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UN Confronts Threat of Young Radicals

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The radicalization and recruitment of young people into Islamist extremist groups has become a growing challenge for governments worldwide. On Thursday, the U.N. Security Council heard from experts on the issue, which has become a potent threat to international peace and security.

Experts say thousands of young men and women are drawn to violent armed groups by promises of adventure and building a new world order where they will have power and significance. But the reality is much darker.

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Mixed Progress Reported in Fight Against Islamic State

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A senior official in President Barack Obama’s administration says that while the U.S.-led coalition has made some progress in the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a “very, very long road” lies ahead.

The official commented in a Thursday background briefing, which followed talks this month with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

As the Iraqi prime minister met with Obama and other officials in Washington, the jihadist group stepped up attacks near Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province. The city is near an air base used by U.S. and coalition forces to train Iraqi troops.

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Pentagon: Russian Claims of US Military Trainers in E. Ukraine ‘Ridiculous’

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The U.S. Defense Department has dismissed as “ridiculous” and “propaganda” comments by a Russian military official that American troops are training Ukrainian soldiers in the conflict zone in Ukraine’s east.

“There’s no credence to it whatsoever,” said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, responding Thursday to the allegations. “It’s another example of Russia at the highest levels issuing propaganda.”

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Italian Prosecutors Suspect al-Qaida Targeting Vatican

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Terror suspects in an investigation in Italy may have been planning an attack against the Vatican, a prosecutor leading the probe said Friday.

Cagliari Chief Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters in Sardinia that the suspects, planning to launch attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, also may have been aiming to target the Vatican in 2010.

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Pentagon’s New Cyber Strategy Warns Adversaries US Will Hit Back

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The United States is laying out a new strategy for defending cyberspace, making clear the country will not hesitate to counter attacks online and even with conventional military might, if necessary.

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter unveiled the new cyber strategy in a speech Thursday at Stanford University, saying it is overdue when the same technologies that U.S. ships use to target cruise missiles are “now available to the highest bidder.”

“Adversaries should know that our preference for deterrence and our defensive posture don’t diminish our willingness to use cyber options if necessary,” Carter said, adding, “The response might not occur in cyberspace but might occur in a different way."

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Does US Need a Free-Trade Deal with Europe?

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Free-trade supporters say the U.S. must act quickly to regain its share of global investment. Unfortunately, it has a lot of catching up to do, said Nancy McLernan, president of the Organization for International Investment.

"America’s share of global investment has fallen dramatically," she said. "In 2000, the U.S. attracted 37 percent of the world’s foreign investment. Today, we attract about 19 percent.”

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US Report: China Believes N. Korea Has 20 Nuclear Bombs

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Top Chinese nuclear experts have expanded their estimate of North Korea’s nuclear capability beyond previous U.S. estimates, making Pyongyang’s arsenal a potential regional security threat, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The paper quoted a respected U.S. nuclear expert on North Korea who warns, if true, it will complicate efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

The Journal said the Chinese estimate that the North may already possess 20 nuclear warheads was relayed in a closed-door meeting with U.S. nuclear specialists at the China Institute of International Studies in February. 

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