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The Grim and Growing Business of Kidnappings in the Middle East

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The execution of American journalist James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants, gruesomely displayed in a video that surfaced this week, was a palpable reminder of the shadowy business of kidnappings in the Middle East.

For years, extremist groups like the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for Foley’s murder, have plied this grisly trade. In the process, they have earned millions of dollars in ransoms, further fueling the radicals’ rise.

Hands On With the New Vine: 6-Second Videos Will Never Be the Same

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The new camera features on Vine aren’t just shiny and new. They’ve totally changed the platform

It’s been nearly two years since Twitter acquired Vine and added it to the canon of notable social media platforms. Six-second looping videos simply weren’t “a thing” before Vine proved that our short attention spans were, in fact, good for something.

Scores of users descended on the simple new tool, discovering the world of complex…

U.S. Colleges Pull Students From Israel as Conflict Rages On

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Some colleges in the United States are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the conflict in Gaza rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Colleges say security was the top concern, citing advisories about hazardous travel from the U.S. State Department and from insurance companies that cover students for health, accidents, security and even the cost of…

Russia Shutters 4 McDonald’s Locations for ‘Sanitary Violations’

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The Russian government closed four McDonald’s restaurants in Moscow on Wednesday for alleged sanitary violations, though many believe the move was designed to be a dig at the United States.

Many western European nations, including the U.S., have periodically ramped up sanctions against Moscow for months now, following Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in March. Russia has responded with sanctions of its own; fighting between Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine and the…

Soon, Your Food May Dine on Insects

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As the world grows hungrier for animal protein, insects could be the new way to feed livestock.

Most farmers go to great lengths to keep insects at bay. For a growing cadre of livestock and fish producers though, bugs have never been so welcome.

Despite the appearance of some insect-based foods on store shelves — protein bars and tortilla chips made from crickets, for instance — creepy-crawlies are still a little distasteful for most.

However, food producers are likely to feel the pinch as…

U.S. Ebola Patient to Be Released From Hospital

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Kent Brantly, the American doctor who was diagnosed with Ebola when working in Liberia, will be released from the hospital on Thursday, according to multiple news reports.

The doctor was working in Liberia treating Ebola patients when he was diagnosed with the disease and flown to the United States for treatment at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital. He has now recovered and tested negative for the virus, according to CNN.

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the militant group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization’s morale and a significant scoop for Israeli intelligence.

The strike near Rafah, a town in the southern part of the coastal territory, was one of 20 the Israeli military said it carried out after midnight on Wednesday.

For Conflict Journalists, Kidnappings Loom as a Part of the Job

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In the wake of a video showing the murder of photojournalist James Foley, the world has been reminded that members of the media now occupy a new place in conflict zones — as valuable hostages for groups desperate for money and attention.

News of the Foley video spread quickly on Tuesday — and the group behind it, ISIS, had banked on it doing so. The video contained a message for U.S. President Barack Obama, who condemned the outrage on Wednesday.

For Conflict Journalists, Kidnappings Loom as a Part of the Job

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In the wake of a video showing the murder of photojournalist James Foley, the world has been reminded that members of the media now occupy a new place in conflict zones — as valuable hostages for groups desperate for money and attention.

News of the Foley video spread quickly on Tuesday — and the group behind it, ISIS, had banked on it doing so. The video contained a message for U.S. President Barack Obama, who condemned the outrage on Wednesday.

7 Nasty Things Australians Are Saying About Iggy Azalea

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SYDNEY — She is the most successful export Australians just don’t seem to care about.

Her name is Iggy Azalea and the 24-year-old is hot property in the American music scene right now. She even topped Billboard’s “Songs of the Summer” contest with her track “Fancy,” which those in the know have called a game changer.

There is feverish debate about this local girl from the biggest little town in Australia, Mullumbimby. The girl who grew up in a mud hut in the back of Bourke is better known…