Eyewitness account: A new witness in the police shooting death of Michael Brown told CNN that Brown and the police officer tussled with each other, before the officer shot the teen multiple times, as Brown backed away. Police in Ferguson, Missouri, have said Brown died in a dangerous struggle after trying to grab the officer’s weapon, but witnesses say it seemed a brazen act of aggression by the officer on Saturday, and that Brown was unarmed and not threatening. Protests have erupted each night since the shooting. Missouri’s governor will visit the community near St. Louis today.


Humanitarian crisis: A mass evacuation of Yazidis in northern Iraq seems unlikely now that the U.S. has evaluated the situation. Last week, the minority group was chased from the town of Sinjar by Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Once believed to be in the tens of thousands, the number of Yazidis in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains is “now in the low thousands,” the State Department said. Still, the United Nations has announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis, saying the 400,000 people on the run from ISIS is of grave concern.


Cease-fire extended Israel has accepted an Egyptian proposal to extend the current ceasefire five more days, an Israeli government spokesman said today. Earlier, Palestinian officials said they had agreed to extend the truce. Israeli and the Palestinian delegations have been talking in Cairo, using Egyptian go-betweens, in hopes of ending the hostilities that have killed more than 2,000 people. But there’s still lots to work out. Israel says it wants Gaza demilitarized. The Palestinian delegation is demanding an end to Israel’s economic blockade on Gaza and the release of prisoners held by Israelis.

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