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WASHINGTON (AP) — An embarrassing White House security breach has the Secret Service scrambling to tighten things up with increased surveillance and more officer patrols. Director Julia Pierson has also initiated a full investigation into how an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop him. President Barack Obama and his daughters had just left the White House.

LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage by the Islamic State group is pleading for his life. Former taxi driver Alan Henning was kidnapped in December in Syria, shortly after crossing into the country from Turkey in an aid convoy. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill the 47-year-old Henning. Henning's wife calls him a "peaceful, selfless man."

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It's the anniversary of the terrorist attack on a mall in Kenya's capital that killed 67 people. A memorial plaque with names of the victims has been unveiled at a forest on the edge of Nairobi where people hike. Later, a candlelight vigil will be held at a museum. Police have increased their presence. Police asked residents to be "extra vigilant" in the coming week. Al-Shabab militants from Somalia claimed responsibility.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it approves of the power-sharing agreement signed today in Afghanistan by the country's two presidential candidates. The agreement resolves a drawn-out dispute that threatened to plunge Afghanistan into political turmoil. A White House statement says the agreement will restore "confidence in the way forward."

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Pope Francis says justification of violence by religious extremists is a perversion of beliefs. Francis issued the denunciation today as he arrived in Albania, a Balkan nation where Christians and Muslims endured brutal religious oppression under communism but today live and work together peacefully. Security is unusually tight in the majority Muslim country amid reports that militants might pose a threat.

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