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Still image from undated video of a masked Islamic State militant holding a knife speaking next to man purported to be James Foley at an unknown locationBy Alexander Dziadosz and Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents posted a video on Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. The video, titled "A Message To America," presented President Barack Obama with bleak options that could define America’s next phase of involvement in Iraq and the public reaction to it, potentially deepening his hand in a conflict he built much of his presidency on ending.


Rockets launched from Gaza Strip towards Israel is seen as rocket by Iron Dome anti-missile system is fired to intercept, before five-day ceasefire was due to expireBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets at Israel for a second day on Wednesday after fighting resumed with the collapse of truce talks and an Israeli air strike that killed three people in Gaza. Charging Israel had "opened a gateway to hell," Hamas's armed wing vowed to target Israel's Ben-Gurion International Airport with rocket fire, possibly to retaliate for what Hamas was quoted by Israeli media as saying was an Israeli attempt to assassinate its top militant leader, Mohammed Deif, in a Gaza City strike.


Russian military truck loaded with Msta-S self-propelled howitzer drives along the road outside Kamensk-ShakhtinskyBy Maria Tsvetkova and Noah Barkin DONETSK Ukraine/BERLIN (Reuters) - A gun battle broke out in the center of the rebel-held Ukrainian city of Donetsk and residents ran for cover from artillery fire on Tuesday, taking a government military offensive into the heart of the retreating pro-Moscow separatist rebellion. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart will meet next week for the first time in months to try to end their confrontation over the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine, their offices said. In a prelude to the talks between Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday, her office said, to show support for the Ukrainian government. Donetsk has for months been the headquarters of Ukraine's separatist rebellion, with rebel flags flying over administrative buildings and where residents strolled along the main avenue lined with flower bed and fountains.


An aerial view shows a landslide that swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western JapanAt least eight people were killed in Japan on Wednesday when landslides touched off by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, media reported. At least 13 people were also missing after a month's worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks. With land in short supply in many parts of Japan, cities often expand into mountainous areas, leaving such development vulnerable to landslides. About 240 mm (9 inches) of rain fell in the area in the 24 hours up to Wednesday morning, record-breaking levels equivalent to a month's worth of rain in a usual August, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.


Supporters of former international cricketer Imran Khan, chairman of PTI political party, climb on container barricades as they participate during Freedom March to parliament house in IslamabadBy Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched to the Pakistani parliament on Tuesday as part of a bid to force the prime minister to resign, using a crane and bolt cutters to force their way past barricades of shipping containers in the capital Islamabad. Riot police and paramilitaries had tried to seal off the diplomatic and government zone before the march began, and were told not to intervene as protesters, some of them women throwing rose petals, moved all obstacles in their way. The protests were led by former international cricketer Imran Khan, head of the country's third-largest political party, and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who controls a network of Islamic schools and charities. Hours before the protesters set off, the interior minister announced that soldiers would be deployed to stop them.


BEIJING (AP) — China's state media say a public bus in an eastern city has caught fire, killing one person and injuring 19.
TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?

Traders James Doherty, left, and Thomas Ferrigno work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Better news on home building and corporate earnings are sending stocks higher. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets got a slight boost Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar.


In this Aug. 2, 2014 photo, Maria Torero, plays with a group of 175 cats with leukemia in her home in Lima, Peru. Torero says caring for cats with feline leukemia is her responsibility. Anybody else can care for healthy animals. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)LIMA, Peru (AP) — At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats — 175 of them at last count.


Aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20, 2014At least 18 people were killed and another 13 were still missing after a huge landslide engulfed homes in western Japan, the government said Wednesday. Dozens of houses were buried when a wall of mud thundered down a hillside in Hiroshima overnight, television pictures showed, as rescuers scoured the scene for any signs of life. "According to the National Police Department, the death toll has reached 18 while 13 others are unaccounted for," an official at the disaster management office of the Cabinet Office said. The number of dead rose rapidly from an initial toll of four, although emergency services said it was too early to tell exactly how many people had lost their lives.


Islamic State releases video which it claims shows beheading of American journalist James FoleyWASHINGTON (AP) — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.


U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps trains ahead of the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin is being treated for a back problem, putting her in doubt for the Pan Pacific championships starting Thursday.


TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Press freedom groups on Tuesday urged Honduran authorities to thoroughly investigate the slaying of a broadcast journalist who was shot to death outside his home last week.
TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?
The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was purportedly beheaded by Islamic militants, said on Tuesday her son gave his life to expose the suffering of the Syrian people and she asked his kidnappers to release their other captives. "He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person," Diane Foley said in a post on a website set up by the Foley family. James Foley was abducted in Syria in November 2012 while reporting on the conflict there for GlobalPost. A video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot that has overrun large swathes of northern Iraq and Syria, appeared to show Foley being beheaded.

In this aerial photo, rescue workers search for survivors after a massive landslide swept through residential areas in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDITTOKYO (AP) — At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.


TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gennady Golovkin will defend his WBA middleweight title against Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico in Carson, California, on Oct. 18.

