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Twitter tries to block images of James Foley killing

Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants.

Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar dies at 95

Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and wrote 14 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.

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Gaza violence resumes; Hamas military chief targeted

Israel says more than 70 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours, and it carried out at least 60 airstrikes in response.

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing.

US trying to verify video of journalist James Foley's killing

A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

Argentina car crash kills 3 relatives of pope

A small car carrying a nephew of Pope Francis and the man's family slammed into the back of a truck in Argentina Tuesday.

Castro's niece casts rare 'no' vote, citing gay rights

Mariela Castro, daughter of the country's president — and niece of Fidel Castro — is making waves for rejecting a workers' rights bill in parliament.

Syria's chemical weapons destroyed

The Organization for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons said Tuesday that an operation carried out aboard U.S. vessel Cape Ray has destroyed 581 metric tons of a precursor for sarin nerve gas, and 19.8 metric tons of mustard gas.

Israel launches airstrikes after Gaza rocket fire

The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke the temporary cease-fire.

UN says Gaza requires unprecedented reconstruction

The top U.N. official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a U.N.-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

Obama: Iraq has regained control of Mosul dam

Obama says the recapturing of Mosul dam in northernIraq by Iraqi and Kurdish forces is a "major step forward" in the battle against Islamic State militants.

Obama administration wants cars that talk to each other, saying they will save lives

The Obama administration says it wants to require that future cars and trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

Israel says Hamas West Bank coup attempt thwarted; cease-fire to expire Monday

Israel's Shin Bet security service says it has thwarted a Hamas coup attempt in the West Bank, though it provided few details.

Ukraine blames rebels for shelling civilians, killing many

Ukraine claimed Monday that pro-Russia rebels fired rockets and mortars on a convoy of civilians who were trying to flee from the intense fighting in eastern Ukraine.

US-based Yazidi community watches events in Iraq with horror

Lincoln, Neb., is home to a sizable group of Iraqi Yazidis, members of the minority group being persecuted in Iraq. One of them, Sulaiman Murad, describes the agony of watching the crisis from afar.

Feds order 2nd autopsy in death of Ferguson teenager

Investigators will examine the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the young, unarmed black man whose shooting death at the hands of Missouri police has sparked outrage, protests and some riots in the past week.