1. JAMES FOLEY
A horrific end: The video is horrific. The intent behind it, despicable. It shows ISIS militants beheading American journalist James Foley – and threatening to do the same to another journalist if President Barack Obama doesn’t end military operations in Iraq. Foley disappeared in November 2012 in northwest Syria while working with GlobalPost. He hadn’t been heard from since then. “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again,” he says before he is brutally killed.
2. FERGUSON PROTESTS
Not again: There were high hopes that the nightly protests in Ferguson would end peacefully for a change yesterday. That promise held out for most of the evening – until a water bottle flew at police. That’s when they charged after protesters. No tear gas was fired and the demonstrators were spared the heavy-handed response of the last few days. Today, a grand jury is expected to get to work to determine whether the officer who killed Michael Brown should be indicted.
3. MIDEAST CONFLICT
Truce falters: The depressing cycle of strikes and counter strikes resumed in Gaza as talks failed between Israelis and Palestinians. The armed wing of Hamas fired 29 rockets in 20 minutes; the Israeli military retaliated with air strikes that killed at least three people, including an infant.
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5 Things To Know For Your New Day – Wednesday, August 20, 2014 was originally published on praisecleveland.com