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Obama Announces Change In U.S. Policy On American Hostages

President Obama announced Wednesday that families of hostages will no longer be subject to criminal prosecution if they decide to pay ransom to hostage takers.
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OPM Chief Again Grilled On Data Hack

Katherine Archuleta says she is "not comfortable" with estimates that more than 18 million current and former federal workers could be affected.
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French Are Fuming Over Report That NSA Spied On 3 Presidents

According to one document published by WikiLeaks, "the main sticking point" for President Nicolas Sarkozy back in 2010 was "the U.S. desire to continue spying on France."
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U.S. To Send Heavy Armor To Eastern Europe

Defense Secretary Ash Carter heads to Europe to unveil plans to deploy tanks and other heavy armor in the Baltic states and Eastern Europe. Russia says the move is provocative and may send more armor to its Western borders.
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Russian Relations 'Extremely Tense' As U.S. Sends Armor To Eastern Europe

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mark Katz, a professor of government and politics at George Mason University, about U.S.-Russia relations on issues such as the Iran nuclear agreement and Syria.
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Bin Laden Son Asked U.S. For Father's Death Certificate, Wikileaks Says

The website has begun the release of 500,000 documents it says are related to Saudi Arabian diplomatic communications. Among them was the request from Abdullah bin Laden.
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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

The show is a response to the notion that sitcoms have generally ceded political satire to fake news programs. It opens with a certifiably crazy general taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
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Sen. Tim Scott: Charleston Shooting Was 'A Crime Of Hate'

Sen. Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, shares his thoughts on the shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
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Third Man Arrested In New York Pressure Cooker Bomb Plot

Prosecutors say Fareed Mumuni, 21, was part of a plot to support ISIS. A criminal complaint also alleges he used a kitchen knife to try to stab an FBI agent who came to his Staten Island home.
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U.S. Military Officials Say Iraq Needs More Fighters To Battle Islamic State

The nation's top military officials said the U.S. needs a greater commitment from Iraq in the fight against the self-declared Islamic State but argued against sending any U.S. combat troops there.

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