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Islamic State making millions despite US bid to halt money flow

WASHINGTON — Islamic State still generates tens of millions of dollars a month in illicit income despite a U.S.-led effort to cut the financing streams that have helped turn the once-obscure militant group into a terrorist organization unlike any previously seen, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official said Thursday.

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Japan, Australia to start talks on submarine deal

TOKYO — Japan and Australia have agreed to begin talks on the joint development of a cutting-edge submarine possessing advanced Japanese technology, a process that will take bilateral defense ties to a new level and could eventually result in the first major transfer of Japanese military technology abroad.