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Daily News Briefing

August 2014

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Truth and consequences

The Kremlin manages Russian media. But it can't manage everything. Eventually, that will make a difference.

A vigorous, fair, and serious effort is urgently needed to achieve a two-state solution.

Qatar's foreign policy is about hedging, shifting, and trying to survive.

Aggression is unsustainable

In time, the people of the Middle East will see the necessity of tolerance and coexistence.

Countering intolerance

The group known as the Islamic State can be stopped. The ideas it stands for cannot stand.

Social media connects people and causes as never before. It also has a dark side.

When the dust clears, these two nations must live side by side -- only this time as independent equals.

Unrest in Ferguson, Mo., is a local, state, and national problem. It is also a global problem if it undermines the US ability to push for universal human rights.

Iran can end its isolation

Nuclear talks with Iran are making slow progress. Now it is crucial to close the deal.

A turnaround begins in Iraq

Islamic State militants shocked the world with a lightning offensive. Now forces are gathering to counter them.