Deteriorating infrastructure calls to question the militants' ability to govern.

Islamic State failing at being a state

Across the group’s territory, a breakdown of services and deepening deprivation call into question its ability to govern.

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    Pakistani officials said the U.S. carried out some airstrikes, but U.S. officials haven’t commented.

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    India introduces “game-changing” tax reform to replace a stifling maze of state levies imposed on commodities.

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    Considering divorce? Is your spouse worth more? Better move to London.

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    Fleeing Ukraine’s civil war for Israel

    Fleeing Ukraine’s civil war for Israel

    The Israeli government and a Christian-Jewish charity have resettled thousands of Jews trying to escape the fighting between nationalists and separatists along the Russian border.

    Islamic State’s new recruits: Families

    Islamic State’s new recruits: Families

    The militants are calling on doctors, lawyers, engineers and other professionals to join. And children are part of the new society.

    Pakistan moves to set up military courts for terror cases

    Pakistan moves to set up military courts for terror cases

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said his country is shifting to a wartime footing after the recent school massacre.

    Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State after plane goes down in Syria

    Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State after plane goes down in Syria

    The U.S. rejected the militant group’s claims that it shot down the plane, citing evidence to the contrary.

    U.S. prepares to accelerate transfers from Guantanamo

    U.S. prepares to accelerate transfers from Guantanamo

    But President Obama faces congressional opposition to moving or releasing detainees.

    Hamas commander killed, Israeli soldier hurt near Gaza

    Israel’s military said the violence started when a patrol was hit by sniper fire from inside the Gaza Strip.

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    Treating Ebola in rural Liberia

    The village of Quewein, without electricity or clean water, and others like it pose new challenges in the campaign to stop the virus.

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