Weekly News Round-Up 8/18/14-8/22/14: Diplomacy, Legitimacy, & Loss

Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 20. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.
Protesters march in the street as lightning flashes in the distance in Ferguson, Mo. on Aug. 20. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break the “Dahi Handi,” an earthen pot filled with yogurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 18. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna.
Indian youth make a human pyramid to reach and break the “Dahi Handi,” an earthen pot filled with yogurt, as they celebrate Janamashtami in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 18. Janmashtami is the festival that marks the birth of Hindu god Krishna.
A health worker disinfects a corpse after the man died in a classroom now used as an Ebola isolation ward on Aug. 15 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.
A health worker disinfects a corpse after the man died in a classroom now used as an Ebola isolation ward on Aug. 15 in Monrovia, Liberia. People suspected of contracting the Ebola virus are being sent by health workers to the center, a closed primary school originally built by USAID. The Ebola epidemic has killed more than 1,000 people in four West African countries.
Palestinians perform Friday prayers outside a mosque which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israel air strike, on the second day of a five-day ceasefire in Gaza City on Aug. 15.
Palestinians perform Friday prayers outside a mosque which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israel air strike, on the second day of a five-day ceasefire in Gaza City on Aug. 15.
Bangladeshi boatmen navigate through dense water hyacinths over the Buriganga river in Dhaka on Aug. 21. Water hyacinths, an invasive plant species, can quickly cover huge swathes of water bodies which hampers the movements of boats.
Bangladeshi boatmen navigate through dense water hyacinths over the Buriganga river in Dhaka on Aug. 21. Water hyacinths, an invasive plant species, can quickly cover huge swathes of water bodies which hampers the movements of boats.
A mother is embraced by a pro-Russian rebel as she grieves over the body of her daughter, who died next to two other people after reported shelling by Ukrainian troops near a railway in Makiivka, about 10 miles east of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, on Aug. 19. Civilians have increasingly become trapped in the midst of fighting between the pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military. Fighting in Ukrainian villages near the Russian border has left at least 2,086 dead and more than 5,000 wounded, according to the United Nations’ human rights office.
A mother is embraced by a pro-Russian rebel as she grieves over the body of her daughter, who died next to two other people after reported shelling by Ukrainian troops near a railway in Makiivka, about 10 miles east of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, on Aug. 19. Civilians have increasingly become trapped in the midst of fighting between the pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military. Fighting in Ukrainian villages near the Russian border has left at least 2,086 dead and more than 5,000 wounded, according to the United Nations’ human rights office.

photos courtesy of nbcnews

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • India and China have re-asserted a commitment to peace along the Line of Actual Control. Meanwhile, Pakistani troops have been violating a ceasefire along the Line of Control. India-Pakistan talks were canceled by India in retaliation.
  • Two murderous sisters are expected to hang in what will be India’s first-ever execution of a woman.
  • One Indian minister’s “one small incident of rape” comments have ignited a furor.
  • The Congress Party has been denied Leader of the Opposition status.
  • Several newlywed brides have left their husbands in one Indian state, vowing to return only when a toilet is built.
  • Former cricket player and current politician Imran Khan has called for widespread civil disobedience in Pakistan. Meanwhile, his party, the PTI, has threatened to resign all of its seats in Parliament. An attempt at talks was quickly stalled by Khan, who also accused the US of meddling in the affairs of others following its renewal of support for Sharif’s government.
  • 35 Afghan Sikhs were found stowed away in a shipping container in Britain.
  • NYT reporter Matthew Rosenberg is being detained in Afghanistan following the publication of an article speaking to the potential formation of an interim government. He has reportedly been given 24 hours to leave the country, essentially expelling him.
  • The Bergdahl-Taliban swap was apparently illegal.

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

  • On Monday, Kurdish forces (backed by US air strikes) moved to retake the Mosul dam from ISIS. By the afternoon, they were successful.
  • IS/ISIS has executed 700 people from one Syrian tribe.
  • ISIS has also claimed the beheading of US journalist James Foley, who went missing while covering Syria in 2012. The group had reportedly asked the US for a ransom prior to the killing.
  • Yemen’s AQAP has issued a statement of support for ISIS.
  • The week began with Israeli and Palestinian forces negotiating extending a ceasefire in Egypt. Tuesday saw a 24-hour ceasefire extension. However by Wednesday the ceasefire had expired and Hamas launched several rockets, to which Israel retaliated. Hamas later accused Israel of killing the wife and son of a Hamas military leader. On Thursday three senior military Hamas commanders were killed.
  • Hamas has executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel.
  • One Jewish-Muslim couple are finding their wedding celebrations the target of right-wing extremists.
  • The suspect in the murder of a Palestinian teenager reportedly hunted the teen and had the intent of “killing an Arab”.
  • In Cairo: The massacre, one year later.
  • Unidentified war planes over Tripoli have Libyans worried.
  • Iran’s progressive Science Minister has been sacked in a blow to Iranian leader Rouhani.

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

Oceania:

  • Australia is defending its policy of detaining refugee children.

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