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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey during a Pentagon briefing on Thursday. Hagel said Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria posed a threat "beyond anything we've seen." Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro accepted the ALS "Ice Bucket Challenge." Soon after, the State Department warned that participation by high-profile diplomats was a violation of internal policy. YouTube hide caption

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Thailand's newly appointed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gestures in a traditional greeting during his visit to a unit of the Queen's Guard outside Bangkok on Thursday. Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg stands at his desk at the paper's office in Kabul on Wednesday. Afghanistan gave Rosenberg 24 hours to leave the country. Massoud Hossaini/AP hide caption

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Countrywide, acquired by the Charlotte, N.C.-based Bank of America in the wake of the 2008 financial collapse, accounts for most of the allegations of wrongdoing against BofA. Damian Dovarganes/AP hide caption

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A clergyman leads demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Michael Brown down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. A large contingent of clergy helped keep the mood calm after days of unrest. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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Palestinian emergency personnel dig through the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday. Hamas announced that three of its senior military commanders were killed in a predawn Israeli airstrike. Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ebola virus survivor Dr. Kent Brantly (center) and his wife, Amber (left), walk at a news conference at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta Thursday. Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol were discharged from the hospital less than a month after they contracted Ebola while treating patients in Liberia. Erik S. Lesser/EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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President Obama leaves after making a statement Wednesday about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria. The president said the U.S. would continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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A memorial sits at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo. Any investigation into his shooting by a police officer is likely to take months. Larry W. Smith/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Killer whales perform in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Florida. SeaWorld says it will not appeal a citation that prohibits trainers from performing with the whales. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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President Obama said Wednesday that the extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century." Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Black smoke billows in the distance following an Israeli airstrike from the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Atef Safadi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Protesters walk in front of a line of police early Wednesday as authorities try to disperse a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. The St. Louis suburb saw less violence than on other recent nights of protests. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Protesters walk on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday. Protests have been going on for more than a week after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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