The US military earlier this summer carried out an attempt to
rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages
held in Syria, a US official says, in an operation that the
Pentagon said ultimately failed to find the captives.
Heavy shelling hit residential neighbourhoods in Ukraine's
rebel stronghold of Donetsk and government forces fought
street battles in other towns as they sought to crush a
four-month-old separatist rebellion.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has visited Ferguson,
Missouri, hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in
the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of
an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
Police in the Liberian capital Monrovia fired live rounds and
teargas to disperse a stone-throwing crowd trying to break an
Ebola quarantine imposed on their neighbourhood, as the death
toll from the epidemic in West Africa hit 1350.
Islamic State insurgents have posted a video on purportedly
showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley and images
of another US journalist whose life they said depended on how
the United States acts in Iraq.
US lawmakers have called for calm and a change in police
tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been
rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white
officer killed an unarmed black teenager 10 days ago.
Israel said militants fired rockets from Gaza in violation of
a truce and that it struck back with attacks in the
Palestinian enclave, fighting that put talks in Cairo on a
long-term ceasefire in jeopardy.