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Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen' - Pentagon


WASHINGTON - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said on Thursday.

Top News, World 4:28am IST

Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza


GAZA/JERUSALEM - Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group's armed leadership after a ceasefire failed.

World, Israel, Top News 4:29am IST

Thu, Aug 21 2014

Exclusive - Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army.

21 Aug 2014

British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video


LONDON/BAGHDAD - A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

World, Syria, Top News 4:23am IST

U.S. opens criminal probe of journalist Foley's death - Holder


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation of the death of American journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder said on Thursday.

4:41am IST

Death toll could double to over 80 in Hiroshima landslide, more rain falls


HIROSHIMA - Heavy rain delayed a search on Friday for more than 50 people believed buried under a deadly landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, as opposition politicians rounded on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for his handling of the disaster.

7:21am IST

Insight - As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts


BERLIN/KIEV - After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine's military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of the crisis for the Russian leader.

21 Aug 2014

Slain journalist's employer publishes email to family from Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The online news publication that employed slain U.S. journalist James Foley has published the full text of the email to his family from his Islamist militant captors in which they said they would execute him in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes.

7:18am IST

Africa tightens Ebola travel curbs as affected countries face food shortages


MONROVIA - African countries tightened travel curbs on Thursday in an effort to contain the Ebola outbreak, ignoring World Health Organization warnings that such measures could heighten shortages of food and basic supplies in affected areas.

4:37am IST

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri


FERGUSON Mo. - Missouri's governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the strife-torn town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions appeared to ease after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

7:18am IST