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Divided Jerusalem: Attacks put holy city on edge

| |Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Streets are subdued, marketplaces are quiet and people are on edge in Jewish areas of Jerusalem, where Arabs have been using meat cleavers, guns, screwdrivers and even their cars in deadly, small-scale attacks.

Israel vows harsh response to synagogue attack

| |Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Israel vowed harsh retaliation Tuesday for a Palestinian attack that killed five people and left blood-smeared prayer books and shawls on the floor of a synagogue in Jerusalem — an assault that sharply escalated already-high tensions after weeks of religious violence.

Peter Kassig’s friends hope unusual Islamic State video means he fought his beheading

| |Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Until Sunday, Islamic State hostage execution videos followed a macabre formula: the condemned appears in an orange jumpsuit, reads a scripted message next to a British-accented militant and then appears lifeless and decapitated in a final scene.

Pope confirms Philly trip for families conference

| |Monday, Nov. 17, 2014

Organizers of the World Meeting of Families for months were coy when asked if Pope Francis would come to Philadelphia for the massive Roman Catholic-sponsored gathering.

Obama calls IS beheadings "pure evil"

| |Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014

The Islamic State group has beheaded Peter Kassig, releasing a video Sunday showing a masked militant standing over the severed head of a man it said was the former U.S. Army Ranger-turned-aid worker, who was seized while delivering relief supplies in Syria last year.

Space agency: Comet lander ends up in cliff shadow

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

A shadow was cast — literally — across Europe's historic mission to land on and explore a comet. Scientists said Thursday the landing craft not only bounced twice, it also came to rest next to a cliff that's blocking sunlight from its solar panels.

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

| |Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Russia's long-range bombers will conduct regular patrol missions from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, the military said Wednesday, a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine.

WHO says more than 5,000 have now died of Ebola

| |Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

More than 5,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday, marking another grisly toll in the epidemic.

Scientists: US-China pact won't slow warming much

| |Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Don't expect the landmark U.S.-China climate change agreement to nudge the world's rising thermostat downward much on its own, scientists say.

New Islamic State video challenges Western version of battle for Kobani

| |Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

The Islamic State posted a video Monday in which a captured British photojournalist, shown in an embattled Syrian town on the border with Turkey, denied that the fanatical group was retreating before a Syrian Kurdish militia backed by U.S. airstrikes and arms supplies.