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Family of U.S. hostage held by ISIS hopeful she is alive

Kayla Jean Mueller's parents released a statement late Friday. Jordan called ISIS's claim "criminal propaganda;" U.S. officials say they can't confirm her death.

NBC team looking into Brian Williams' claims

Williams apologized this week for claims during his reporting in Iraq in 2003. Doubts have also been raised about his reporting during Hurricane Katrina.

New study finds young black women have it worse than black men

A new report finds that struggles with racism can begin at a very early age and can be even tougher for girls than it is for boys.

Jordan strikes at Islamic militants; Obama said to be preparing to request war powers

Repeated airstrikes on the self-described Islamic State are "the beginning of our retaliation" for the extremist group's brutal killing of a captured pilot, Jordan's foreign minister says.

UN report: Islamic militants killing, torturing children

The U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child said it's reviewed reports of the mass execution of boys and of beheadings, crucifixions and the burying of children alive.

All-female jihadi group delivers guide to life under Islamic State

A manifesto posted online by the al-Khanssaa Brigade paints an idyllic picture of life for women and says "there is no greater responsibility for a woman than being a wife to her husband."

Jordan launches new airstrikes after vowing harsh war on IS

King Abdullah II pledged to step up the fight against the Islamic State group after the militants burned a captive Jordanian pilot in a cage and released a video of the killing earlier this week.

Landmark speech for Pope Francis to Congress in September

While it was known that Francis had been invited to address American lawmakers, House Speaker Boehner's announcement Thursday was the first word that Francis was coming and that a date was set.

NBC's Brian Williams apologizes for false Iraq story

Williams has recanted a story that he was in a Chinook helicopter hit by an RPG while reporting in Iraq in 2003. He apologized on "Nightly News" for getting it wrong.

Stuck in traffic? It's likely to be worse in 30 years, report says

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx talks about the challenges facing America's transportation system, and why he says the country needs to invest much more in it.

French comedian Dieudonne on trial for 'defending terrorism'

His alleged crime was writing "Je me sens Charlie Coulibaly" ("I feel like Charlie Coulibaly") on Facebook, an apparent reference to Amedy Coulibaly.

London approves new cyclist superhighway plan

London Mayor Boris Johnson will change some of London's busiest roads and intersections, in some cases banning all traffic except cyclists from making turns.

Crashed Taiwan plane hoisted from river; 26 confirmed dead

Flight 235 with 58 people aboard banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.

Jordan executes 2 al-Qaida prisoners after IS group kills pilot

The pilot's gruesome death sparked outrage and anti-Islamic State group demonstrations in Jordan.

Jordan to execute al-Qaida prisoner after killing of pilot

A video the extremists released late Tuesday purportedly shows the pilot being burned alive in a cage. Jordan vowed a swift and lethal response to what it called a "barbaric act."

Mexican President orders investigation on own conflict of interest

Critics have charged that the Peña Nieto government faced conflicts of interest because of the transactions he made with contractors who were then awarded lucrative construction projects.