Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:19:26 GMT
More than 100 Palestinians were killed in one day and Israel mourned the death of a soldier.More >>
More than 100 Palestinians were killed in one day and Israel mourned the death of a soldier. More >>
(CBS) - The United States says it is still assessing the growing crisis in Iraq. Iraqi leaders are trying to hold the country together as Sunni extremists taking over parts of the north and west have declared an Islamic State.
The leader of the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is urging Muslims everywhere to help his fighters build an Islamic state.
In a 19-minute recording, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi instructed Muslims to "take up arms, take up arms and fight. Your brothers all over the world are waiting for your rescue," he said.
Iraq's government is focused on regaining territory lost to ISIS after weeks of fighting.
President Obama has authorized additional troops to the region equipped with attack helicopters and drones to protect the airport and the U.S. embassy in Iraq's capital. That brings the total number of troops deployed to Baghdad to 750.
Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Martin Dempsey says they'll help to determine whether the country's security forces can hold together.
"When we have that assessment in hand, I think we'll make some decisions about whether there's other kinds of support that we could provide," Dempsey said.
But Iraqi leaders say their country needs more U.S. help, including airstrikes.
"The situation in Iraq is dire. The integrity of the state and therefore the stability of the region is in question," said Lukman Faily, Iraq's ambassador to the U.S.
The U.S. is calling for Iraq's Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a more inclusive government to help calm the tension. But on Tuesday when parliament met to take the first steps, Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers walked out.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:14:35 GMT
The United States is condemning Israel's shelling of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering displaced Palestinians.More >>
The Obama administration condemned the deadly shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza Wednesday, using tough, yet carefully worded language that reflects growing White House irritation with Israel and the mounting...More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:57 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:57:12 GMT
Argentina's economy minister led a last-gasp effort Wednesday to strike a deal with U.S. creditors that would prevent the South American country from slipping into default.More >>
Talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years ended with bitter recriminations Wednesday as the South American country said it could not accept a deal with U.S. hedge fund creditors it dismisses as...More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:38:23 GMT
Liberia's president late Wednesday ordered the nation's schools to shut down and most civil servants to stay home as an Ebola outbreak that already has killed more than 130 people in the country deepened.More >>
The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers...More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:26:47 GMT
A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a U.N. school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks.More >>
Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel's stepped up campaign against...More >>
Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:17 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:17:41 GMT
An Indian official says that more than 150 people are feared buried under a landslide that hit a village in western India following torrential rains.More >>
Torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village in western India on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people as it swept away scores of houses and possibly trapping many more people under debris,...More >>