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Smokey Bear turns 70 on Saturday. Since 2008, actor Sam Elliott has been the voice of the public service announcement icon. The PSA campaign began on August 9, 1944 — the same day Elliott was born.
David Greene gets the latest on the advance of the Islamic State and the humanitarian crisis in Iraqi Kurdistan from Wladimir van Wilgenburg, a reporter for the website Al-Monitor in Erbil.
U.S. military aircraft dropped humanitarian supplies to thousands of Iraqis trapped on a mountain by militants from the Islamic State. President Obama authorized airstrikes if they become necessary.
Turks vote Sunday in their first direct presidential election. The vote's backdrop is the advance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. David Greene talks to Milliyet columnist Asli Aydintasbas.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan for the second time in less than a month. The two presidential candidates have agreed to resolve the disputed election and set an inauguration date.
On Friday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response.