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U.S. prepares military options in Syria against Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is preparing military options, including surveillance flights, to pressure Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials said on Monday, but they cautioned no decision had been made to expand U.S. action beyond the limited airstrikes under way in Iraq.<p>Militant …

Rebels free American held in Syria

An American journalist held in Syria by Islamist rebels for close to two years was released Sunday.<p>Peter Theo Curtis, 45, is believed to have been captured in October 2012 and held by al-Nusra Front, a Syrian rebel group with ties to al Qaeda.<p>"My heart is full at the extraordinary, dedicated, …

Rare rains, mud temporarily close Burning Man

BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. (AP) — Thousands of Burning Man enthusiasts were on the outside looking in Monday after a rare batch of heavy rain forced …

Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted

Hackers infiltrated Sony's PlayStation Network and disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane.<p>Sony Corp. says American cut short the executive's flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in …

James Foley's final letter: 'I pray for you to stay strong'

The family of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Isis militants, have released a letter he dictated to a fellow hostage while in captivity.<p>The letter, published on Facebook on Sunday evening, recounts childhood memories with his brothers, sister and parents, asks his grandmother to …

Inmates decapitated during Brazil prison riot

A prison riot turned deadly in the southern Brazilian city of Cascavel when rioters killed at least four fellow inmates, according to police in Brazil.<p>Two inmates were decapitated, while two others were thrown off the roof of a cell block, said Maria Carle, spokeswoman for the Justice Secretariat …

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Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight terror

The Syrian regime says it's ready to accept support from the United States and others working under the U.N. umbrella to fight "terrorists."<p>The comments, by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem, were made Monday as ISIS fighters seized control of a strategically important air base in the …

Libya crisis: US 'caught off-guard' by air strikes

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Isolation, cancelled flights hamper Ebola efforts in Africa

Plans for a massive "surge" of medical aid to fight the Ebola crisis have been jeopardized by airlines cancelling flights into the region, the United Nations has warned.<p>West African countries at the heart of the Ebola outbreak are increasingly sealed off from the world, their borders closed, their …

Palestinian president prepares new UN appeal

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Aides to the Palestinian president said Sunday that he will soon appeal to the international community to set a deadline …

Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys apartment block

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli air strikes launched before dawn on Tuesday killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.<p>Israel had no immediate comment on the …

Michael Brown laid to rest today; controversy lives on

ST. LOUIS — Justice was a recurring theme as thousands of mourners packed the mammoth Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the funeral of Michael Brown, a black teen whose fatal shooting in a confrontation with a white police officer set off weeks of sometimes violent protests.<p>Al …

Bombings in Iraq target Shiites, kill dozens

A wave of bombings struck majority Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad and two other Iraqi cities Monday, killing at least four dozen people in an apparently worsening spiral of sectarian bloodletting.<p>In the deadliest incident, a suicide bomber set off his explosives in a mosque, killing 11 people and …

Israel blasts 2nd residential tower in Gaza

An Israeli airstrike blasted a residential tower in Gaza on Monday night.<p>CNN video and Hamas-run Aqsa TV showed rockets hitting the structure known as the Italian Tower.<p>Residents evacuated the tower after an earlier drone airstrike known as a "knock on the roof."<p>The Palestinian Health ministry said …

Ukraine's president sets parliamentary election for October 26

KIEV (Reuters) - President Petro Poroshenko dissolved Ukraine’s parliament on Monday and announced an election on Oct. 26 in the country that is fighting a war against separatists that has driven relations with Russia to an all-time low.<p>Poroshenko’s decision had been expected after the governing …

Big screen stars bring new shine to Emmys, TV's top night

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three television upstarts could shake up the annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday in a validation of the television industry’s move toward sophisticated, long-form storytelling.<p>Julie Bowen from the ABC sitcom "Modern Family" arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los …

Is Breaking Bad set to go out on an outstanding high?

From the soaring rush to the twitchy comedown … hit drug drama <i>Breaking Bad</i> will take a final bow of appreciation at the US Emmy awards on Monday night with seven nominations.<p>Revered for adding a layer of metaphysical questions about karma and destiny to the grim reality of the methamphetamine drug …

Scorsese Directing Shutter Island TV Show Pilot

HBO series is tentatively titled Ashecliffe.<p>Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese is reportedly attached to helm the TV series pilot for a show …

Report: Obama OKs Syria flights

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a senior administration official said late Monday, a move that could pave the way for U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militant targets.<p>While the White House says Obama has not approved military action inside …

Obama's Second Term Dictated by Crises

President Obama is now back at the White House, but as he even discovered on his vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, events -- especially international ones -- are still dictating his presidency. In fact, that’s largely been the story of his second term. The New York Times’ Michael Shear noted that …

Gaza death toll increases as Israeli strikes continue

Violence reverberated across Gaza with Israel launching several deadly air strikes Monday, while Egypt proposed a new ceasefire that would open key crossings into the blockaded territory.<p>Since an earlier truce collapsed on 19 August, the death toll in Gaza has risen steadily with at least 112 …