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 3 hrs | ISIS burns alive 4 Iraqi fighters in horrific new video

              The Islamic State (ISIS) group has burned alive four Iraqi fighters in a horrific new video distributed online on Monday. The victims were identified as fighters from the People's Mobilization force, which was formed by the Iraqi government in June 2014 to combat Islamic State militants. The five-minute video showed the men suspended from a swingset with their hands and feet tied together as four trails of fire approached them. Flashes to other scenes showed the men as they burned alive before a final shot showed their charred remains. The horrific killings were apparently meant to avenge the deaths of four men who were allegedly killed in a similar manner by pro-government forces.   


  Iraq        45 UPDATES

 


 5 hrs | At least 90 injured in clashes, explosion outside Ukraine’s parliament - minister

              At least 90 people have been injured after clashes erupted and a grenade was thrown outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev. "About 90 injured outside the Rada (parliament), including some people who are in serious condition," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a post on his official Facebook account. It is unclear how many law enforcement personnel are among the injured. Avakov added that 30 people had already been detained in connection with Monday's violence, which erupted after MPs voted in support of a draft law that would provide disputed eastern regions with greater autonomy. Among those detained is the man suspected of throwing a grenade at law enforcement personnel outside parliament, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.   


  Kiev, Ukraine        7 UPDATES

 

URGENT

 6 hrs | Grenade explodes outside Ukraine’s parliament, injuring officers

              A grenade has exploded outside Ukraine's parliament in Kiev after clashes erupted during protests against a draft law that would provide disputed eastern regions with greater autonomy. MPs voted 265-87 to support the reforms, though a second and final reading later this year will require 300 votes in favor. The initial vote led to clashes outside parliament, with demonstrators attempting to break down a fence, prompting police to respond with tear gas. A grenade exploded just before 2 p.m. local time, injuring a number of law enforcement personnel. (more)   


  Kiev, Ukraine        7 UPDATES

 

BREAKING


 16 hrs | Wes Craven, director of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream,’ dead at 76

              Wes Craven, the creator of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and the director of the "Scream" movies, died in Los Angeles on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer, his family said in a statement. He was 76. "It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1PM on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer," the statement said. "Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home." He is survived by his wife, Iya Labunka, three children and a sister.   


  Los Angeles, CA        1 UPDATES

 


  17 hrs | China ‘punishes’ 197 people for spreading rumors on social media

              Chinese authorities have investigated and "punished" 197 people who allegedly spread rumors on social media, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Sunday. The social media users were accused of deliberately confusing people, misleading the public, and attempting to create panic by spreading false information about China's stock market, the recent explosions in Tianjin, and the upcoming commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the allied victory over Japan. The statement did not specify what sort of punishment had been handed out to the users. (more)   


  China        12 UPDATES

 

BREAKING


  21 hrs | North America’s tallest mountain gets back original name

              Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain on the North American continent, has officially been renamed as Denali, the White House announced on Sunday, ending a lengthy naming dispute. The mountain had long been known as Denali until a gold prospector declared it Mt. McKinley in 1896 in support of then-presidential candidate William McKinley, who went on to win the presidency. The federal government recognized the mountain's new name in 1917, but the Koyukon Athabaskan people - who inhabit the area near the mountain - have continued to refer to the peak as Denali, which means "The Great One." (more)   


  Alaska        2 UPDATES

 


 1 day | ‘Supergiant’ natural gas field, one of world’s largest, discovered off Egypt

              Italian oil and gas company Eni says it has discovered a "supergiant" gas field off the coast of Egypt, the largest ever to be found in the Mediterranean Sea and satisfying Egypt's natural gas demand for decades. The gas field is believed to hold a potential of 30 trillion cubic feet of lean gas in place, the company said, which would make it one of the world's largest ever natural-gas finds. The gas field, which is at a depth of 4,757 feet (1,450 meters) and covers an area of about 100 square kilometers (38 square miles), is in a location where Eni has a permit that allows it to retain all profits, minus costs and royalties paid to the Egyptian government.   


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 1 day | Tropical Storm Fred forms, hurricane watch issued for Cape Verde

              Tropical Storm Fred formed in the eastern Atlantic off Africa on early Sunday, prompting a hurricane watch for the Cape Verde Islands, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). Fred has maximum sustained winds near 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour, with higher gusts, and may reach hurricane strength before it moves through the Cape Verde Islands on late Monday. Forecasters expect Fred to remain at least a tropical storm through Friday as it crosses the Atlantic, but it is too early to determine whether the storm will pose a threat to the Caribbean or the United States.   


