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U.S. military targets extremists in Somalia

U.S. military forces directed a counter-terrorism operation against the al-Shabaab network of Islamic extremists in Somalia, the Pentagon said Monday

Britain Gives Police Powers to Seize Passports of Suspected Jihadists

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a range of new anti-terror measures Monday to tackle the threat of “homegrown” jihadists in the United Kingdom, just days after the country raised its terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe.”

Ukraine rebels say they are willing to talk peace with Kiev

The announcement is a major step away from the rebels' previous demand for wholesale independence from Kiev, and opens the door for a federal autonomy for east Ukraine.

In Interviews, 3 Americans Held in North Korea Plead for U.S. Help

North Korea granted two United States news organizations interviews with three incarcerated Americans on Monday, with each prisoner apologizing for violating its laws and beseeching Washington to send a high-level emissary to negotiate their release.

LDS
Are We Prepared?

In the vicinity where I once lived and served, the Church operated a poultry project, staffed primarily by volunteers from the local wards. Most of the time it was an efficiently operated project, supplying to the bishops’ storehouse thousands of fresh eggs and hundreds of pounds of dressed poultry. On a few occasions, however, being volunteer city farmers meant not only blisters on the hands but also frustration of heart and mind.

Elder Holland visits Brazil

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visited four cities in Brazil Aug. 14-24 — speaking to a wide variety of members and missionaries, training priesthood leaders and visiting the Church’s Sao Paulo Missionary Training Center.

Mormon teens share faith through Skype

People continue to find new ways to use technology to bridge gaps and bring people together, including in the wide world of religion.

National
Obama blames Americans' anxious feelings on the media

As President Obama battles slumping poll numbers and multiple world crises, twice in the past few days he has laid part of the blame for an anxious public at the feet of the media.

Promising numbers: The Senate horse race could be a win for the GOP

Midterm Election Day dawns in 64 days; that is a clear, simple given, even in these complicated times when President Obama attends three out-of-town fundraisers, a private wedding and plays a four-hour round of golf during a weekend when the world is in crisis. Yeah, well. The pollsters, however, have started their engines and are eager to get rolling. From one preliminary dispatch, here are the Rasmussen Reports predictions for the U.S. Senate “Balance of Power” rankings:

Ted Cruz wants U.S. citizens fighting with Islamic State banished from country

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, told a crowd of 3,000 at a conservative summit in Dallas that Americans fighting with Islamic State militants should be exiled from the country saying, “we need to not let into this country any American who is fighting with ISIS.”

President Obama Signs $16.3B Bill to Overhaul VA

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed major Veterans Affairs Department legislation intended to speed up access to healthcare for thousands of veterans and hold accountable any executives deemed to be incompetent or abusing their positions.

House, Senate intel chiefs press White House to take action against Islamic militants

Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

Driving stoned? States prep for marijuana DUI

Legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington is raising highway safety concerns. It's illegal to drive while high on pot in every state.

World
Disruptive Hong Kong protests loom after China rules out democracy

Hong Kong police used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists on Monday as the Asian financial center braces for a wave of disruptive protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy.

Iraqi forces break militant siege after U.S. airstrikes

Iraqi security forces, with the help of Shiite volunteers, broke a six-week siege by Islamic State militants on the northern Iraqi town of Amirli on Sunday, a day after U.S. airstrikes targeted the area.

All 25 aboard rescued after US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden

A Marine Corps helicopter with 25 aboard crashed Monday in the Gulf of Aden, and all aboard were rescued, the Navy said.

Pakistan state TV forced off the air by protestors

Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed further into a sprawling government complex in the capital, Islamabad, in an effort to reach the prime minister's residence.

Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico

Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca.

Alleged bomb plot foiled at Manila airport, state-run media report

Manila’s international airport is on high alert after authorities foiled an alleged bomb plot Monday, state-run media in the Philippines report.

NATO to create new 'spearhead' force to respond to crises

NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a "spearhead" rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said on Monday.

Business
Apple Teaming Up With Visa, MasterCard on IPhone Wallet

Apple Inc. (AAPL:US) plans to turn its next iPhone into a mobile wallet through a partnership with major payment networks, banks and retailers, according a person familiar with the situation.

Culture
Family dinners may help kids cope with cyberbullying

Like victims of face-to-face bullying, kids who experience internet bullying are vulnerable to mental health and substance use problems – but spending more time communicating with their parents may help protect them from these harmful consequences, a new study suggests.

Health
WHO says Senegal Ebola case a 'top priority emergency'

The effort to contain Ebola in Senegal is "a top priority emergency," the World Health Organization said Sunday, as the government continued tracing everyone who came in contact with a Guinean student who has tested positive for the deadly disease in the capital, Dakar.

US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

Beyond the dollar menu: Fast food diners value quality over price

Fast food customers increasingly demand that food be better tasting, healthier, and sustainable, which is changing the landscape of the fast food industry.

Low carb diets more than low fat ones may help protect against heart disease.

Reducing carbs may be better for your heart than reducing fat