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B. 08-01 No cease-fire: Israel pounds Gaza after Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier Gaza
2. 08-01 China factory blast kills at least 65 Kunshan, Jiangsu, Shanghai
D. 08-03 French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary Alsace, France
E. 08-03 Airstrike hits UN school in Gaza as Israeli troops start redeploying Rafah, Gaza
08-03 Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China Ludian, Yunnan, Southern China
G. 08-04 Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza Gaza
H. 08-05 US general Harold Greene killed by Afghan soldier Camp Qargha, Kabul
I. 08-06 Rosetta goes into orbit around comet European Union
J. 08-06 Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity Cambodia

Summary.     Click for More > Iraqi President nominates new prime minister   President Fuad Masum nominated Haider al-Abadi to succeed a defiant Nuri al-Maliki, who had earlier vowed to hang on to power   Putin taunts West with humanitarian convoy in eastern Ukraine  The Kremlin announced it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, despite previous warnings from the West against such move Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash   Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media report... Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years Iraq crisis: Mosul dam recaptured from militants Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley
No cease-fire: Israel pounds Gaza after Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier China factory blast kills at least 65 French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary Airstrike hits UN school in Gaza as Israeli troops start redeploying Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China   The magnitude-6.1 quake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400 Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza US general Harold Greene killed by Afghan soldier Rosetta goes into orbit around comet   Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity   Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity Iran plane crash near Tehran kills 38 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey   Riots over killing of US black teen Map of Ferguson Missouri Missouri
Aug.1   Gaza
 Donbass  70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site
  Shanghai
Aug.2  Gaza  Israel says missing soldier is dead
 Western China  China gives Xinjiang death toll
Aug.3   France
  Gaza
  Southern China
 Gaza  Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefire
Aug.4  Gaza  Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas 'agree ceasefire'
  Gaza
Aug.5   Kabul
Aug.6   European Union
 Moscow  Putin orders retaliatory sanctions
 Liberia  Liberia's president declares state of emergency over Ebola
 Jerusalem  Israel offers Gaza truce extension
  Cambodia
Aug.7  Washington  Obama authorises US Iraq air strikes
Aug.8  Northern Iraq  US steps up air strikes in Iraq
 Gaza  Gaza conflict: US and UN condemn new Gaza violence
 Northern Iraq  US aid drop follows fresh Iraq raids
Aug.9  Tibet  Tour bus carrying about 40 people in Tibet falls into valley
 Northern Iraq  US in new strikes on Iraq militants
Aug.10   Tehran
  Turkey
 Gaza  Gaza conflict: New three-day ceasefire begins
 Syria  Australia boy 'in Syria severed head image'
Aug.11   Missouri
  Rioting over the killing of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer has erupted in the US state of Missouri.    The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by a white police officer, ...
  Baghdad
  Moscow
 San Francisco Bay Area  Actor Robin Williams found dead at home
Aug.12  Washington  US sends more military advisors to Iraq
Aug.13   Sao Paulo
  South Korea
 Gaza  Israel and Palestinians begin tense five-day Gaza truce
Aug.14  Baghdad  Al-Maliki agrees to step down as prime minister
Aug.15  Northern Iraq  Iraq crisis: Yazidi villagers 'massacred' by ISIS
 Northern Nigeria  Boko Haram suspected of abducting more than 50 villagers
 Texas  Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power
Aug.16  Mosul  U.S. jets hit ISIS near dam
 London  Man dies after 35 found in container
 Mosul  Kurdish forces battling to retake Mosul dam
Aug.17  Liberia  Protesters attack Liberia Ebola unit
 Donbass  Ukraine says it's made gains against separatists
 Mosul  Kurds 'break IS hold on Mosul dam'
 Missouri  Overnight curfew resumes in tense St Louis suburb
Aug.18   Mosul
 Gaza  Gaza ceasefire 'extended by a day'
Aug.19   Northern Iraq
  A video shows the beheading and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq.    James Wright Foley (October 18, 1973 – August 19, 2014) was an American freelance journalist and photojournalist of the Syrian Civil War when he wa...
 Gaza  Gaza truce ends amid fresh fighting  Italy  2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire   Japan 8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima Aug.20  Washington  U.S. attempt to rescue Foley, others in Syria failed  Bangkok  Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister Aug.21  USA  ISIS militants threatened to kill journalist in email to family  Washington  Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US  Malaysia  MH17: Plane with Malaysian bodies arrives in Kuala Lumpur Aug.22  Gaza  Hamas kills 18 suspected Israel informants  Southern China  Chinese fighter jet flies dangerously close to U.S. Navy plane   Donbass Russian convoy rolls into Ukraine   Dozens of Russian trucks that have rolled into eastern Ukraine, a move a Ukrainian official characterized as an 'invasion' Aug.23  Iceland  Iceland says subglacial eruption is under way  Donbass  Russia aid convoy returns from Ukraine  Kiev  Ukraine Army parade to mark independence Aug.24   Donbass Donetsk rebels parade captured soldiers  Northern Syria  IS fighters seize Syria airbase  Congo  DR Congo confirms two Ebola deaths  Brazil  Deadly riot in southern Brazil jail Aug.25  Kiev  President calls snap vote amid fighting Aug.26   Gaza   Israel, Hamas officials say extended cease-fire reached   Officials say an extended cease-fire has been reached between the sides, halting the seven-week Gaza war which has killed more than 2,000 pe...  Northern Syria  California native fighting for ISIS killed in Syria Aug.27   Iceland Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano   Earthquakes are rocking Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic  Sao Paulo  Brazil pursues Amazon 'destroyers' Aug.28   Donbass 1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border
 President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine, as Nato prepares to hold an emergency meeting
Aug.29  Berlin  Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns  Nicaragua  Trapped Nicaraguan miners freed Aug.30   Brussels Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'  Syria  Philippine Syria troops 'attacked'  Lesotho  Lesotho 'coup' forces PM Thabane to South Africa  Brussels  EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum Aug.31  Hong Kong  Occupy Central anger over Beijing ruling  Moscow  Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine'



