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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, after attending the 6th U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue and 5th round of U.S. -China High Level consultation on People-to-people Exchange at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Thursday, July 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)Report: Target was US Office of Personnel Management files of federal employees who applied for clearances.


2014-07-10 10:26:45 -0600

Sen. McCain reads the restrictions for visitors to immigration centersWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell blamed Obama administration policies Thursday for the sudden arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors at the southern border and said the president's emergency spending request amounted to more of the same.


2014-07-10 09:35:41 -0600

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the entrance to Basra on July 10, 2014Iraq's Kurds said Thursday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was "hysterical" and not fit to run the country, further dimming the prospect of a new leadership uniting to face jihadist fighters. The worsening political discord comes three days ahead of a planned parliamentary session meant to revive the process of replacing what has effectively been a caretaker government since April elections. Maliki "has become hysterical and has lost his balance", a statement from the office of Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani said, reacting to accusations by the prime minister a day earlier that his administration was harbouring militants. Maliki has accused Barzani of exploiting the chaos created by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group's military offensive, but the Kurdish president said the security collapse was of the premier's own making.


2014-07-10 10:02:02 -0600