In this Aug. 19, 2014 photo, rescuers prepare to go into the Dongfang Coal Mine in Xiejiaji District of Huainan City, east China's Anhui Province, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. An explosion Tuesday in the coal mine in eastern China trapped 27 workers underground, state media reported. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Duan) NO SALESBEIJING (AP) — A gas explosion at a coal mine in eastern China has killed at least two miners, and rescuers searched Wednesday for 25 more workers missing in the blast, state media reported.


South Sudan's President Salva Kiir speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in WashingtonChina's foreign minister pressed his South Sudan counterpart over renewed violence in the oil-rich state, demanding an immediate ceasefire and political dialogue in the country which is heavily reliant on Chinese investment. Government troops clashed with South Sudan rebels last week near the capital of Unity State, days after a U.N. Security Council delegation warned of sanctions if either side violated a ceasefire signed in May. China has played an unusually active diplomatic role in South Sudan and is the biggest investor in its key oil industry. "An immediate ceasefire is a precondition for a return to peace and stability in South Sudan," Foreign Minister Wang Yi told South Sudan Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin during a meeting in Beijing on Tuesday, the foreign ministry said.


By Ellen Wulfhorst and Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Banners flutter along the main street of downtown Ferguson but instead of the protest signs that read "Hands Up Don't' Shoot," these are ads for everyday events like a local farmers market and a church fish fry. With nightly protests and police lobbing tear gas along West Florissant Avenue, locals in the small Missouri town of just 6 square miles (16 square km) are trying to get on with their normal lives. "Things are so disruptive." "I'm wishing it would all go away, but then I have to catch myself because a young man is dead and another man is being held up to all kinds of scrutiny." In the warren of residential streets lined with small single-story brick houses nearest to West Florissant, residents said they are growing exasperated by the violence and its fallout. You have to give the police time to do their job right." Waiting to get her car repaired in downtown Ferguson, 81-year-old Helen Robinson fretted that she couldn't make her regular drive down West Florissant, a major thoroughfare.
By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking the latest outbreak of rancor in the St. Louis suburb where calls for peaceful protests have been overshadowed by episodes of looting, arson and clashes with police over the last 10 days. Civil rights leaders and police - at odds over much of what has occurred in this small, mostly black St. Louis suburb - agree on at least one hypothesis: Many of the perpetrators are not local residents. After Monday's violence, 56 people were arrested overnight, most on a charge of failure to disperse, according to the St. Louis County Justice Services Center.

Residents clean up debris from demonstrations in Ferguson, MissouriBy Scott Malone and Ellen Wulfhorst FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, braced for another night of racially charged unrest on Tuesday as the governor and U.S. The predominantly African-American community of 21,000 people has been gripped by street protests punctuated by looting and clashes with police every night since the unarmed, 18-year-old Brown was killed by a white police officer. The officer, Darren Wilson, was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and went into hiding as Brown's family and supporters called for his arrest. In a separate incident miles (km) from where Brown was slain, St. Louis metropolitan police said they shot and killed a 23-year-old black man who brandished a knife at officers and yelled at them to "shoot me now, kill me" on Tuesday afternoon.


TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) — Defending champion and top-seeded Simona Halep was beaten in her opening match at the Connecticut Open, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 by Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova on Tuesday.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi wins GOP US Senate primary, beating 4 opponents as he seeks 4th term.
BEIJING (AP) — Two Japanese suppliers of ball bearings say they have been fined by Chinese anti-monopoly regulators in an unfolding probe of the auto industry.
TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?

A campaigner from the group New Fathers 4 Justice is pictured on top of the gate of Apsley House at Hyde Park Corner in London on August 15, 2014A protester scaled the home of the British justice minister and set up camp on the roof to demand greater rights for fathers, an activist group said. "He has set up camp on top of the roof and has enough supplies to last several days," the group New Fathers 4 Justice said in a statement. A spokesman for justice minister Chris Grayling said the ongoing incident was a matter for the police. The group said the protester was Martin Matthews who, according to press reports, previously scaled the politician's constituency office.


NEW YORK (AP) — A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.
TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?
MADRID (AP) — Sevilla says Argentina midfielder Ever Banega trained with the its squad on Tuesday, confirming his transfer from fellow-Spanish club Valencia.
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) — The West Indies Cricket Board has terminated its contract with coach Ottis Gibson and said team manager Richie Richardson will take charge of the West Indies on an interim basis.
Mexico's environment secretary said on Tuesday that Grupo Mexico gave false information about a toxic spill at its Buenavista mine in northern Mexico, a day after the environmental authority said it would file a criminal complaint against the company. In a statement on Aug. 12, Grupo Mexico said that "unusual rainfall" had caused the spill. Grupo Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday regarding the criminal complaint or the minister's comments. The federal attorney general's office for environmental protection (Profepa) said in a statement on Monday night it would bring charges against Buena Vista del Cobre, the Grupo Mexico subsidiary that operates the copper mine.
TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez from Colombia duels for the ball with Atletico Madrid's Joao Miranda from Brazil, left, during a Spanish Super Cup soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)MADRID (AP) — James Rodriguez scored in his Spanish debut as Real Madrid earned a 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Super Cup on Tuesday.


TOKYO (AP) — Former NFL player Bob "The Beast" Sapp isn't exactly a household name back home in the United States. But he's big in Japan. Very big. And soon he hopes to be living large — for a week, anyway — in North Korea. Shades of Dennis Rodman, anyone?

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