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US Senate Passes Budget, Setting Up Fight With Obama

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The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that proposes deep cuts to the federal budget, setting up a fight between congressional Republicans and Democratic President Barack Obama.

At an all-night session that lasted until early Friday, senators passed their version of a balanced budget plan that proposes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade. Much of the savings would come by cutting health care, and funding for the military would increase.

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IS Likely Trying to Add al-Shabab to Its Ranks

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Growing divisions within the leadership of the al-Shabab terror organization could soon push some, if not all, of the Somali-based outfit to pledge allegiance to the group known as the Islamic State.

Intelligence officials and analysts have been closely watching a developing rift between al-Shabab’s senior leaders, long loyal to al-Qaida, and younger commanders who appear enticed by the propaganda of the Islamic State militants. Now that Nigeria’s Boko Haram has formally sided with the Islamic State group, there’s a feeling that at least part of al-Shabab could be next.

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Iran, US Continue Nuclear Talks Ahead of Deadline

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U.S. and Iranian negotiators are set Friday to continue a final round of talks on Tehran's nuclear program, as a March 31 deadline to reach a framework deal draws closer.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Thursday with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland. Both sides have expressed optimism a deal can be reached.

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US Soldier, Cousin Charged in Alleged Effort to Join IS

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A soldier in the U.S. Army National Guard and his cousin have been charged with forming a plan to fight for the Islamic State terrorist group in the Middle East and kill dozens at a U.S. military installation.

Hasan Edmonds, 22, was taken into custody at Chicago's Midway Airport late Wednesday before boarding a flight to Egypt, and Jonas Edmonds, 29, was arrested at his home.  Both men are U.S. citizens from the Midwestern city of Aurora, Illinois.

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Nigerian Military Says Boko Haram 'Headquarters' Taken

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The Nigerian military says soldiers have retaken the town of Gwoza, one of the last areas in northeastern Nigeria controlled by militant group Boko Haram.

The military says on Twitter that troops captured the Borno state town on Friday morning and destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram's self-declared caliphate.  It said more details would follow.

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Berghdal Charged With Desertion, Misbehavior

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U.S. military prosecutors have formally charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant traded for five Taliban prisoners last year, with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
 
Army spokesman Colonel Daniel King read the charges Wednesday in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. If convicted, King said Bergdahl could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for desertion and life imprisonment for misbehavior before the enemy.

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US Launches Airstrikes on Tikrit

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Warplanes from a U.S.-led coalition launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi requested support for a month-old offensive to retake the strategic area.

Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militias have been battling on the ground, and had resisted asking for outside air support, but after quick gains outside Tikrit, the effort stalled.

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