IOC President Says Sochi Is Ready for Winter Olympics

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_64d2fd6006.jpgStreeter Lecka/Getty Images (SOCHI, Russia) -- Whether the rest of the world believes it or not, the head of the International Olympic Committee on Monday declared that Sochi is ready for the 2014 Winter Games starting later this week. IOC President Thomas Bach made that proclamation amid concerns that trouble won't be far behind, given threats of terrorism and reports that some construction in the Olympic village is still ongoing.

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Iraqi Security Operation Kill 57 Al Qaeda Suspects

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_dc96f13243.jpgMarcio Silva/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- Hoping to turn the tide against a stubborn insurgency, Iraq’s Defense Ministry announced Monday that a security operation killed close to five dozen members of the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The offensive involving soldiers and police took place in the Anbar province city of Ramadi, a hotbed of insurgent violence. Parts of Ramadi, as well as most of the western city of Fallujah, have fallen under the control of al Qaeda.

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School Shooting in Moscow Leaves Two Dead

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_4174289c68.jpgZoonar/P.Malyshev/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- A school shooting in Russia Monday left a teacher and a police officer dead before the alleged teen gunman was apprehended. While these kinds of incidents are rare in the country, it fuels more worries among Russians already concerned about the possibility of violence occurring at the Sochi Winter Olympics beginning later this week.

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Senators Distance Themselves from Kerry

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_39da9c6d6f.jpgWin McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Hours after saying Secretary of State John Kerry told them he lost faith in the United States’ Syria strategy and wanted to arm the rebels there, two Republican senators backtracked a bit to ABC’s Arlette Saenz. Asked by Saenz if the Secretary had himself proposed arming the rebels, Sen. John McCain responded, “No, but I think that was obviously a conclusion you could draw.”

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Karzai Issues Most Stinging Rebuke Yet of US

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_469202489a.jpgSean Gallup/Getty Images (LONDON) -- Delivering his most scathing assessment of Afghanistan's relationship with the U.S., President Hamid Karzai told London's The Sunday Times that he "saw no good" in America's presence in his country. Karzai, who was the first choice of the U.S. to become Afghanistan's president in 2005, has grown increasingly antagonistic toward Washington over time, which includes refusing to sign a Bilateral Security Agreement that would leave behind a residual force of coalition troops when the U.S. and NATO pull their militaries out of the country later this year.

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