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North Korea Grants Interviews With American Detainees: To What End?

Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities.

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State Dept. Officials Work To Verify Islamic State's Beheading Video

In a new video released by the militant group Islamic State, American journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be killed by extremists associated with the group.

Another American Doctor In Liberia Tests Positive For Ebola

He's the third American to contract the disease while working in Liberia. In this case, the doctor, who was part of the Christian aid group SIM, was treating obstetrics patients.

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Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.

When A Home Poses Health Risks, The Floor May Be The Culprit

Homes with dirt floors can make people sick. Replacing them with concrete floors helps cut risks but isn't always affordable. A new project in Rwanda relies on a low-cost alternative.

Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded Second American Journalist

The Islamist militant group had threatened to kill Steven Sotloff if the U.S. continued to conduct airstrikes in Iraq. Sotloff's mother released a video last week pleading for the release of her son.

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Cuban Rafters Still Attempt Difficult Journey To The U.S.

This month is the 20th anniversary of the Cuban refugee exodus when 35,000 Cubans fled on rafts to the U.S. There's been a spike this year in Cubans risking their lives on rafts to reach the U.S.

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A Photographic Tour Of A Country That Doesn't Like Cameras

Photographer Julia Leeb traveled to North Korea twice on tourist visas and shares her experience with a book of photos called North Korea: Anonymous Country.

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Israel Claims 988 Acres Of West Bank Land

U.S. U.N. and Palestinian officials have criticized the decision. The land at the heart of the dispute hugs the line separating the West Bank from Israel and reaches in toward Palestinian villages.

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Cameron Seeks To Expand Terrorism Laws To Target British Fighters

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was abhorrent that British citizens declared their allegiance to groups like ISIS. He said new rules would allow police to seize passports of suspected militants.

The ISIS Social Media Attack

September 3, 2014
This still image from an undated video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, purports to show journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group. The Islamic State group has threatened to kill Sotloff if the United States doesn't stop its strikes against them in Iraq. Video released Tuesday, Sept. 02, 2014, purports to show Sotloff's murder by the same rebel group. (AP)

Another beheading claim and ISIS’s use of social media in its grab for power.

Video Purports To Show Beheading Of U.S. Journalist

September 2, 2014
American journalist Steven Sotloff (center, with black helmet) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line on June 02, 2011, in Misrata, Libya. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria and was recently shown on a jihadist video in which fellow U.S. journalist James Foley was executed. In the video the militant group the Islamic State threatened to kill Sotloff next if the U.S. continues its aerial campaign against the insurgency. (Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images)

Steven Sotloff, who was was kidnapped a year ago in Syria, appears to have been beheaded by an Islamic State fighter.

Obama’s Tactics On Foreign Issues Under Scrutiny

September 2, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Iraq, and Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, before convening a meeting with his national security team on the militant threat in Syria and Iraq. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News weighs in on the fine line the administration is walking and what they’re trying to accomplish.

Video Purports To Show Beheading Of U.S. Journalist Steven Sotloff

September 2, 2014

Steven Sotloff had last been seen in Syria in August 2013 until appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.

Fighting And Rhetoric Continues In Ukraine Crisis

September 2, 2014
Ukrainian soldiers sit on the top of an APC patrolling in the Donetsk area, on September 2, 2014. (Anantoli Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images)

There are new reports today that Russian troops are on the ground in eastern Ukraine. Moscow continues to deny that.

Pentagon Can’t Confirm Death Of Second American Or Al-Shabab Leader

September 2, 2014
Members of Somalia's al-Shabab jihadist movement are pictured during exercises at their military training camp outside Mogadishu, November 2008. (AP)

John Walcott of Bloomberg News discusses the apparent beheading of an American journalist and the reported killing of an extremist leader.

After Foley’s Death, Former War Reporter Says It’s Not Worth The Risk

September 2, 2014
Journalist James Foley is pictured in Aleppo, Syria, in September, 2012. (Manu Brabo/ via AP)

Tom A. Peter covered the Middle East and Afghanistan for seven years, and now he’s describing his disillusionment with the job.

Subway Video Forces Question About How Chinese Treat Strangers

September 2, 2014
A still from the surveillance camera footage shows the fainting man (top left and bottom right) lying alone in a subway car, as the few remaining occupants hurry away. (YouTube screenshot via NPR)

When a white foreigner fainted on the subway last month in Shanghai, all of the passengers abroad the train fled the scene.

Estonian Foreign Minister Wants More NATO Presence

September 2, 2014
Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet is pictured on February 18, 2014, in Moscow. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

Urmas Paet says Russian actions have changed the security environment for the whole of Europe.

British PM Outlines New Counter-Terrorism Steps

September 1, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron is pictured on September 1, 2014 in London, England, shortly before announcing new counter-terrorism measures in parliament. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

David Cameron called today for new police powers to seize passports to deal with the increasing threat of homegrown jihadists.

Hong Kong Democracy Supporters Heckle Chinese Official

September 1, 2014
Pro-democracy lawmakers chant placards to against Li Fei, deputy general secretary of National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee during a briefing session in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen." The placards read "Break a promise" and "Shameful." (Kin Cheung/AP)

It was a rare occasion of a Beijing official being exposed to open defiance, after China said no to open elections in Hong Kong.

Pro-Russian Rebels Lower Demands In Peace Talks

September 1, 2014
Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A so-called contact group meets for talks in Minsk, the Belarusian capital, to reach agreement on a cease-fire. The group, which last met in late July, includes representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (Dmitry Brushko/AP)

The rebels softened their demands, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy.

Jermaine Jones And The Bizarre Rules Of MLS

August 30, 2014
US midfielder Jermaine Jones warms up during a training session at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife on June 25, 2014 on the eve of the Group G football match between USA and Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images)

In a highly-criticized move, a blind draw determined whether the U.S. national team’s Jermaine Jones ended up with the Chicago Fire or the New England Revolution. Bill Littlefield looks at the oddities of the MLS “designated player” rule.

Is It Time For Tennis To Get Loud?

August 30, 2014

Tennis is famous for playing its Grand Slams on different surfaces. But the tournaments are also known for having very different sounds, from the quiet of Wimbledon to the noise of the US Open. Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times joins Bill Littlefield to make some noise about, well, noise.

New Book Details Effort To Rescue Abused, Neglected Dogs In Puerto Rico

August 29, 2014
Abandoned dogs are seen at the "Dead Dog Beach", an area that has become a dumping ground for unwanted pets, in the southeastern town of Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. (Herminio Rodriguez/AP)

In Puerto Rico, Stephen McGarva came to be known as the “crazy gringo” who spent thousands of dollars, and every moment of his waking time, helping and healing hundreds of abused stray dogs.

World Championship Tug-Of-War Is ‘A Thing Of Beauty’

August 29, 2014
The Irish National team competes in the 1990 World Tug-of-War Championships. (Bob Martin/Allsport/Getty Images)

This weekend’s competition in Wisconsin is a bit more intense than it was in your grade school gym class.

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