U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement from the White House Press Briefing Room ahead of a meeting with his national security council in Washington, August 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama asks for options to address Islamic State threat

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama asked officials to prepare a range of military options for confronting Islamic State militants in Syria but said his strategy is still being developed.  Full Article 

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TOKYO - Asian shares slumped in early trading on Friday, after flaring Ukraine tensions ruined investors' appetite for risk and bolstered the safe-haven yen. | Video

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BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters executed scores of Syrian soldiers when the militants seized an airbase in the province of Raqqa over the weekend. WARNING: Graphic images.   Video | Full Article 

A Pro-Russian separatist stands near the damaged war memorial at Savur-Mohyla, a hill east of the city of Donetsk, August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Crisis deepens as Ukraine cites Russian troops

KIEV - Ukraine's president said that Russian troops had entered his country in support of pro-Moscow rebels who captured a key coastal town, sharply escalating a five-month-old war.  Full Article | Slideshow 

A local resident stands with his arm up over a makeshift memorial at the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri August 27, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Missouri police sued for $40 million

A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.  Full Article 

Supporters of Tahir ul-Qadri, Sufi cleric and leader of political party Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT), chant slogans against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in front of the Parliament house building during the "Revolution March" in Islamabad August 27, 2014.  REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Army steps in to resolve political crisis

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army stepped into a political struggle between the country's embattled prime minister and the opposition, signaling a possible end to a crisis that has destabilized the coup-prone nation.  Full Article 

Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) health workers prepare at ELWA's isolation camp during the visit of Senior United Nations (U.N.) System Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro, at the camp in Monrovia August 23, 2014. REUTERS/2Tango

Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people

GENEVA/LAGOS - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the U.N. health agency said, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.  Full Article 

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Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people: WHO

The World Health Organization says the current deadly Ebola outbreak that's ravaging communities in four West African nations could eventually infect some 20,000 people across ten nations. Mana Rabiee reports.