United Nations officials say the ceasefire agreement brokered by the US and Russia appears to be working. There’s been a halt to much of the fighting. But UN aid convoys are not able to move, and that could bode ill for the future.
Libertarian Gary Johnson replied to a TV interviewer's question as if they were talking about a newly discovered fungus — and not Syria's largest city and front line in the civil war. Later, Johnson said, "I have to get smarter."
President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to authorize a three-year war on the so-called Islamic State. But expanding the battle to defeat ISIS won't do much good if the rise of the militants is a symptom, not the root, of Middle East instability.
Germany has just received the first plane-load of Syrian refugees fleeing their civil war back home. And up to 5,000 more are expected. But some believe Germany shouldn't pat itself on the back just yet for the humanitarian gesture.
The forces of Syria's President Assad are raining bombs on the nation's biggest city, Aleppo. Rebel-held neighborhoods are systematically being bombed from the air. But the devices are not precisely aimed, and fall randomly on civilians.
ISIS knows media and messaging, from its black and white flag to its raised index finger gesture to its tweets. Now the group has a new propaganda wing that is producing sophisticated, effects-laden videos in styles from rock videos to action movies. Reporter Bruce Wallace shares some examples and what experts think ISIS is hoping to achieve.
Jordan Matson, from Racine, Wisconsin, was once a soldier in the US Army. Today Matson is a volunteer fighter with a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, fighting against ISIS and hoping to bring more Americans over to join the war.
Aarhus is Denmark's capital of jihadi activity — a full third of the Danes who have gone to fight in Syria come from the port city. But when the fighters try and return home, they're given counseling, medical care and other assistance — instead of jail time.
Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.
How do you let drone pilots dropping bombs by remote control know the consequences of their actions? Some Afghan artists are using a giant photo. And a journalist now claims the US didn't attack Syria's government after evidence of chemical warfare emerged because it may not have been Assad's fault. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.