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A sign for Kayla Mueller is displayed along a main street in Prescott, February 10, 2015.

The wife of a deceased Islamic State leader was charged on Monday in federal court with conspiracy in the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was killed a year ago while being held hostage in Syria by the militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said. Read more»

The exercise yard at San Quentin state prison in California, June 2012.

Almost a third of 6,000 federal prisoners scheduled to be freed between Friday and Tuesday will immediately be turned over to U.S. immigration authorities for deportation proceedings. Read more»

American companies are supplying technology that the governments of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are using to spy on their citizens’ communications and clamp down on dissent, according to a new report from the U.K.-based advocacy group Privacy International. Read more»

Ammunition found in Iraq and Syria. Top, left to right: China, made in 2009; Syria, made in 1960; Russia, made in 2012; US, made in 2006. Bottom, left to right: U.S. casing, made in 2004; Turkey, made in 2013; Sudan, made in 2012; Iran, made in 2006.

An independent arms monitoring group has collected evidence that fighters in the Middle Eastern extremist group known as the Islamic State, labeled a “network of death” by President Obama, are using weapons and ammunition manufactured in at least 21 different countries, including China, Russia, and the United States. Read more» 1