The Associated Press

Obama faces tough options in Iraq and SyriaWASHINGTON (AP) -- At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria....

Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' visionWASHINGTON (AP) -- America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria....

West condemns Russia over convoy to UkraineLUHANSK, Ukraine (AP) -- 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....

Hamas kills 18 suspected informers to deter leaksGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza militants Friday gunned down 18 alleged spies for Israel in an apparent attempt to plug security breaches and deter others, a day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders in an airstrike likely guided by collaborators....

Ebola spreads in Nigeria with 2 new casesABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Two alarming new cases of Ebola have emerged in Nigeria, widening the circle of people sickened beyond the immediate group of caregivers who treated a dying airline passenger in one of Africa's largest cities....

New fear: What happens in Ferguson if no charges?FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Conditions calmed this week in Ferguson after nights of sometimes violent unrest stemming from the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But a delicate and crucial question lingers: What happens if the grand jury now considering the case doesn't return a charge against the officer?...