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  1. Story of the Week: Execution Presents Ethical Dilemmas

    The video of photojournalist James Foley’s beheading, published by the Islamic State this week, raised a string of tough ethical questions. Some have criticized the U.S. government’s refusal to pay militants a $132-million ransom for Foley’s freedom, while media outlets grappled with the implications of publishing the gruesome images. President Obama pledged to “see that justice is done” and launched fresh airstrikes against the extremists, despite warnings that another American would be killed if U.S. military operations continued in Iraq.

    CNN, The Guardian, CNBC, The Independent

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