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Twitter Suspends Users Posting 'Graphic Imagery' of Journalist's Beheading by ISIS

Twitter Suspends Users Posting 'Graphic Imagery' of Journalist's Beheading by ISIS
Twitter and some other social media outlets are trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers publicity is also gaining momentum. In a Tweet, CEO Dick Costolo said his company "is actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery," and he gave a link to a New York Times story about Foley's killing.
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Toby Sterling
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We Live in a World Where the President Calls a Press Conference to Discuss Iraq AND Missouri

We Live in a World Where the President Calls a Press Conference to Discuss Iraq AND Missouri
President Obama delivers a statement about the situations in Iraq and Ferguson, Missouri. Full video on the flip.
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Iraq Hopes to Have First Democratic Transition of Power Since US Withdrawal in 2011

Iraq Hopes to Have First Democratic Transition of Power Since US Withdrawal in 2011
Iraq's top Shiite cleric urged unity on Friday after Nouri al-Maliki agreed to step down as prime minister, reviving hopes for a new government that can take on Sunni insurgents who have overrun large parts of the country. Al-Maliki announced he was giving up his post on national television late Thursday, standing alongside senior members of his Shiite Islamic Dawa Party, including his rival and premier-designate Haider al-Abadi.
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Sameer N. Yacoub and Vivian Salama
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UN: Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq Reaches 'Level 3 Emergency'

UN: Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq Reaches 'Level 3 Emergency'
The U.N. on Wednesday called its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, where hundreds of thousands have been driven from their homes and tens of thousands have been trapped in a desert mountain by the advance of Islamic militants across the north of the country. The declaration of a "Level 3 Emergency" will trigger additional goods, funds and assets to respond to the needs of those displaced, said U.N. special representative Nickolay Mladenov, who pointed to the "scale and complexity of the current humanitarian catastrophe."
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Vivian Salama and Sameer N. Yacoub
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Slippery Slope? Obama Promises 300 'Advisors' to Besieged Iraqis

Slippery Slope? Obama Promises 300 'Advisors' to Besieged Iraqis
Obama chooses the middle road in Iraq: the US will send 300 military 'advisors' to a besieged Iraqi government. He discounted more robust options for now, but did not take off the table air strikes to help the faltering Iraqi military.
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