Israel and Hamas Agree to Another 24-Hour Cease-Fire

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_5019a1eb4a.jpgDavid Silverman/Getty Images (GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) -- Until midnight Tuesday at least, there will continue to be a cease-fire between Israel and the militant group Hamas. The two sides confirmed late Monday that the five-day truce would be extended another 24 hours to give Israeli and Palestinian negotiators more time to try and hammer out a long-term agreement to end hostilities.

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Pentagon Confirms Retaking of Mosul Dam

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_7e66212bbb.jpgAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images (MOSUL, Iraq) -- Late Monday night the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed that the Mosul Dam had been retaken from militants from the Islamic State, noting that 35 U.S. airstrikes "eliminated positions in and around the Mosul Dam complex." In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that more than 90 targets were destroyed, including vehicles, equipment and fighting positions.

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WHO Activates Travel and Transport Task Force

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_1627fece81.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (GENEVA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) activated a Travel and Transport Task Force on Monday that will monitor the ongoing outbreak of Ebola and provide prompt information to the travel and tourism sector and to travellers. The WHO maintains that airborne spread of the disease is extremely unlikely, and that the risk of travelling on an airplane and contracting Ebola is also small.

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Pope Discusses His Hopes for 2015 Trip to United States

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_e91a622468.jpgALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Pope Francis said on Monday that he has been invited to travel to the United States next year and hinted that he may be interested in visiting three major American cities. The pope was questioned by journalists on a number of topics during his flight home from South Korea.

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Over 600 Metric Tons of Syrian Chemical Weapons Successfully Destroyed

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_a7ab4bf106.jpgStock photo via Digital Vision/Thinkstock (GIOIA TAURO, Italy) -- The Pentagon has announced the completion of the destruction of the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapons aboard the American ship MV Cape Ray. Since early July the ship has been in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea destroying 600 tons of a nerve gas precursor and 20 tons of mustard agent.

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