because of suspicious activity, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

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Obamacare case to be turned against government on emissions rule

WASHINGTON - Opponents of President Barack Obama's soon-to-be-implemented policy to cut carbon emissions from power plants are planning to use an unlikely and potentially potent weapon against him: the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that saved Obamacare.

Israeli drone strike in Syria kills two near frontier: Hezbollah's al-Manar TV

BEIRUT - An air strike by an Israeli surveillance plane hit a car in Quneitra province in southwestern Syria on Wednesday, killing two members of a militia fighting alongside the Syrian military, Hezbollah's al-Manar TV reported.