A Russian convoy of trucks carrying humanitarian aid for Ukraine drives in the direction of the Ukrainian border near Donetsk, Rostov Region, August 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

Defying Kiev, Russian aid convoy enters Ukraine

DONETSK-IZVARINO BORDER CROSSING, Russia - Russia ordered aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine without Kiev's permission, raising the danger of direct confrontation.   Full Article 

Shi'ite militias open fire in Iraqi mosque, killing 30 Sunnis 9:23am EDT

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Shi'ite militiamen opened fire on minority Sunni Muslims in a mosque on Friday, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-community government to fight Sunni Islamists whose rise has alarmed Western powers.

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:' U.S.

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 

A Hamas militant grabs a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel, before being executed in Gaza City August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Gaza gunmen execute 18 'collaborators'

GAZA/JERUSALEM - Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, the highest-ranking militants to be killed in the six-week war.  Full Article 

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

Negotiations, silence, then a chilling warning

WASHINGTON/PARIS - After months of silence from the captors of American journalist James Foley, on the night of Aug. 13, his family received a chilling message: Foley would be executed in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on the militant group Islamic State.  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 

Lisa Pointer speaks during a "National Day of Rage" protest against the police fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, outside the White House in Washington August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Ferguson activists: Don't get your hopes up

WASHINGTON - U.S. government prosecutors investigating the fatal police shooting of a black teenager that sparked a Missouri city's nights of rage face an uphill fight delivering the swift or sweeping results demanded by rights activists.  Full Article 

The leaf on the Apple symbol is tinted green at the Apple flagship store on 5th Ave in New York April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Apple suppliers scramble to beat iPhone 6 snag

TOKYO - Apple suppliers are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone ahead of next month's expected launch.  Full Article 

Rain hampers landslide rescue in Japan

Heavy rain hampers rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a deadly landslide kills at least 39 people, with more than 50 still missing. Sarah Toms reports.