US special ops tried but failed to find hostages
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.
Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.
WHO officials to visit Liberian Ebola clinics
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Calm returned Thursday to the slum of West Point in Liberia's capital that was sealed off in the government's desperate attempt to halt the spread of Ebola, a day after clashes erupted between residents and troops and police who were enforcing the quarantine.
Some see Qatar's hand in collapse of Gaza talks
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.