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  No cease-fire: Israel pounds Gaza after Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier


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Aug.1   Gaza  
  Tank fire and airstrikes pummeled Gaza, as Israeli forces moved deeper into the West Bank, searching for a soldier. Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier
  Donbass     70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site   The grisly search for human remains entered a new phase Friday, as the largest group yet of international experts scoured the crash site   Shanghai   China factory blast kills at least 65
Map of Kunshan Jiangsu China
   At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors
 Nepal  Massive landslide block mountain river; 6 people killed

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Aug.2  Gaza  New exchanges amid Israeli soldier hunt   Gaza   Israel says missing soldier is dead   The Israeli military says Hadar Goldin, a soldier reported missing in Gaza on Friday is dead. He was believed to have been captured by mili...   Western China China gives Xinjiang death toll


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Aug.3   France     French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary
Map of Alsace France
  The French and German presidents have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Germany's declaration of war on France on 3 August 1914
  Gaza   Airstrike hits UN school in Gaza as Israeli troops start redeploying Map of Rafah Israel
  10 were killed in Gaza Sunday after a school sheltering displaced people was hit in an airstrike, as Israel signaled a possible scaling back of its troops
  Southern China   Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China
Map of Ludian Yunnan China
  The magnitude-6.1 quake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400
 About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian
 UN  Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal' - UN chief   Gaza Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefire  Southern China  China troops join earthquake search

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Aug.4   Gaza     Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas 'agree ceasefire'   srael and Palestinian groups including Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza, officials and Egyptian mediators say   Gaza     Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza
  Israel has announced the withdrawal of all of its troops to 'defensive positions' outside the Gaza Strip


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Aug.5   Kabul   US general Harold Greene killed by Afghan soldier
Map of Camp Qargha Afghanistan
  Maj Gen Harold Greene has been killed in an attack by an Afghan soldier at a British-run military academy near Kabul.    He is the highest ranking US military official to have been...
 Washington  Kerry in talks plea amid Gaza truce  Southern China  Officials say death toll from weekend earthquake rises to 589

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Aug.6   European Union   Rosetta goes into orbit around comet
  Europe's Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase and manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping
  Moscow     Putin orders retaliatory sanctions  Russian President has banned or curbed agricultural imports from countries imposing sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine   Liberia     Liberia's president declares state of emergency over Ebola  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency in the West African nation amid an Ebola outbreak that shows no signs of s...   Jerusalem Israel offers Gaza truce extension
  Cambodia     Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity
 Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and Khieu Samphan was the Maoist regime's head of state


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Aug.7   Washington     Obama authorises US Iraq air strikes   US President Barack Obama says he has authorised targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interes...  Malaysia  Fund seeks Malaysia Airlines revamp  Shanghai  British GSK investigator on trial in China

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Aug.8   Northern Iraq US steps up air strikes in Iraq   Gaza Gaza conflict: US and UN condemn new Gaza violence   Northern Iraq US aid drop follows fresh Iraq raids

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Aug.9   Tibet Tour bus carrying about 40 people in Tibet falls into valley
 Washington  Iraq crisis: No quick fix, Barack Obama warns  Donbass  Ukraine crisis: Army closes in on Donetsk rebels  Gaza  Gaza air strikes 'kill five' as rockets hit Israel   Northern Iraq US in new strikes on Iraq militants  Turkey  Turkey in landmark presidency poll  Kiev  Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko 'to consider aid mission'

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Aug.10   Tehran   Iran plane crash near Tehran kills 38
Map of Mehrabad Iran
  At least 38 people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran, state media reports
 Gaza  Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer  Northern Iraq  Iraqi Kurds ask for arms to fight IS   Turkey     President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey Map of Ankara Turkey
  Outgoing PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed his victory in Turkey's first direct presidential election as a new era for the country
  Gaza     Gaza conflict: New three-day ceasefire begins   A three-day truce has come into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy  Kentucky  Gutsy McIlroy battles to win US PGA  Baghdad  Embattled PM Nouri Maliki in show of force   Syria Australia boy 'in Syria severed head image'

