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In one of the Islamic State’s first responses to President Barack Obama’s declaration that he would “degrade and ultimately destroy” it, the group released a short video late Tuesday in which it appeared to say that its militants would kill U.S. ground forces should Obama deploy them.

Michael S. Schmidt
While independence-minded Basques, Catalonians, and Corsicans may view Scotland's referendum as something to emulate, the Scottish first minister has distanced himself from their causes.Sara Miller Llana
But the Lebanese Shiite group blames the US for the rise of the self-styled Islamic State, and doesn't want to assist US efforts to unseat Syrian regime.Nicholas Blanford
The poverty rate for children fell nearly 2 full percentage points last year, according to the US Census Bureau.Mark Trumbull
An American was arrested Tuesday night on a river that borders North Korea, the South Korean media reported Wednesday. The South Korean news agency Yonhap, quoting a government source, said the American man had attempted to swim to North Korea.Choe San-Hung
But the Lebanese Shiite group blames the US for the rise of the self-styled Islamic State, and doesn't want to assist US efforts to unseat Syrian regime.Nicholas Blanford
In aid-dependent South Sudan, politicians have fed on popular anger that jobs from executives to waiters are being filled by outsiders who largely keep the nation running amid a civil war. Authorities have now limited the policy.Mike Pflanz
The poverty rate for children fell nearly 2 full percentage points last year, according to the US Census Bureau.Mark Trumbull
The United States will significantly boost its efforts to block the spread of Ebola across West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, casting the disease as a national security concern as he embarked on a brief tour intended to burnish his image as commander in chief.Christi Parsons
Hampton Sides blends human drama with suspense and engrossing play-by-play descriptions to tell the tragic and triumphant story of the USS Jeannette.Randy Dotinga

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