Steven Sotloff, the 31-year-old American freelance journalist facing threat of execution by Islamic State militants, has covered conflict in Muslim countries for years with care and respect, colleagues said.
Hamas has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court, two senior officials in the group said on Saturday. Such a step could expose Israel as well as Hamas to war crimes investigations.
A US teen and her boyfriend detained in connection with the death of the woman's mother on the resort island of Bali will not be allowed to speak to each other until they make a police statement, their Indonesian lawyer said on Saturday.
A top national security adviser to President Obama said the United States was "not going to be restricted by borders" to protect its interests, including possibly pursuing direct military action in Syria.