Islamic State Forces Syria Rebels to Retreat From Border Area

Civilians inspect a site hit by an airstrike in the rebel-controlled city of Idlib

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

U.S. Official Sees Progress Against Islamic State, War Continuing

Iraqi counterterrorism forces walk in Falluja

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s special envoy for the fight against Islamic State said on Tuesday that coalition forces were making progress and planning assaults on key cities in Iraq and Syria, but U.S. lawmakers criticized the progress as too slow.

Baltimore Cop Not Guilty on All Charges in Death of Freddie Gray

Officer Caesar Goodson arrives at the courthouse in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr was found not guilty on Thursday of all criminal charges including second-degree depraved heart murder in the case of black detainee Freddie Gray, who died from injuries sustained while in police custody.

Supreme Court Upholds Race-Based College Admissions Program

A demonstrator holds a sign aloft as the affirmative action in university admissions case was being heard at the Supreme Court in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the practice of considering race in college admissions, rejecting a white woman’s challenge to a University of Texas affirmative action program designed to boost the enrollment of minority students.

Supreme Court, Split 4-4, Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

Immigration activists join hands after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of President Obama's executive action to defer deportation of certain immigrants, in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits, leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan.

U.S. Navy Boosts Presence in Mediterranean Ahead of NATO Summit

The US Navy aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman transits the Suez Canal, Egypt towards the Mediterranean Sea

ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (Reuters) – The U.S. military will have two aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea this month ahead of a NATO summit in Warsaw, as Washington seeks to balance Russia’s military activities and accelerate its fight against Islamic State militants.