U.S. journalist James Foley (R) arrives with fellow reporter Clare Gillis (not pictured), after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in Tripoli, in this picture taken May 18, 2011. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Did America’s ransom policy help kill James Foley?

James Foley's death is the clearest evidence yet of how vastly different responses to kidnappings by U.S. and European governments save European hostages but can doom the Americans.  Commentary 

U.S. job market gains not yet enough to push forward rate hike: Fed 3:13pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve has been surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing but doesn't want to bring forward a planned rate hike until the recovery looks more convincing, according to minutes of its last policy meeting.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder arrives at Lambert/St. Louis International Airport August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez

Attorney general visits Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - Attorney General Eric Holder was visiting Ferguson, Missouri hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Palestinians bury the bodies of the wife of Mohammed Deif, Hamas's military leader, and his infant son Ali, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, at a cemetery in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Wife and son of Hamas leader killed

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) educational materials are displayed at a hearing of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, on Capitol Hill in Washington August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

California patient tested for Ebola exposure

Blood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Video | Full Article 

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Landslides kill at least 36 in Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima.  Video | Full Article 

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer at fan fest at Staples Center. August 18, 2014 Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Breakingviews: Ballmer's billions

Breakingviews editors discuss the Microsoft ex-CEO's boardroom exit and how new boss Satya Nadella can justify the $100 billion rise in the company's value since Ballmer decided to quit.  Video 

An employee arranges cheese for sale at a grocery store in Moscow, August 19, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Pity Moscow’s foodies as sanctions bite hard

By imposing sanctions on food imports from the United States, European Union, Canada and Japan, Russia’s kefir-drinking head of state scuppered my chances of making a decent plate of cacio e pepe or a batch of brownies for the next calendar year.  Commentary 

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Foley's father says his slain son was a 'martyr for freedom'

The family of American journalist James Foley who was beheaded by Islamic militants says they are haunted by his manner of death. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).