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West condemns Russia over convoy to Ukraine

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated sharply on Friday as Moscow sent more than 130 trucks rolling across the border in what it said was a mission to deliver humanitarian aid. Ukraine called it a "direct invasion," and the U.S. and NATO condemned it as well.

Correction: Ebola story

| |Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

In a story Aug. 22 about Ebola, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Nigeria's total of confirmed infections was 16. In fact, the number of Ebola cases confirmed by the WHO was 12.

Israel kills 3 Hamas military commanders in Gaza

| |Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Israel stepped up its campaign against Gaza's ruling Hamas on Thursday, killing three of the group's senior military commanders in an airstrike that pulverized a four-story home, the second such attack targeting top leaders in two days.

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage.

Airstrike kills wife and child of Hamas figure

| |Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

Hamas' shadowy military chief escaped an apparent Israeli assassination attempt that killed his wife and infant son, the militant group said Wednesday as Israel's prime minister warned that the bombardment of Gaza will continue until rocket fire out of the Palestinian territory stops.

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

| |Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

A birthday card to our son, Austin Tice, missing in Syria

| |Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Two years ago Thursday, freelance journalist Austin Tice of Houston was captured in Syria. He was working for McClatchy, The Washington Post, CBS and other media outlets. McClatchy, the parent company of the Star-Telegram, asked Tice’s parents, Debra and Marc Tice of Houston, to share their thoughts.

Why can’t Islamic State be stopped? Analysts say it’s better armed, better organized

| |Friday, Aug. 08, 2014

The Islamic State’s push toward the Kurdish city of Irbil on Thursday came as unwelcome news to those who’d believed that the Kurdish peshmerga militia would be the force most capable of halting the militant Islamists’ momentum.

Army specialist from Watauga is killed in Afghanistan

| |Sunday, Oct. 09, 2011

Michael Roberts, 23, was on his second tour. He joined the Army in November 2007.