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May 22, 2015

Clinton emails show concern about image after Benghazi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top aides to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fretted over how she would be portrayed after the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, emails released on Friday showed.

The emails from Clinton’s personal email account made public by the State Department do not appear to contain any revelations that could badly damage her bid for the presidency in 2016 or provide fodder for Republicans who accuse her of being negligent before the Benghazi attacks.

May 13, 2015

Rubio vows to use U.S. power to guard economic interests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday urged the United States to respond aggressively when rivals such as China and Iran flex their muscles to threaten U.S. economic interests.

Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, outlined a robust approach to world affairs at a time when China is attempting to assert greater control over the South China Sea, a vital shipping route, and Iran has threatened commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

May 13, 2015

Somali-American back in prison after ‘deradicalization’ attempt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Somali-American teenager whose case was a test for efforts to

deradicalize Islamist extremists has been sent back to prison after apparently violating an agreement that put him in a “halfway house,” federal officials said on Wednesday.

May 5, 2015

Mike Huckabee looks to social conservatives to power 2016 bid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist pastor and unabashed culture warrior, enters the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday facing competition for the support of social conservatives who backed him in 2008.

The ex-governor of Arkansas, 59, became a national figure by staging an upset win in Iowa’s kickoff nominating contest during his 2008 presidential bid.

May 4, 2015

Republican former CEO Fiorina enters White House race

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) – Former Hewlett-Packard Co
Chief Executive Carly Fiorina announced on Monday she
is running for president, becoming the only woman in the pack of
Republican candidates for the White House in 2016.

Once one of the most powerful females in the American
corporate world, Fiorina registers near the bottom of polls of
the dozen or so Republican hopefuls and has never held public
office.

Apr 30, 2015

Interrogations advisor urges Bush-era torture probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of a body that advises U.S. terrorism interrogators on ethics on Thursday called for a special prosecutor to probe how the abuse of captured militants during the Bush administration’s “war on terror” was allowed to happen.

The call came from Mark Fallon, head of a committee that advises the interagency High Value Interrogation Group, and followed the release of a report on Thursday that accused America’s top organization of psychologists of secretly collaborating with the CIA, White House and Pentagon to help justify torture.

Apr 22, 2015

Active online, foreign women become Islamic State widows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least 15 young Western women who joined Islamic State and married jihadi fighters are now widows after the militant group suffered losses in clashes in Syria and Iraq, according to researchers who closely monitor Islamist radicals online.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) think tank in London gave Reuters access to its database of 106 foreign women it says have moved to IS territory and are active online.

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. Somali recruiter not dead, still active in Syria: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Somali-American who joined Islamic State as a fighter is alive and still trying to recruit young men from Minnesota to join him, law enforcement officials and a Somali community leader said, despite a report that he might have been killed in Syria.

Abdi Nur, 20, who left Minneapolis for Syria last year, is frequently in touch online with young Somalis in Minnesota to try to entice them to join IS, Twin Cities Somali community elder Omar Jamal said.

Apr 13, 2015

Hawkish U.S. foreign policy at heart of Rubio’s presidential bid

MIAMI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will make a muscular foreign policy a focal point when he announces his presidential candidacy on Monday, portraying himself as the Republican most ready to handle threats to America in a chaotic world.

Advisers say a key part of the Cuban-American’s election strategy for 2016 will be a “peace-through-strength” global view based on increased defense spending.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. online ban of militant Muslim preacher ends

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Michigan-based Islamist preacher whose online sermons have been a leading source of inspiration for foreign fighters in Syria is free to return to social media after restrictions on his Internet use lapsed.

Officials at the U.S. Attorney’s office and federal district court in Detroit told Reuters that probation constraints that a federal judge ordered last summer on imam Ahmad Musa Jebril expired last week.