1. FERGUSON PROTESTS
The actions of a few: An evening of peaceful protests devolved into another tense confrontation in Ferguson last night as a few protesters hurled bottles and rocks, and in some cases Molotov cocktails, at a heavy police presence. The officers, armed to the teeth, responded by firing stun grenades and tear gas canisters. “At the end of this, we’re gonna be classed as insurgents,” an upset protester told CNN about the police response.
2. MIDEAST TALKS
An uneasy truce: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to extend the current Gaza cease-fire by 24 hours. This means, the two sides have until midnight today (5 p.m. ET) to come to an agreement over the thorny issues that have made lasting peace in Gaza so difficult.
3. IRAQ CRISIS
A critical capture: U.S. airstrikes helped Kurdish and Iraqi forces take control of Mosul Dam from ISIS militants. The stakes were huge for the millions of Iraqis who live downstream from the dam, the largest in the country. “If that dam was breached it could have proven catastrophic, with floods that would have threatened the lives of thousands of civilians and endangered our embassy compound in Baghdad,” President Barack Obama said.
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