1. US girl, nine, kills gun instructor
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-28 at 02:38:56

    A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at a firing range in Arizona.

    27605 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 15887 retweets and 341 favorites
    4792 shares and 6400 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 11 plus ones
    50 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  2. Everyday Economics: Don’t Want Me to Recline My Airline Seat? You Can Pay Me
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-27 at 19:52:11

    I fly a lot. When I fly, I recline. I don’t feel guilty about it. And I’m going to keep doing it, unless you pay me to stop.

    9978 Shares
    2742 shares and 7023 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares and 9 plus ones
    136 shares on LinkedIn
    48 views on StumbleUpon

  3. New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-28 at 02:44:42

    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil’s October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an en…

    9653 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 9422 retweets and 61 favorites
    60 shares and 7 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  4. Libya warns United Nations of possible slide into civil war
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-27 at 23:13:54

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Libya warned the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the chaotic North African state could descend into full-scale civil war if heavily armed warring factions are not disarmed.

    9099 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 8854 retweets and 56 favorites
    63 shares and 7 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    10 shares on LinkedIn
    6 views on StumbleUpon

  5. Germany to decide on military aid for Iraq on Sunday: minister
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-28 at 00:45:36

    PRAGUE (Reuters) – Germany will decide on Sunday what specific military aid it will send to Kurdish forces in Iraq to help them fight Islamic State insurgents, with Chancellor Angela Merkel arguing Berlin had to act because hundreds of Germans had joined …

    8749 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 8478 retweets and 54 favorites
    73 shares and 10 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares
    1 shares on LinkedIn
    31 views on StumbleUpon

  6. Islamic State executes soldiers, takes hostages at Syria base: social media
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-28 at 01:56:19

    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have executed Syrian army soldiers and are holding a group hostage after capturing an air base in northeast Syria at the weekend, pictures posted on social media by supporters showed on Wednesday.

    7962 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 7496 retweets and 85 favorites
    174 shares and 87 likes on Facebook
    5 Google+ Shares and 2 plus ones
    10 shares on LinkedIn
    1 views on StumbleUpon

  7. A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-28 at 06:31:44

    After a girl from New Jersey accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range in Arizona, her parents’ cellphone video caused a worldwide spectacle.

    6501 Shares
    2972 shares and 3481 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 15 plus ones and 2 reshares
    11 shares on LinkedIn

  8. Breakthrough hopes dented as Ukraine accuses Russia of new incursion
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-28 at 03:35:20

    KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine accused Russia of launching a new military incursion across its eastern border on Wednesday, as hopes quickly faded that Tuesday’s talks between their two presidents might mark a turning point in a five-month-old c…

    6458 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 5877 retweets and 121 favorites
    242 shares and 77 likes on Facebook
    10 Google+ Shares and 6 plus ones
    22 shares on LinkedIn

  9. Arizona gun instructor accidentally shot and killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-27 at 13:39:28

    Mohave County sheriff said instructor was standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi Continue reading…

    6193 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 609 retweets and 67 favorites
    2305 shares and 2881 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 26 plus ones and 1 reshares
    15 shares on LinkedIn
    166 views on StumbleUpon

  10. U.S., Blackwater defense clash on jury summary of shooting
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-28 at 03:00:48

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. prosecutor and a lawyer for a former Blackwater Worldwide security guard on Wednesday presented a jury with starkly different summaries of a 2007 shooting at a Baghdad traffic circle that sparked international outrage and cha…

    5776 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 5555 retweets and 72 favorites
    42 shares and 4 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  11. Richard Pryor biopic to star Epps
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-27 at 18:17:20

    The Butler director Lee Daniels confirms Mike Epps will play late comedian Richard Pryor in his forthcoming biopic, alongside Oprah.

    5747 Shares
    81 twitter shares, 5472 retweets and 145 favorites
    33 shares and 15 likes on Facebook
    1 Google+ Shares

  12. Japan PM marks war criminal ceremony
    Published by BBC on 2014-08-27 at 15:36:38

    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe sent a message to a ceremony honouring war criminals, official confirm, amid strained ties with China and South Korea.

    5290 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 5011 retweets and 58 favorites
    62 shares and 57 likes on Facebook

  13. US police shoot robber and TV crewman dead
    Published by AlJazeera on 2014-08-28 at 08:43:33

    Nebraska officers kill suspected robber carrying plastic-pellet gun and man recording incident for TV show ‘Cops’.

    5236 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 4729 retweets and 59 favorites
    149 shares and 193 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares

  14. Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-27 at 13:42:00

    Nato chief announces move in response to Ukraine crisis and says alliance is dealing with a new Russian military approach Continue reading…

    5219 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 975 retweets and 54 favorites
    1923 shares and 1790 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 199 plus ones and 39 reshares
    116 shares on LinkedIn

  15. Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-28 at 06:32:07

    Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion.

    4907 Shares
    2954 shares and 1767 likes on Facebook
    20 Google+ Shares, 51 plus ones and 10 reshares
    83 shares on LinkedIn
    22 views on StumbleUpon

  16. Gaza truce holding but Israel’s Netanyahu under fire at home
    Published by Reuters on 2014-08-28 at 02:08:36

    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An open-ended ceasefire in the Gaza war held on Wednesday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced strong criticism in Israel over a costly conflict with Palestinian militants in which no clear victor has emerged.

    4456 Shares
    102 twitter shares, 3924 retweets and 96 favorites
    174 shares and 64 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares, 6 plus ones and 1 reshares
    9 shares on LinkedIn
    72 views on StumbleUpon

  17. Yazidis still stranded on Mount Sinjar: ‘We need weapons now more than food or water’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-27 at 22:14:43

    The US has said little about Mount Sinjar since 14 August, when Obama declared the siege broken, but recent satellite imagery and interviews with Yazidis still on the mountain indicate a humanitarian emergency continuing to unfold Continue reading…

    3482 Shares
    103 twitter shares, 2319 retweets and 63 favorites
    521 shares and 446 likes on Facebook
    18 Google+ Shares, 9 plus ones and 2 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  18. Australia says it is willing to join US in air strikes on Iraq
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-28 at 04:24:54

    Defence minister says Australias Super Hornets are an obvious first port of call as the US seeks international support for action Continue reading…

    3268 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 1910 retweets and 55 favorites
    262 shares and 831 likes on Facebook
    4 Google+ Shares, 93 plus ones and 11 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  19. Gaza begins to pick up pieces after ‘worst war’
    Published by The Guardian on 2014-08-27 at 23:14:51

    Streets clogged as people return to wrecked homes, with official review of needs to take up to six weeks Continue reading…

    3088 Shares
    101 twitter shares, 1834 retweets and 25 favorites
    73 shares and 70 likes on Facebook
    8 Google+ Shares, 845 plus ones and 131 reshares
    1 shares on LinkedIn

  20. André 3000 Is Moving On in Film, Music and Life
    Published by The New York times on 2014-08-27 at 19:34:54

    With a starring movie role and Outkast anniversary appearances, André 3000 has not been as reclusive as it might have seemed.

    2735 Shares
    813 shares and 1908 likes on Facebook
    6 Google+ Shares and 1 plus ones
    7 shares on LinkedIn

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