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French riot police guards the street to access the church where an hostage taking left a priest dead in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy, France, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Church attacker nurtured jihad in quiet French town

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — Adel Kermiche nursed his obsession with jihad in this…

 

This is an undated image of French Priest Jacques Hamel made available by the Catholic Diocese if Rouen in France on Tuesday. Priest Jacques Hamel was killed on Tuesday when two attackers slit the throat of the 85-year-old  priest who was celebrating Mass Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, in France, killing him and gravely injured another of the handful of church-goers present before being shot to death by police. (Doicese of Rouen via AP)

IS group claims attack that killed 85-year-old French priest

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France — The Islamic State group crossed a new threshold Tuesday…

 

A man prays next to flowers and candles that have been placed in front of the main entrance of the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum in Munich, Germany, on Monday. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

IS attacker: Germans ‘won’t be able to sleep peacefully’

ANSBACH, Germany — A Syrian man who tried unsuccessfully to claim asylum…

 

Sen. Chris Murphy, center, and other Democratic senators call for gun control legislation at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday in the wake of the mass shooting in an Orlando LGBT nightclub last Sunday. Murphy is joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Booker, Rev. Sharon Risher, Tina Meins, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Ed Markey. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The United States and its gun problem

The United States has a gun problem. Will the mass shooting in…

Sen. Chris Murphy, center, and other Democratic senators call for gun control legislation at the Capitol in Washington on Thursday in the wake of the mass shooting in an Orlando LGBT nightclub last Sunday. Murphy is joined by, from left, Sen. Cory Booker, Rev. Sharon Risher, Tina Meins, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Ed Markey. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
French police officers on Tuesday block the road leading to a crime scene the day after a knife-wielding attacker stabbed to death a senior police officer and his female companion Monday evening in Magnanville, west of Paris, France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

France stabbing suspect: ‘I just killed a police officer’

PARIS — In a video released by the Islamic State group and…

French police officers on Tuesday block the road leading to a crime scene the day after a knife-wielding attacker stabbed to death a senior police officer and his female companion Monday evening in Magnanville, west of Paris, France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Smoke rises from Islamic State group positions after an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition warplanes in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in this Dec. 25, 2015 file photo during the Iraqi government offensive that drove the militants out of the city. (AP Photo, File)

Iraq routed IS from Ramadi at a high cost: A city destroyed

RAMADI, Iraq — This is what victory looks like in the Iraqi…

Smoke rises from Islamic State group positions after an airstrike by U.S.-led coalition warplanes in the Iraqi city of Ramadi in this Dec. 25, 2015 file photo during the Iraqi government offensive that drove the militants out of the city. (AP Photo, File)
In this photo taken Friday, April 8, 2016 and  provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian serviceman checks for mines in Palmyra, Syria.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)

With UN envoy in Damascus, IS takes Syrian town from rebels

DAMASCUS, Syria — Islamic State militants recaptured a vital border crossing in…

In this photo taken Friday, April 8, 2016 and  provided by Russian Defense Ministry press service, a Russian serviceman checks for mines in Palmyra, Syria.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Photo via AP)
Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday.  (AP Photo)

Syrian cease-fire strained by new clashes ahead of talks

BEIRUT — Government forces and rebels clashed Sunday across northern and western…

Ruins are seen at al-Qaryatain city in the central city of Homs, Syria on Monday.  (AP Photo)
This photo released Sunday shows destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria.  (SANA via AP)

Retaking Syria’s Palmyra reveals more shattered antiquities

DAMASCUS, Syria — The recapture of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra from…

This photo released Sunday shows destroyed statues at the damaged Palmyra Museum, in Palmyra city, central Syria.  (SANA via AP)
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Kerry determines IS group committing genocide in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday formally concluded the Islamic State…

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to reporters at the State Department in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
This image made from undated video shows Omar al-Shishani standing next to the group's spokesman among a group of fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)

Senior IS commander dies of wounds from US strike in Syria

BAGHDAD — Omar al-Shishani, a top Islamic State commander who was a…

This image made from undated video shows Omar al-Shishani standing next to the group's spokesman among a group of fighters as they declare the elimination of the border between Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/militant social media account via AP video)
Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, center, arrives at a military a base outside Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Iraqi officials: US captured top IS chemical arms engineer

BAGHDAD — U.S. special forces captured the head of the Islamic State…

Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi, center, arrives at a military a base outside Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Russian leader pushes Syria truce deal amid skepticism

BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Wednesday with key players in…

A Syrian shopkeeper waits for customers next to paintings of of President Bashar Assad, and Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, center, at the popular Souk Tawil old market in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant photo via AP, File)

IS faces budget crunch, killing perks and slashing salaries

BEIRUT — Faced with a cash shortage in its so-called caliphate, the…

Militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, in Raqqa, Syria. (Militant photo via AP, File)
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere left, listens to his Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala, right, during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Istanbul suicide bomber registered as refugee before attack

ISTANBUL — The suicide attacker who detonated a bomb that killed 10…

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere left, listens to his Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala, right, during a joint news conference in Istanbul, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
People believed to be German tourists that were targeted at an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district are escorted back to their hotel in Istanbul, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Suicide bomber kills 10, wounds 15 in Istanbul tourist area

ISTANBUL — A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the heart of…

People believed to be German tourists that were targeted at an explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district are escorted back to their hotel in Istanbul, Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin, speaks at the Pentagon on Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama vows to hit IS harder, says commandos now in Syria

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday vowed to accelerate the U.S.-led…

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Commander of U.S. Central Command Gen. Lloyd Austin, speaks at the Pentagon on Monday. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
In this Dec. 6 photo, President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington.  (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Obama aims to allay concerns about terror-fighting strategy

WASHINGTON — Fears of terrorism are hanging over America's holiday season, so…

In this Dec. 6 photo, President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington.  (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
This image posted online Sunday by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows smoke rising in the aftermath of an airstrike that targeted areas in Raqqa, Syria. (militant photo via AP)

Syria: 3 troops killed by US-led strikes; US blames Russia

BEIRUT — Syria on Monday accused the U.S.-led coalition of bombing an…

This image posted online Sunday by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows smoke rising in the aftermath of an airstrike that targeted areas in Raqqa, Syria. (militant photo via AP)
In this picture posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on June 14, 2015, IS militants stone a man accused of violating the extremists' ban on homosexuality after they threw him from a roof in the city of Homs, Syria.  (militant photo via AP)

For gays under IS rule, isolation and fear of a cruel death

REYHANLI, Turkey — Before a crowd of men on a street in…

In this picture posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on June 14, 2015, IS militants stone a man accused of violating the extremists' ban on homosexuality after they threw him from a roof in the city of Homs, Syria.  (militant photo via AP)