Kerry Proposes Action to Ease South China Sea Tensions

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_3df21d7219.jpgU.S. Department of State (NAYPYITAW, Myanmar) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Southeast Asian foreign ministers Saturday, calling on nations with claims to the South China Sea to refrain from provocative actions. Addressing representatives at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Kerry put forth the proposal to ease tensions over the maritime dispute.

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Why Control of a Dam in Iraq Is Life or Death for Half Million People

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_77146dba4c.jpgAHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images (BAGHDAD) -- There are conflicting reports out Thursday about whether the extremist group ISIS has taken control over Iraq's largest and most dangerous dam, which Iraqi officials had previously said was safe under the protection of Kurdish forces. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, wrote on their website Thursday that they are in control of the two-mile-wide Mosul Dam, echoing claims the group made over the weekend.

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Man Trapped by Train 'Amazed' by Commuters Who Saved His Leg

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_b329bebf2c.jpgPublic Transport Authority, Western Australia (PERTH, Australia) -- The Australian man whose leg was trapped by a train said he was "amazed" when he saw his story on the news and realized how many strangers came to his rescue. Dozens of fellow commuters lifted the 28-ton train to free the man, whose leg was stuck in the gap between the train and the platform on Wednesday at a Perth, Australia, train station.

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What Foods Russians May Miss Thanks to Putin's Ban

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_8893fe6522.jpgHemera/Thinkstock (MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ban on most food imports from the U.S., the European Union, Norway, Australia and Canada could hurt Russia just as much as the West. And Russian stomachs may be the ones that are the most upset. Just think of all the goods Russians have to miss out on thanks to the sanctions, which include dairy, meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.

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The Dramatic Gains ISIS Has Made in Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_083e103b85.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (BAGHDAD) -- It's been six weeks since the militant Islamic force known as ISIS made headlines for seizing the Iraqi city of Mosul and declaring its intention to take over and create an Islamic Caliphate in the territory. During those weeks, ISIS has seized cities across Iraq and has forced thousands to flee -- including many cities occupied by Kurds in the northern part of the country and Christian villages.

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