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Life on the front lines: A view from James Foley’s camera

James Foley, an American journalist who reported for GlobalPost, cared deeply about the victims of war and the rights of people living under oppressive regimes. He was an old-school reporter, who traveled light, talked to the locals and put the story first. Foley's execution at the hands of the Islamic State was made public one year ago. His death followed nearly two years of captivity in Syria.... Read more»

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Arizona woman was raped by ISIS leader before death

Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker killed this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday.... Read more»

FactCheck: Graham wrong on 9/11 visas, again

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who is running for president, incorrectly claimed that “all the hijackers who attacked — attacked us on 9/11 were visa overstays.” Two of the 19 hijackers were in the U.S. on expired visas.... Read more»

Months after Kayla Mueller’s death, Obama OKs new hostage policy

The White House announced a new policy this week on how it deals with foreign hostage-takers and “in particular its interaction and communication with families whose loved ones have been taken hostage.” Obama’s order comes four months after former Prescott resident Kayla Mueller died while being held by ISIS militants.... Read more»

Factchecking Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the brother of one president and son of another, plans to join the 2016 presidential campaign today. It is the first time he has run for national office, so our file on him isn’t as robust as those for some other candidates.... Read more»

Sen. Flake goes to Cuba — again

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake traveled to Cuba this weekend, meeting with the island nation's vice president and foreign minister. The Arizona Republican is a strong backer of the Obama administration's push for a rapproachment with the communist country after five decades of a contentious relationship.... Read more»

Phoenix mosque: Protesters’ message is being rejected

Critics are still calling for an investigation of the Phoenix mosque, but officials there say they have been getting "thousands of messages of support."... Read more»

Grijalva: Cuba visit showed trade opportunities for Arizona

"Visiting Cuba in person was an opportunity to see first-hand the many ways our nations can mutually benefit from open relations," U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva said Monday, after a trip to the island nation last week. "President Obama has taken significant actions to normalize relations with Cuba. Now Congress must act to fully end the decades-old trade and travel embargo."... Read more»

U.S. drops Cuba from terror list, but obstacles remain

The United States removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism Friday, but obstacles remain in relations between the two countries.... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

After more than a decade of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. ... Read more»2

Rick Perry says he would not have ordered U.S. invasion of Iraq

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday weighed in on the latest issue to animate the GOP's 2016 presidential field, volunteering that he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he does now. Perry raised the issue while discussing the news that the Islamic State group had seized control of the key Iraqi city of Ramadi.... Read more»

FactCheck: Rand Paul wrong on the Texas shooters

Sen. Rand Paul said the attack in Garland, Texas, was “an example of how we do need to secure our border,” but neither of the attackers crossed the southern border to gain access to the U.S. Both were Americans.... Read more»

Analysis: A fierce war that isn't meant to turn violent

The sharper the speech — the harder it pokes at something dear to someone else — the greater the chance of a strong reaction. ... Read more»

Bill would create REAL ID-compliant licenses – if Arizonans pay for them

A state lawmaker wants to allow Arizonans to get licenses that comply with the act – provided they pay for them. ... Read more»7

Lawmakers question authorizing military force against ISIS

President Obama wants Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State militants waging a brutal campaign in parts of Iraq and Syria. House members asked if the request was too narrow and if allies were capable of holding on to any U.S. gains.... Read more»

Analysis

'Jihadi John' a reminder that extremism comes in all shapes and sizes

Analysis: The White House's focus on poverty as the main cause of extremism may not tell the whole story. Thursday, "Jihadi John" was unmasked by the Washington Post as Mohammed Emwazi, a British man described by friends and relatives as “from a well-to-do family who grew up in West London."... Read more»

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