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President Obama and Michelle Obama at an event to thank service members and their families at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Sunday. In an interview released Monday, Mr. Obama said he was “confident” that if he had run for a third term, he could have “mobilized a majority of the American people.” Credit Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press
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Obama Says He Would Have Defeated Trump for a Third Term

HONOLULU — President Obama expressed confidence that, if he had run for a third term, he would have defeated Donald J. Trump, according to an interview released Monday with David Axelrod, his friend and former adviser. “I’m confident that if I — if I had run again and articulated it, […]

A search-and-recovery operation was underway near Sochi, Russia, on Monday after the crash of a plane a day earlier in the Black Sea. A large part of the fuselage was found. Credit Yevgeny Reutov/European Pressphoto Agency
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Russia Mounts Search After Plane Crash and Says Terrorism Is Unlikely

SOCHI, Russia — Russia mounted an expansive search-and-recovery operation in the Black Sea on Monday for the passengers and the fuselage of a military passenger plane that crashed a day earlier, killing all 92 people on board, including dozens of members of a storied army choir. In Moscow, famous performers […]

This photo taken on Jan. 15, 2015 shows a Tu-154 plane at Chkalovsky military airport near Moscow, Russia. (Dmitry Petrochenko / AP)
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Russian plane carrying famed chorus crashes into Black Sea; all are believed dead

A military plane carrying members of a renowned Cold War-era musical ensemble that was going to perform for Russian servicemen at a Syrian air base crashed into the Black Sea early Sunday, apparently killing everyone aboard, officials said. The flight also carried nine journalists and a prominent Russian philanthropist. Authorities initially […]

Boko Haram extremists in Bama, Nigeria, told Mariam Sandabe they would kill her if she did not stop teaching. She fled the town and now teaches in a displaced person's camp in Maiduguri. (Robyn Dixon / Los Angeles Times)
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In Nigeria, schoolboys turned killers and came after their ex-teachers and students

The killers came hunting their former teachers, gunning them down in their offices and in their classrooms. At the top of Boko Haram’s kill list: head teachers, examiners, primary school staff and science and geography teachers, whose curriculum contradicted the group’s flat-Earth ideology. The second lesson of the day was under way when terror […]

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Saturday that the Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed. (Sunday Alamba / Associated Press)
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Boko Haram is finally crushed and has no place to hide, Nigerian president declares

The Boko Haram extremist group has finally been crushed — driven from its last forest enclave with fighters on the run and no place to hide, Nigeria’s president declared Saturday. His victorious statement came as the Islamic State group, with which one faction of Boko Haram is allied, claimed that […]

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Israel is taking in injured Syrian refugees from Aleppo

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says country is responding to ‘the tragedy of terrible suffering of civilians’ Israel is to take in injured refugees from Aleppo and arrange for them to be treated in the country’s hospitals, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced. Evacuation efforts are underway in the devastated Syrian city […]

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Trump says he wants to ‘greatly strengthen and expand’ U.S. nuclear capability

President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to expand its nuclear arsenal, after Russian President Vladi­mir Putin said his country’s nuclear potential needs fortifying, raising the specter of a new arms race that would reverse decades of efforts to reduce the number and size of the two […]

A construction site in the Israeli settlement of Beitar Ilit in the West Bank. (Baz Ratner/Reuters)
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Trump, Obama on possible collision course over Israeli settlement vote

President-elect Donald Trump warned the Obama administration Thursday against a possible abstention in a key U.N. Security Council vote that would declare illegal all Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory in the West Bank and the mostly Arab East Jerusalem. The resolution, initially scheduled for a Thursday vote, urges Israelis and […]

Sen. Cory Gardner took pains to cast his proposal as far broader than the Russian hacking of U.S. election officials. | AP Photo
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Pressure grows on McConnell for special Russia hacking probe

Sen. Cory Gardner plans to introduce legislation to create a select committee to investigate an array of cyber security threats. By BURGESS EVERETT John McCain and Lindsey Graham’s bipartisan push to create a special committee to investigate Russia’s election-season hacking and other cybersecurity threats received a potential boost Monday as […]

Scores of anti-Kabila protesters have been shot dead, like those during election demonstrations in September in Kinshasa. Credit John Bompengo/Associated Press
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As President Joseph Kabila Digs In, Tensions Rise in Congo

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up. Instead, he is digging in. His second term is […]