A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

IS threat 'beyond anything we've seen': Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The sophistication, wealth and military might of Islamic State militants represent a major threat to the United States that may surpass that once posed by al Qaeda, U.S. military leaders said.   Full Article | Video 

Moscow defies Kiev, orders aid convoy onto Ukrainian soil 5:32am EDT

DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING Russia - Russia ordered a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday apparently without Kiev's permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation with the Ukrainian military which is fighting pro-Russian rebels.

National Guard troops stand guard at a staging area inside a shopping center parking lot in Ferguson, Missouri August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

National Guard start to pullout from Ferguson

FERGUSON Mo. - Missouri's governor ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from the riot-weary town of Ferguson as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.  Full Article 

A sign outside a shop remembers James Foley in his hometown of Rochester, New Hampshire August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The changing business of war coverage

NEW YORK - The execution of journalist James Foley, the second of a U.S. journalist since Daniel Pearl's in 2002, underscores changes in the news business, which has seen fewer journalistic resources devoted to international coverage, including wars.  Full Article 

A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, gestures inside an underground tunnel in Gaza August 18, 2014.  REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Militants, weapons still transit Gaza tunnels

AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt - While tunnels used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive, many smuggling conduits into Egypt have skirted detection.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Dr. Kent Brantly (R) speaks with colleagues at the case management center on the campus of ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia in this undated handout photograph courtesy of Samaritan's Purse.  REUTERS/Samaritan's Purse/Handout via Reuters

U.S. aid workers cleared of Ebola

ATLANTA - Two American aid workers who just weeks ago were gravely ill with Ebola they contracted in Liberia now pose no health risk to the public after being cleared of the virus and released from an Atlanta hospital.  Full Article 

Cast members Laura Prepon (R) and Taylor Schilling attend the Season Two premiere of "Orange is the New Black" in New York May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Emmys comedy race takes edgy turn

LOS ANGELES - When ABC's "Modern Family" vies for its fifth consecutive best comedy Emmy award, not only will it battle beloved geeks but also a bunch of foul-mouthed characters from cable and Netflix.  Full Article 

Rough Cut
Michael Brown's mother: "He was just tall, big, and black"

The parents of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a while police officer on Aug. 9, remember their son. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle assigned to the California Air National Guard's 163rd Reconnaissance Wing flies near the Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California in this January 7, 2012. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez/Handout

Anatomy of an air strike

In a war with Islamic State militants, information -- be it from electronic eavesdropping, aerial surveillance or human intelligence -- is as important as guns, jet fighters and bombs.  Commentary