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A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan. (File) (Chris Hondros, Getty Images) US military targets extremists in Somalia

The Pentagon says U.S. military forces have targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabaab network in an operation in Somalia.

Official: 23 people killed in Afghanistan crash

Updated: 8/31/2014 8:49:30 AM

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Putin to Ukraine: begin immediate talks on east

Updated: 8/31/2014 8:46:53 AM

Russian president Vladimir Putin. (Oleg Nikishin, Getty Images)
Israel shoots down drone from Syria

Updated: 8/31/2014 8:44:43 AM

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Militia says it 'secured' US compound in Libya

Updated: 8/31/2014 8:31:16 AM

File photo of Libyan flag. (Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

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Members of the Donbass Battalion, a pro-Ukraine militia, stand in a field near a Ukrainian military checkpoint on May 21, 2014 in Dobropillya, Ukraine. Days before presidential elections are scheduled, questions remain whether the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk are stable enough to administer the vote.  (Brendan Hoffman, Getty Images)
EU prepares new sanctions over Russian military incursion
The European Union is warning that the apparent incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine is pushing the conflict closer to a point of no return.
International Tension Increases Over Access To MH17 Crash Site (Rob Stothard, 2014 Getty Images)
Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains
As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.
Scale Of Devastation Is Seen In Gaza As Tense Five Day Ceasefire Agreed (Dan Kitwood, 2014 Getty Images)
Housing group says 20 years to rebuild Gaza
An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says those opposed to a deal over its nuclear program should go
Iran's president dodges question on held reporter
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has declined to answer a question about a detained Washington Post journalist.
WHO says the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has now killed 1,229 people from among the 2,240 reported cases in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. (John Moore, 2014 Getty Images)
Ebola takes big toll on already poor health care
When the dreaded Ebola virus began infecting people in the Sierra Leone town of Kenema, Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan and his team were on the front lines. After stepping out of his protective suit following hours on a sweltering ward, he would jump on the phone to coordinate with the Ministry of Health, to deal with personnel issues and tend to hospital business.
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Ukraine says fighter jet shot down
Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.
An aerial view of Baghdad (Wathiq Khuzaie, Getty Images)
Suicide attack kills 9 in Iraq
Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.
Russian soldiers welcome their commander at the Russian military base April 8, 2002 in Batumi, Georgia. (Oleg Nikishin, Getty Images)
Families of Russian troops in Ukraine want answers
The last time Valeria Sokolova saw her husband, the 25-year-old paratrooper told her that he and his fellow soldiers were heading for military exercises in southern Russia, near the Ukrainian border.
A pro-Russian activist stands outside a police station during a peaceful takeover of the building on May 1, 2014 in Donetsk, Ukraine. The activists hung the Donetsk Republic flag on the outside of the building and left a short while later. Following the confrontation at the police station as many as 1000 activists marched to the prosecutor's office where they clashed with police and took control of the building. The activists confiscated riot gear from the defeated police before setting the officers free. Several people were injured in the altercation.  (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
Pro-Russia separatists in control of coastal town
Pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine are in firm control of a strategic coastal town (Novoazovsk), a day after Ukraine said tanks and armored vehicles had invaded from Russia.
British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street after attending the weekly Cabinet meeting on October 16, 2012 in London, England. (Oli Scarff, Getty Images)
Cameron promises tough action to fight militants
One security expert says British officials must have been hearing something that caused concern, in order for them to raise the country's terror threat level today to "severe," the second-highest level.

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