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Pentagon: U.S., partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Pentagon: U.S., partners begin airstrikes in Syria

WASHINGTON | The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

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Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2014, file photo, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby speaks during a briefing at the Pentagon. The Pentagon on Monday night, Sept. 22, says the U.S. and partner nations have begun airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State militants, using a mix of figh…

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Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

WASHINGTON (AP) — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.

September 17, 2014 10:46 am Related

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Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

Syria, Iran slam US strategy in fighting militants

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Cross Hall in the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. In a major reversal, Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign to “degrade and ultimately destroy” militants in two volatile Middle East nations, …

September 11, 2014 7:04 am

Obama orders airstrikes in Syria for first time

WASHINGTON | Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreadi…

September 10, 2014 9:35 pm Related

Obama to outline strategy on Islamic State

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria.

September 08, 2014 8:30 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Kremlin aggression recalls Cold War, challenges NATO

GUEST COMMENTARY: Kremlin aggression recalls Cold War, challenges NATO

The overt invasion of Ukraine by Russia’s army, after months of covert aid to rebel forces, has generated the most serious crisis in Europe since the Balkan wars of the 1990s – and perhaps since World War II. NATO has an obligation to respond skillfully, while trying to avoid direct combat w…

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Ukraine's leader: Careful optimism on peace talks

Ukraine's leader: Careful optimism on peace talks

Unmarked military vehicles burn on a country road in the village of Berezove, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, after a clash between pro-government troops and Russian-backed separatist militia. Separatist rebels have made major strides in their offensive against Ukrainian government…

September 04, 2014 4:44 pm

Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

August 29, 2014 7:04 am
Touch and go on Bergdahl release until very end

Touch and go on Bergdahl release until very end

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to…

June 03, 2014 4:43 pm
Donnelly visiting Ukraine, Israel

Donnelly visiting Ukraine, Israel

INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is traveling to Ukraine and Israel this week for meetings with government leaders and military personnel in both nations.

March 20, 2014 1:00 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Bipartisan lessons from Nunn, Lugar

BRIAN HOWEY: Bipartisan lessons from Nunn, Lugar

There will never be a movie about the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Korean developments underscore democracy’s strength

GUEST COMMENTARY: Korean developments underscore democracy’s strength

The fresh air of freedom is pervasive in South Korea. A visit to Seoul provides direct dramatic impressions of the strength and confidence of this remarkable people. The capital city of the nation is only fifty miles from the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone), within range of North Korean artillery a…

August 29, 2013 9:39 pm
Environmental issues focus of Charbonneau Canada trip

Environmental issues focus of Charbonneau Canada trip

INDIANAPOLIS | State Sen. Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso, traveled to Canada on Wednesday to participate in the annual Midwest-Canada Legislative Conference.

August 20, 2013 4:28 pm
GUEST COMMENTARY: JFK’s arms control treaty remains major milestone

GUEST COMMENTARY: JFK’s arms control treaty remains major milestone

"I speak … in a spirit of hope," said President John F. Kennedy, beginning a policy address to the nation on July 26, 1963. He went on to describe a major breakthrough in the Cold War. The new Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union would prohibit nuclear explosions in the atmosphere.

July 27, 2013 12:00 am
Germany to honor Lugar for international relations work

Germany to honor Lugar for international relations work

INDIANAPOLIS | A third European nation is set to honor former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., for his international relations achievements, and work toward nuclear disarmament.

May 06, 2013 5:30 pm
Two NWI lawmakers picked for Midwest-Canada panel

Two NWI lawmakers picked for Midwest-Canada panel

INDIANAPOLIS | Two Northwest Indiana lawmakers have been chosen to serve on an international committee that promotes cooperation between Midwestern states and central Canadian provinces.

March 29, 2013 11:56 am Related

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Dennis Rodman worms his way into North Korea

Dennis Rodman worms his way into North Korea

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by journalists upon arrival at Pyongyang Airport in North Korea on Tuesday. The former Bull has become an unlikely ambassador for sports diplomacy at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

February 26, 2013 10:57 am
Dennis Rodman worms his way into North Korea

Dennis Rodman worms his way into North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea | Former NBA star Dennis Rodman brought his basketball skills and flamboyant style — tattoos, nose studs and all — on Tuesday to a country with possibly the world's strictest dress code: North Korea.

February 26, 2013 10:57 am
US, Iran find common ground: Olympic wrestling

US, Iran find common ground: Olympic wrestling

U.S. National freestyle wrestling coach Zeke Jones, right, and his team members arrive at the Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran, Iran, early Tuesday morning to attend World Cup tournament. USA Wrestling has formalized plans for a committee charged with restoring Olympic wrestling.

February 19, 2013 2:34 pm
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