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Al-Shabab Commanders Killed Near Mogadishu

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African Union security forces say they killed two senior al-Shabab commanders during a joint operation with Somali troops in a region north of Mogadishu.

The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Friday that Issa Mohamed Dhoore and Sharif Ameey were killed during an offensive in a village about 200 kilometers from the capital.  

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Kerry Vows to Press On After Israel Rejects Gaza Cease-Fire Proposal

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry vowed to press on for a truce after Israel  rejected a proposal for a cease-fire between Israel's military and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli public television said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet is seeking modifications before any agreement to end hostilities.

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Pentagon Warns of Arms to E. Ukraine

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The Pentagon warned Friday that an “imminent” delivery of Russian artillery to separatists battling government forces in eastern Ukraine creates “a great concern” for civilian casualties.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said intelligence sources determined that Russia is prepared to transfer up to a dozen rocket launchers more powerful and potentially more deadly than the separatists currently have. Those rebels are suspected in last week’s downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.  

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Norway: 'Concrete Threat' of Terror Attack

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Norway's intelligence agency says it has information about a "concrete threat" from people who are linked to radical Islamist fighters in Syria.

The head of the Norwegian security service, Benedict Bjoernland, told reporters Thursday that the agency has "reliable information" from a foreign partner about the possibility of an attack "within days." There was no indication of a specific target.

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US: Russia Firing Artillery Across Ukraine Border

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The United States is accusing Russia of firing on Ukrainian military positions in troubled eastern Ukraine from inside Russia. And Washington contends Moscow intends to supply pro-Russian rebels with bigger and more powerful weaponry to fight Kyiv's forces.

A U.S. Defense Department spokesman said Russian forces fired artillery shots into Ukraine on Thursday. He described the Russian assault as "a clear escalation" of weeks-long fighting in eastern Ukraine between separatist rebels and the Ukrainian military attempting to retake control of rebel-held cities.

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US Senator Casts Doubt on Arms Sales to Iraq

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A powerful U.S. lawmaker says he will block American arms sales to Iraq unless he is satisfied weaponry dispatched will not fall into the hands of radical Islamic insurgents that have overrun large swaths of Iraqi territory.  Senators of both parties pressed administration officials for information about the current state of Iraq’s beleaguered security forces at a hearing Thursday.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Robert Menendez, says Iraq’s military has failed on the battlefield, despite years of intensive U.S. training.

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Australia to Send 100 More Officers to MH17 Crash Site

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Australia is close to finalilzing a plan to send 100 additional police and some defense force personnel to Europe to join a planned Dutch-led international security force to secure the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crash site, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday.

Armed pro-Russian separatists control the area and have hampered investigators' attempts to access the site.

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