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Obama seeks to ally concerns about terror strategy...Bomb kills 22 in Pakistan...Diplomats press unity plan for Libya



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WASHINGTON (AP) — With fears of terrorism hanging over America's holiday season, President Barack Obama is planning a series of events this week aimed at trying to allay concerns about his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group abroad and its sympathizers at home. White House officials say Obama will visit the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center as part of a push to further explain his terrorism-fighting strategy.

PARIS (AP) — It's been one month since attackers killed 130 people in Paris and wounded hundreds more. People gathered today outside the concert hall where 89 people were killed and laid flowers and candles.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb explosion in Pakistan has killed 22 minority Shiite Muslims and wounded 45 others, according to local officials. They say it happened in the main town in a tribal region near the Afghan border, at a market crowded with shoppers buying warm clothes for winter.

ROME (AP) — Diplomats from the United States, Europe and the Mideast have met with leaders of Libya's rival political factions, pressing them to adopt a U.N.-brokered national unity plan aimed at rescuing the country from chaos and preventing Islamic State extremists from gaining more ground. Secretary of State John Kerry and Italy's foreign minister led today's conference in Rome.

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says its forces have shot a Palestinian woman after she attempted to stab a pedestrian today in the West Bank. Israeli media reports say the woman is in critical condition. The incident occurred in Hebron (HEH'-bruhn), a frequent flashpoint of violence during a three-month outburst of Israeli-Palestinian fighting.

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