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The hope is that the talks between Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko lead to a ceasefire between Ukraine and separatists in the eastern part of the country.
The tech giant launches new tools for teachers.
Heavy rain closed an entrance to Burning Man, the annual counterculture event in Nevada. Some campers went to Pyramid Lake, where unlike Burning Man, it is not OK to be naked.
Nederland, Colo., needs a new town marshal but not because the previous one fled an alien attack. Jim Matheny says he doesn't like the altitude, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.
David Mitchell's new novel The Bone Clocks mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decade-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.
Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.
The flights are intended to collect intelligence on Islamic State militants and could be a precursor to military strikes inside of Syria.
The rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has raised the spirits of Hindu nationalists. But it also appears to be increasing tensions between Hindus and the Muslim minority.
Plenty of statuettes were handed out Monday night at the 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. ABC's "Modern Family" won for best comedy series and AMC's "Breaking Bad" won for best drama series.
David Greene talks to David Kirkpatrick, a correspondent for "The New York Times," which reported that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates collaborated on airstrikes against Islamists in the Libyan city of Tripoli.
Americans are consuming less cereal for breakfast, in part because of competition from restaurants. Americans are also seeking more protein for breakfast.
The beheading of photojournalist James Foley by the Islamic State triggered debate over whether media outlets should publish the video and screenshots showing the killing. Robert Hernandez, an assistant professor at USC Annenberg, explains to David Greene that in the new tech era, platforms like Twitter also function as publishers that make their own rules.
One subject mentioned repeatedly by protestors as well as residents of Ferguson, Missouri, who had no desire to join the demonstrations, was voting. The turn out for registered African American voters in the last municipal elections was 6 percent. Even at Michael Brown's funeral, speakers encouraged mourners to get out and vote.
Steve Inskeep and David Greene have the Last Word in business.
Amazon is buying Twitch Interactive, a live-streaming service for video game players. Amazon will reportedly pay more than $1 billion for the fast-growing tech company.
More than 70 colleges are under investigation for how they've handled sexual assaults. The current attention to campus sexual assault has been driven largely by student activists using social media.
David Greene talks to George Mason University Professor Mark Katz, who believes both Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Obama's policies have helped to advance the Islamic State.
At the same time, the Ukrainian and Russian presidents are to meet on Tuesday amid speculation that they might discuss the possibilities for a political solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.