France's President Francois Hollande attends a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria

PARIS/ALGIERS - A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria, France's foreign ministry said, and his kidnappers issued a video threatening to kill him if Paris did not halt its intervention in Iraq.  Full Article 

U.S. opposes linking Iran cooperation on Islamic State to nuclear talks 6:21pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Monday it would refuse to seek Iran's cooperation in fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible in the negotiations of six world powers with Tehran on its nuclear program.

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters march during training before deploying to fight the Islamic State, at a temporary military camp near the front line in Gwar, northern Iraq September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Islamic State urges attacks on U.S. citizens

BAGHDAD - Islamic State urged its followers to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.  Full Article 

Air France planes are parked on the tarmac at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Roissy, near Paris on the second week of a strike by Air France pilots September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Air France strike deepens as both sides dig in

PARIS - A bitter Air France labor dispute deepened as management pledged to press ahead with its low-cost airline ambitions and pilots said that an eight-day-old strike over the proposals would continue indefinitely as a result.  Full Article | Video 

A foot is seen atop a soccer ball during the final training session of Mexico's national soccer team in Fortaleza June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Qatar defiant in quest to host World Cup

BERLIN - Qatar remained adamant it would host the 2022 soccer World Cup despite a FIFA Executive Committee member suggesting that the tournament would have to move because of scorching temperatures.  Full Article 

A MG3 automatic weapon that is part of a German military aid shipment for Kurdish forces in Northern Iraq is on display for the media at a storage facility of the Bundeswehr armed forces in Waren, north of Berlin, September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Germany exports massive amounts of hypocrisy

Compared to the fierce German onslaughts in World War One and Two, today’s Germany is as aggressive as a pussycat.  Commentary 

New York City police officers arrest a man taking part in the Flood Wall Street demonstration in Lower Manhattan, New York September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Climate protesters arrested in march on Wall St.

NEW YORK - Dozens of protesters were arrested during a demonstration in New York City to denounce what organizers say is Wall Street's contribution to climate change.  Full Article 

Ukraine's FM calls for "political will" for peace

Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pavlo Klimkin, calls on Russia to show "political will" for a sustainable peace with Ukraine. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.


Strong Senate candidates can help flip statehouses

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A model eats before the Donna Karan Spring/Summer 2015 collection show during New York Fashion Week in the Manhattan borough of New York September 8, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Avoid low-fact diets

By David Seres