Pro-Moscow rebels fighting in Ukraine said they would open up a 'humanitarian corridor' to allow the withdrawal of Ukrainian troops they have encircled.
President Barack Obama is considering an air assault on Islamist fighters in Syria.
Nearly two out of three Americans say governments should not pay ransom to terrorists in exchange for hostages.
The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the U.S., military leaders say.
Two Americans who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola have been cleared of the virus.
Earlier this summer the military attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages held in Syria.
The beheading of James Foley was said to be in revenge for U.S. air strikes against the Iraqi insurgents.
Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure and stepped down as prime minister.
A mission to evacuate Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by Sunni militant fighters is far less likely, the Pentagon said.
Nuri al-Maliki says the appointment of Haider al-Abadi to replace him as prime minister violated the constitution.
Iraq's president named a new prime minister to end Nuri al-Maliki's eight year rule, but the leader refused to go, creating a dangerous political showdown.
U.S. warplanes struck Iraq for the first time since 2011, attacking fighters in an effort to prevent "genocide."
Israel pulled its ground forces out of the Gaza Strip and started a 72-hour ceasefire with Hamas as a first step toward a more enduring end to the month-old war.
Lights will be switched off at landmarks around Britain on Monday, marking the centenary of the start of the first World War.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinians accused Israel of breaking its own ceasefire on Monday by…