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Berghdal Charged With Desertion, Misbehavior

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U.S. military prosecutors have formally charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant traded for five Taliban prisoners last year, with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
 
Army spokesman Colonel Daniel King read the charges Wednesday in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. If convicted, King said Bergdahl could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for desertion and life imprisonment for misbehavior before the enemy.

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US Launches Airstrikes on Tikrit

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Warplanes from a U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi requested support for a month-old offensive to retake the strategic area.

Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias have been battling on the ground, and had resisted asking for outside air support, but after quick gains outside Tikrit, the effort stalled.

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Kerry, Zarif Press for Nuclear Deal with Deadline Days Away

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif are resuming their negotiations on Iran's nuclear program Thursday in Switzerland, as they enter the final days before a self-imposed deadline for a framework agreement.

Ahead of the meetings in Lausanne, a senior State Department official told reporters that the U.S. "can see a path forward to get to agreement" by the March 31 target. 

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Abdullah: US, Afghanistan in 'New Chapter' of Relations

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Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said Afghanistan and the United States have begun "a new chapter" in their relations, as he and President Ashraf Ghani continue their first visit to the U.S. since the formation of a power-sharing government.

The leaders have met with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and other top officials in what Abdullah described as substantive discussions in Washington. 

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Report: FBI Needs to Beef Up Intel Gathering

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Citing a "significant gap" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's intelligence goals and actual practices, a new report contends the bureau should beef up its ranks of analysts and linguists and better integrate analysis and criminal investigations to improve national security.

"The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century," released Wednesday, acknowledged the agency’s progress on intelligence sharing, one of the recommendations developed after terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. But the report to FBI Director James Comey still found the agency wanting. 

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Senior US Official: Corruption Ukraine's 'Second War'

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The United States is closely watching signs of possible major anti-corruption moves in Ukraine involving the forced resignation of a billionaire governor and the arrest of two top state emergency officials.
 
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for the resignation Tuesday of Ihor Kolomoisky, a powerful businessman who had been serving as governor in the key industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk. The controversy erupted last week after Kolomoisky, having clashed with the government over the future of a state energy company in which he is a stakeholder, sent a private security army to its headquarters in an apparent show-of-force to protect his interests.

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3 Arrested for Recruiting Islamist Fighters in Italy

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Police arrested three men on Wednesday for allegedly setting up a network in Italy to recruit Islamist fighters to be sent to Syria and Iraq, Italian authorities said.

One was a 20-year-old Italian of Moroccan origin, who faces charges of encouraging terrorism via the Internet, a police statement said.

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