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Aug.11   Missouri     Riots over killing of US black teen
Map of Ferguson Missouri Missouri
  Rioting over the killing of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer has erupted in the US state of Missouri
 The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. The disputed circumstances of the shooting, and resulting protests and civil unrest, have caused significant controversy in the United States
  Baghdad   Iraqi President nominates new prime minister
  President Fuad Masum nominated Haider al-Abadi to succeed a defiant Nuri al-Maliki, who had earlier vowed to hang on to power
 Iraq's president asks a Shia politician to replace embattled Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, as the country faces a growing jihadist insurgency
  Moscow     Putin taunts West with humanitarian convoy in eastern Ukraine
  The Kremlin announced it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, despite previous warnings from the West against such move
  San Francisco Bay Area   Actor Robin Williams found dead at home   US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, police say. Williams won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hu...  Washington  Obama says Iraq took 'promising step' nominating new PM

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Aug.12   Washington     US sends more military advisors to Iraq  The US is sending 130 more military advisors to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says

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Aug.13   Sao Paulo   Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash
Map of Santos Brazil
  Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported
 Gaza  Gaza cease-fire in question after rockets, airstrikes  Russia  Russian convoy to Ukraine abruptly changes course  Northern Iraq  Yazidi: Arab neighbors joined ISIS slaughter  Switzerland  6 injured in train derailment in Swiss Alps   South Korea     Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years Map of SEOUL South Korea
  Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park Geun-hye
 Northern Iraq  Iraq crisis: US says Mount Sinjar evacuation unlikely   Gaza     Israel and Palestinians begin tense five-day Gaza truce   Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce  South Korea  North Korea fires projectiles as Pope lands in Seoul

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Aug.14   Baghdad Al-Maliki agrees to step down as prime minister
 Donbass  Top rebel commander in Ukraine reportedly resigns  Baghdad  UN declares highest-level emergency in Iraq as clashes erupt near Baghdad

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Aug.15   Northern Iraq     Iraq crisis: Yazidi villagers 'massacred' by ISIS   Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say  Donbass  Ukraine says it destroyed much of Russian military convoy   Northern Nigeria     Boko Haram suspected of abducting more than 50 villagers   Residents of a Nigerian village on the shore of Lake Chad say at least 50 residents are missing after a raid by suspected Boko Haram militan...  Sao Paulo  Black box mystery of Brazil plane   Texas Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power


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Aug.16   Mosul     U.S. jets hit ISIS near dam   U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning,   London Man dies after 35 found in container
  Mosul     Kurdish forces battling to retake Mosul dam   Kurdish forces supported by US air strikes are battling to retake Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq  Chad  Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram  Northern Syria  'New massacres' in Iraq and Syria

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Aug.17   Liberia     Protesters attack Liberia Ebola unit   A quarantine centre for suspected Ebola patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia has been attacked and looted by protesters, police say   Donbass Ukraine says it's made gains against separatists
 Mosul  Kurd forces 'take part of Mosul dam'   Mosul Kurds 'break IS hold on Mosul dam'   Missouri     Overnight curfew resumes in tense St Louis suburb   Police have fired tear gas and issued warnings for crowds to disperse as a curfew starts for a second night in Ferguson in the US state of M...

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Aug.18   Mosul   Iraq crisis: Mosul dam recaptured from militants
Map of Mosul dam Iraq
  Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi troops have retaken Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) militants, US President Barack Obama has said
 Iceland  Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption   Gaza Gaza ceasefire 'extended by a day'  Missouri  Ferguson unrest: White House steps up involvement  Beijing  Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest  Australia  Giant saltwater crocodile kills Australia fisherman

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Aug.19   Northern Iraq   Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley
  A video shows the beheading and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq
 James Wright Foley (October 18, 1973 – August 19, 2014) was an American freelance journalist and photojournalist of the Syrian Civil War when he was abducted on November 22, 2012 in northwestern Syria. Foley is the first American citizen to be killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
  Gaza   Gaza truce ends amid fresh fighting   A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza has ended amid fresh air strikes which Israel says were countering rocket fire   Italy 2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire
 Argentina  Pope 'deeply hurt' as 3 members of his family die in crash   Japan   8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima Map of Hiroshima Japan
  Rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides


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Aug.20  India  India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies   Washington   U.S. attempt to rescue Foley, others in Syria failed   A recent attempt to rescue American James Foley and others in Syria failed, as new details emerged about the journalist's final days  Guatemala  Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash   Bangkok   Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister   Three months after overthrowing last elected government, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is poised to step out of his army uniform for good

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Aug.21   USA ISIS militants threatened to kill journalist in email to family
  Washington Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US   Malaysia MH17: Plane with Malaysian bodies arrives in Kuala Lumpur  Sinai  Bus crash kills 27 in Egypt's Sinai

