Ex-CIA official: GOP distorted agency analysis of Benghazi
WASHINGTON (AP) ? A former CIA deputy director says Republicans repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012 that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. He also says U.S. intelligence agencies failed to recognize that al-Qaida would rapidly regain strength after the killing of Osama bin Laden.
The Muppets to team up with several YouTube starsLOS ANGELES (AP) ? It's time to play the music. It's time to light the lights. It's time to stream the video. The Muppets are appearing in skits and other online videos with several YouTube stars.
Democratic committee endorses Murphy for Rubio Senate seatWASHINGTON (AP) ? The Democratic Senate campaign committee endorsed Rep. Patrick Murphy on Monday as its candidate for the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Marco Rubio of Florida, who is running for president. The endorsement comes even as another Democratic congressman, Alan Grayson, is eyeing the same seat.
Police kill two gunmen at US Mohammed cartoon event
Texas police shot dead two suspected Islamist extremists who opened fire outside an exhibition of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed staged by an anti-Muslim group. Terror monitoring group SITE reported that a known member of the Islamic State jihadist group had boasted the attack was carried out by supporters of the hardline movement. Commentators were quick to draw parallels to a January shooting at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris that killed 12 people and wounded 11 more. The White House said President Barack Obama had been briefed.
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Three reported killed in unrest over Burundi president's vote bid
By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Three protesters were killed in Burundi's capital on Monday, the Red Cross said, as demonstrations against a decision by President Pierre Nkurunziza's to seek a third term in office ran into a second week. Police in the Musaga district of Bujumbura fired shots towards lines of protesters who were hurling stones, a Reuters witness said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a news conference in Nairobi the decision to seek a third term "flies directly in the face" of the constitution. Nkurunziza, he said, should pay heed to public concern.
Warriors' Stephen Curry voted NBA's MVP over Harden, James
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ? Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award Monday, beating out Houston's James Harden in a race that turned out not to be that close.
Afghan talks agree on reopening Taliban political office
By Amena Bakr and Jibran Ahmad AL-KHOR, Qatar/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Representatives at preliminary talks aiming to end Afghanistan's long war have agreed that Taliban insurgents should open a political office for negotiations, but disagreement over foreign troops still clouds the prospects for a ceasefire. A statement issued on Monday outlined the agreements reached by at least 40 delegates to a "non-official meeting" bringing together Taliban representatives, Afghan government figures and U.N. representatives at a two-day meeting held in Qatar. The dialogue was a step toward a peace process that has proved elusive during a war that has killed tens of thousands of Afghans since the Taliban were driven from power by a 2001 U.S.-led military operation. Delegates agreed the Taliban should re-open a political office in Doha that caused a furor in 2013 when it was briefly inaugurated as part of a previous, failed attempt to start negotiations.
Police: No explosives found in car used in Texas attack
GARLAND, Texas (AP) ? Federal agents searched an apartment in Phoenix as part of an investigation into a shooting outside a suburban Dallas venue hosting a provocative contest for Prophet Muhammad cartoons, the FBI confirmed Monday.
South Sudan's future at grave risk: KerryU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that South Sudan's government and rebels had failed to make compromises needed to end a civil conflict and that this was putting the future of the world's youngest nation at "grave risk". South Sudan split from Sudan as an independent nation in 2011, helped by the political and financial backing of the United States and other Western powers. "South Sudan's leaders ... have not yet chosen to make the compromises needed for peace," Kerry told a news conference in Nairobi, noting that the fighting put at "grave risk" the promising future the oil-producing nation once had.