  Cape Verde        24 UPDATES

 


 1 day | Clinton’s support dwindles in Iowa as Sanders draws near - poll

              The number of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa who say former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is their first choice for president has dropped below 50 percent for the first time. A closely-watched poll by the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics shows that the number of Democratic caucusgoers who have Clinton as their first choice has dropped to 37 percent, a decline of 20 percent when compared to the last poll in May. Support for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, has continued to increase. About 30 percent of likely Democratic caucusgoers now pick Sanders as their first choice, up by 14 percent since May. The new poll included the option to choose Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering to join the race for the Democratic nomination. About 14 percent of Democratic caucusgoers say they would pick Biden as their first choice.   


  Iowa        39 UPDATES

 

BREAKING

 1 day | Texas man arrested in ‘execution-style’ murder of sheriff’s deputy

              A 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the "execution-style" murder of a sheriff's deputy in northwest Houston. Shannon J. Miles was taken into custody for questioning just hours after Friday night's murder but was not arrested until Saturday afternoon. Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said the district attorney had accepted capital murder charges against Miles, who is not believed to have had any prior contact with Deputy Darren Goforth. Hickman said a ballistics test indicated that a weapon found after Miles' arrest matched with bullets found at the scene of the murder. Investigators believe that Deputy Goforth was targeted solely for being a law enforcement officer, calling it a "cold-blooded execution."   


  Houston, TX        32 UPDATES

 

 
LIVE WIRE

Ukrainian President Poroshenko to deliver televised statement later today to address violence and parliamentary vote - spokesman     4 hrs  

25-year-old National Guard soldier dies after being shot outside Ukraine’s parliament - official     4 hrs  

30 detained after clashes, explosion outside Ukraine’s parliament - minister     5 hrs  

Ukrainian official Anton Gerashchenko condemns ‘terrorist act’ outside parliament, “considering it an assault on democracy and a direct attack on the people of Ukraine”     5 hrs  

At least 90 police wounded in clashes outside Ukraine parliament - AFP citing minister     5 hrs  


TODAY'S BRIEFING

A sheriff's deputy has been ambushed and shot dead at a gas station in Houston, prompting a manhunt for the suspect     2 days  

At least 20 people have been killed and hundreds of homes have been destroyed after Tropical Storm Erika hit the Caribbean country of Dominica     2 days  

2 American soldiers traveling on an Amsterdam-Paris train have prevented a heavily-armed gunman from opening fire     1 wk  

The Islamic State's second-in-command has been killed in a U.S. airstrike near Mosul, the White House says     1 wk  


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BREAKING

Wes Craven, director of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream,’ dead at 76     16 hrs  

North America’s tallest mountain gets back original name      21 hrs  

Texas man arrested in ‘execution-style’ murder of sheriff’s deputy     1 day  

Sheriff’s deputy ambushed and shot dead at Houston gas station     2 days  

Erika kills at least 20, destroys hundreds of homes in Dominica, PM says     2 days  



Urgent

Grenade explodes outside Ukraine’s parliament, injuring officers     6 hrs  

Texas sheriff calls deputy’s murder an “unprovoked, execution-style” killing     2 days  

Ashley Madison’s chief executive resigns, infidelity website to continue     3 days  

Chinese police arrest 12 suspects in connection with Tianjin blasts     4 days  

Gunman in WDBJ7 shooting says Charleston church shooting motivated him      5 days  



Events

Press conference on WDBJ7 shooting at 1 p.m. ET - sheriff’s office     5 days  

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter to hold press conference on Thursday to discuss cancer diagnosis     1 wk  

Verdict reached in death penalty phase of Colorado movie massacre trial, to be read at 7 pm ET     3 wks  

Jury in theater shooting trial reaches verdict on whether to keep death penalty on the table     4 wks  

LIVE: Ohio Governor John Kasich announces presidential candidacy     1 mon  


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U.S. News

Wes Craven, director of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Scream,’ dead at 76     16 hrs  

North America’s tallest mountain gets back original name      21 hrs  


World

ISIS burns alive 4 Iraqi fighters in horrific new video     3 hrs  

At least 90 injured in clashes, explosion outside Ukraine’s parliament - minister     5 hrs  


Business

‘Supergiant’ natural gas field, one of world’s largest, discovered off Egypt     1 day  

Ashley Madison’s chief executive resigns, infidelity website to continue     3 days  


Politics

At least 90 injured in clashes, explosion outside Ukraine’s parliament - minister     5 hrs  

Grenade explodes outside Ukraine’s parliament, injuring officers     6 hrs  


Legal

China ‘punishes’ 197 people for spreading rumors on social media      17 hrs  

Texas man arrested in ‘execution-style’ murder of sheriff’s deputy     1 day  


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