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Aug.22   Gaza     Hamas kills 18 suspected Israel informants   Hamas carried out a deadly purge of suspected informants, killing people suspected of providing information to the Israel Defense Forces   Southern China Chinese fighter jet flies dangerously close to U.S. Navy plane
 Washington  Russian convoy prompts Western anger   Donbass     Russian convoy rolls into Ukraine Map of Luhansk Ukraine
  Dozens of Russian trucks that have rolled into eastern Ukraine, a move a Ukrainian official characterized as an 'invasion'
 Merkel slams Russia over Ukraine convoy
 Israel  Israel vows response to boy's death

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Aug.23   Iceland   Iceland says subglacial eruption is under way   Iceland raised its aviation alert to red Saturday as a subglacial eruption began at the restless Bardarbunga volcano   Donbass Russia aid convoy returns from Ukraine
 Northern Iraq  UN warns of possible Amerli 'massacre'  Libya  Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya  Libya  Tripoli airport changes hands between militias  Chile  6.6-magnitude earthquake in Valparaiso, Chile   Kiev Ukraine Army parade to mark independence

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Aug.24   Donbass     Donetsk rebels parade captured soldiers
Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have marched dozens of captured government soldiers through the city of Donetsk
 London  UK 'close' to identifying jihadist  San Francisco Bay Area  Earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay area   Northern Syria IS fighters seize Syria airbase   Congo DR Congo confirms two Ebola deaths   Brazil Deadly riot in southern Brazil jail  Peru  7.0-magnitude quake strikes Peru

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Aug.25  Donbass  Russian tanks, armored vehicles enter southeast Ukraine   Kiev     President calls snap vote amid fighting   Petro Poroshenko has dissolved parliament and called snap elections, as government forces continue to fight pro-Russian rebel forces in the ...

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Aug.26   Gaza     Israel, Hamas officials say extended cease-fire reached
  Officials say an extended cease-fire has been reached between the sides, halting the seven-week Gaza war which has killed more than 2,000 people
 The truce was brokered by Egypt and began at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT). Israel is to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow in aid and building materials
 Northern England  Abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited by Pakistani men   Northern Syria   California native fighting for ISIS killed in Syria   Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, died in a battle between rival extremist groups in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria's once-bustling commercial capi...  Belarus  Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko and Putin hold direct talks

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Aug.27   Iceland   Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano
Map of Bardarbunga Iceland
  Earthquakes are rocking Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic
 Bárđarbunga is a stratovolcano located under Vatnajökull, Iceland's most extensive glacier. The second highest mountain in Iceland, 2,009 metres
 France  IMF's Lagarde under investigation  Arizona  Arizona shooting: Girl, nine, kills gun instructor  Syria  Syria conflict: Islamic State 'committed war crimes'  India  Indian woman, armed with farm tool, fights off leopard   Sao Paulo Brazil pursues Amazon 'destroyers'  Berlin  Ukraine crisis: Russia pressed over fresh fighting  Washington  Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen

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Aug.28   Donbass     1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine
Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border
 President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine, as Nato prepares to hold an emergency meeting
 Syria  Syria conflict: UN says more than 3m have fled war

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Aug.29  Guatemala  Jews 'forced' to leave Guatemala village   Berlin Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns
  Nicaragua Trapped Nicaraguan miners freed

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Aug.30   Brussels     Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression'
Map of Brussels
  EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia
  Syria     Philippine Syria troops 'attacked'   Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are 'under attack', Philippine Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin says   Lesotho     Lesotho 'coup' forces PM Thabane to South Africa   The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in...  Tehran  Iran anger over new US sanctions  Brussels  Poroshenko: Ukraine 'close to point of no return'   Brussels   EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum   The EU has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions. EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures  Syria  Philippine troops in Syria rescued

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Aug.31   Hong Kong     Occupy Central anger over Beijing ruling   Democratic groups have vowed to fight a Chinese government ruling that effectively gives control over the candidates for the leadership elec...   Moscow Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine'
 U.S. Senate  US senators urge arms for Ukraine


  No cease-fire: Israel pounds Gaza after Hamas kidnapped Israeli soldier




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Aug.1   Gaza
  Tank fire and airstrikes pummeled Gaza, as Israeli forces moved deeper into the West Bank, searching for a soldier. Hamas denies holding Israeli soldier
Aug.2  Gaza  New exchanges amid Israeli soldier hunt Aug.2   Gaza Israel says missing soldier is dead   The Israeli military says Hadar Goldin, a soldier reported missing in Gaza on Friday is dead. He was believed to have been captured by mili... Aug.3   France   French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary
Map of Alsace France
  The French and German presidents have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Germany's declaration of war on France on 3 August 1914
Aug.3   Gaza Airstrike hits UN school in Gaza as Israeli troops start redeploying Map of Rafah Israel
  10 were killed in Gaza Sunday after a school sheltering displaced people was hit in an airstrike, as Israel signaled a possible scaling back of its troops
Aug.3  UN  Gaza crisis: Rafah school strike 'criminal' - UN chief Aug.3   Gaza Israel plans partial seven-hour ceasefire Aug.3  Southern China  China troops join earthquake search Aug.4   Gaza   Gaza conflict: Israel and Hamas 'agree ceasefire'   srael and Palestinian groups including Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza, officials and Egyptian mediators say Aug.4   Gaza   Israeli troops withdraw from Gaza
  Israel has announced the withdrawal of all of its troops to 'defensive positions' outside the Gaza Strip
Aug.5   Kabul US general Harold Greene killed by Afghan soldier
Map of Camp Qargha Afghanistan
  Maj Gen Harold Greene has been killed in an attack by an Afghan soldier at a British-run military academy near Kabul.    He is the highest ranking US military official to have been...
Aug.5  Washington  Kerry in talks plea amid Gaza truce Aug.6   Jerusalem Israel offers Gaza truce extension Aug.6   Cambodia   Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity
 Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and Khieu Samphan was the Maoist regime's head of state
Aug.7   Washington   Obama authorises US Iraq air strikes   US President Barack Obama says he has authorised targeted airstrikes against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interes... Aug.8   Northern Iraq US steps up air strikes in Iraq
Aug.8   Gaza Gaza conflict: US and UN condemn new Gaza violence Aug.9  Donbass  Ukraine crisis: Army closes in on Donetsk rebels Aug.9  Gaza  Gaza air strikes 'kill five' as rockets hit Israel Aug.9   Northern Iraq US in new strikes on Iraq militants Aug.10  Gaza  Palestinians accept new 72-hour cease-fire offer Aug.10  Northern Iraq  Iraqi Kurds ask for arms to fight IS Aug.10   Gaza   Gaza conflict: New three-day ceasefire begins   A three-day truce has come into effect between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, after a day of intense diplomacy Aug.12   Washington   US sends more military advisors to Iraq  The US is sending 130 more military advisors to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says Aug.13  Gaza  Gaza cease-fire in question after rockets, airstrikes Aug.13  Northern Iraq  Iraq crisis: US says Mount Sinjar evacuation unlikely Aug.13   Gaza   Israel and Palestinians begin tense five-day Gaza truce   Israel and the Palestinians have begun a fresh five-day ceasefire in Gaza, agreed at the end of a three-day truce Aug.13  South Korea  North Korea fires projectiles as Pope lands in Seoul Aug.14  Donbass  Top rebel commander in Ukraine reportedly resigns Aug.14  Baghdad  UN declares highest-level emergency in Iraq as clashes erupt near Baghdad Aug.15  Donbass  Ukraine says it destroyed much of Russian military convoy Aug.16   Mosul   U.S. jets hit ISIS near dam   U.S. warplanes carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq near ISIS-controlled Mosul Dam early Saturday morning, Aug.16   Mosul   Kurdish forces battling to retake Mosul dam   Kurdish forces supported by US air strikes are battling to retake Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) fighters in northern Iraq Aug.16  Chad  Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram Aug.16  Northern Syria  'New massacres' in Iraq and Syria Aug.17   Donbass Ukraine says it's made gains against separatists Aug.17  Mosul  Kurd forces 'take part of Mosul dam' Aug.17   Mosul Kurds 'break IS hold on Mosul dam' Aug.18   Mosul Iraq crisis: Mosul dam recaptured from militants Map of Mosul dam Iraq
  Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi troops have retaken Mosul dam from Islamic State (IS) militants, US President Barack Obama has said
Aug.18   Gaza Gaza ceasefire 'extended by a day' Aug.19   Gaza Gaza truce ends amid fresh fighting   A truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza has ended amid fresh air strikes which Israel says were countering rocket fire Aug.19   Italy 2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire Aug.20   Washington U.S. attempt to rescue Foley, others in Syria failed   A recent attempt to rescue American James Foley and others in Syria failed, as new details emerged about the journalist's final days Aug.20  Guatemala  Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash Aug.20   Bangkok Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister   Three months after overthrowing last elected government, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is poised to step out of his army uniform for good Aug.22   Southern China Chinese fighter jet flies dangerously close to U.S. Navy plane Aug.22   Donbass   Russian convoy rolls into Ukraine
Map of Luhansk Ukraine
  Dozens of Russian trucks that have rolled into eastern Ukraine, a move a Ukrainian official characterized as an 'invasion'
 Merkel slams Russia over Ukraine convoy
Aug.22  Israel  Israel vows response to boy's death Aug.23   Donbass Russia aid convoy returns from Ukraine Aug.23  Libya  Tripoli airport changes hands between militias Aug.23   Kiev Ukraine Army parade to mark independence Aug.24   Donbass   Donetsk rebels parade captured soldiers Map of Donetsk Ukraine
  Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have marched dozens of captured government soldiers through the city of Donetsk
Aug.24   Northern Syria IS fighters seize Syria airbase Aug.25  Donbass  Russian tanks, armored vehicles enter southeast Ukraine Aug.26   Gaza   Israel, Hamas officials say extended cease-fire reached
  Officials say an extended cease-fire has been reached between the sides, halting the seven-week Gaza war which has killed more than 2,000 people
 The truce was brokered by Egypt and began at 19:00 local time (16:00 GMT). Israel is to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow in aid and building materials
Aug.26   Northern Syria California native fighting for ISIS killed in Syria   Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, died in a battle between rival extremist groups in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria's once-bustling commercial capi... Aug.26  Belarus  Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko and Putin hold direct talks Aug.27  Syria  Syria conflict: Islamic State 'committed war crimes' Aug.27  Berlin  Ukraine crisis: Russia pressed over fresh fighting Aug.28   Donbass   1,000 Russian troops have entered Ukraine
Map of Novoazovsk Donetsk Ukraine
  A top Ukrainian army officer said a 'full-scale invasion' of his country was under way, as a U.S. say up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed the border
 President Obama accuses Russia of being responsible for the violence in eastern Ukraine, as Nato prepares to hold an emergency meeting
Aug.28  Syria  Syria conflict: UN says more than 3m have fled war Aug.29   Berlin Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns Aug.30   Brussels   Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression' Map of Brussels
  EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia
Aug.30   Syria   Philippine Syria troops 'attacked'   Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are 'under attack', Philippine Defence Minister Voltaire Gazmin says Aug.30   Lesotho   Lesotho 'coup' forces PM Thabane to South Africa   The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in... Aug.30  Brussels  Poroshenko: Ukraine 'close to point of no return' Aug.30  Syria  Philippine troops in Syria rescued Aug.31  U.S. Senate  US senators urge arms for Ukraine



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2014 Aug.1   Donbass   70 international experts search Ukraine MH17 crash site   The grisly search for human remains entered a new phase Friday, as the largest group yet of international experts scoured the crash site Aug.1   Shanghai China factory blast kills at least 65
Map of Kunshan Jiangsu China
   At least 65 people were killed Saturday by an explosion at an eastern Chinese automotive parts factory that supplies General Motors
Aug.1  Nepal  Massive landslide block mountain river; 6 people killed Aug.3   Southern China Strong earthquake kills at least 367 in southern China Map of Ludian Yunnan China
  The magnitude-6.1 quake in Yunnan province toppled thousands of homes on Sunday, killing at least 175 people and injuring more than 1,400
 About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian
Aug.3  Southern China  China troops join earthquake search Aug.5  Southern China  Officials say death toll from weekend earthquake rises to 589 Aug.6   Liberia   Liberia's president declares state of emergency over Ebola  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has declared a state of emergency in the West African nation amid an Ebola outbreak that shows no signs of s... Aug.7  Malaysia  Fund seeks Malaysia Airlines revamp Aug.9   Tibet Tour bus carrying about 40 people in Tibet falls into valley Aug.10   Tehran Iran plane crash near Tehran kills 38 Map of Mehrabad Iran
  At least 38 people were killed when a small passenger plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran, state media reports
Aug.11   San Francisco Bay Area Actor Robin Williams found dead at home   US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, police say. Williams won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hu... Aug.13   Sao Paulo Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash Map of Santos Brazil
  Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported
Aug.13  Switzerland  6 injured in train derailment in Swiss Alps Aug.13  Northern Iraq  Iraq crisis: US says Mount Sinjar evacuation unlikely Aug.14  Baghdad  UN declares highest-level emergency in Iraq as clashes erupt near Baghdad Aug.15  Sao Paulo  Black box mystery of Brazil plane Aug.16   London Man dies after 35 found in container Aug.17   Liberia   Protesters attack Liberia Ebola unit   A quarantine centre for suspected Ebola patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia has been attacked and looted by protesters, police say Aug.18  Iceland  Iceland warns of possible volcanic eruption Aug.18  Australia  Giant saltwater crocodile kills Australia fisherman Aug.19   Italy 2 Italian air force jets collide over Italy, sparking fire Aug.19  Argentina  Pope 'deeply hurt' as 3 members of his family die in crash Aug.19   Japan 8 killed, 13 missing in landslides in Hiroshima Map of Hiroshima Japan
  Rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in at least five landslides
Aug.20  Guatemala  Head of Guatemalan military dies in chopper crash Aug.21  Sinai  Bus crash kills 27 in Egypt's Sinai Aug.23   Iceland Iceland says subglacial eruption is under way   Iceland raised its aviation alert to red Saturday as a subglacial eruption began at the restless Bardarbunga volcano Aug.23  Libya  Migrant boat carrying 250 capsizes off Libya Aug.23  Chile  6.6-magnitude earthquake in Valparaiso, Chile Aug.24  San Francisco Bay Area  Earthquake strikes San Francisco Bay area Aug.24   Congo DR Congo confirms two Ebola deaths Aug.24  Peru  7.0-magnitude quake strikes Peru Aug.27   Iceland Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano Map of Bardarbunga Iceland
  Earthquakes are rocking Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic
 Bárđarbunga is a stratovolcano located under Vatnajökull, Iceland's most extensive glacier. The second highest mountain in Iceland, 2,009 metres
Aug.27  Arizona  Arizona shooting: Girl, nine, kills gun instructor Aug.27  India  Indian woman, armed with farm tool, fights off leopard Aug.27  Washington  Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen Aug.29   Nicaragua Trapped Nicaraguan miners freed



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2014 Aug.10  Kentucky  Gutsy McIlroy battles to win US PGA



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2014 Aug.6   Moscow   Putin orders retaliatory sanctions  Russian President has banned or curbed agricultural imports from countries imposing sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine Aug.7  Malaysia  Fund seeks Malaysia Airlines revamp Aug.9   Tibet Tour bus carrying about 40 people in Tibet falls into valley
Aug.11   San Francisco Bay Area Actor Robin Williams found dead at home   US actor Robin Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide, police say. Williams won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hu... Aug.18  Beijing  Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest Aug.23  Libya  Tripoli airport changes hands between militias



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2014 Aug.2   Western China China gives Xinjiang death toll
Aug.5   Kabul US general Harold Greene killed by Afghan soldier Map of Camp Qargha Afghanistan
  Maj Gen Harold Greene has been killed in an attack by an Afghan soldier at a British-run military academy near Kabul.    He is the highest ranking US military official to have been...
Aug.6   Cambodia   Top Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
  Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan have been jailed for life after being convicted by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity
 Nuon Chea served as leader Pol Pot's deputy and Khieu Samphan was the Maoist regime's head of state
Aug.7  Shanghai  British GSK investigator on trial in China Aug.10   Syria Australia boy 'in Syria severed head image'
Aug.11   Missouri   Riots over killing of US black teen Map of Ferguson Missouri Missouri
  Rioting over the killing of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer has erupted in the US state of Missouri
 The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. The disputed circumstances of the shooting, and resulting protests and civil unrest, have caused significant controversy in the United States
Aug.13  Northern Iraq  Yazidi: Arab neighbors joined ISIS slaughter Aug.15   Northern Iraq   Iraq crisis: Yazidi villagers 'massacred' by ISIS   Militants in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith in a village and abducted women and children, reports say Aug.15   Northern Nigeria   Boko Haram suspected of abducting more than 50 villagers   Residents of a Nigerian village on the shore of Lake Chad say at least 50 residents are missing after a raid by suspected Boko Haram militan... Aug.15   Texas Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power Aug.16  Chad  Chadian troops rescue 85 Nigerian hostages from Boko Haram Aug.16  Northern Syria  'New massacres' in Iraq and Syria Aug.18  Beijing  Jackie Chan's son Jaycee in drug arrest Aug.19   Northern Iraq Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley
  A video shows the beheading and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq
 James Wright Foley (October 18, 1973 – August 19, 2014) was an American freelance journalist and photojournalist of the Syrian Civil War when he was abducted on November 22, 2012 in northwestern Syria. Foley is the first American citizen to be killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Aug.21   USA ISIS militants threatened to kill journalist in email to family
Aug.21   Washington Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US Aug.22   Gaza   Hamas kills 18 suspected Israel informants   Hamas carried out a deadly purge of suspected informants, killing people suspected of providing information to the Israel Defense Forces Aug.23  Northern Iraq  UN warns of possible Amerli 'massacre' Aug.24  London  UK 'close' to identifying jihadist Aug.24   Brazil Deadly riot in southern Brazil jail Aug.26  Northern England  Abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited by Pakistani men Aug.26   Northern Syria California native fighting for ISIS killed in Syria   Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, died in a battle between rival extremist groups in the suburbs of Aleppo, Syria's once-bustling commercial capi... Aug.27  France  IMF's Lagarde under investigation Aug.27  Arizona  Arizona shooting: Girl, nine, kills gun instructor Aug.27  Syria  Syria conflict: Islamic State 'committed war crimes' Aug.27   Sao Paulo Brazil pursues Amazon 'destroyers' Aug.29  Guatemala  Jews 'forced' to leave Guatemala village



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2014 Aug.3   France   French and German leaders mark WW1 anniversary
Map of Alsace France
  The French and German presidents have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Germany's declaration of war on France on 3 August 1914
Aug.5  Washington  Kerry in talks plea amid Gaza truce Aug.6   European Union Rosetta goes into orbit around comet
  Europe's Rosetta probe has arrived at a comet after a 10-year chase and manoeuvred alongside a speeding body to begin mapping
Aug.7  Shanghai  British GSK investigator on trial in China Aug.8   Northern Iraq US aid drop follows fresh Iraq raids
Aug.9  Washington  Iraq crisis: No quick fix, Barack Obama warns Aug.9  Turkey  Turkey in landmark presidency poll Aug.9  Kiev  Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko 'to consider aid mission' Aug.10  Northern Iraq  Iraqi Kurds ask for arms to fight IS Aug.10   Turkey   President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hails new era for Turkey Map of Ankara Turkey
  Outgoing PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hailed his victory in Turkey's first direct presidential election as a new era for the country
Aug.10  Baghdad  Embattled PM Nouri Maliki in show of force Aug.11   Missouri   Riots over killing of US black teen Map of Ferguson Missouri Missouri
  Rioting over the killing of Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black teenager, by a police officer has erupted in the US state of Missouri
 The shooting of Michael Brown occurred on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson. The disputed circumstances of the shooting, and resulting protests and civil unrest, have caused significant controversy in the United States
Aug.11   Baghdad Iraqi President nominates new prime minister
  President Fuad Masum nominated Haider al-Abadi to succeed a defiant Nuri al-Maliki, who had earlier vowed to hang on to power
 Iraq's president asks a Shia politician to replace embattled Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, as the country faces a growing jihadist insurgency
Aug.11   Moscow   Putin taunts West with humanitarian convoy in eastern Ukraine
  The Kremlin announced it will send a humanitarian convoy into Ukraine, despite previous warnings from the West against such move
Aug.11  Washington  Obama says Iraq took 'promising step' nominating new PM Aug.12   Washington   US sends more military advisors to Iraq  The US is sending 130 more military advisors to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says Aug.13   Sao Paulo Brazilian presidential candidate among those killed in plane crash
Map of Santos Brazil
  Eduardo Campos died Wednesday when a small plane carrying him to a campaign stop crashed into a residential neighborhood, state media reported
Aug.13  Russia  Russian convoy to Ukraine abruptly changes course Aug.13   South Korea   Pope Francis makes first South Korean visit in 25 years Map of SEOUL South Korea
  Pope is on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in a quarter century, stepping off the plane onto a red carpet and greeting President Park Geun-hye
Aug.13  South Korea  North Korea fires projectiles as Pope lands in Seoul Aug.14   Baghdad Al-Maliki agrees to step down as prime minister Aug.14  Donbass  Top rebel commander in Ukraine reportedly resigns Aug.15   Texas Texas Governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power Aug.17   Liberia   Protesters attack Liberia Ebola unit   A quarantine centre for suspected Ebola patients in the Liberian capital Monrovia has been attacked and looted by protesters, police say Aug.17   Missouri   Overnight curfew resumes in tense St Louis suburb   Police have fired tear gas and issued warnings for crowds to disperse as a curfew starts for a second night in Ferguson in the US state of M... Aug.18  Missouri  Ferguson unrest: White House steps up involvement Aug.19   Northern Iraq Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley
  A video shows the beheading and threatens the life of another American if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq
 James Wright Foley (October 18, 1973 – August 19, 2014) was an American freelance journalist and photojournalist of the Syrian Civil War when he was abducted on November 22, 2012 in northwestern Syria. Foley is the first American citizen to be killed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Aug.19  Argentina  Pope 'deeply hurt' as 3 members of his family die in crash Aug.20  India  India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies Aug.20   Bangkok Thailand's army ruler to take up new post as prime minister   Three months after overthrowing last elected government, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha is poised to step out of his army uniform for good Aug.21   USA ISIS militants threatened to kill journalist in email to family
Aug.21   Washington Islamic State militants pose 'biggest threat' to US Aug.21   Malaysia MH17: Plane with Malaysian bodies arrives in Kuala Lumpur Aug.22  Washington  Russian convoy prompts Western anger Aug.23  Northern Iraq  UN warns of possible Amerli 'massacre' Aug.25   Kiev   President calls snap vote amid fighting   Petro Poroshenko has dissolved parliament and called snap elections, as government forces continue to fight pro-Russian rebel forces in the ... Aug.26  Belarus  Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko and Putin hold direct talks Aug.27  France  IMF's Lagarde under investigation Aug.27  Berlin  Ukraine crisis: Russia pressed over fresh fighting Aug.29  Guatemala  Jews 'forced' to leave Guatemala village Aug.29   Berlin Ukraine 'slipping out of control', Germany warns Aug.30   Brussels   Ukraine crisis: EU 'must act on Russia aggression' Map of Brussels
  EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, threatening to impose fresh sanctions against Russia
Aug.30   Lesotho   Lesotho 'coup' forces PM Thabane to South Africa   The prime minister of the southern African kingdom of Lesotho has fled to South Africa, alleging a coup by the army and saying his life is in... Aug.30  Tehran  Iran anger over new US sanctions Aug.30  Brussels  Poroshenko: Ukraine 'close to point of no return' Aug.30   Brussels EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum   The EU has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions. EU was working urgently on further restrictive measures Aug.31   Hong Kong   Occupy Central anger over Beijing ruling   Democratic groups have vowed to fight a Chinese government ruling that effectively gives control over the candidates for the leadership elec... Aug.31   Moscow Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' Aug.31  U.S. Senate  US senators urge arms for Ukraine