US & World

File Photo Of US Journalist Steven Sotloff Held Hostage By Extremists

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White House can't confirm authenticity of Steven Sotloff beheading video

Sotloff, a journalist, had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group.

Somalia Violence

Targeting Al-Shabab leadership, U.S. launches airstrikes in Somalia

The Pentagon said it was still "assessing the results of the operation." Local Somali officials said the U.S. airstrikes hit near a meeting of the al-Qaida affiliated group.

British Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons on Monday that he wants to give police the power to seize the passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria.

UK seeks to expand terrorism laws to target British fighters

Prime Minister David Cameron wants to give police the power to seize passports of Islamist fighters bound for Iraq and Syria. On Friday, Britain raised its threat level to "severe" from "substantial."

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

Three Americans detained in North Korea were given foreign media access on Monday and said they have been able to contact their families.

Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

Unlike the previous rounds, this time rebels have said that they are willing to respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.

Gaza's shattered airport, once a symbol of sovereignty

The sad spectacle of Gaza's bombed-out airport doesn't deter Palestinians from hoping to someday have another airport of their own.

Putin calls for talks to consider statehood for southeastern Ukraine

The Russian leader said "substantive, meaningful talks" were needed to decide the outcome in the region, while a spokesman clarified that the region should remain part of Ukraine.

Iraqi forces reportedly enter besieged city of Amerli

The town of Amerli, which includes some 20,000 Shiite Turkmen, has been surrounded by Sunni Islamic State fighters for two months.

Rebels reportedly seize part of US embassy compound in Tripoli

A YouTube video shows a large group of men occupying a building that the U.S. ambassador to Libya says appears to be the embassy's residential annex.

Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.

UN peacekeepers rescued after being trapped by Syrian militants

Dozens of blue-helmeted Filipino soldiers were extracted after a firefight with militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

John Walker Jr., Cold War spy for Soviets, dies at 77

The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period.

Nicaraguan miners trapped after collapse

Four miners remain trapped after 22 others were rescued at a gold and silver mine near the south central city of Bonanza.

Chinese high-rise worker left dangling after annoyed boy cuts rope

The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker's rappelling apparatus.

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost of airstrikes and other operations has been $7.5 million since mid-June.

U.N.: Syrian refugee crisis is 'biggest humanitarian emergency of our era'

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war is on the verge of surpassing 3 million, the United Nations said. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes.