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Abu Ghaith, a Bin Laden Adviser, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, 48, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, had been convicted of conspiracy to kill Americans, and providing material support to terrorists and conspiring to do so.
Russia Takes Step to Extend Control Over News Media
Lawmakers passed a preliminary bill limiting foreign ownership of media outlets, which would force several publications to change ownership or close by 2017.
Obama, at U.N. Climate Summit, Calls for Vast International Effort
The president said the United States would set ambitious new targets to cut emissions but warned that its efforts would fail without global cooperation.
At U.N., Obama Calls Climate Change a ‘Global Threat’
President Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe’s climate is changing faster than efforts to address it.
DealBook: German Prosecutors Charge Deutsche Bank Executives
Jürgen Fitschen ​and several former leaders of the bank have been accused of colluding to give false testimony in a long-running lawsuit over the collapse of a bank client’s media empire​.
In the Studio: Rick Owens: Secure in His Own World
The designer lives and works in his building in Paris's Seventh Arrondissement.
Strikes Against ISIS in Syria Draw Mixed Reactions in Middle East
Looming over the new campaign are memories of recent American-led interventions in Libya and Iraq, which ultimately led to new waves of instability.
Soda Makers Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Join in Effort to Cut Americans’ Drink Calories
The soda companies said they would change practices like marketing to encourage less consumption of calorie-heavy drinks.
U.S. Invokes Defense of Iraq in Saying Strikes in Syria Are Legal
The airstrikes were carried out without the permission of the Syrian government or the United Nations Security Council.
DealBook: Jimmy Choo, Luxury Shoe Brand, to List Shares in London
The British shoe company, which shot to fame on the feet of the stars of “Sex and the City,” is planning an offering next month that could value the new holding company at more than $1 billion.
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IS 'not America's fight alone'
President Obama hails the support of Arab nations in air strikes which reportedly killed dozens of Islamic State and jihadist militants in Syria.
Miliband £2.5bn pledge 'to save NHS'
Ed Miliband tells the Labour conference he wants to recruit 36,000 NHS doctors, nurses and other health staff - partly funded by a tax on tobacco firms and expensive homes.
Hostage family receive plea for life
The family of British hostage Alan Henning say they have received an audio file of him pleading for his life.
PM: Queen purred over Scotland vote
The Queen "purred" when David Cameron told her about Scotland's rejection of independence referendum, he apparently reveals.
DJ Travis guilty of indecent assault
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is convicted of one count of indecent assault in 1995 but cleared of two further charges.
Mother and son killed by train
A woman and her 10-year-old son die after being hit by a train in Slough, Berkshire.
'Crucial' climate talks under way
World leaders including US President Barack Obama are holding what they say is a crucially important summit on climate change at the UN in New York.
Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study
New figures suggest 70% of those infected in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported.
Scotland 'the winner' after vote
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says "all of Scotland will emerge as the winner" following the vote against independence.
Australian 'terror suspect' killed
A teenager said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say.

China to announce post-2020 climate actions asap: VP
China will announce its post-2020 actions on climate change as soon as possible, which will lead to "marked progress" in reducing carbon intensity.
UN chief appoints special envoy for Ebola, head of UNMEER
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday announced the appointment of David Nabarro as his Special Envoy for Ebola and Anthony Banbury as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.
UN Climate Summit opens with call for action
Li Bingbing, Actress and UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, addresses the opening of the Climate Summit 2014.
China, Russia to beef up legislative cooperation
Top legislative bodies of China and Russia on Tuesday signed regulations on deepening legislative cooperation.
NATO not involved in US-led strikes on Islamic State
NATO said on Tuesday it was not involved in US-led strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria.
28 dead in landslides, floods in northeast India
Landslides and flash floods triggered by two days of heavy rain have killed at least 28 people in India's remote northeast.
War archives chronicle anti-Japanese battle
China on Tuesday published documents chronicling the Battle of Xiangxi, a 1945 confrontation in the central province of Hunan that was crucial to defending Chongqing, the wartime capital.
US informs Damascus of strikes against IS beforehand
Washington had informed Syria of airstrikes against positions of the Islamic State in Syria before the strikes started, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday.
Israeli troops kill teen murder suspects
The two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli teenagers in June were killed by Israeli troops, said a senior Israeli army official Tuesday.
Israeli military says shot down Syrian warplane
Israel's military said it shot down a Syrian warplane over the Golan Heights on Tuesday.
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Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in US prison
A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges.
Terror suspect shot dead in Melbourne
A man was shot dead and two counterterrorism policemen were stabbed in a confrontation in Australia's second largest city on Tuesday, police said.
Ebola toll climbs to 2,811 out of 5,864 cases: WHO
The deadliest Ebola epidemic on record has now infected almost 6,000 people in west Africa and killed nearly half of them, according to the World Health Organization's latest figures.
Yemen leader warns of 'civil war' as rebels control capital
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi warned Tuesday of "civil war" in Sunni-majority Yemen and vowed to restore state authority as Shia rebels appeared to be in near-total control of the capital.
2nd video of British hostage John Cantlie released
The Islamic State militants have released a second video of British journalist John Cantlie in less than a week which shows him warning US-led coalition against carrying out military operations against his captors.
Israeli troops kill Hamas men blamed for slaying teens: Army
Israeli troops on Tuesday killed two Palestinians blamed for abducting and killing three Israeli youths in the occupied West Bank in June, the military said, an incident that spiralled into a seven-week war in Gaza.
China jails Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti for life for 'separatism'
Ilham Tohti was known as a moderate voice who spoke out about the plight of Uighurs under majority Han Chinese rule.
Yemeni Shia rebels sweep into Sanaa, 340 dead
Mansour Hayel, a Yemeni political analyst, compared the Hawthi sweep to the rampage in Iraq and Syria by Sunni militants from the Islamic State group.
Jury finds bank liable for backing Hamas-related terrorism
The defence argued there was no evidence Arab Bank executives supported terrorism and rubbished the allegation that the institution knowingly made payments to designated terrorists.
IS-linked group ‘threatens to kill’ French hostage in Algeria
The jihadists are now advancing on a key border town in northern Syria, sending 130,000 terrified residents fleeing to Turkey.
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Israeli forces kill two Hamas members suspected in kidnapping, killing of 3 teens

HEBRON, West Bank — Israeli forces on Tuesday shot and killed two Hamas operatives suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers this summer.

The abduction of the three Jewish students in the West Bank, and the Israeli military’s mass arrests of Hamas members that followed, was part of a cascade of events that eventually led to the 50-day war in Gaza, one of the bloodiest in years of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn to star in ‘True Detective,’ Season 2

HBO has finally — finally -- confirmed casting for the second season of its breakout hit, “True Detective”: After months of speculation, actors Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will officially be the leads.

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Wonkblog: More insurers line up to sell Obamacare plans in 2015, HHS says

President Obama's top health official announced that the new health insurance marketplaces have seen a 25 percent increase in the number of insurers planning to sell coverage in the upcoming 2015 enrollment period, which administration officials cited as a sign of the private market's confidence in the Affordable Care Act.

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Obama appeals for “ambitious” effort to stem effects of climate change

NEW YORK — President Obama vowed Tuesday to push for completion next year of a comprehensive treaty reducing greenhouse gas emissions, warning that the Earth’s climate appears to be “changing faster than our efforts to address it.”

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Iran’s president says arrest of Washington Post reporter not a sign of internal power struggle

NEW YORK — The jailing of a Washington Post reporter without public charges in Iran is not evidence of a power struggle between moderate and conservative political forces, Iran’s president said Tuesday.

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WorldViews: What the world thinks of American airstrikes in Syria

On Monday evening, the Pentagon announced its airstrikes against militant positions in Syria had begun, marking a watershed moment in the fight against the Islamic State and other militant groups.

The strikes will have a global impact, and first reactions of international newspapers and TV channels have portrayed the attacks in very different ways. Many of them agree, however, that the use of weapons against the militants will not be sufficient.

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‘Unique’ conflict with North Korea keeps U.S. land mines along border

The United States will limit its use of anti-personnel mines to the Korean peninsula and destroy its other stockpiles, but cannot yet support a total ban because of the “unique circumstances” of the tensions with North Korea, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Israel shoots down Syrian warplane over Golan Heights

JERUSALEM — Israel’s military said it shot down a Syrian fighter jet Tuesday after the aircraft strayed less than a mile into airspace that Israel controls over the Golan Heights.

The Syrian government made no official condemnation. The Syrian crew safely ejected. Israeli officials said they assumed that the warplane had made a mistake, albeit one they would not allow to go unpunished.

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Being Marilyn Monroe: See John Malkovich transformed in these stunning re-creations of classic portraits

It started two years ago, in the Chicago studio of renowned advertising photographer Sandro Miller. Hollywood star John Malkovich donned Truman Capote’s too-long overcoat, crouched in a makeshift corner and, for a short time at least, became Capote, as the author had been captured in Irving Penn’s famous 1948 portrait.

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Syria informed in advance of U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State

BEIRUT — Syria was informed by the United States in advance of airstrikes against targets including Islamic State strongholds, but there was no strategic coordination with the Syrian government, a State Department spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Norway's Yara, CF in talks to create $27.5 billion global fertilizer producer
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's Yara and Chicago-based CF Industries are in talks about a merger of equals that would create a $27.5 billion global fertilizer producer to rival world No.1 Potash Corp in an oversupplied and fragmented market.
Bin Laden son-in-law sentenced to life in U.S. prison
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A seemingly unrepentant Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday in New York following his conviction on terrorism charges.
U.S. forecasts more than 500,000 Ebola cases in West Africa
NEW YORK/GENEVA (Reuters) - Global experts issued stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa's Ebola outbreak on Tuesday, with the U.S. government estimating between 550,000 and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by January.
U.S. and Arab allies launch first strikes on fighters in Syria
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and its Arab allies bombed Syria for the first time on Tuesday, killing scores of Islamic State fighters and members of a separate al Qaeda-linked group, opening a new front against militants by joining Syria's three-year-old civil war.
Fired UPS worker kills two supervisors, self, in Alabama shooting
BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Rousseff regains edge in Brazil presidential race as Silva slips
BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has regained a slight edge in Brazil's presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who is losing some voter support in the campaign's homestretch, a poll showed on Tuesday.
Sturdy U.S. factory, services data bolster growth picture
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity hovered at a near 4-1/2-year high in September and factory employment surged, supporting views of sturdy economic growth this quarter.
Afghanistan's Karzai criticizes US, Pakistan in farewell speech
KABUL (Reuters) - Outgoing President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday blamed the United States for Afghanistan's long war in a final swipe at the country that helped bring him to power 13 years ago but towards which he has become increasingly bitter.
Exclusive: Libya asks chemical weapons watchdog to remove stockpile - sources
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Libya has asked the global chemical weapons watchdog to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tonnes of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security, sources have told Reuters.
Iran's Rouhani says ties with Saudis deserve to be warmer
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia deserves to be better, though differences between the two oil-producing Middle Eastern states appear to be narrowing, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. World News
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U.S. Reports Significant Damage in Syria Strikes
The U.S. said the first wave of airstrikes on extremist groups in Syria damaged buildings and infrastructure used for command and control and was only the start of a long campaign.
U.S. Denies Syria Government Given Prior Notice
The Syrian government and opposition said they were told by the U.S. of its plan to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State targets on Syrian territory.
In Syria, F-22 Makes First Combat Appearance
The Pentagon's most advanced fighter plane made its combat debut in the U.S.-led strikes on Syria overnight, serving a crucial purpose for a sensitive mission that depended on stealth.
Egypt Backs Hard Hit on Extremists
Egyptian President Sisi pledged his support for the war against Islamic State but called on Obama to widen his campaign against extremism.
Israel Shoots Down Syrian Aircraft
The Israeli military shot down a Syrian fighter jet that entered its airspace over the Golan Heights—the first such downing in decades, raising tensions in the volatile plateau.
Refugees Have Mixed Emotions Over Airstrikes
Syrian refugees welcomed news of U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State, but also cast doubt on whether the military effort would succeed in destroying the group.
U.K. Journalist Purportedly in New Video
Islamic State has released a new video featuring a man who appears to be the captive British photojournalist John Cantlie that warns citizens of the alliance supporting U.S.-led military operations in Iraq and Syria that the foray will become a quagmire like Vietnam.
Bin Laden Son-in-Law Sentenced to Life
Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to kill Americans and providing material support to terrorists.
Suspected Islamic Militants Raided in Germany
German police searched homes of seven suspected Islamic extremists for allegedly funneling vehicles to Islamic-State militants, in the latest action highlighting the extensive European support network for fighters in Syria and Iraq.
Suspects in Slaying of Israeli Teens Killed
Two men believed to have been responsible for the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens in June have been killed in Hebron by Israeli special forces.
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Chicago Gabfest

Slate Plus members! You can now access early ticket sales for the Slate Political Gabfest's annual conundrum show, live in Chicago on Nov. 12. General ticket sales will not begin until noon Eastern time on Friday, Sept. 26.

Why Is Fall Red in America but Yellow in Europe?

A perennial puzzle: Why do autumnal displays in the United States and Europe often look different? While red- and yellow-hued leaves abound in parts of America and East Asia, northern European leaves tend only to turn shades of yellow. The video above considers one explanation from a 2009 study, with Finnish and Israeli researchers reaching back 35 million years into the evolution of deciduous trees.

Occupy Wall Street

My Twitter feed and my email inbox are in tension. Conservatives have been passing around a story on Twitter from the Washington Free Beacon, which has been doing great work unearthing new items from Hillary Clinton’s past. The paper found a 1971 letter from Clinton to radical socialist organizer Saul Alinsky. The argument is that Clinton, who wrote her thesis on Alinsky’s methods and his approach to alleviating poverty, retains her college-era radicalism. But at the same time, the Republican...

Another Intervention?   

Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this fourth installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down Philip Gourevitch, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda.

Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?

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Obama Can Bomb Pretty Much Anything He Wants To

The United States is now officially at war with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. U.S. planes began dropping bombs on targets in Syria this week. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has told the Senate that ground troops may be needed. But President Obama did not ask Congress for legal authority to go to war. Bruce Ackerman, a professor at Yale Law School, thundered in the New York Times that Obama’s declaration of war “marks a decisive break in the American ...

Is Apple Picking a Fight With the U.S. Government?

Last week Apple released its new iOS 8 operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices. Most of the coverage of iOS 8 focuses on visible features that users can interact with. But there’s one major change in iOS 8 that most users probably won’t notice unless they find themselves in a great deal of trouble. Specifically, Apple has radically improved the way that data on those devices is encrypted. Once users set a passcode, Apple will no longer be able to unlock your device—even if...

Fighting the Sophomore Slump, Five Novels at a Time

Second chances. A second wind. Seconds on dessert. All good things. So why do second novels have a bad rap? Even the most brilliant among them seem to be ceremoniously picked apart by critics and readers (“Why isn’t it more like the first book?”), ignored completely (“We already ran a profile!”), or praised but not actually purchased. But in today’s publishing environment—in which often terrific books, absent a news peg, fall off the map far sooner than they should—second novels need all the ...

Naked and Afraid

Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at

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Liverpool v Middlesbrough: Capital One Cup live!
  • Capital One Cup third round from Anfield (7.45pm BST kick-off)
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68 min: Lambert has been very disappointing on his first start, unable to hold the ball up front, and generally peripheral to the Liverpool play. No surprise to see Fabio Borini warming up.

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66 min: Bad news all round for the Merseyside clubs, Everton now 2-0 down to Swansea, Sigurdsso...

UN climate change summit in New York  live coverage

Barack Obama, David Cameron and Dilma Rousseff are among leaders in New York today at a climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon

French president François Hollande promises $1bn for Green Climate Fund and says Paris can be symbol of change for climate

Ban Ki-moon says leaders are not here to talk, but to make history. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio tells leaders you can make history or you will be vilified

US president Obama goads China to accept its responsibility as a big nation and accelerate its ef...

Luke Procter, the unlikely hero, puts Middlesex in a relegation sweat
Middlesex 214 v Lancashire Chris Rogers throws Lancashire a lifeline by batting first

Angus Fraser arrived in Manchester on Sunday aiming for a quick resolution to two of the major end-of-season issues in English cricket.

The first has been settled by a meeting between Fraser and his fellow England selectors, and most now expect the lunchtime announcement on Wednesday of the squad for a one-day tour of Sri Lanka in November and December to confirm they are sticking with Alastair Cook as the bes...

US strikes target Isis in Syria but Pentagon insists focus remains on Iraq

Military chiefs say strategy batters Isis and disrupts terror group Khorasan yet admit that proxy ground forces remain distant goal

US-led strikes open a new battlefront in Middle East Raqqa residents: I would not wish strikes on my worst enemy

While US and Arab aircraft pummelled targets across Syria on Monday night, a senior Pentagon general on Tuesday said the cross-border expansion of the war against the Islamic State (Isis) had a sharp focus on Iraq.

Fourteen different strikes against Isis...

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino: new coach Darko Milanic is good-looking
Cellino compares coaches to watermelons Lists Milanics qualities including he is a cool guy

Massimo Cellino claimed he did not know why he had decided to appoint Darko Milanic as the new manager of Leeds United and likened coaches to watermelons, saying: You find out about them when you open them.

The Leeds owner confirmed the former Slovenia international and very cool guywill become the clubs manager. Yes, we agreed a two-year deal, Cellino told Sky Sports News. Hes just arrived today. Weve b...

The war Barack Obama didnt want to fight
US-led air strikes against Isis could unleash endless conflict, widening radicalisation and a new era of global insecurity

A month before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Colin Powell, the then US secretary of state, tarnished a distinguished legacy with a riveting but now memorably tainted PowerPoint presentation at the UN security council on Iraqs alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction and Saddam Husseins collusion with al-Qaida terrorists. The security council refused to authorise a wa...

Tesco rushes in new finance director to deal with accounting scandal
Alan Stewart arrives from M&S two months early to help investigators clear up error that inflated profits by £250m

Tescos new finance director, Alan Stewart, was parachuted into the crisis-hit grocer on Tuesday two months ahead of schedule to help a squad of external investigators working at the retailers head office to get to the bottom of the accounting scandal that saw profits artificially inflated by £250m.

As another £700m was wiped off the stock-market value of Tesco taking the overall va...

Ed Miliband still struggles to bridge the believability gap
The Labour leaders conference speech had passion and substance, but doubts remain that he understands the depth of the countrys anti-politics mood

Since Ed Miliband became Labour leader he has faced two competing demands: to inspire and to reassure. His party has craved a message of upheaval, a vision of the bold tomorrow. But he has struggled to get to tomorrow because he also needs to address the doubts of those who resent the Labour government of yesterday.

This has been Milibands dilemma: h...

Palio di Asti in pictures

The Palio di Asti is a traditional Italian festival of medieval origin that culminates in a bareback horse race which is the oldest recorded bareback horse race in Italy. The race has been run each year since the 13th century with the earliest recorded race taking place in 1275. The ancient contest sees 21 thoroughbred horses compete representing the different districts of the city, accompanied by a parade and flag throwing contest involving over 1200 people in medieval costume.

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David Cameron says Queen purred down line after Scotland no vote
Sky News catches prime minister on camera appearing to breach convention of never revealing conversations with monarch

David Cameron has been caught on camera talking about how the Queen purred down the line after he phoned her to say Scotland had voted no to independence.

The prime ministers remarks suggesting the Queen was pleased with the result are a rare, albeit accidental, breach of the convention that the prime minister never speaks about his conversations with the monarch. It also jeopa...

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'Left To Die': The Survivors of the Malta Refugee Shipwreck
Earlier this month, 500 people, mostly refugess from the Gaza Strip, drowned when their ship sank in the Mediterranean. It was the worst such tragedy in a summer full of them. SPIEGEL traveled to Gaza and Crete to find out what happened.
Kidnapping in Somalia: German-American Journalist Released after Years in Captivity
German-American journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped in Somalia two-and-a-half years ago while researching a book on piracy. On Tuesday, he was finally released.
Sharing Burdens: Germany to Urge Shift in EU Refugee Policy
The number of asylum-seekers in Germany is growing rapidly and many towns and cities are struggling to house them. The country's interior minister is pushing for changes to the EU's refugee policies in an effort to share the burden across the continent.
Europe's Original Sin: What Asylum Policy Says about the EU
European asylum policy is a messy compromise that has led to vast suffering on the EU's external borders. But having become used to our prosperity, we wouldn't have it any other way.
Botched Execution: The Death that Could Kill Lethal Injection
The horrific execution of Clayton Lockett by lethal injection this spring in Oklahoma took an astonishing 43 minutes to complete. Together with other botched killings, the incident has focused attention on the inexperience and incompetence that now accompanies many executions in America.
Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles
Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried.
Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters
Hundreds of radical Islamists from Germany have headed to Syria and Iraq to fight for Islamic State. Many have since returned home. Now the country's court system is gearing up for the coming legal battles -- and facing myriad challenges.
King Alex: The Man Behind Scotland's Independence Movement
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is the architect of the independence referendum. This week could mark his biggest political triumph to date. Yet many Scots are wary of Salmond, believing him to be self-satisfied and arrogant.
Islamic State in Iraq: 'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'
Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad.
Airstrike Uncertainties: Obama's Dangerously Vague New War
Obama has spent much of his term withdrawing the US from quagmires abroad. But now, in the battle against Islamic State extremists, he has a war of his own. His plan of attack, though, is filled with uncertainties and America's ultimate goal remains unclear.
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Terror suspect shot dead

