1. North Korea fires three short-range rockets as Pope visits South Korea
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-15 at 00:36:43

    SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea fired three short-range rockets off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s Ministry of Defense said, shortly before Pope Francis arrived in Seoul on his first visit to Asia.

    20468 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 18706 retweets and 118 favorites
    953 shares and 562 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares
    22 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Russian military vehicles enter Ukraine as aid convoy stops short of border
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-15 at 01:08:59

    Armoured personnel carriers and support vehicles cross the border, while the 280-truck convoy comes to a halt separately Continue reading…

    20076 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 14985 retweets and 277 favorites
    3050 shares and 1541 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 28 plus ones and 2 reshares
    69 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  3. New Ferguson Police Commander Ron Johnson Walks With Protesters
    Published by Huffington Post on 2014-08-15 at 05:42:28

    The man now leading police in Ferguson, Missouri, walked Thursday night with those protesting the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, one day after protesters faced rubber bullets and tear gas from heavily armed officers in riot gear.

    On Tw…

    14674 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 3844 retweets and 153 favorites
    3000 shares and 7545 likes on Facebook
    14 Google+ Shares, 11 plus ones and 3 reshares
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  4. Under artillery fire, Ukraine rebels switch their leaders
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-15 at 02:20:17

    DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Two of the most senior rebels battling government troops in eastern Ukraine quit on Thursday, deepening the disarray in a pro-Moscow separatist movement that is being pushed back by an Ukrainian military offensive.

    14657 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 14227 retweets and 120 favorites
    153 shares and 40 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares
    10 shares on LinkedIn

  5. Michael Brown protests in Ferguson met with rubber bullets and teargas
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-14 at 18:14:00

    Two reporters arrested as crackdown on demonstrations in St Louis following killing of unarmed black 18-year-old continues Ferguson police arrest reporters at protest ‘This is a war and we are on the frontline’ Continue reading…

    13797 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 5787 retweets and 215 favorites
    2876 shares and 3920 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 601 plus ones and 259 reshares
    16 shares on LinkedIn

  6. Renewed Gaza truce holds after rocky start
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-15 at 04:10:15

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A new, five-day truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start, after both sides agreed to give Egyptian-brokered peace negotiations in Cairo more time to try to end the Gaza war.

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    101 twitter shares, 9122 retweets and 70 favorites
    94 shares and 11 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 4 plus ones and 1 reshares
    10 shares on LinkedIn

  7. Pakistani cleric, opposition leader begin protest marches
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-14 at 23:28:22

    LAHORE Pakistan (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters began a march to the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Thursday, raising fears for political stability and civilian rule in the nuclear-armed South Asian country.

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    101 twitter shares, 9005 retweets and 74 favorites
    67 shares and 13 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    9 shares on LinkedIn

  8. New Tack on Unrest Eases Tension in Missouri
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-15 at 08:17:58

    Gov. Jay Nixon said that the highway patrol would work with local law enforcement officers, but that Capt. Ron Johnson of the patrol, who grew up in the community, would assume overall control.

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    3043 shares and 5646 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 43 plus ones and 5 reshares
    32 shares on LinkedIn
    14 views on StumbleUpon

  9. Dumb ways to sell a budget, a singalong guide for Joe Hockey
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-14 at 06:36:39

    After the treasurers poor-people-dont-drive assertion it seems the government needs a lesson in avoiding political potholes Continue reading…

    7480 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 5575 retweets and 98 favorites
    469 shares and 1234 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  10. Protesters Say Ferguson Feels Like Gaza, Palestinians Tweet Back Advice
    Published by Huffington Post on 2014-08-15 at 04:34:51

    Scenes of police crushing protests in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri where an unarmed black teenager was shot on Saturday, have prompted outrage in the U.S. and shock around the world.

    As the streets of Ferguson filled with tear gas and heavil…

    6451 Shares
    80 twitter shares, 141 retweets and 15 favorites
    1626 shares and 4579 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    4 shares on LinkedIn

  11. Iraq’s Maliki finally steps aside, paving way for new government
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-15 at 05:29:21

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Nuri al-Maliki finally bowed to pressure within Iraq and beyond on Thursday and stepped down as prime minister, paving the way for a new coalition that world and regional powers hope can quash a Sunni Islamist insurgency that threatens…

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    103 twitter shares, 5556 retweets and 140 favorites
    380 shares and 191 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    9 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Hamas negotiator: We are not interested in confrontation – video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-15 at 01:06:00

    Hamas negotiator Khalil al-Hayya says the Islamist organisation is open to a long-term truce with Israel, but warns it will retaliate if provoked. He calls on Israel to stop ‘playing with terminologies and hiding behind them’, and threatens to renew confr…

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    17 twitter shares
    8 shares on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 4576 plus ones and 876 reshares

  13. Maliki gives up Iraq PM job to rival
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-15 at 09:08:23

    Nouri al-Maliki ends bid to hold on to power and endorses Haider al-Abadi’s appointment as his successor.

    4684 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 2012 retweets and 13 favorites
    649 shares and 1903 likes on Facebook
    2 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  14. Pakistan’s Quetta airport hit by deadly bomb and gun attack
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-15 at 01:08:50

    QUETTA Pakistan (Reuters) – A man was killed and two policemen were wounded in an attack on Quetta airport in western Pakistan on Thursday night, officials said, but the attackers did not breach the perimeter.

    3948 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 3725 retweets and 22 favorites
    75 shares and 13 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares
    3 shares on LinkedIn
    6 views on StumbleUpon

  15. Missouri governor removes St Louis police from Ferguson protest duty
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-15 at 01:53:31

    Jay Nixon says Missouri highway patrol will take over responding to protests against the police killing of Michael BrownFollow all the latest from Ferguson in our live blog Continue reading…

    3935 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 1889 retweets and 52 favorites
    409 shares and 314 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 846 plus ones and 302 reshares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  16. Ferguson: disarming tactics of highway patrol pay dividends as calm descends
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-15 at 08:21:09

    Crowds respond positively after county police who used teargas and rubber bullets are replaced on governors orders Continue reading…

    3888 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 2545 retweets and 106 favorites
    440 shares and 672 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares, 15 plus ones and 1 reshares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  17. Hamas shows off M-75 rockets as truce winds down – video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-14 at 01:37:00

    Hamas TV broadcasts footage of M-75 rockets under production at an unknown location as the deadline for a three-day ceasefire draws near. Israeli forces are also seen gathering near the Gaza border. The 78-hour truce is due to expire at midnight on Wednes…

    3749 Shares
    43 twitter shares, 6 retweets and 3 favorites
    19 shares and 6 likes on Facebook
    11 Google+ Shares, 3054 plus ones and 607 reshares

  18. ArtsBeat: Robin Williams Had Parkinson’s Disease, His Widow Says
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-15 at 00:31:27

    Susan Schneider said that while he struggled with depression and anxiety, he was facing the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, “which he was not yet ready to share publicly.”

    3261 Shares
    1063 shares and 2178 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    13 shares on LinkedIn

  19. Pope Francis makes big impression with small car in South Korea
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-14 at 19:49:56

    South Koreans fascinated by pictures of pontiff, who requested the smallest South Korean car for his five-day visit, in a Kia Soul Continue reading…

    2757 Shares
    78 twitter shares, 19 retweets and 9 favorites
    336 shares and 2277 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares, 28 plus ones and 7 reshares

  20. Hamas talks of ‘real chance’ for Gaza agreement with Israel
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-14 at 22:50:31

    As truce is extended, negotiator says Hamas doesn’t want more death but will only sign deal that meets Palestinian demands Continue reading…

    2734 Shares
    99 twitter shares, 36 retweets and 4 favorites
    84 shares and 28 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares, 2088 plus ones and 385 reshares

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