Residents of Tabqa city and Islamic State militants tour the streets in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Islamic State executed soldiers at Syria base

BEIRUT - Islamic State militants executed Syrian soldiers after capturing an air base in northeast Syria this weekend, according to pictures posted on the Internet.   Full Article 

Wall St. flat at record levels, valuations seen as reasonable 10:18am EDT

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks were flat on Wednesday as investors found few reasons to extend a rally that has taken indexes to repeated records, even though market valuations were not seen as unduly stretched.

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett reacts at the trade show during the company's annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska May 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Buffett puts opportunity ahead of patriotism

NEW YORK -Buffett's participation in fast-food chain Burger King's purchase of coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons – complete with relocation of Burger King's domicile to Canada – might at first blush raise questions about his patriotism.  Full Article 

Arizona Republican gubernatorial primary candidate Doug Ducey smiles after voting, as he stands alongside his family, in the Paradise Valley section of Phoenix, Arizona August 26, 2014.   REUTERS/Samantha Sais

Tea Party wins in primary for Arizona governor

PHOENIX - Arizona state treasurer and businessman Doug Ducey claimed victory in the race to be the Republican nominee to replace outgoing Governor Jan Brewer, who has repeatedly clashed with the Obama administration over illegal immigration.  Full Article 

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde attends a conference about the future of the Euro zone organized by the Robert Schuman foundation in Paris July 18, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

IMF chief targeted in French fraud case

PARIS - IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.  Full Article 

An Ukrainian serviceman shoots during fighting with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukrainian town of Ilovaysk August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Maks Levin

Ukraine accuses Russia of new military moves

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine - Ukraine accused Russian forces of launching a new military incursion across its border, a day after the leaders of both countries agreed to work towards ending a separatist war in the east of the country.  Full Article 

Palestinian children hold guns as they celebrate with others what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City August 26, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

Gaza ceasefire holding, focus turns to long term

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war between Israel and the Palestinians held as Prime Minister Netanyahu faced strong criticism in his country's newspapers over a campaign in which no clear victor emerged.  Full Article | Video 

Michael Brown Sr, yells out as his son's  casket is lowered into the ground at St. Pete's Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri August 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Richard Perry/Pool

What Missouri and the Mideast have in common

Both frame complex problems in the context of a single, riveting incident. Both were deaths in an American family. Both resonate on a personal level for a veteran journalist.  Commentary