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Step Up America Heroes Appreciation Festival

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US increases security following Canada shooting

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The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.

President Barack Obama condemned the shootings in Canada as "outrageous acts."

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Chill in Russia-Ukraine gas talks threatens Europe's winter supplies

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Ukraine and Russia are still deadlocked in a long-running dispute over natural gas supplies, raising concerns across Europe that Russian gas supplies could be insufficient to heat homes this winter. 

Russia said it would only resume gas flows to Ukraine once the government in Kiev settled its debts and agreed to new terms for future deliveries. But Ukraine – with its economy in tatters after a political crisis followed by a separatist uprising by pro-Russian rebels – said it couldn’t afford to pay without assistance from the European Union.

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US-led Airstrikes Killed 553 in Syria

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Syrian activists said a month of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria has killed 553 people, mostly militants from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday the deaths include 464 Islamic State fighters and 32 civilians.

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Column: Lessons of North Korea for Iran Nuclear Talks

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Among the arguments marshaled by those  wary of a nuclear agreement with Iran is that past efforts to negotiate away North Korea’s nuclear weapons program failed.

Iran’s regime, they argue, is just as untrustworthy as North Korea’s and what’s more, Wendy Sherman, the chief U.S. negotiator with Iran, was also involved in talks with the North Koreans under the Bill Clinton administration and thus is somehow inherently suspect.

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Why Iran views Islamic State fight through a conspiracy lens

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The US and Iran may be following parallel tracks in their fight against jihadists of the so-called Islamic State, but decades of mutual hostility – and opposing aims in Syria – are shaping Iranian doubts and conspiracy theories about US motives.

Iran’s top leadership blames the US, CIA, Israel, and America's Sunni allies such as Saudi Arabia for “creating” the IS as a tool to undermine Iran. It's a way to ensure a permanent US troop presence in the Middle East and to create chronic regional tensions that benefit Israel, according to Iran.

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Iraqi PM Abadi says the US is not to be trusted. Really?

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Monday he wouldn't allow any foreign troops into the country to help retake territory lost to a Sunni Arab uprising being led by the so-called Islamic State.

His comments were widely reported. But the following remark arguably didn't get sufficient attention: “We don’t need foreign combat troops. And there is no country in the world which would be willing to fight here and give you back your land even if they were asked to," he said.

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