1. Pakistani protest leader says talks with government suspended
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-21 at 21:54:15

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – An opposition politician leading protesters trying to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said talks with the government were suspended on Thursday, as the continuing impasse raised fears for the nuclear-armed country’s stability….

    12950 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 12729 retweets and 61 favorites
    50 shares and 6 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    2 shares on LinkedIn

  2. Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-21 at 22:01:56

    AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) – A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt’s border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptia…

    12839 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 12391 retweets and 220 favorites
    98 shares and 18 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares and 3 plus ones

  3. 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…

    10690 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 3 retweets and 2 favorites
    2947 shares and 7606 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares and 6 plus ones
    14 shares on LinkedIn

  4. US bank in record $16.7bn settlement
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-21 at 20:59:12

    Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.

    9488 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 8908 retweets and 60 favorites
    265 shares and 121 likes on Facebook
    11 Google+ Shares and 3 plus ones
    18 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  5. Turkish foreign minister set to be Erdogan’s new PM
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-21 at 23:49:16

    ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister on Thursday and said a power struggle with a U.S.-based cleric, a Kurdish peace process and a new constitution would be his top p…

    9091 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 8858 retweets and 41 favorites
    55 shares and 35 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  6. Ukraine border guards begin checks on Russian aid trucks
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-22 at 02:12:09

    BORDER CROSSING POINT DONETSK Russia (Reuters) – Ukrainian border guards began on Thursday to inspect a Russian truck convoy carrying aid earmarked for humanitarian relief in eastern Ukraine that has been stranded at the frontier between the two former So…

    7694 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 7378 retweets and 92 favorites
    99 shares and 10 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    10 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  7. British Muslims blame jihadi subculture after beheading video
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-22 at 03:56:17

    LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A British Muslim leader called for action on Thursday to tackle a jihadi sub-culture after an Islamic State video showed a suspected Briton beheading U.S. journalist James Foley, held hostage in Syria.

    7549 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 6918 retweets and 159 favorites
    239 shares and 94 likes on Facebook
    11 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    23 shares on LinkedIn

  8. US concerned by Israeli arrests of killed teenager’s family members
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-22 at 04:02:23

    State Department says Israel never notified it of arrest of a US national related to Muhammed Abu Khdeir, a teenager burned alive by extremists Continue reading…

    7087 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 6691 retweets and 128 favorites
    69 shares and 93 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares, 1 plus ones and 1 reshares

  9. Israeli air strike kills three Hamas commanders in Gaza
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-22 at 03:11:01

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel killed three senior Hamas commanders in the Gaza Strip in an air strike on Thursday and said it would continue to target the group’s armed leadership after a ceasefire failed.

    5565 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 4954 retweets and 93 favorites
    250 shares and 125 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 6 plus ones and 2 reshares
    16 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  10. As Ukraine forces gain in east, focus of German diplomacy shifts
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-21 at 21:25:23

    BERLIN/KIEV (Reuters) – After months of ratcheting up pressure on Vladimir Putin, concern is mounting in Berlin and other European capitals that an emboldened Ukraine’s military successes in the east are reducing the chances of a face-saving way out of th…

    5014 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 4799 retweets and 24 favorites
    72 shares and 18 likes on Facebook

  11. California Patient Tests Negative For Ebola Virus At Sacramento Hospital
    Published by Huffington Post on 2014-08-22 at 09:10:14

    A patient at a Sacramento hospital tested for the Ebola virus does not have the disease, health officials announced on Thursday night.

    “We are pleased with the negative outcome of the Ebola test and wish the patient a speedy recovery, 

    4677 Shares
    7 twitter shares
    158 shares and 4511 likes on Facebook
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  12. Mexico says 22,322 people now ‘disappeared’
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-22 at 08:46:40

    Government increases its count of those who have gone missing since start of war with powerful drug gangs in 2006.

    4554 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 4222 retweets and 23 favorites
    50 shares and 153 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares

  13. Before Killing James Foley, ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S.
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 22:55:18

    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.

    4328 Shares
    2384 shares and 1893 likes on Facebook
    13 Google+ Shares and 9 plus ones
    29 shares on LinkedIn

  14. Police release video of fatal Kajieme Powell shooting in St. Louis
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-21 at 19:40:14

    Authorities release recordings of death that came amid extreme tension in nearby Ferguson over Michael Brown killingPolice should shoot to kill or not at all, experts say Continue reading…

    4295 Shares
    100 twitter shares, 98 retweets and 19 favorites
    1845 shares and 2145 likes on Facebook
    18 Google+ Shares, 53 plus ones and 12 reshares
    5 shares on LinkedIn

  15. Confederate Flag Doesn’t Fly With California Lawmakers
    Published by Huffington Post on 2014-08-22 at 05:22:04

    California lawmakers hauled down the Confederate flag this week — figuratively speaking — as both houses of the state legislature gave final approval to a bill banning the state government from displaying or selling items featuring the Civil War emblem….

    3968 Shares
    42 twitter shares, 14 retweets and 5 favorites
    550 shares and 3347 likes on Facebook
    3 Google+ Shares and 7 plus ones

  16. Scottish nationalists seek to broaden independence debate beyond currency
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-21 at 20:56:17

    EDINBURGH (Reuters) – With less than a month to go until Scotland votes on independence, nationalists are seeking to broaden the debate away from a difficult focus on what currency would be used after breaking from the United Kingdom.

    3962 Shares
    74 twitter shares, 3776 retweets and 61 favorites
    38 shares and 12 likes on Facebook
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  17. Brains of Children With Autism Fail to Trim Synapses, Study Finds
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-21 at 22:59:59

    A new study suggests that there is an oversupply of synapses in at least some parts of the brains of children with autism. The finding could help explain oversensitivity and seizures.

    3154 Shares
    1528 shares and 1528 likes on Facebook
    17 Google+ Shares, 31 plus ones and 3 reshares
    47 shares on LinkedIn

  18. Christian and Jewish leaders campaign to support Muslim community
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-22 at 05:13:34

    Multi-faith religious declare Well love Muslims 100 years initiative to publicly support Australian Muslims Continue reading…

    3085 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 685 retweets and 43 favorites
    220 shares and 458 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares, 1333 plus ones and 239 reshares

  19. NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-22 at 04:31:40

    The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.

    3027 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 2767 retweets and 55 favorites
    73 shares and 11 likes on Facebook
    12 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    6 shares on LinkedIn

  20. 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 …

    2974 Shares
    39 twitter shares, 14 retweets and 3 favorites
    44 shares and 23 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares, 2425 plus ones and 420 reshares

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