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Rep. Gowdy To Lead New Benghazi Committee In First Public Hearing

House lawmakers will give the Sept. 11 attacks in Libya two years ago a fresh look. Wednesday's hearing will be the first public one since Gowdy (R-S.C.) became chair of a special Benghazi committee.

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American Doctor In Libera Calls U.S. Ebola Response Plan 'Outstanding'

Melissa Block talks to Dr. Timothy Flanigan in Liberia about President Obama's announcement that the U.S. will ramp up aid efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak.

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U.S. To Send 3,000 Troops To West Africa To Aid In Ebola Epidemic

On Tuesday, President Obama announced that the U.S. will send more military personnel and resources to Africa to fight the deadly virus.

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Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama's Strategy For Fighting ISIS

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday.

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ISIS May Be At Peak Strength, With 'Easiest Dominoes' Fallen

Robert Siegel speaks with Ramzy Mardini, who argues that overstating the threat from ISIS could lead the U.S. to another tragic foreign policy mistake.

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Thanks To Nutella, The World Needs More Hazelnuts

Nutella, launched 50 years ago, has turned into a global phenomenon, boosting demand for hazelnuts. Now producers are looking beyond Turkey's north coast, where most of these nuts are grown.

Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

To put Ebola in context, we tried to find a list of the deadliest contagious diseases. We couldn't. So with the help of scientists and health agencies, we came up with a rundown of the world's worst.

Belgium Agrees To Euthanize Man Convicted Of Murder, Rape

Frank Van Den Bleeken says he wants to die because he hasn't seen any change in himself. A court agreed — and now his case is raising prickly questions in a country that has no death penalty.

In Germany, A Magazine For The Dog-Tired

Germans have long had plenty of choices when it comes to magazines catering to canine lovers. But one publisher thinks the time has finally come to throw the dog haters a bone.

U.S. To Increase Response To Ebola, Send Troops To Liberia

September 16, 2014
Gloves and rubber boots forming part of the Ebola prevention gear for health workers at a clinic are set outside for the sun to dry them after being washed in Monrovia, Liberia Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (Abbas Dulleh/AP)

The U.S. will send some 3,000 troops to conduct the military and medical response in Liberia as that country faces an ongoing Ebola outbreak.

A Voice For Scottish Independence

September 16, 2014
A pro-independence campaigner hands out leaflets in central Glasgow on September 16, 2014, ahead of the referendum on Scottish independence. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

Scottish bagpipe champion Andy Clark says the working class would be the real winners if Scotland votes for independence.

What Will Alibaba Do With $25 Billion?

September 16, 2014
Chinese workers walk out from the Alibaba head office building in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on May 21, 2012. (STR/AFP/GettyImages)

The hype has been building ahead of the Alibaba IPO, but the company faces some tough questions before going public.

HBO’s New Documentary Captures Terror On Film

September 15, 2014
Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi Kenya Monday Sept. 23 2013. Multiple large blasts have rocked the mall where a hostage siege is in its third day. (Jerome Delay/AP)

The new HBO documentary “Terror At The Mall” uses mall security footage to tell the story of the terrorist attack on the West Gate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

Chinese Opinion Does Not Favor Scottish Independence

September 15, 2014
Members of the Hong Kong Police Band march in a parade playing bagpipes and dressed in tartan; two prominent cultural Scottish symbols.(Flickr/istolethetv)

Chinese citizens love Scottish music and whisky but are lukewarm about Scotland’s independence movement.

Scottish Independence Vote Too Close To Call

September 15, 2014
Members of the King of Scots Robert the Bruce Society hold the Scottish flags as they prepare to vote in the Scottish independence referendum on September 14, 2014 in Loch Lomond. ( Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Polls are evenly divided as Thursday’s vote approaches on whether Scotland should end its over 300 year union with England.

ISIS Profiting From Looting ‘Priceless’ Syrian Artifacts

September 15, 2014
Iraqi antiquities were recovered and placed in the care National Syrian Museum in Damascus following the chaos of the Iraq war. Now, Amr Al-Azm says ISIS militants are profiting from the looting of ancient artifacts. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

A former Syrian museum director says ISIS is benefiting from looted antiquities by levying a tax on the bounty.

World Leaders Meet In Paris Over ISIS Strategy

September 15, 2014
Iraqi President Faud Masum (L) listens while French President Francois Hollande speaks during the International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq at the Quai dOrsay on September 15, 2014 in Paris, France. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

World leaders and diplomats are gathered in Paris today to flesh out an international strategy for confronting ISIS.

Building A Middle East Coalition To Tackle ISIS

September 15, 2014
In this Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 photo, Middle Eastern leaders stand together during a family photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Royal Terminal in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

President Obama says he will build a coalition of partners in the Middle East to combat ISIS. We’ll do a reality check on who’s really stepping up for what.

North Korea Sentences American Man To 6 Years

September 14, 2014

North Korea’s Supreme Court on Sunday sentenced Matthew Miller, a U.S. citizen, to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.

Video Shows Slaying Of British Aid Worker

September 14, 2014

Islamic State extremists released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, who was abducted in Syria last year, and British Prime Minister David Cameron late Saturday condemned his slaying as “an act of pure evil.”

Vote Could Open Scotland’s Royal And Ancient Golf Club To Women

September 13, 2014
Women tee off right in front of the Royal and Ancient clubhouse all the time, but cannot enter even as a member of a guest. (Doug Tribou/Only A Game)

Men and women have long played golf together in St. Andrew’s, Scotland, but women have never been allowed to join the prestigious Royal and Ancient Golf Club. That could change when the results of a vote are announced Thursday. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou recently traveled to Scotland and has our story.

Demand For American Eel Is Concern For Scientists

September 12, 2014
Eels in the Pilgrim Lake Run, Orleans, MA. (Brad Chase/MADMF)

A ban on European eels coupled with a decline in Japanese eel stock has increased the demand for American eels.

Pistorius Awaiting Sentencing After Guilty Verdict

September 12, 2014
Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing after a South African judge found him guilty of “culpable homicide,” the equivalent of manslaughter in the United States.

Senator: Arab Countries ‘Need To Step To The Plate’ In Fight Against ISIS

September 12, 2014
Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) is speaking out against the presidents plan to arm moderate Syrian rebels as part of the strategy to stop the Islamic State. (

Mark Begich (D-AK) is one of the few members of Congress speaking out against a key part of President Obama’s plan for fighting the Islamic State.

Week In The News: Obama’s ISIS Plan, Ray Rice, Congress Back

September 12, 2014
President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, to discuss options for combating the Islamic State. (AP/Evan Vucci)

The President’s ISIS strategy. The Ray Rice video. Congress is back. Apple’s new watch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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