Europeans were solidly against intervention in the Middle East just a few months ago. Now they are lining up behind the US-led operations against the Islamic State in Iraq – in large part because they see the group as a domestic threat.
Shortly after IS called on followers to kill Westerners, including the 'dirty French,' tourist Hervé Gourdel was beheaded in Algeria. France saw its first mass rally of Muslims today against the barbarism of the Islamic State.
Three suspected jihadis walked freely into France, even though the authorities were warned of their arrival. With IS-linked militants killing a French national in Algeria today, the failure of France's security policies looms large.
French hostage Hervé Pierre Gourdel was seized at the start of a trek in the Algerian mountains when he was captured by a group that has newly sworn allegiance to Islamic State. It says it will kill him within 24 hours.
Scots will vote on Sept. 18 – and women have emerged as the ultimate swing vote. Though many Scots are skeptical, the Scottish National Party has vowed that it will shape an independent Scotland in the image of Scandinavia, which sets high standards on gender equality and social justice.
British politicians are alarmed after a poll for the first time showed a slight majority of Scots planning to vote for independence on Sept. 18. In villages south of the border in England, there's no sign of panic.
British Prime Minister Cameron says his country is committed to safeguarding Eastern Europe from Russia and investing in its military, but a new study shows Britain may fall short of the NATO defense-spending guideline of 2 percent of GDP this year.