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Rift widens between Obama and US military

COPPING FLAK: Barack Obama explains the US strategy for degrading and defeating Islamic State militants without sending ground forces back into Iraq in front of American soldiers.

Flashes of disagreement over how to fight the Islamic State are mounting between President Obama and US military leaders, the latest sign of strain in what often has been an awkward and uneasy relationship.

8 dead in Florida shooting video

FACE OF A KILLER: Authorities say Don Spirit, seen in a 2001 handout photo, killed six children and his adult daughter before killing himself.

A convicted felon murders his six grandchildren and his adult daughter before killing himself in Florida.

Car found after 46 years

generic thumbnail, driving, Melbourne

Ivan Schneider had given up on finding his luxury Jaguar stolen in 1968, until it was recovered on a cargo ship destined for Holland.

US approves aid to rebels

President Obama speaks about the Senate vote on Thursday.

The Senate has approved President Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels to counter the Islamic State.

US pledges pledges aid for Ukraine's struggle

LANDMARK AGREEMENT: Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko shows the association agreement with the European Union.

The US pledged US$53 million in fresh aid to Ukraine for its struggle against Russia's incursion, including counter-mortar radar equipment.

Lady al Qaeda seeks to drop appeal

Aafia Siddiqui: a terrorist mastermind or a victim of an over-aggressive war on terror?

A Pakistan-born neuroscientist is trying to abandon her legal fight for freedom, saying the US court system is unjust.

US edges closer to 3rd Iraq war

Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on "US Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" on Wednesday.

The US House of Representatives approves President Obama's plan to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels, despite skepticism about its chances for success.

Doctor's Ebola ordeal

EBOLA SURVIVOR: Kent Brantly prepares to testify before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Wednesday.

A US medical missionary tells Congress how he came to understand Ebola's devastating toll after being diagnosed.

Toronto mayor has rare cancer

Dr. Zane Cohen of Mount Sinai Hospital speaks to media about the condition of Toronto mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday.

Rob Ford has an aggressive cancerous tumor in his abdomen and will soon start chemotherapy.

No ground war for US

BARACK OBAMA: "The American forces do not and will not have a combat mission."

Barack Obama reaffirms he does not intend to send US troops into combat against the Islamic State.

Fires rage in drought-hit California

A power pole rests on a burnt-out car in Weed, California.

Crews battled another fast-moving blaze threatening homes in Northern California, just days after a wildfire tore through a small town in the region.

US may use ground troops

Shi'ite fighters who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State take part in field training on Tuesday.

America's top military officer raises the possibility of using US ground troops against the Islamic State, despite pledges from President Obama.

Manning weighs in on Iraq

The Guardian's portrait of Chelsea Manning.

The simmering debate about the evolving US military strategy in Iraq and Syria has been joined by an unlikely pundit: Army Private Chelsea Manning.

Mexico to airlift tourists

STRANDED TRAVELLERS: Tourists walk past debris after Hurricane Odile hit La Paz, in Baja California. Hurricane Odile whipped through the popular beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Mexico will begin airlifting thousands of stranded tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort area.

Mystery surrounds exec's death

Jeff Hunter.

Mystery surrounds the death of an Australian mining executive, who was found in Peru surrounded by drugs and with a plastic bag over his head.

3000 troops to fight Ebola

Workers for Liberia's Ministry of Health remove the dead body of a man who died Saturday in Monrovia.

By the end of the week, a US general will be in Liberia, commanding up to 3000 US troops and 17 treatment centres.

Buried in the front yard

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Texas woman sentenced to 18 years in prison after her husband's body was found in the front yard.

US air strike near Baghdad

HITTING BACK: US President Barack Obama.

US warplanes have made their first strike near Baghdad in a new effort to decimate Islamic State rebels.

US to Assad: Don't interfere

CONTROL: A soldier loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stands on Nasiriyah hill, after the military said they have regained control of the hill, along with Zur-Almsalq village and Khattab city, in the Northern Hama countryside.

US warns Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against responding to US strikes in Syria on Islamic State targets.

Pranks aimed at driving couple from the home

Tile-roofed houses are in the upscale San Diego gated community of Carmel Valley, where Jerry Rice and wife Janice Ruhter were harassed.

The pranks started off fairly harmless, but soon strange men were appearing at the gate looking for sex.

Gamers fake police calls

Video game players are getting back at online opponents by sending police SWAT teams to their homes.

Thousands evacuated from luxury resorts

BATTEN DOWN: Store workers board up a wall at La Paz, Baja California as Hurricane Odile approaches.

Hurricane Odile uprooted trees and shook buildings as it bore down on Mexico's tourist haven of Baja California.

Venezuelans miss out on implants

DIRE SHORTAGE: A girl plays with silicone breast implants as her mother waits to be examined by a plastic surgeon in a Venezuelan clinic.

Venezuela's chronic shortages have begun to encroach on a cultural cornerstone: the boob job.

Palin's family in drunken brawl

CONFLICT? Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, pictured, was one of several Palin clan members reportedly involved in a fist fight.

Sarah Palin's daughter has a strong right hook, if witness reports of a drunken family brawl are to be believed.

Man 'cooked' girlfriend's dog

US police

US police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing and cooking his ex-girlfriend's pet dog.

Clinton hints at 2016 run

READY IN 2016? Hillary Clinton is gathering support.

She may be an unofficial candidate, but Hillary Clinton is hinting like crazy that she's ready to run.

19 killed in bus plunge

A bus drives on a road in front of Chopicalqui (L) and Huascaran mountains, in Huascaran National Park in Huaraz, September 18, 2013.

At least 19 people have been killed in Peru when a small bus plunged 200 metres off a mountain road.

RIP Zeus the world's tallest pooch

Zeus

He was a record breaker of a hound who stretched to 2.2m tall and ate 13kg of food a fortnight.

Brown had hands up

FERGUSON: The suburban St Louis city is still recovering from violence that emerged from protests surrounding Michael Brown's death.

A new account of the shooting of Michael Brown has the teen facing police with his hands up.

Bush press secretary tweets 9/11

Ari Fleischer gives a White House briefing in 2003.

"DON'T SAY ANYTHING YET". The previously untold September 11 story from George Bush's press adviser.

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