The Brief

Secretary-General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen gives a press on Sept. 1, 2014 in Brussels.
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NATO Mulls Options Against Putin

The alliance must decide at its leaders summit this week how to react to the incursions into Ukraine without getting into a standoff with Moscow. “We are faced with the reality that Russia considers us an adversary,” said Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

A burial team in protective clothing retrieves the body of an Ebola victim from an isolation ward in the West Point neighborhood of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia on Aug. 28, 2014.

CDC: Time Running Out on Ebola

The window of opportunity to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is "closing quickly," the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said

Iraqi Shiite militia fighters fire their weapons as they celebrate breaking a long siege of Amerli by Islamic State militants

Obama Orders 350 More Troops to Baghdad

President Obama authorized the deployment of more service members to Iraq, tasked with protecting American diplomatic facilities and personnel from the threat of ISIS. The number of American troops deployed to the country since June has now passed 1,000

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Photocall, Cannes Film Festival 2014

Cancer Foundation Returns Redditors' Bad-Taste Donations

The Prostate Cancer Foundation returned all money donated via a post on the website Reddit that was designed to make a joke about leaked naked images of Jennifer Lawrence and a slew of other famous women hacked from the women's Apple iCloud accounts

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British Labor Activist on Trial in Thailand

An English campaigner for migrant workers began his fight against defamation charges in a Bangkok court on Tuesday, after a report he co-authored made allegations regarding labor abuses in Thailand's food industry. Andy Hall faces prison and a $10 million fine if convicted

Michael Sam

Dallas Cowboys Sign Michael Sam, Save NFL From Stupidity

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, never afraid of attention, signs the NFL's first openly gay player to practice squad, giving Sam the chance that his strong preseason performance warrants — and bailing the league out of a regrettable move, writes TIME's Sean Gregory

Supporters of Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri, attack

Pakistani Army's Role Being Questioned

The standoff between the Pakistani government and protesters calling for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down continued in Islamabad on Monday, with rumors circulating that the army was somehow involved in the plan to overthrow the government

President Barack Obama speaks at Laborfest 2014 in Milwaukee, Sept. 1, 2014.

Obama's Immigration Gamble

President Barack Obama is weighing whether to postpone a self-imposed deadline to make unilateral changes to U.S. immigration laws, with the midterm elections drawing near and control of the Senate hanging in the balance

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Putin Boasts of Being Able to Take Kiev in 2 Weeks

The Kremlin doesn’t deny reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin said he could take control of Ukraine's capital city in as little as two weeks, a remark that escalates tensions between Russia and the West, but says that it was taken out of context

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Larry David’s New Broadway Show to Kick Off in February

The Seinfeld co-creator wrote and will star in Fish in the Dark, co-starring Rosie Perez and directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro, who helmed both the Steppenwolf and the Broadway productions of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer-winning August: Osage County

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Hooray for the Mundane! Ordinary Memories Are the Best

Life's peak experiences sometimes pale in comparison to the routine business of living, a new study shows. That "what is ordinary now becomes more extraordinary in the future" can have some positive implications for our state of mind