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Islamic State closing in on Kurds in Syria

Kurdish enclave in northern Syria has fought off regime forces and jihadists for two years; but against well-armed Islamic State, Kurdish fighters face possibility of disastrous defeat.

Showy terror attacks loom on Israel's horizon

Israeli officials estimate Hamas won't risk another bout, but many variables could play into that equation; and don't forget Iran and Hezbollah still have a score to settle with the 'Zionists.'

Why trauma is a wound time doesn't heal

Even if the rockets have ceased to fly and the cannons have fallen silent, trauma remains after this summer's war in Gaza - and parents suffer from it too.

Jason Bateman and Tina Fey sit shiva, Hollywood style

The Jewish mourning ritual has rarely featured in Hollywood movies, but new comedy-drama 'This is Where I Leave You’ places it at the heart of events. Writer Jonathan Tropper explains why.