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Assyrians participate in a sit-in Thursday for Christians abducted recently in Syria and Iraq, at a church near Beirut, Lebanon. More than 275 people have been taken by militants.

ISIS captures more Syrian Christians, smashes ancient artifacts

ISTANBUL — The reports are horrifying, something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. A rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, …

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  1. Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov shot dead

    World

    MOSCOW — Russia's Interior Ministry says Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister, has been shot and killed near the Kremlin.

  2. Partial shutdown? House rejects Homeland Security funding

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House unexpectedly rejected short-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, increasing the prospect of a partial shutdown at midnight of an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., accompanied by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Md., voice their objections to the Republican majority during a delay in voting for a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. [Associated Press]
  3. US, Cuba restart embassy talks; breakthrough seems unlikely

    National

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Cuba held a second round of negotiations Friday on restoring diplomatic relations after a half-century interruption, although an immediate breakthrough appeared unlikely.

  4. Parents of slain journalist James Foley: U.S. should do more

    Nation

    TUCSON, Ariz. — The government — and the press — failed to do enough to save the life of the freelance journalist who was the first American killed by Islamic State militants, James Foley's parents said at a university forum Thursday.

  5. Cyberattacks pose growing threat to U.S., intelligence chief says

    Nation

    WASHINGTON — Despite the danger posed by Islamic State and other extremist groups, the nation's top intelligence official warned Thursday that sophisticated cyberattacks like the recent hack of Sony Pictures posed a greater threat to the United States.

    James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence, says "we’ve been living with a constant and expanding barrage of cyberattacks for some time.”