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Emergency personnel wheel an injured hostage to an ambulance during a cafe siege in the central business district of Sydney , Australia,
Emergency personnel wheel an injured hostage to an ambulance during a cafe siege in the central business district of Sydney , Australia (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
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Police end Sydney hostage siege after 16 hours

SYDNEY (AP) -- Amid a barrage of gunfire, police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage siege by an Iranian-born gunman.

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President Barack Obama waves to troops before speaking at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
President Barack Obama waves to troops before speaking at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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President Obama praises U.S. troops during visit to Joint Base

President Obama (D) thanked around 3,000 troops and their families in a hanger at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for their service and sacrifice as combat operations come to an end in Afghanistan.

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CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.
CIA Director John Brennan listens during a news conference at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA Director John Brennan is acknowledging that agency officers did "abhorrent" things to captive terror suspects, and he says he can't prove the harsh treatment made the prisoners cooperate. But he defends the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives.

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WATCH: Soldier surprises son in touching video

As we approach Christmas, and so many of you get to be with your children for the holidays, here's a reminder of those who often can't. One young man thought he'd be spending Christmas without his father who he believed was still stationed in Afghanistan. He hadn't seen him in 9 months. Then the surprise came.

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Former CIA Director Leon Panetta
Former CIA Director Leon Panetta (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal action around the world.

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Then-Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden after President Bush tapped him to head the CIA in 2006.  (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
Then-Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden after President Bush tapped him to head the CIA in 2006. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)
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CIA and its defenders push back on Senate torture report

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top spies past and present campaigned Wednesday to discredit the Senate's investigation into the CIA's harrowing torture practices after 9/11, battling to define the historical record and deter potential legal action around the world.

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Former President George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Obama confronts Bush legacy with report’s release

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For President Barack Obama, the long-delayed release of a scathing Senate report on harsh CIA interrogations underscores the degree to which the legacy of George W. Bush's national security policies has shadowed the man elected to change or end them.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. arrives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to release a report on the CIA's harsh interrogation techniques. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Senate report: Harsh CIA interrogation tactics didn’t work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.

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International Security Assistance Forces take part in a ceremony in north of Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan
International Security Assistance Forces take part in a ceremony in north of Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan as the U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)
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US, NATO ceremonially end Afghan combat mission

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The U.S. and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government.

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