The Brief

Kenneth Bae
Wong Maye-E—AP

Americans in North Korea Speak

North Korea gave media access to three detained Americans, Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller, who said they have been able to contact their families and called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom

Group Of Children In Sea

White Is OK Post-Labor Day

Tradition holds that this is the time of year when wearing white becomes a major fashion faux pas, but the custom of avoiding it in September is dated

Mourners carry the coffins of Iraqi Shi'ite volunteers, who were killed during clashes with militants of the Islamic State in Amerli. during a funeral in Khalis

Freed Iraqi Town Fights On

Residents of Amerli refuse to join refugees fleeing the north of Iraq, after Iraqi forces, Shi‘ite militia and Kurdish peshmerga broke a siege by Sunni militants

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel Claims Portion of West Bank

Israel declared a large section of the West Bank as “state lands” on Sunday, in a move that caused outrage among Palestinian authorities. This seizure is reportedly the largest since 1980 and comes in response to the June abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers

Ray McDonald

NFL Player Arrested on Domestic-Violence Charges

San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald was arrested days after the NFL announced harsher punishments. McDonald was taken into custody and brought to the Santa Clara County Jail after officers responded to reports of a violent altercation in San Jose

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How the iPhone 6 Could Function as Your Wallet

Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, and rumors about some possible features have been years in the making. One of those features is a foray into mobile payment, which would allow users to make purchases on the go

Some militants stand outside the US embassy in Tripoli, Libya on Aug. 31, 2014.

U.S. Compound Seized in Libya

The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Tripoli has seized control of an evacuated U.S. embassy residential compound. More than a month ago, American personnel were evacuated from Libya over ongoing fighting in the country

Robert Menendez

U.S. Senator: Let's Arm Ukraine

Senate Foreign Relations Chair Robert Menendez is unequivocal: Ukraine needs weapons from the West to defend itself against Russia. In an interview with CNN, he said Kiev needed both sophisticated weapons and stronger sanctions to help fight Moscow

Electric Zoo 2013 - Day 2

Bad Weather Shuts Down Electric Zoo Festival

New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival was shut down midway on Aug. 31, owing to treacherous weather conditions. This is the second year running that the event has been cut short, with two drug-related deaths and four other hospitalizations given as the cause in 2013


Pakistani Protesters Storm State TV Station

Antigovernment protesters stormed the Pakistani Television headquarters in Islamabad on Monday, cutting off the broadcast and reportedly beating up journalists. The attack comes after a bloody weekend of clashes in the Pakistani capital that left three dead


Brazil's Presidential Race Upended by a Dark Horse

The campaign for the Brazilian presidency has only just begun, but Marina Silva, who was handed the Socialist Party's nomination after her running mate Eduardo Campos died in a plane crash, is now the candidate to beat on Oct. 5

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Here's Your First Trailer for Downton Abbey Season 5

Downton Abbey is getting extra political this year: the fifth season of the hit period drama takes place in 1924, the year of Britain's first Labour Party government and, consequently, a year of dramatic social change at the Crawley estate