1. AMERICANS FIGHTING FOR ISIS
Radicalized: American Douglas McAuthur McCain died over the weekend, fighting for the Islamist group ISIS in Syria. The news shocked many in the United States, but State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says “Dozens of Americans, perhaps up to 100,” are among those who have tried to join various militant groups there. The developments come as Washington is weighing its options and may expand its airstrikes against ISIS from Iraq to Syria.
2. MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE
Truce and talks: After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire. The truce announced yesterday puts off dealing with core long-term issues on both sides of a bitter conflict that killed around 2,200 people. But Israel agreed to ease the blockade on Gaza, open border crossings for more aid to pass through and extend the fishing limit off the coast to 6 miles, according to a senior Egyptian government official. Both sides agreed to return to Cairo for further Egyptian-mediated talks, the official said.
3. MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING
Listening carefully: Could a newly released audio provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown’s shooting death? The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police on August 9, the man’s attorney told CNN. In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots. It’s difficult to prove from the audio why the pause took place or which narrative of events it supports. There are conflicting stories of what happened that day.
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