The self-declared Islamic State has released a video showing the beheading of a second US journalist. The US has few easy options to navigate a complex, multi-front war in Iraq and Syria.
It's not yet clear whether the US air strike killed Al Shabab leader Ahmed Godane. He's blamed for encouraging the group to branch out into international terrorism.
Videotaped atrocities in an attempt to spread fear are nothing new for IS. But it appears to be stepping up its propaganda as world powers start to engage in halting its spread.
Kiev called an emergency security session, while a top rebel leader acknowledged today that Russian servicemen are fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Midwesterner Douglas McCain was killed over the weekend. His radicalization fits a pattern of foreigners who fight for militant groups.
Presidential candidate Abdullah's threat ratchets up tension over a disputed election recount, which both candidates had agreed to in response to allegations of mass fraud.
The detention of the Russian paratroopers, who claim to have crossed the border accidentally, comes as the presidents of Russia and Ukraine attend a regional summit, with some speculating that the two may meet.
Reports suggest that Libya could be headed toward a prolonged civil war, with Islamist militias controlling the airport in the capital and the parliament forced to meet in the eastern city of Tobruk.
Russian trucks loaded with humanitarian supplies had been idling at the border, but some have now entered Ukraine without permission, which Kiev considers an act of aggression. Russian and Ukrainian leaders are to meet next week.
Islamic State militants had demanded millions of dollars for James Foley's release. While the US government refuses to pay ransoms to kidnappers, some European governments have done so in the past, enriching Al Qaeda and its affiliates.
The Islamic State member who was shown beheading US journalist James Foley in a video spoke with a British accent. Foley went missing in Syria in 2012.
India said Pakistan was meddling in its internal affairs, but previous meetings haven't triggered diplomatic rows. Both countries claim sovereignty over Kashmir.
The Ukrainian government says its troops have made headway in rebel-held Luhansk and Donetsk. Meanwhile, several rebel leaders have left their posts.
The PKK - a Kurdish separatist group based in Turkey that the US has placed on its 'terrorist list' – has been in the thick of the fight against the Islamic State in Iraqi Kurdistan.
That's a popular claim. But there's not much evidence to support it.
Ukrainian and Red Cross officials are inspecting the contents of the 200-plus truck convoy, which Kiev fears could be carrying supplies or troops to bolster rebels.
Afghanistan presidential hopeful Ashraf Ghani is spending nearly $150,000 a month on lobbying in DC amid a stuttering election audit.
The new truce is to last through Monday. Talks in Cairo on ending the conflict in Gaza mark the first time Israel and Hamas have negotiated, albeit indirectly, on something other than prisoner exchanges.
The US is developing a plan to rescue members of the Yazidi minority group amid increasing calls from the Kurdish government and Yazidi leaders for the US to respond more forcefully against Islamic State militants.
A fleet of 280 Russian trucks allegedly carrying humanitarian aid is heading for eastern Ukraine, but the Ukrainian government and Red Cross say this isn't part of the agreement they reached.