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President Obama addresses beheading of James Foley by Islamic militants

Elias Groll from Foreign Policy joins the show to talk about the President's remarks regarding the execution of US journalist James Foley in Iraq.

If you're born in the sky, what's your nationality?

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?

Photographing an Ebola riot: Put your fear aside and go forward

Covering protests over an Ebola quarantine, NPR photographer David Gilkey found himself in the middle of a riot. He says he doesn't know what was scarier — the bullets or the health risks.

Supreme Court puts same-sex marriages on hold in Virginia

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

Report: Firefighting costs eroding conservation

A new report from the Agriculture Department said that staffing for fighting fires has more than doubled since 1998.

Obama says US won't stop confronting Islamic State

President Barack Obama delivered a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded.

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.

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.