The White House on Friday said the United States stands ready to take additional action against Islamic State fighters who beheaded an American journalist and will not be restricted by the Iraq-Syria border. White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters the United States stands ready to take action to protect American citizens. Rhodes said the United States has done everything it can to rescue American hostages held by the group and will keep trying.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — The prime minister of Central African Republic has named a 31-member cabinet, including representatives of two groups that have been involved in horrific violence for more than a year.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque with bags over their heads and shot in front of hundreds of people. The killings came in response to Israel's deadly airstrike against three top Hamas military commanders.