1. Gazans come to terms with the scars of war in pictures
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-20 at 12:48:27

    Guardian photographer Sean Smith spent a week with bereaved and wounded Palestinians trying to rebuild their lives amid the ongoing conflict with Israel. Here, he documents their scars, both physical and emotional Continue reading…

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    80 twitter shares, 2734 retweets and 16 favorites
    2302 shares and 4122 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 4006 plus ones and 889 reshares
    6 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  2. Obama condemns killing of reporter, U.S. hits militants in Iraq
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-21 at 03:50:45

    BAGHDAD/EDGARTOWN Mass. (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama expressed revulsion on Wednesday at the beheading of an American journalist by Islamist militants and vowed the United States would do what it must to protect its citizens as international co…

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    103 twitter shares, 4026 retweets and 128 favorites
    976 shares and 1358 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 88 plus ones and 9 reshares
    42 shares on LinkedIn

  3. Islamic State militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-20 at 14:47:54

    Propaganda video circulated Tuesday claims to show beheading of photojournalist, who went missing in Syria in 2012James Foley execution video authenticated by US Continue reading…

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    102 twitter shares, 2895 retweets and 76 favorites
    1158 shares and 1636 likes on Facebook
    13 Google+ Shares, 11 plus ones and 2 reshares
    14 shares on LinkedIn

  4. Air strikes again batter Gaza as peace negotiations collapse
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 01:01:40

    Binyamin Netanyahu compares Hamas to Isis, following a strike which killed the wife and son of Hamas’s military wing chief Continue reading…

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    101 twitter shares, 230 retweets and 14 favorites
    353 shares and 370 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares, 3562 plus ones and 957 reshares
    7 shares on LinkedIn

  5. Obama, ‘Appalled’ by Beheading, Will Continue Airstrikes
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 06:36:44

    President Obama said the beheading of an American journalist by militants in Syria “shocked the conscience” of the world, but vowed that America would not alter its strategy in Iraq.

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    1400 shares and 3042 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 415 plus ones and 50 reshares
    19 shares on LinkedIn

  6. Hamas leaders die in wave of Israeli strikes on Gaza
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 12:43:54

    Militants announce death of three senior commanders after Netanyahu foreshadows struggle against terror lasting years Continue reading…

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    100 twitter shares, 3055 retweets and 27 favorites
    178 shares and 242 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  7. Obama: US will do everything we can to protect our people from Isis – video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 00:21:00

    The US president, Barack Obama, Barack Obama issues a statement on the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Obama describes Foley’s killing as an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world. Foley, 40, was killed on video by an Isis …

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    37 twitter shares, 22 retweets and 3 favorites
    28 shares and 11 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares, 2416 plus ones and 417 reshares

  8. In Raid to Save Foley and Other Hostages, U.S. Found None
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 06:34:00

    A Special Operations team failed to rescue the journalist James Foley and other Americans held in Syria during a secret mission earlier this summer.

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    1401 shares and 1264 likes on Facebook
    24 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  9. ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S. Before Killing Reporter
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 07:22:18

    The militants had pressed the United States to provide several million dollars for the release of James Foley, an American journalist killed in retaliation for recent airstrikes in Iraq.

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    1343 shares and 1139 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 9 plus ones and 3 reshares
    57 shares on LinkedIn

  10. Tony Abbott calls some Muslim groups petty and foolish for meetings boycott
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 10:44:53

    Muslim community leader says PMs comments are divisive and term team Australia is loaded Continue reading…

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    97 twitter shares, 2088 retweets and 59 favorites
    54 shares and 126 likes on Facebook

  11. Pakistani protesters rally against prime minister Nawaz Sharif video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-20 at 17:44:35

    Supporters of former international cricketer Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir ul-Qadri continue their protest on Wednesday in Islamabad, where they have been demonstrating since Friday 15 August calling for prime minister Nawaz Sharif to resign, accus…

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    12 shares and 4 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares, 1965 plus ones and 262 reshares

  12. British Isis militant in James Foley video ‘guards foreign hostages in Syria’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-20 at 22:12:45

    Exclusive: Former hostage says ‘John’ is one of three British Islamic State jihadists who guard western captives in Raqqa Continue reading…

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    103 twitter shares, 832 retweets and 71 favorites
    539 shares and 540 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares, 13 plus ones and 3 reshares
    36 shares on LinkedIn

  13. Islamic State: what factors have fuelled the rise of the militants?
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-20 at 20:55:08

    Distinct from Bin Laden’s al-Qaida, cash-rich Islamic insurgents mix fanaticism, violence and terrorism with territorial expansion Continue reading…

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    101 twitter shares, 1558 retweets and 134 favorites
    150 shares and 122 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares, 1 plus ones and 3 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  14. Clashes Erupt as Liberia Sets an Ebola Quarantine
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 06:26:02

    Soldiers and the police blocked roads to a neighborhood of tens of thousands of people in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, and residents hurled rocks and stormed barricades trying to break out.

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    1176 shares and 750 likes on Facebook
    14 Google+ Shares and 4 plus ones
    32 shares on LinkedIn
    2 views on StumbleUpon

  15. Op-Ed Contributor: Deborah E. Lipstadt on the Rising Anti-Semitism in Europe
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 04:24:49

    Europe isn’t on the cusp of another Holocaust. But the situation is still pretty bad.

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    1190 shares and 747 likes on Facebook
    9 shares on LinkedIn

  16. Protests continue in Ferguson, Missouri – video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-20 at 10:21:12

    Another night of demonstrations took place as the governor and US attorney general appealed for calm in the St Louis suburb 10 days after the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. In a separate incident within miles of where Brown was killed, St…

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    22 twitter shares, 6 retweets and 2 favorites
    7 shares and 4 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 1488 plus ones and 394 reshares

  17. Kajieme Powell: St Louis police release video of fatal shooting
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 12:34:39

    Authorities release recordings of death that came amid extreme tension in nearby Ferguson over Michael Brown killing Continue reading…

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    100 twitter shares, 26 retweets and 8 favorites
    847 shares and 773 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares, 31 plus ones and 6 reshares
    3 shares on LinkedIn

  18. Large fish eats shark whole from fisherman’s hook video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 11:28:56

    A huge fish has snatched a shark from a fisherman’s hook as it was being reeled in off the coast of Florida. The fish, identified as a goliath grouper, took the smaller shark near the town of Bonita Springs. Goliath groupers are recorded as growing to a w…

    1758 Shares
    71 twitter shares, 4 retweets
    648 shares and 1033 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  19. Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-21 at 04:04:23

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides.

    1512 Shares
    61 twitter shares, 1228 retweets and 38 favorites
    113 shares and 56 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares, 6 plus ones and 1 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  20. Bill Shorten goes public on historic allegations of sexual assault
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 13:24:39

    Labor leader says Victoria police have investigated claims made on social media and told him no charges will be laidBill Shortens full statement Continue reading…

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    101 twitter shares, 90 retweets and 12 favorites
    159 shares and 1109 likes on Facebook

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