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Mother of captured US aid worker Peter Kassig appeals to head of Isil

Paula Kassig directs message to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed Caliph of the Islamic State, to find out about their son's fate, as thousands gather for vigil<p>The mother of the American aid worker held hostage by Islamic State militants has issued a direct plea to the leader of the …

Google ‘Hired’ a Camel to Take Its Street View Trekker Camera Through the Liwa Desert

In Google’s ongoing effort to ‘Street View’ some of the most incredible places on Earth, the company has pushed the limits of the 360-degree genre …

Senegalese peacekeeper killed in rocket attack on northern Mali base

BAMAKO (Reuters) - A Senegalese United Nations peacekeeper was killed on Tuesday when a joint French-U.N. military camp in the northern Malian town of Kidal was hit by rocket fire, the U.N. mission and Senegal’s state television said.<p>U.N. head of peacekeeping operations Herve Ladsous speaks at a …

The Language That Divides America: From Red And Blue To Percents

The thing I found interesting about the "latte salute" foofaraw was that people were calling it that. Why did they feel the need to suggest that it was a latte that the president was holding when he made that perfunctory salute to the Marines as he left his helicopter last month? How can a latte …

Pentagon to Brief Obama on Grim Battle Against Jihadists

President Barack Obama is heading to the Pentagon Wednesday afternoon for an update on the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria …

Where Is Kim Jong Un?

A guide to what we know—and don't know—about the North Korean leader's disappearance<p>One of the perils of doing things differently than your predecessor is that people quickly forget how things used to be. North Korea’s late leader, Kim Jong Il, was a fairly reclusive man, one who seemed more drawn …

Last U.S. airman's body recovered off Japan

The last body has been recovered of three U.S. airmen who died when a powerful typhoon struck just off Japan, according to the official website of Kadena Air Base, the U.S. military installation where the men were serving.<p>The name of the airman located Wednesday is not being released pending his …

Ukraine: Donetsk fighter unfazed by heavy shelling

Bombing in eastern Ukraine seems to have become a way of life judging by the reaction of one fighter, who stands by unfazed during heavy shelling by the Ukrainian army<p>As fighting continues in eastern Ukraine it seems heavy shelling has become the norm, judging by the reaction of fighters being …

California air tanker fleet grounded after deadly crash

California's state fire agency grounded its nearly two dozen remaining S-2T air tankers Wednesday as federal investigators looked through the wreckage of a crash that killed the pilot while battling a wildfire at Yosemite National Park.<p>Cal Fire officials identified the dead pilot as Geoffrey …