President Obama says the United States will be "relentless" in its pursuit of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while FBI Director James Comey called ISIL a bunch of "savages" in response to the posting of a video showing the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley, who the U.S. apparently tried unsuccessfully to rescue along with other American hostages in Syria several months ago. Meanwhile Germany announced it would arm Kurdish troops and "set aside taboos" in regards to military operations in Iraq.
- A grand jury has been convened to investigate the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson last Saturday.
- Bank of America is expected to settle with the Department of Justice for $16.65 billion over allegations of misleading investors about mortgage securities.
- There are at least 65 people who have been mentioned as possible 2016 presidential candidates.
- Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says the military campaign in Gaza is not over. An earlier Israeli air strike may have unsuccessfully targeted Hamas' top military commander in the strip.
- The television business in Somalia is booming as less people may want to be venturing much outside.
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