The 18-year-old man met counter-terrorism officers. Now he is dead, and two police officers are in hospital with stab wounds.
Gillard accuses Rudd of sabotage and blackmail

Julia Gillard said she "could not trust" Kevin Rudd, but expressed anguish over her own role in toppling Kim Beazley.
'Imminent attack' on US soil, but Islamic State not the threat

Air strikes in Syria were prompted by plans for a terror attack by another group, the Pentagon says.
Long war ahead 'may last decades'

Australia's most senior soldier offers a grim warning over the battle with militant group Islamic State.
'We are not jihad babymakers'

Comment: Right-wing extremism is rising in Australia and has frightening ramifications.
A high price for every animal killed

How much does it cost to kill a rabbit? More than $7000, if you are the NSW government.
'I'm so sorry, I didn't mean it'

Police say Adeel Khan apologised to paramedics as they rescued him from the fire that killed three.
PUP's internal affairs hit a trough

Comment: It is a tale familiar to every office worker. Except when the entire press gallery is notified.
Fears ASIO may monitor entire web

Concerns new laws may curtail journalism and result in spy agency monitoring entire Australian internet.
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High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Used to Kill Cancer Tumor
There is a new way of killing certain cancer tumors that allows the patient to go home on the same day. Surgeons at the Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California became the first doctors to use this procedure on a patient with the help of high intensity focused ultrasound, or HIFU, and new robotic technology. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Who Are the Khorasan?
With the U.S. beginning a military campaign against the Islamic State group, another band of Islamist militants has emerged as a direct threat to the security of the United States and Europe. The Khorasan group is one of al-Qaida’s affiliates in Syria and possibly one of the most secretive organizations operating under the cover of Syria's civil war. Unlike many of the other groups in Syria that seek to overthrow President Bashar Assad, or the Islamic State, Khorasan has expressed...
Experts: Terrorist Recruitment of Foreign Fighters Poses Global Threat
Foreign fighters are flooding into Syria and Iraq in record numbers. Up to 15,000 foreign fighters from at least 81 nations are believed to be engaged in the war in those two countries.   Some analysts say it is the largest recruitment of foreign fighters since the Afghan jihad against occupying Soviet troops in the 1980's.    As in Afghanistan, most of the foreigners fighting in Syria and Iraq come from the Arab world.  But this time several thousand of them...
Jihadists Leverage Social Media Streams to Condemn US-led Airstrikes
Supporters of Islamist extremist movements took to social media streams on Tuesday to slam U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria against the militant group calling itself the Islamic State [IS]. And as a new front in the Syrian civil war has opened, analysts say militant fighters could change the way they use social media. IS militants, which used social media with particular skill, could be affected more than some of the other groups -- such as Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida offshoot in Syria --...
Tensions High in Lebanon as US-led Coalition Strikes Syria
As a U.S.-led coalition begins bombing Islamist militant targets in Syria, tensions are soaring in neighboring Lebanon. Syrian refugees continue to clamor to get in, fleeing battles and bombings. Heather Murdock reports for VOA from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon that violence is crossing the border into Lebanon, along with mistrust and fear.
UN: Relocation of Bedouins in Israel Weakens Two-state Solution
Rural Bedouins living in disputed lands east of Jerusalem could soon find themselves forcibly relocated. While Israel defends the move as in the Bedouins’ best interests, the United Nations says the plan threatens the survival of the two-state solution with Palestinians. Suleiman Ara’ara has lived all his life in this arid valley that joins the West Bank to Israel. He has nine children and 10 grandchildren.   But when he built a house for one of his sons, the Israelis bulldozed...
Fighting in S. Sudan Threatens Peace Talks
South Sudan's warring parties are sitting down for another round of peace talks in Ethiopia, though recent fighting is once again threatening to derail the process. The latest round of talks began in Bahir Dar Monday, bringing together representatives of the government, the rebel opposition and other parties to try to hash out a deal to end violence that has killed more than 10,000 people since December. Several previous rounds of talks, mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority...
Iran Calls Nuclear Suspicions 'Fabricated Ambiguities'
Iran dismissed on Tuesday as "fabricated ambiguities" suspicions that it has carried out nuclear arms research, a day after it came under renewed Western pressure to help clear up U.N. watchdog concerns about its atomic energy program. Addressing an annual meeting of the 162-nation International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], senior Iranian official Behrouz Kamalvandi also said Iran was committed to trying to reach a negotiated solution to its decade-old nuclear dispute with the...