At the heart of President Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is that they have a nearly untouchable haven in Syria.
The Obama administration on Friday condemned the movement of a Russian convoy into eastern Ukraine, calling it a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and demanding that it be withdrawn.
Hamas gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a day after Israel tracked down and killed three top Hamas commanders, Reuters reported.
Russia sent more than 130 aid trucks into eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying it had lost patience. Ukraine said the move is aimed to provoke an international incident.
One of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats is standing by his vote for President Obama's health care law, a fresh sign that the mandate may be losing some of its political punch.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to Mexico to attend a meeting with officials from the Mexican state of Sonora.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the Missouri National Guard to withdraw from Ferguson as protests and tensions subsided, but a state of emergency remains in effect.
Counterterrorism officials, long wary of another al-Qaida strike since the Sept. 11 attacks, have increasingly turned their attention to the Islamic State threat and efforts to recruit supporters through social media.
The head of Florida's largest health insurer Thursday took on charges by Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, that part of the Affordable Care Act amounts to a bailout for insurance companies.
International revulsion mounted Thursday over the beheading of journalist James Foley, with President Obama stepping up air attacks on Islamic State fighters in northern Iraq.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into the murder of journalist James Foley.
Attorney General Eric Holder sought to reassure the people of Ferguson about the investigation into Michael Brown's death and said he understands why many black Americans do not trust police.
Congressional investigators say the Defense Department violated the law when it traded five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.
Mark Gregory Paslawsky, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and the only American known to have fought alongside Ukrainian forces against pro-Russian separatists, has been killed in eastern Ukraine.
The streets of Ferguson, Mo., were much calmer overnight, following 11 days of unrest after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown.