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Sarajevo centennial: Today's turbulence a legacy of WWI

The tinderbox of circumstances and realities that required only the tiniest of sparks to plunge the world into thirty years of global chaos a century ago are in many ways still with us today.... Read more»

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MALDEF challenges Texas town's ban on housing border kids

Civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Tuesday challenging a Texas city’s ban on providing housing to “refugees” or foreigners such as the Central American children who’ve been turning themselves in at the border. League City’s ordinance cites concerns of diseases, Islamic terrorism.... Read more»1

First fallout approaches for Az’s Real ID refusal

Arizona lawmakers told the federal government in 2008 that the state would not cooperate in the Real ID Act, a post-9/11 law that aimed to make it harder for potential terrorists to get fake IDs. The first fallout from the decision could begin soon, with Arizonans not allowed into restricted federal facilities, and possibly not allowed to board airplanes beginning in 2016.... Read more»

Colombia: Prospering economy overshadows thousands of political prisoners

As business booms, at least 4,000 political prisoners remain jailed, often for social activism.... Read more»

Did Obama declare terrorist threat 'gone'?

In an interview on Fox News, former Vice President Dick Cheney went too far with his claim that President Obama “has stated repeatedly the terrorist threat is gone.”... Read more»

House adopts amendment to bar NSA encryption meddling

An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House on a voice vote Thursday night. Another amendment, barring NSA “backdoor spying” via foreign databases, was opposed by Rep. Ron Barber and supported by Rep. Raul Grijalva.... Read more»

The things Hillary Clinton's book doesn't say about Iraq

In “Hard Choices,” the former secretary of state ignores or glosses over key aspects of her record on Iraq—including State Department responsibility for the country’s security assistance.... Read more»

Analysis

So much for an 'Obama Doctrine'

Analysis: Everybody was expecting a major foreign policy revamp. But the president broke no new ground and struck a defensive pose in his West Point address.... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

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

TSA: Don't bring guns to Sky Harbor

Sixty-six firearms were confiscated at Sky Harbor in 2013, trailing only three other U.S. airports, according to the TSA. In just the past week, security checkpoints there have taken away a stun gun, brass knuckles, toys and lighters shaped like hand grenades, a circular saw, a golf club, souvenir bats, a bowling pin and a slingshot.... Read more»

UA grad killed in Kabul suicide attack

A 27-year-old graduate of the University of Arizona was killed in a suicide bombing Friday in Afghanistan. Chicago native Lexie Kamerman received a master’s in Education from the UA, and was working at the American University in Kabul.... Read more»

Guest opinion

McCain: Disengaging in Middle East spurs al-Qaeda

“Unless America is actively engaged in trying to support those in the broader Middle East who wish to replace despair and extremism with hope and freedom, I fear the tide of war will eventually hit us again.”... Read more»2

Mexico says cobalt-60 finally secured, villagers doubtful

Mexico’s energy authorities say specialists finally have recovered a capsule of cobalt-60 from a cornfield near the Mexican capital, presumably ending a nine-day saga that began when thieves hijacked a truck carrying the highly radioactive metal.... Read more»

Post-9/11, National Guard serves – and sacrifices – abroad

Sgt. Mary Herrera answered her country’s call after 9/11 and was deployed to Iraq where she was shot twice in the right arm, a memory that she says is still fresh 10 years later. But Herrera was not active military when she was wounded overseas: The Tucson resident was a member of Arizona’s Army National Guard.... Read more»

Here's what we still don't know about drones

Nearly six months ago, President Obama promised more transparency and tighter policies around targeted killings. In a speech, Obama vowed that the U.S. would only use force against a “continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” It would fire only when there was “near-certainty” civilians would not be killed or injured, and when capture was not feasible.... Read more»

Report: NSA collects millions of email contact lists in U.S., abroad

The latest revelations from documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden showed that the American spy agency has secretly been collecting millions of email and chat contact lists around the world.... Read more»

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