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  • US struggling to build anti-Islamic State strategy in Libya 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:29 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is struggling to find the right mix of military and diplomatic moves to stop the Islamic State in Libya, where the extremist group has taken advantage of the political chaos in the country to gain a foothold with worrying implications for the U.S. and Europe - particularly Italy, just 300 miles away.

  • Obama visits US mosque, says impression of Muslims distorted story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-03-16 3:25 pm

    CATONSVILLE, Maryland - President Barack Obama sought Wednesday to correct what he called a "hugely distorted impression" of Muslim-Americans as he made his first visit to a U.S. mosque. He said those who demonize all Muslims for the acts of a few are playing into extremists' hands.

  • High hopes, wide gulf as Obama, GOP look for common ground story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 6:23 pm

    WASHINGTON - Can President Barack Obama and Republicans put aside years of ill will to secure a few big breakthroughs in Obama's final year? Don't get your hopes up.

  • FBI creates Facebook page in Farsi for case of missing agent story has photos
    Updated: Feb-02-16 2:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - The FBI has launched a Facebook page in Farsi to solicit tips on the whereabouts of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran nine years ago.

  • The Latest: US looking closely at UK report on Litvinenko story has photos
    Updated: Jan-21-16 2:02 pm

    LONDON - The latest developments in the lengthy British public inquiry into the 2006 poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

  • Obama tours auto show, pledges help for Flint's water crisis story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-20-16 8:31 pm

    DETROIT - President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the revival of the nation's auto industry while acknowledging the water crisis in nearby Flint, Michigan, saying the detection of high levels of lead serve as a reminder that the government can't shortchange basic services.

  • High court could give Obama his final chance on immigration 
    Updated: Jan-20-16 4:07 am

    WASHINGTON - After seven years, 2 million-plus deportations, two executive actions and 720,000 "Dreamers," the bottom line on President Barack Obama's immigration record still remains an open question for many immigrants and their advocates.

  • The Latest: Obama pledges federal support for Flint 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 7:36 pm

    LANSING, Michigan - The latest on the Gov. Rick Snyder's annual State of the State speech, which was devoted mostly to Flint's drinking water crisis (all times local):

  • White House says Levinson may no longer be in Iran story has photos
    Updated: Jan-19-16 2:52 pm

    WASHINGTON - U.S. officials believe Robert Levinson may no longer be in Iran, a White House spokesman said Tuesday, vowing that the U.S. would keep up the search for the former FBI agent who disappeared from an Iranian resort nearly nine years ago.

  • White House appoints federal official to lead Flint response 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 2:32 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House is appointing a Health and Human Services Department official to lead federal efforts to help the city of Flint, Michigan, deal with its water crisis.

  • Kerry to meet Iranian FM ahead of imminent sanctions relief 
    Updated: Jan-15-16 7:58 pm

    WASHINGTON - Amid signs that a decision to provide Iran with billions of dollars in nuclear sanctions relief is imminent, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and a top European Union official, the State Department said Friday.

  • Obama, Putin call for tough response to North Korea 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 4:21 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined Wednesday in calling for a tough global response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, even as they remained at odds over Ukraine and Syrian President Bashar Assad.

  • Obama greets Jordan's king as planes wait on tarmac story has photos
    Updated: Jan-13-16 1:33 pm

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Jordan's King Abdullah II have met informally at Andrews Air Force Base.

  • The Latest: Elton John remembers Bowie as 'an amazing life' story has photos
    Updated: Jan-11-16 7:23 pm

    LONDON - The latest on the death of singer David Bowie. All times local.

  • House votes to strengthen government records law story has photos
    Updated: Jan-11-16 6:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - The House approved legislation Monday making it easier to obtain government records, as a new congressional report concluded that the freedom of information process under the Obama administration is broken and in need of serious change.

  • Sanders, O'Malley criticize immigration raids at Iowa forum 
    Updated: Jan-09-16 8:44 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley used a liberal forum in Iowa on Saturday to rail against holiday-season raids seeking Central American immigrants for deportation.

  • US meets with tech leaders on anti-terror efforts 
    Updated: Jan-08-16 9:26 pm

    SAN JOSE, California - After clashing with technology companies over encryption and government surveillance, the Obama administration adopted a friendlier tone Friday as it sought to enlist Silicon Valley's help in stopping terrorist groups from recruiting and mobilizing followers online.

  • Refugee program decried after Iraqis' terror-related arrests 
    Updated: Jan-08-16 7:39 pm

    LOS ANGELES - The U.S. refugee program came under fresh criticism Friday after federal authorities revealed that two Iraqi-born men arrested on terrorism-related charges had come to America as refugees.

  • White House defends holiday-season deportation raids 
    Updated: Jan-08-16 4:28 pm

    WASHINGTON - Facing rising outrage among its allies, the White House on Friday defended its deportation policies and suggested it had no plans to shift course after a series of holiday-season raids seeking Central American immigrants angered activists and Democratic lawmakers.

  • A look at developments surrounding North Korea's nuke test 
    Updated: Jan-08-16 12:40 am

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's surprise announcement this week that it had tested a powerful hydrogen bomb was met with doubt, condemnation and questions on so-far failed efforts to stop the country's growing nuclear threat. Here's a look at some of the key developments since North Korea announced its fourth nuclear test Wednesday.

  • White House says Obama's final budget to be unveiled Feb. 9 
    Updated: Jan-07-16 5:36 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama's final recommended budget will be released on Feb. 9.