Weekly News Round-Up 8/25/14-8/29/14: In The Darkness, Light

 

 

Dr. Kent Brantly is released from Emory University hospital following his battle with Ebola.
Dr. Kent Brantly is released from Emory University hospital following his battle with Ebola.
Michael Brown Sr. yells out as his son's casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter's Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., on Aug. 25. Family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral of teen Michael Brown on Monday following weeks of unrest and at times violent protests.
Michael Brown Sr. yells out as his son’s casket is lowered into the ground at St. Peter’s Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo., on Aug. 25. Family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral of teen Michael Brown on Monday following weeks of unrest and at times violent protests.
Relatives mourn during the funeral of two brothers, 16-year-old Omar and 12-year-old Mohammed Breem, who were killed by an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Aug. 27. A long-term truce was agreed upon between Israel and the Palestinians, ending the deadliest violence in a decade with Israel and Hamas both claiming 'victory' in the 50-day war.
Relatives mourn during the funeral of two brothers, 16-year-old Omar and 12-year-old Mohammed Breem, who were killed by an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Aug. 27. A long-term truce was agreed upon between Israel and the Palestinians, ending the deadliest violence in a decade with Israel and Hamas both claiming ‘victory’ in the 50-day war.
Damaged items lie in a kitchen in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, on Aug. 26. Ukraine said it had captured Russian soldiers engaged in combat on Ukrainian territory, a claim that could complicate efforts to end fighting between government forces and separatist rebels in the east of the country.
Damaged items lie in a kitchen in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, on Aug. 26. Ukraine said it had captured Russian soldiers engaged in combat on Ukrainian territory, a claim that could complicate efforts to end fighting between government forces and separatist rebels in the east of the country.

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Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • Imran Khan is continuing to rail against Pakistani PM Sharif. Cleric Qadri promised as of Tuesday that he was “prepared to die” if Sharif did not resign, and his supporters were seen building a burial shroud, either for himself or for the government. FP: Pakistan on the brink? | All leaders have asked the military to step in.
  • Khyber’s most wanted.
  • Pakistan’s new polio drive aims to vaccinate upwards of 700,000 children in the country’s tribal belt.
  • Pakistan’s Taliban has announced its second major split in three months.
  • Pakistani-Indian ties are souring as fire increases across the LoC. The UN has asked for peaceful dialogue between the two nations.
  • The ultra-Orthodox Jewish Chabad house destroyed by militants in the 2008 Mumbai attacks has re-opened. 
  • India’s wettest state, Kerala, is planning to go dry. Bye bye booze.
  • One of four Indian boys believed to have joined IS/ISIS has been killed.
  • Update on the below: The election audit will take two more weeks.
  • In Afghanistan, the successor to Hamid Karzai will be sworn in on September 2nd. However on Tuesday, Abdullah Abdullah once again threatened to withdraw from the ongoing vote audit, a threat which he made good as of Wednesday. Ghani then withdrew as well after being asked by UN officials in order to give neither candidate a perceived advantage.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • Vietnam is opening up new means of communication with India.

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

Americas:

  • Several prisoners were beheaded in a Brazilian jail riot.
  • A well-respected Peruvian editor and journalist has died.
  • The US will consider spousal abuse in deciding asylum.
  • A Texan federal prosecutor could become the first Latina to lead ICE.
  • A 9 year-old accidentally killed a gun instructor with an Uzi.

Oceania:

  • Australian PM Abbott has expressed a willingness to join US airstrikes in Iraq against IS.

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