ISIS--The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.
<> 1911 A merchant at the Samarkand market displays silk, cotton and wool fabrics as well as a few traditional carpets. A framed page of the Koran hangs at the top of the stall. Image: Prokudin-Gorskii / Library of Congress
APRIL A Watershed Moment By Daniel Beltrá. Water in Iceland's Ölfusá River flows around sandbars toward the Atlantic Ocean. The Ölfusá is Iceland's largest river, and its watershed drains square miles (or one-seventh of Iceland).
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz reflect on a car window as they gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct.