Coast Guard Cutter Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Sailboat in Brief Altercation
Iranian dhow crew member aims gun at approaching Americans.
by Craig Whitlock
Israel, Hamas reach cease-fire deal brokered by Egypt
Agreement brings Israel and Palestinians back to terms agreed upon in 2012 truce.
by William Booth and Ruth Eglash

Rubble Bucket Challenge Aims to Raise Awareness about Gaza
Social media campaign puts a sobering twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge as Gaza death toll passes 2,100.
by Amar Toor
Ukraine President Dissolves Parliament, Paves Way for Early Election
Decision comes because “the majority of the MPs voted for dictator-style laws.”

Nigeria rejects Boko Haram 'caliphate' claim
Military rejects armed group’s claim it established “Islamic caliphate” in town of Gwoza.
by Aljazerra
Iran 'will speed arming of Palestinians' After Israeli Drone Downed
Iran has confirmed it supplied Palestinian fighters from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad with the technology for the rockets since July 8.
by AFP

Experts: James Foley Beheading Video Likely Fake
Forensic analysis confirms Infowars investigation that footage was staged as war propaganda.
by Paul Joseph Watson
China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas
China restricts ethnic minorities from wearing beards.
by Gillian Wong

US Should Pay More Attention to Internal Race-Related Issues – Russian Diplomat
“What is happening in Missouri right now should have a sobering effect on US society and authorities.”
by RIA Novosti
Russia Tests Surface-to-air Missiles in Military Exercises: RIA
“…move to show its military might as fighting rages in neighboring Ukraine.”
by Reuters

Merkel Vows NATO Will Protect Baltic States From Russian Aggression
Anxious conflict in Ukraine could herald destabilization in their own region by Moscow.
by Reuters
Kidnappings in Mexico Surge to the Highest Number on Record
Targets tend to be young, and students, with parents willing to pay ransoms, are commonly targeted.
by Joshua Partlow

Hundreds Dead as Monsoon Brings Chaos to Northern India, Nepal
Heavy rains in recent days have caused flooding and landslides across the region.
by Manesh Shrestha and Harmeet Singh
Russia May Ban Car Imports if West Imposes New Sanctions, Sources Say
High-end brands such as Mercedes-Benz could be more vulnerable as they have to be imported.
by Moscow Times

What Have We Accomplished in Iraq?
We have been at war with Iraq for 24 years.
by Ron Paul
Boko Haram Abduct Dozens of Boys in Northeast Nigeria: Witnesses
Kidnappings came four months after abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from village of Chibok.
by Lanre Ola