August 20, 2014

President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are ‘Cowardly’

The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday, referring to the videotaped execution carried out by militants with the Islamic State.


A 10-year old boy suspected having Ebola was found the beach in West Point.
(David Gilkey/NPR)
August 20, 2014

Reporting On Ebola: An Abandoned 10-Year-Old, A Nervous Neighborhood

Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, is under nighttime curfew as that country struggles to contain the Ebola epidemic. On Wednesday, an entire neighborhood in Monrovia was quarantined, sealed off from the rest of the city by the government.


James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in 2012.
(Manu Brabo/freejamesfoley.org/AP)
August 20, 2014

Video Purports To Show Beheading Of U.S. Journalist By Militants

Extremist group the Islamic State claims to have executed American journalist James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in 2012. The FBI is evaluating a video that was posted online Tuesday, purporting to show Foley's beheading.


President Obama, speaking from Martha's Vineyard
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
August 14, 2014

President Comments On Events in Ferguson, Iraq

President Barack Obama says there is no excuse for the use of excessive force by police in the tense aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, and no excuse for violence against the police.


August 11, 2014

Sens. Durbin, Kirk Favor Airstrikes In Iraq

Illinois’ two U-S Senators have each come out in favor of airstrikes against the militant Islamic State organization in Iraq.  But both senators say th​ey have doubts -- and for different reasons.


August 06, 2014

U Of I Suspends Sierra Leone Programs Over Ebola

The University of Illinois has suspended study-abroad programs in Sierra Leone and plans extra screening for students arriving from West Africa in response to the outbreak of Ebola.


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