GERMAN GOVT SENDING 16,000 ASSAULT RIFLES, HUNDREDS OF ANTI-TANK WEAPONS AND SEVERAL ARMORED VEHICLES TO KURDISH FORCES IN IRAQ *

GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL SAYS THE DECISION TO ARM THE KURDS IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST ISIS TERRORISTS WAS "VERY CAREFULLY WEIGHED" *

MOVE MARKS A MAJOR SHIFT IN FOREIGN POLICY, AS GERMANY HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN RELUCTANT TO SEND WEAPONS INTO CONFLICTS *

OBAMA ADMIN SAYS IT'S DOING ALL IT CAN TO SECURE THE "EARLIEST POSSIBLE RELEASE" OF THREE AMERICANS DETAINED IN N KOREA *

STATEMENT COMES AFTER THE DETAINEES WERE ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO THE MEDIA MON *

TOURISTS JEFFREY FOWLE AND MATHEW MILLER EXPECT TO FACE TRIAL WITHIN A MONTH BUT DO NOT KNOW THE SPECIFIC CHARGES AGAINST THEM *

KENNETH BAE, A TOUR GUIDE AND MISSIONARY SERVING A 15-YR SENTENCE, SAYS HIS HEALTH HAS DETERIORATED AT A LABOR CAMP WHERE HE WORKS EIGHT HOURS A DAY *

THE EMBASSY OF SWEDEN HANDLES ALL ISSUES INVOLVING U.S. CITIZENS IN N KOREA, AS THE U.S. DOES NOT HAVE DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH PYONGYANG *

U.N. HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL APPROVES IRAQI GOVT'S REQUEST FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO ALLEGED CRIMES AGAINST CIVILIANS COMMITTED BY ISIS TERRORISTS *

DIPLOMATS UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO FUND THE NEARLY $1.2 MIL INQUIRY AT A DAYLONG SPECIAL SESSION OF THE 47-NATION HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL *

THE INVESTIGATION'S FINDINGS COULD BE USED AS EVIDENCE IN FUTURE INTL WAR CRIMES PROSECUTIONS *

POLISH AND GERMAN LEADERS MARKING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF WWII MON *

POLISH PM DONALD TUSK USING THE OCCASION TO DRAW PARALLELS BETWEEN THE NAZI INVASION OF POLAND AND THE ONGOING CONFLICT IN UKRAINE, SAYING "SEPTEMBER 1939 MUST NOT BE REPEATED" *

THE SEPT 1, 1939, INVASION TRIGGERED MORE THAN FIVE YEARS OF GLOBAL WAR THAT CLAIMED THE LIVES OF ALMOST 60 MILLION PEOPLE *

U.S. MILITARY CONDUCTS OPERATION IN SOMALIA MON AGAINST THE AL-SHABAAB TERROR NETWORK *

PENTAGON SPOX REAR ADM JOHN KIRBY SAYS THE DEFENSE DEPT IS "ASSESSING THE RESULTS OF THE OPERATION AND WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS AND WHEN APPROPRIATE" *

THE AL QAEDA-LINKED ORG WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 2013 ATTACK ON THE WESTGATE MALL IN NAIROBI, KENYA, KILLING AT LEAST 67 PEOPLE *

SYRIAN MILITANT GROUP NUSRA FRONT ISSUING CONDITIONS MON FOR THE RELEASE OF 45 U.N. PEACEKEEPERS FROM FIJI, ACCORDING TO FIJI'S MILITARY CMDR *

HEAD OF FIJIAN MILITARY SAYS THE AL QAEDA-LINKED ORG IS DEMANDING TO BE TAKEN OFF THE U.N. TERROR LIST, IN ADDITION TO WANTING HUMANITARIAN AID FOR DAMASCUS AND COMPENSATION FOR THE DEATHS OF THREE FIGHTERS *

THE NUSRA FRONT ABDUCTED THE FIJIAN SOLDIERS THURS MORNING IN THE GOLAN HEIGHTS *

UKRAINIAN PEACE TALKS BEGIN MON IN MINSK, BELARUS, DESPITE ONGOING VIOLENCE IN EASTERN UKRAINE *

NEGOTIATIONS INVOLVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE KIEV GOVT AND RUSSIA, PRO-MOSCOW REBELS AND THE ORG FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE *

PRO-RUSSIAN REBELS ARE NO LONGER DEMANDING FULL INDEPENDENCE, SAYING THEY WOULD RESPECT UKRAINE'S SOVEREIGNTY IN EXCHANGE FOR AUTONOMY *

ON MON, THE REBELS FORCED UKRAINIAN GOVT TROOPS FROM AN AIRPORT IN LUHANSK, THE LATEST IN A SERIES OF MILITARY GAINS FOR THE MOSCOW-BACKED FORCES *

A NEW STUDY FINDS A GROWING GAP BETWEEN HIGH-INCOME AND LOW-INCOME AMERICANS' EATING HABITS *

SURVEY SHOWS WEALTHY AMERICANS' FOOD CHOICES HAVE IMPROVED OVER THE PAST 12 YEARS, WHILE LOW-INCOME AMERICANS' DIETS BARELY CHANGED *

THE STUDY'S AUTHORS ATTRIBUTE THIS TO THE RECENT FINANCIAL CRISIS, WHICH LIKELY MADE HEALTHY FOOD LESS AFFORDABLE FOR MANY *