1. Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-03 at 04:01:20

    DUBAI (Reuters) – The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its i…

    46628 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 44110 retweets and 271 favorites
    1040 shares and 1030 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 4 plus ones
    50 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Islamic State ‘beheads US hostage’
    Published by BBC on 2014-09-03 at 06:34:52

    An Islamic State video purporting to show the beheading of Steven Sotloff, a US journalist abducted by the group, is released.

    18298 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 15230 retweets and 255 favorites
    1697 shares and 918 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 46 plus ones and 14 reshares
    14 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  3. ISIS Says It Killed Steven Sotloff After U.S. Strikes in Northern Iraq
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-03 at 06:56:27

    The group released a video showing the beheading of a second American, blaming President Obama for the death and raising the pressure on him to order strikes on the group in Syria.

    14191 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 1034 retweets and 145 favorites
    4141 shares and 8675 likes on Facebook
    19 Google+ Shares, 22 plus ones and 2 reshares
    51 shares on LinkedIn

  4. ISIS Says It Killed Steven Sotloff After U.S. Strikes in Northern Iraq
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-03 at 06:56:27

    The group released a video showing the beheading of a second American, blaming the killing on President Obama and raising the pressure on him to order military strikes on the group in its sanctuary in Syria.

    12912 Shares
    4142 shares and 8676 likes on Facebook
    19 Google+ Shares, 22 plus ones and 2 reshares
    51 shares on LinkedIn

  5. U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-03 at 03:09:59

    MOGADISHU (Reuters) – A U.S. military airstrike in Somalia has targeted the leader of the Islamist militant group al Shabaab, Somali and U.S. officials said on Tuesday, but they added it may take time to determine whether Ahmed Abdi Godane was killed.

    8587 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 6901 retweets and 119 favorites
    661 shares and 741 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 19 plus ones and 3 reshares
    23 shares on LinkedIn

  6. Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-03 at 04:15:13

    BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow’s role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning…

    7299 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 7061 retweets and 41 favorites
    79 shares and 9 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares
    5 shares on LinkedIn

  7. End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace
    Published by Reuters on 2014-09-02 at 23:05:25

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    6942 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 6733 retweets and 6 favorites
    79 shares and 10 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 5 plus ones and 2 reshares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  8. 2 Convicted in 1983 North Carolina Murder Are Cleared After DNA Tests
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-03 at 06:57:49

    Two mentally disabled half brothers who were convicted in the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl 30 years ago were declared innocent and ordered released by a judge.

    5867 Shares
    2077 shares and 3720 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 31 plus ones
    18 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  9. 2 Convicted in 1983 North Carolina Murder Are Freed After DNA Tests
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-03 at 01:49:49

    Two mentally disabled half-brothers were declared innocent after a hearing in a North Carolina court focused on DNA tests that appear to exonerate them.

    3720 Shares
    1042 shares and 2649 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares and 6 plus ones
    17 shares on LinkedIn

  10. DNA clears North Carolina inmates after 30 years in prison
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-03 at 02:44:21

    Half-brothers released after newly discovered evidence clears men in 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina BuieDNA evidence could exonerate two in death row case Continue reading…

    3707 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 1859 retweets and 23 favorites
    705 shares and 955 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 30 plus ones and 6 reshares
    6 shares on LinkedIn

  11. Islamic State ‘beheads second US journalist’
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-09-03 at 03:27:34

    Group releases video of Steven Sotloff’s purported death, days after mother addressed leader pleading for son’s life.

    3684 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 1767 retweets and 15 favorites
    773 shares and 1008 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares and 5 plus ones
    5 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Ebola crisis: ‘world is losing the battle’
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-09-02 at 22:27:17

    Doctors Without Borders charity calls for global response, warning that rich nations have ignored gravity of epidemic.

    3683 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 3312 retweets and 4 favorites
    164 shares and 79 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares, 2 plus ones and 1 reshares
    14 shares on LinkedIn

  13. Why Nato is more relevant than it has been for 30 years
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-03 at 05:48:36

    With the new threats posed by Isis and Russia, the agenda at this week’s Nato summit is full to bursting Continue reading…

    3549 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 1049 retweets and 31 favorites
    47 shares and 6 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares, 2039 plus ones and 273 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  14. Islamic State human rights violations investigated by UN video
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-02 at 16:56:14

    France’s representative to the UN, Nicolas Niemtchinow, outlines the UN’s plan to send a mission to Iraq to investigate human rights abuses carried out by Islamic State (Isis). The decision comes following persistent reports detailing war crimes and acts …

    3327 Shares
    77 twitter shares, 1686 retweets and 41 favorites
    16 shares on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 1274 plus ones and 228 reshares

  15. U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader
    Published by Yahoo News on 2014-09-03 at 03:09:59

    The United States launched Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions to destroy an al Shabaab encampment in south-central Somalia late on Monday, the Pentagon said. After the Westgate mall attack, Navy SEALS stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghol…

    3232 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 2694 retweets and 52 favorites
    302 shares and 74 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares, 4 plus ones and 1 reshares

  16. U.S. and Europe Are Struggling With Response to a Bold Russia
    Published by The New York times on 2014-09-03 at 06:54:35

    Officials hope that any new measures will have more impact than the economic sanctions imposed on Moscow so far.

    3111 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 2797 retweets and 78 favorites
    101 shares and 7 likes on Facebook
    7 Google+ Shares, 2 plus ones and 1 reshares
    16 shares on LinkedIn

  17. Girl who fatally shot gun instructor ‘said Uzi was too much for her’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-02 at 23:34:04

    Nine-year-old said gun was too powerful and had hurt her shoulder, according to police reports released on Tuesday Continue reading…

    2816 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 2608 retweets and 48 favorites
    42 shares and 16 likes on Facebook
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  18. The ‘Clive Palmer pattern’ repeats, and it’s proving costlier than ever
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-02 at 13:30:50

    Backroom deals excluding stakeholders are Clive Palmers way of doing deals but they dont make for good policy Continue reading…

    2800 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 290 retweets and 21 favorites
    644 shares and 1732 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares, 5 plus ones and 3 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  19. Isis video claims to show beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-09-03 at 00:19:47

    US intelligence officials working to establish authenticity of video of Sotloff being killed, reportedly by the same fighter who murdered James FoleySteven Sotloffs mother begs Isis for kidnapped sons returnCameron: Isis beheading disgusting and despicabl…

    2747 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 996 retweets and 36 favorites
    902 shares and 598 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 71 plus ones and 8 reshares
    13 shares on LinkedIn

  20. Boko Haram seizes strategic Nigerian town
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-09-03 at 02:01:30

    Army denies takeover even as thousands of people are reported fleeing northern Nigerian town amid Boko Haram attack.

    2628 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 2402 retweets and 7 favorites
    69 shares and 24 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares, 2 plus ones and 3 reshares
    6 shares on LinkedIn
    10 views on StumbleUpon

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