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Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything that we've seen' and an 'imminent threat'

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything that we've seen' and an 'imminent threat'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) --The terror group Islamic State "is beyond anything that we've seen" and poses an "imminent threat," U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Thursday.
JC Finley
Gulf of Mexico lease draws advocacy fire

Gulf of Mexico lease draws advocacy fire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) --The U.S. government is called on to halt offshore drilling in an effort to preserve the climate for future generations, Friends of the Earth said.
Daniel J. Graeber
David Cameron: I can run U.K. on my Blackberry

David Cameron: I can run U.K. on my Blackberry

LONDON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is receiving some criticism after he said he could run the country from his Blackberry.
Aileen Graef
Pope Francis calls family of slain journalist James Foley to console them

Pope Francis calls family of slain journalist James Foley to console them

VATICAN CITY, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Pope Francis telephoned the parents of slain American journalist James Wright Foley on Thursday.
JC Finley
Recently indicted Rick Perry calls for more airstrikes against Islamic State

Recently indicted Rick Perry calls for more airstrikes against Islamic State

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Rick Perry called on President Obama to increase airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, claiming the group poses a threat to the U.S. southern border.
JC Sevcik
When Putin needs to talk, he calls Merkel

When Putin needs to talk, he calls Merkel

BERLIN, Aug. 21 (UPI) --When Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to call a world leader, he can reliably expect German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pick up the phone.
Ed Adamczyk
Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl prisoner swap

Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl prisoner swap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --The Department of Defense violated U.S. law in swapping five Guantanamo detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a review by a government watchdog found.
Gabrielle Levy
U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

U.S. attempted rescue of James Foley, ISIS demanded $132M ransom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Ahead of this week's grisly execution of journalist James Foley, the U.S. failed in a rescue attempt after his captors demanded millions in ransom.
Gabrielle Levy
Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

Gulf of Mexico auction draws $100 million in bids

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 21 (UPI) --An auction for acreage in the western Gulf of Mexico drew more than $100 million in high bids from energy companies, the Interior Department said.
Daniel J. Graeber
DNO committed to Kurdish oil

DNO committed to Kurdish oil

OSLO, Norway, Aug. 21 (UPI) --Norwegian energy company DNO said Thursday it remains committed to work in the Kurdish north of Iraq, despite evolving security concerns.
Daniel J. Graeber
Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

Amanda Curtis launches Montana Senate campaign after Walsh bows out

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) --With less than 11 weeks to go, Amanda Curtis, a high school math teacher and single-term Montana state legislator, is kicking off her campaign for U.S. Senate.
Gabrielle Levy
David Cameron: 'Increasingly likely' jihadist in Foley video is British citizen

David Cameron: 'Increasingly likely' jihadist in Foley video is British citizen

LONDON, Aug. 20 (UPI) --U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that the jihadist who beheaded American journalist James Foley is likely a British citizen.
Aileen Graef
The politics of revenge

The politics of revenge

MEXICO CITY, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Opinion: James Foley should be remembered for his work and his impulse to bring the truth to the public. To shed blood in his name would not accomplish that.
Rafael Bernal
Obama denounces Islamic State execution video, reaffirms military action in Iraq

Obama denounces Islamic State execution video, reaffirms military action in Iraq

EDGARTOWN, Mass., Aug. 20 (UPI) --President Barack Obama, speaking from Martha's Vineyward, said "the entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley by the terrorist group, ISIL."
JC Finley
North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance

North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance

PYONGYANG, North Korea, Aug. 20 (UPI) --North Korea called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a "hideous lantern jaw" through a Korean language news dispatch.
Aileen Graef
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Vice-President Joe Biden, his wife, Jill, Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama waves at former President George Bush leaves the Capitol in a military helicopter following the Obama Inauguration Ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 20, 2009. (UPI Photo/John Anderson)
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Barack Hussein Obama II (i/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election.

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