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Father Najeeb Michaeel shows off one of the many Christian manuscripts he saved from Iraq's Christian libraries.

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Monks scramble to preserve Iraq's Christian history

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, shown here in his Pentagon office Friday, explained that transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees required action from many parts of the federal government.

Closing Gitmo 'going to be very difficult,' Hagel says

The outgoing secretary of defense conceded his handling of the Guantanamo Bay detainee issue "hasn't always made me popular in some quarters."

Crew members carry a bag containing the body believed to be a victim of AirAsia Flight 8501 to a waiting helicopter on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, on the Java Sea, Indonesia, on Friday.

First attempt to lift AirAsia fuselage fails

Ropes supporting the core piece of wreckage as it was lifted from the sea floor snapped just as the fuselage neared the surface, officials say.

Dear world: Bill and Melinda Gates have 'big bets' for 2030

Their annual letter to the public has been published. They're betting that in 15 years, polio will be eradicated, Africa will feed itself and 2 billion people will use their phones as mobile banks.

Who is new Saudi King Salman?

King Salman, 79, presided over the dramatic transformation of Riyadh with a record for good governance, but he is not viewed as a reformer.

US says it's not clear after Cuba talks if new policy works

The highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cuba in more than three decades says that two days of talks left her with no clearer idea of whether Obama's new policy has good prospects of success.

Argentine president now says prosecutor's death 'not a suicide'

Alberto Nisman, who accused the Argentinian leader of covering up Iran's role in a 1994 terrorist attack, was found shot dead in his apartment on Sunday.

Fate of Japanese hostages unclear after Islamic State's deadline lapses

A video purportedly by the militants says "the countdown has begun." Japan says it's still trying to secure Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto's release. The Islamists want $200 million for their release.

Yemeni rebels call for mass rallies after president resigns

The Houthis, who control the capital, Sanaa, are apparently hoping to exploit a power vacuum left by the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

TSA found 2,212 firearms at airport checkpoints in 2014

Grenades and blades were also found. In most cases, people forgot they had them. Our favorite discovery: a knife in an enchilada.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies; witnessed a new era

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, according to his country's state TV. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was 90 years old.

Yemen crisis: Government resigns amid rebel standoff

The prime minister's resignation came as the U.N. envoy to the Arab world's poorest country met with representatives from the different political factions to try to implement a deal reached Wednesday to end the crisis.

At the Monterey Presidio, city and Army partner to reduce costs

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

Yemen crisis: Shiite rebels, Yemen's president reach deal to end standoff

The late-night deal still leaves unanswered who really controls the country and how much power is still held by the president, a key ally in U.S. efforts to battle Yemen's local al-Qaida branch.

Trustno1: If your password is on this list, change it now

A new list of the 25 worst passwords is out. And it’s not hard to guess the number one worst offender: “123456.”

How your food gets the 'non-GMO' label

Increasingly, it's conventional companies that want to earn the "non-GMO" label. Here's how a company gets into the non-GMO game.