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Father of slain Navy SEAL wants investigation...Pentagon seeks expanded role in Somalia...Egyptian Christians flee Sinai

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 26, 2017 at 8:50 a.m.



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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The father of a Navy SEAL killed during a raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning. Bill Owens is also questioning why President Donald Trump approved the raid a week after taking office. Owens told The Miami Herald that he refused to meet with Trump at Dover Air Force Base when his son's casket arrived. William "Ryan" Owens was the lone U.S. fatality in the Jan. 27 raid on a suspected al-Qaida compound.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon wants to expand the military's ability to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. Senior U.S. officials say recommendations sent to the White House would allow U.S special operations forces to increase assistance to the Somali National Army in the struggle against al-Shabab militants. The officials say the proposal would give the military greater flexibility to launch airstrikes against extremists that appear to be a threat.

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian governor says security agents have freed two German archaeologists who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria. Gunmen had been demanding a ransom of about $200,000 for the release of the two, who were taken at gunpoint Wednesday from an archaeological dig. Two villagers who attempted to help the Germans were shot and killed by the kidnappers.

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian Christians are fleeing the volatile northern part of the Sinai Peninsula for a fourth day, fearing attacks by Islamic State militants. A string of sectarian killings has raised accusations the government is failing to protect the minority. An official at Christian church east of Cairo says about 500 people have passed through the church since Friday.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's official Holocaust memorial is asking Amazon to stop selling literature that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism. A Yad Vashem (yad va-SHEM') official says he sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs) offering to help "curb the spread of hatred." He says Amazon has previously refused to halt such sales, but he hopes the internet retailing giant will reconsider after a recent spike in anti-Semitic incidents.

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