The Brief

Prime Minister David Cameron walks to Parliament from Downing Street on Sept. 1, 2014 in London.
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U.K. Tackles ISIS Threat

British Prime Minister David Cameron granted the U.K. police sweeping powers to seize passports and issue temporary travel bans on passengers whose names are "flagged" by intelligence, in the hopes of tackling the flow of extremists traveling to and from the country

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FBI Looks Into Photo Hack

Online accounts of several celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, were allegedly hacked, leading to the posting of private photographs online

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel Claims More West Bank

Israel outraged Palestinian authorities by declaring 990 acres south of Bethlehem “state lands” on Sunday. This declaration is the largest since 1980

Barack Obama

Obama Nods to Immigration

A seemingly off-the-cuff reference to "immigration rights" during a speech on Labor Day indicates that the President is laying the groundwork for unilateral executive action that could defer prosecutions for millions who arrived in the U.S. illegally

Outgoing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, center, is surrounded by residents and security forces after his arrival in Amirli, some 105 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 1, 2014.

Aid Flows Into Besieged Iraq Shi‘ite Town

Iraq's outgoing Prime Minister praised residents for fending off Sunni militants who had besieged them for more than two months until security forces and U.S. air strikes came. "I salute you for your steadfastness and patience against those beasts and killers," he said

Kenneth Bae, Jeffrey Fowle,and Mathew Miller, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea Detainees Speak Out

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. The U.S. has repeatedly offered to send an envoy to seek a pardon for the detainees, but to no avail

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Syrian Rebels, Government Clash in Golan Heights

The fighting was centered on the area where al-Qaeda-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activists said. Heavy clashes have raged since Syrian rebels captured a border crossing near the abandoned town of Quneitra on Wednesday

Carrie Underwood accepts Video Of The Year Award during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville

Carrie Underwood Is Expecting Her First Child

That's according to a whimsical photo the Grammy Award–winning country star posted to Twitter on Monday. This will be the first child for Underwood and husband hockey player Mike Fisher, who tweeted that they were considering an unusual name for the baby: Fly

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Louisiana to Follow Judge's Order on Abortion Law

The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said on Monday

Missing Chapter From Roald Dahl Classic Published

The missing chapter found in Roald Dahl's papers was originally intended to be the fifth in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but was reportedly deemed too subversive to print as it describes a "pounding and cutting room" where two naughty children are sent

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Pretzel Strike Puts a Twist in Oktoberfest

Beer lovers at the famed festival in Munich may have no salty bread to ingest this year, after local bakers threatened a strike. Munich’s NGG gastronomy union, which represents nearly 50,000 members of the Bavarian bakers' guild, is demanding a 6.5% wage increase

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Houston Astros Fire Manager Bo Porter

The Astros said Porter's dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization." Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston's minor-league system, takes over as interim manager