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29th of August 2014

Russia sends tanks and troops into Ukraine, seizes a strategic town "Russian tanks and troops fired their way into eastern Ukraine on Thursday and seized a strategic gateway town on the road to the heavily militarized Crimean peninsula."

Los Angeles Times

28th of August 2014

Military skill and terrorist technique fuel success of Islamic State "The group has quietly built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis overseeing departments of finance, arms, local governance, military operations and recruitment." (Possible paywall)

New York Times

27th of August 2014

Cease-fire extended, but not on Hamas's terms "After 50 days of fighting that took some 2,200 lives, levelled large areas of the Gaza Strip and paralysed Israel’s south for the summer, Israeli and Palestinian leaders reached an open-ended cease-fire agreement..."

New York Times

26th of August 2014

Syria warns against US strikes on Islamic State on its soil "The warning came a day after the group overran a major air base in north-central Syria, putting the Islamic State in full control of Raqqah province, where American photojournalist James Foley was held for much of his captivity."

Washington Post

25th of August 2014

Richard Attenborough's death: a sad day for the British film industry "How he hated being called 'Dickie'. It sounded like the name of a luvvie lightweight – and Richard Attenborough, the brilliant stage and screen star, and director of the multi Oscar-winning Gandhi, was anything but that."

The Guardian

22nd of August 2014

Israel kills 3 top Hamas leaders as latest fighting turns its way "Barrages of rockets from Gaza sailed into Israel nearly nonstop on Thursday, but they did little damage… Israel, meanwhile, killed three top commanders of Hamas’s armed wing in predawn airstrikes."

New York Times

21st of August 2014

The men who killed James Foley "Foley’s execution was presented as a choreographed ‘message to America’ by this band of performance-minded terrorists, who seek to be seen, heard, and feared by as many people as possible."

Also: Terrorist beheadings could happen in Australia, Tony Abbott warns as he pushes tougher security laws (Fairfax)

New Yorker

20th of August 2014

Militants blame US for their apparent beheading of US journalist "The video, which was posted on YouTube and later taken down, shows a man who appears to be missing freelance journalist James Foley kneeling in the desert in an orange shirt and pants as a masked man in black stands beside him."

Los Angeles Times

19th of August 2014

Julian Assange has had his human rights violated, says Ecuador foreign minister "Ecuador's foreign minister has accused the British government of having no real interest in finding a diplomatic solution to the confinement of Julian Assange."

Also: Two years on, Julian Assange is still a prisoner of process (Ricardo Patino, Ecuador's foreign minister)

The Guardian

18th of August 2014

A movement grows in Ferguson "The local QuikTrip, a gas station and convenience store that was looted and burned on the second night of the protests, has now been repurposed as the epicenter for gatherings and the exchange of information."

New Yorker