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Secret Service boosts security outside White House

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Washington, Sep 21 (AP) - The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said.
President Barack Obama insisted Saturday he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency's ability to protect him and his family.
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered enhanced officer patrols and surveillance along the North Fence of the compound just after...

Afghan presidential candidates to sign power deal

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Kabul, Sep 21 (AP) - Afghanistan's two presidential candidates were set to a sign a power-sharing deal on national TV on Sunday, three months after a disputed runoff that threatened to plunge the country into turmoil and complicate the withdrawal of U.S. and foreign troops.
Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai...

Yemen sets curfew as fighting roils capital

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Sanaa, Sep 21 (AP) - Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the...

Iran receptive to new nuke proposal

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United Nations, Sep 21 (AP) - With Iran refusing U.S. demands that it gut its uranium enrichment program, the two sides are now discussing a new proposal that would leave much of Tehran's enriching machines in place but disconnected from feeds of uranium, diplomats told The Associated Press...

El-Sissi, Egypt and the terror fight

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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is feeling vindicated by the world's alarm over Islamic extremism that is fueling wars and bloodshed across the Middle East.
The former army general has faced widespread international criticism for his ouster last year of Egypt's first freely elected...

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