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world Islamic State 'beheading': A challenge to US?

The Islamic State group sends a graphic "Message to America" said to show the beheading of an American journalist.

13 minutes ago // The Guardian

world US supreme court delays same-sex marriages in Virginia

Agreeing with an appeal from a county clerk, the highest US court delays a decision that would have allowed gay couples to marry imminently Continue reading...

13 minutes ago // NPR

world Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel

Both sides have traded barbs and criticism over the other's policies. Some believe the public feud stems from a personal animosity between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

13 minutes ago // CNN

world Ukraine says one of its military jets has been shot down

A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, a spokesman for Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council said.

14 minutes ago // CBS

world Most Americans oppose Common Core standards: Poll

A new poll finds a majority doesn't support the nationwide reading and math standards backed by the Obama administration

18 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Air Force grounds F-16 fighter jets after cracks are found near cockpit

The Air Force has temporarily grounded 82 of its aging F-16 fighter jets after structural cracks were found near the cockpits.

21 minutes ago // USA Today

world Google Street View dives under the sea in new update

Where Google Street View is going, you won't need roads.

21 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Brazil Announces New Credit Transaction Rules

The Brazilian government announced measures aimed at increasing bank lending, including granting banks permission to issue home-equity loans.

27 minutes ago // Newsvine

world From Siberia to Kaliningrad: the fledgling independence movements gaining traction in Russia

Moscow appears to have blocked efforts hold a march in favour of Siberian independence this weekend, but that doesn’t mean the sentiment isn’t spreading

30 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Islamic State militants seize four more foreign hostages to add to Syria gains

Jihadists flush with arms and relying on shock tactics abduct Europeans and Japanese national as US strikes continue Continue reading...

31 minutes ago // CBS

world Macy's to pay $650,000 to settle racial bias claims

The agreement comes after minorities complained of being unfairly detained while shopping at the store

33 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Pakistan Protesters Edge Closer to Dialogue

Leaders of the protests demanding the resignation of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif moved closer to talks with the government, amid the tense standoff continuing in the capital.

38 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Russia closes McDonald's restaurants for 'sanitary violations'

Consumer watchdog closes four Moscow branches following inspections, in move seen by critics as part of sanctions war Continue reading...

39 minutes ago // CNN

world Parents fear for babies as Thai military tightens surrogacy laws

A Texan couple faces an agonizing wait for the birth of their baby boy to a surrogate, some 14,000 kilometers away, in a country now under military rule that's changing the laws mid-way through the pregnancy.

40 minutes ago // VOA

world Partnership to Reward Creative Fixes for Natural Disasters

Michael Yates remembers recently seeing footage of a South Asian woman who woke up in the middle of the night surrounded by water. She grabbed her children and fled to higher ground, but left everything behind in the flooding, as he recalls. Yates, the director for the U.S. Agency for International Developments mission in Asia, said that inexpensive tools like early warning systems might have helped this woman minimize her losses. These are the types of remedies USAID was looking for as it

41 minutes ago // Reuters

world Opposition leader Khan opens talks with Pakistan government over protests

ISLAMABAD Reuters - Opposition leader Imran Khan opened negotiations Wednesday with the Pakistani government, a lawmaker from his party said, in an effort to end protests against the prime minister and overcome a political impasse.

44 minutes ago // VOA

world Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.

45 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Billy Crystal will remember Robin Williams at Emmys

Robin Williams will receive a special tribute at the Emmy Awards on Monday, to be delivered by his old Comic Relief cohost Billy Crystal.

45 minutes ago // Reuters

world Kuwait detains Muslim cleric suspected of funding militants: security source

KUWAIT Reuters - Kuwait detained a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric at the Gulf state's airport on Wednesday after the United States included him on a sanctions list on suspicion that he is funneling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, a security source told Reuters.

47 minutes ago // CBS

world Father of "affluenza" teen arrested for impersonating police

The father of Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who killed four people and argued that his family's wealth was partially to blame, has been arrested for impersonating a police officer

48 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Argentina defends plan to pay creditors outside US

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Argentina will make its next round of scheduled debt payments, the economy minister said Wednesday as he defended a new plan to pay creditors locally and avoid the jurisdiction of a U.S. court that forced the country into default last month.Under legislation that still must be submitted to Congress, Argentina will no longer use the Bank of New York as a trustee for about $30 billion in bonds and will service debt through its own central bank, Economy Minist

50 minutes ago // NPR

world Same-Sex Marriages On Hold In Virginia After Supreme Court Weighs In

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked an appeals court ruling that would have allowed gay marriages to begin in Virginia tomorrow.

51 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Supreme Court blocks ruling that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term.

52 minutes ago // The Guardian

world 'Oldest' village in Spain sells cut-price plots of land to attract new residents

Sale is second attempt to save Olmeda de la Cuesta, which has 35 residents with average age of 75, from disappearing Continue reading...

52 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Obama, allies vow firm response to Islamic State

WASHINGTON The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq."We will be vigilant and we will be relentless," Obama said as the U.S. military pressed ahead w

52 minutes ago // BBC

world Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides.

53 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Air strikes again batter Gaza as peace negotiations collapse

Binyamin Netanyahu compares Hamas to Isis, following a strike which killed the wife and son of Hamas's military wing chief Continue reading...

54 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

Modern humans and Neanderthals co-existed in Europe 10 times longer than previously thought, a study suggests.

54 minutes ago // Reuters

world Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq

BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international condemnation of the insurgents grew.

55 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Turkey's Peace Talks With Kurds Marred by Violence

Turkey said at least one soldier was killed in an attack by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, as a recent surge in assaults threatens efforts to end the group's three-decade conflict with the government.

55 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Billy Crystal to Honor Robin Williams at Emmys

The comedian has had "no words" on Twitter in the wake of his friend's death, but Monday he will speak for many during an In Memoriam tribute.

55 minutes ago // CBS

world Another American hostage threatened with death

ISIS militants threaten to kill another U.S. journalist after releasing video showing beheading of James Foley

56 minutes ago // Sky News

world Missouri: Eric Holder Arrives Amid Protests

Community leaders cite a county prosecutor's connection to police and his father's death in calling for him to step aside.

57 minutes ago // The Times of India

world Experimental Ebola drugs needed for up to 30,000 people

Up to 30,000 people could have used experimental treatments or vaccines so far in the world's worst outbreak of Ebola currently plaguing West Africa, British scientists said on Wednesday.

58 minutes ago // VOA

world Fed Officials Debate When to Raise Interest Rates

Top officials of the U.S. central bank have been debating how soon to raise interest rates, as the economy continues recovering from the recession. Federal Reserve leaders looked at the improving job market and other issues at their most recent meeting at the end of July. Notes from that gathering were published Wednesday. Officials kept the key interest rate at the record-low level where it was set several years ago to bolster faltering growth and fight high unemployment. Experts say as

1 hour ago // The Washington Post

world As Pakistans political crisis deepens, military leaders urge negotiated settlement

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Military leaders in Pakistan appear to be growing increasingly nervous about the standoff between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and two key opposition figures seeking his resignation, adding further volatility to the countrys political crisis.