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Posted: August 26, 2014 at 3:41 a.m.

Syria: Set to ally,hit Islamic State

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Al-Qaida lets journalist go after 2 years

In this image made from undated video obtained by The Associated Press, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage by an al-Qaida linked group in Syria, delivers a statement. The U.S. government said on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 that Curtis, who had been held hostage for about two years, had been released. (AP Photo)

An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by al-Qaida's official branch in Syria has been freed... Read »

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Many Israelis living near Gaza Strip flee

Palestinian firefighters inspect the wreckage of a vehicle following an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Three people were wounded in an airstrike on the car, according Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

JERUSALEM -- Tens of thousands of Israelis have fled their homes along the border with the Gaza Strip, reflect... Read »