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  • White House: Man seized in Iran in 2007 was not working for CIA
    A day after The Associated Press reported that an ex-FBI agent who went missing in Iran seven years ago was on a rogue mission for the CIA, the White House has reiterated its long-held position that Robert Levinson was not on the U.S. payroll when he disappeared.December 13, 2013
  • 'Bad paper' military discharges: The challenges of an other-than-honorable exit from service
    Veterans with "other than honorable" discharges lose benefits like the GI Bill for school or a VA home loan. But they also can't get VA health care and disability compensation, even for the PTSD that may have caused the bad discharge. Such veterans have a few avenues of appeal, but none is simple.December 13, 2013
  • Missing American in Iran was on unapproved mission
    For years, the U.S. has publicly described a retired FBI agent who vanished in Iran as a private citizen. But that was just a cover story. An Associated Press investigation reveals that Levinson was working for the CIA.December 12, 2013
  • Kim Jong Un's uncle, formerly North Korea's No. 2, is executed
    North Korea announced Friday that Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and formerly the second most powerful man in the country, has been executed after being found guilty of treason by a military tribunal.December 12, 2013
  • Help is hard to get for veterans after a bad discharge
    More than 100,000 troops left the service with other-than-honorable discharges in the last 10 years. The consequences of a bad discharge can last a lifetime, disqualifying veterans from benefits and health care. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence about his series on these former members of the military.December 12, 2013
  • Minn. family, human rights activists call for release of man jailed in Abu Dhabi
    A Minnesota family and local human rights activists are calling on the United Arab Emirates to release a man who has been jailed since April for his involvement in a parody video.December 10, 2013
  • Malala, hailed around the world, controversial at home
    Malala Yousafzai is widely viewed as a heroine in the West, for her brave stand against the Taliban's violent repression of girls' rights to education. But the 16-year-old is the subject of fierce debate in at home in Pakistan, and some worry that she is being exploited for ideological purposes.December 10, 2013
  • Other-than-honorable discharge burdens like a scarlet letter
    Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special-operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle. None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."December 9, 2013
  • Intelligence committee heads: Terror threat rising
    The terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren't as safe as they were a year or two ago, the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees said.December 1, 2013
  • Many contractors may stay in Afghanistan
    Should the Afghan government sign a security agreement, the U.S. plans to keep between 6,000 and 9,000 American troops in Afghanistan even after the U.S. and NATO's combat mission officially ends late in 2014.November 28, 2013
  • Three views on the Iran nuclear agreement
    We'll hear three perspectives on the deal this weekend in Geneva that would temporarily freeze Iran's nuclear program.The Daily Circuit, November 25, 2013
  • Obama advised Netanyahu of secret Iran talks in September
    In the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Sept. 30, just after the high Jewish holidays, Obama revealed to Netanyahu that his administration had been engaged in secret, high-level diplomatic talks with the mortal enemy of the Jewish state.November 25, 2013
  • 5 key facts about the Iran nuclear deal
    Remember, the two countries have had no formal ties since the 1979 Iranian Revolution. That all changed when President Obama and Iran's new, moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, exchanged letters in September.November 25, 2013
  • How the Iran deal happened
    The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran's nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.November 24, 2013
  • Deal reached to limit Iran's nuclear program
    Iran and six world powers have just reached an agreement in Geneva on curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, according to published reports.November 23, 2013

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