WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. ground troops in hotspots around the Middle East. Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn) tell CBS' "Face the Nation" that special operations forces in particular may be necessary to blunt Iranian influence in Yemen and elsewhere. The president has said he doesn't want to increase the U.S. military presence in Yemen despite the deteriorating security condition in that country.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic insurgents are attacking the largest city in northeastern Nigeria and at least six villages to its south. Authorities say fierce fighting between troops and insurgents in city of Maiduguri (my-DOO'-goor-ee) has left more than 200 dead. Maiduguri is the birthplace of Boko Haram (BOH'-koh hah-RAHM') and has been attacked many times in the 5-year Islamic insurgency that killed an estimated 10,000 people last year.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has made a rare high-level visit to Nigeria, where he urged the main candidates in next month's presidential election to accept the results and tamp down potential post-election violence. Kerry also said the U.S. is sharing intelligence with Nigeria as it battles Islamic insurgents and stands ready to do more if the election proceeds in a nonviolent, democratic fashion.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A left-wing, anti-bailout party has won a decisive victory in Greece's national elections, according to projections by state-run TV's exit poll. But it's unclear whether the communist-rooted party, Syriza, has won a decisive enough victory over the incumbent conservatives to govern alone. For that, they need a minimum 151 of parliament's 300 seats.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Sniper" is the No. 1 movie for the second weekend in a row. The Navy SEAL drama starring Bradley Cooper made another $64.4 million, according to studio estimates, for a total haul of $200.1 million. "The Boy Next Door" featuring Jennifer Lopez as a teacher who engages in an affair with a younger man opened in second place with $15 million.
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