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The Islamic State group has beheaded Steven J. Sotloff, the second American executed by the Islamic militant group, and posted a video of it on the Internet, the SITE Intelligence Group, a research organization that tracks jihadist web postings, said Tuesday.Rick Gladstone | The New York Times
With NATO leaders expected to endorse a rapid-reaction force of 4,000 troops for Eastern Europe this week, a senior Russian military official said Tuesday that Moscow would revise its military doctrine to account for “changing military dangers and military threats.”The New York Times
When Eric Cantor suffered a surprising electoral defeat this year, Washington pundits wondered where the House majority leader would end up. The answer: a Wall Street boutique investment bank.The New York Times
The ice bucket challenge to raise funds for ALS research is now a hit in China. Participants have added Chinese characteristics to the craze. Peter Ford
Washington has repeatedly offered to send a little-known envoy to North Korea to seek the release of three Americans, but Pyongyang appears to want a bigger name. One of the detained Americans interviewed Monday said George W. Bush would be suitable.Peter Ford
While speakers urged a stronger response to the militant group Al Shabab at the first African Union summit on terrorism, none called out last night's US airstrike on the Somalia-based group.Ariel Zirulnick
More people worldwide have gained access to an 'improved' source of drinking water, or one that is not likely to be susceptible to outside contamination, says the World Health Organization.Weston Williams
Secretary of State John Kerry faces a tough job crafting a regional coalition to confront the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria. For one thing, potential coalition partners don't necessarily trust each other – or the US.Howard LaFranchi
Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen face federal charges involving bribery and conspiracy for accepting lavish gifts from the promoter of a dietary supplement. The case goes to the jury next Tuesday.Brad Knickerbocker
Debate about whether Tony Stewart could have done more to avoid Kevin Ward has become emblematic of some of NASCAR’s rowdy Southern roots,Patrik Jonsson


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