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Democrats and Republicans warily backed President Barack Obama’s limited airstrikes against Sunni militants, but nobody -- aside from Sen. John McCain and a few fellow hawks -- demonstrated an appetite for deeper involvement.

Mark Landler
The debate over the US government refusal to pay ransoms to kidnappers, including the captors of James Foley, has a long history. In the late 1700s, the US fought Barbary pirates who demanded ransoms and tributes.Lydia Tomkiw
The first trucks from a long-stalled Russian convoy said to be carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday, apparently without the consent of the Ukrainian government and unaccompanied by Red Cross escorts, as had been earlier agreed upon.Andrew Roth and David M. Herszenshorn
As many as 18 Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel were fatally shot Friday, according to local news agencies and two witnesses, the largest number of such executions reported since the onset of this summer’s battle between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip.Fares Akram and Jodi Rudoren
Mysteries like the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Missouri police officer could be resolved more easily with video cameras in common use. But the technology also brings financial costs and raises privacy concerns.Amanda Paulson
Hundreds of Asian factories were attacked in May after popular anger erupted over Chinese oil exploration in disputed waters. Vietnam depends on foreign investment to generate growth and has promised to avoid a repeat.Ralph Jennings
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Tuesday that the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in July. One of the major drivers of the inflation increase was rising food prices, but they were offset by a dip in energy prices.Bryan Cronan
The Islamic State has targeted key energy infrastructure in Iraq, including Mosul Dam, which was recaptured yesterday by Kurdish and Iraqi forces backed by US airstrikes.Lydia Tomkiw
European media see the police response in Ferguson, Mo., as a warning against police over-reaction and militarization.Sara Miller Llana
The first trucks from a long-stalled Russian convoy said to be carrying humanitarian aid crossed the border into eastern Ukraine on Friday, apparently without the consent of the Ukrainian government and unaccompanied by Red Cross escorts, as had been earlier agreed upon.Andrew Roth and David M. Herszenshorn

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