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  1. JUSTICE Teen Found Guilty of Delhi Gang Rape Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

    1. Teen Found Guilty of Delhi Gang Rape

    A teenager has been found guilty of the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a Delhi bus last year. The brutal rape thrust the issue of women’s rights in India into the global spotlight. The young man, who was six months shy of his 18th birthday at the time of the crime, received a three-year sentence, the maximum punishment for a juvenile.  Advocates as well as the victim’s family argued he should have been tried as an adult and faced the death penalty, as the remaining three defendants will.

    August 31, 2013 10:53 AM

  2. RESPONSE Obama Delays Strike on Syria Charles Dharapak/AP

    2. Obama Delays Strike on Syria

    President Obama announced today that depsite its merit, he would delay a strike against Syria, planned as retribution for the government's use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds last week. "I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress," he said. As protestors outside the Rose Garden chanted, “Hands off Syria!" the president said the U.S. should take military action—limited in duration and scope—against Syrian military targets. Although he said he was prepared to give the order to strike, he said he was mindful that he is the president of a constitutional democracy. "I'm ready to act against this outrage. Now I'm asking Congress to send a message we're ready to move forward as a nation," he said.

    August 31, 2013 1:15 PM

  3. Cheating Death Yemen Premier Escapes Assassination Mohamed al-Sayaghi/Reuters

    3. Yemen Premier Escapes Assassination

    Yemeni Prime Minister Salem Basindwa escaped an assassination attempt today, speeding away while unidentified gunmen sprayed his three-car convoy with gunfire. An aid said that Basindwa was on the way home from his office at the time of the attack. The terrorist group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operates from Yemen and the country has seen a rash of assassinations recently, mostly of security officers. No one has been charged with or claimed responsibility for the shooting.

    August 31, 2013 4:32 PM

  4. COUNTDOWN UN Team Leaves Syria Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

    4. UN Team Leaves Syria

    A United Nations team tasked with investigating a possible chemical weapons attack that killed 1,429 people, has left Syria, clearing what looks to be the last hurdle before a U.S.-led strike. Washington officials say they don’t need to wait for the inquiry’s results because its intelligence assessment determined that the Syrian government was to blame for the attack. Although officials still say the president is weighing options, an attack seems inevitable. On Friday, the president laid out his case saying, “We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale." The U.S. has five destroyers waiting in the Mediterranean for orders.

    August 31, 2013 10:51 AM

  5. ALLIES Obama Calls Hollande on Syria Sean Gallup

    5. Obama Calls Hollande on Syria

    After a big decision, sometimes you just want to talk to your bestie. President Obama spoke again today with French president François Hollande about the situation in Syria, just minutes after he announced he’d seek congressional approval before launching any attack. According to a White House statement, Obama thanked his new best ally, “for France’s principled commitment to upholding the international norm against the use of chemical weapons and enforcing the consequences that give this norm meaning.” Hollande reiterated his strong support of the U.S. plan to strike. Lucky for Obama, he doesn’t need the approval of the French Parliament to order military action. The two will continue talks in the coming days. Take that, David Cameron.

    August 31, 2013 6:01 PM

  6. thanks, snowden Leaks Reveal Hundreds of Cyber Ops Patrick Semansky/AP

    6. Leaks Reveal Hundreds of Cyber Ops

    The classified "black budget" disclosure by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has revealed that U.S. intelligence agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, most of which were against top adversaries like North Korea and Iran. It includes a campaign that uses U.S. specialists to hack tens of thousands of foreign computer networks and surreptitiously put them under American control, with plans of expanding this into the millions. “The Department of Defense does engage” in computer network exploitation, an NSA spokesman wrote in an emailed response. “The department does ***not*** engage in economic espionage in any domain, including cyber.”

    August 30, 2013 10:02 PM

  7. YES, IT’S RACIST Dunkin' Sorry for Blackface Ad Dunkin' Donuts/Facebook

    7. Dunkin' Sorry for Blackface Ad

    A spokesman for Dunkin' Brands is apologizing for an ad featuring a woman in blackface and bright pink lipstick holding a “charcoal donut” with the tag line, “Break every rule of deliciousness." While the global spokesman said they’ll be pulling the campaign, the CEO for Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand doesn’t see anything wrong with the ads and called the brouhaha just a result of "paranoid American thinking.” "It's absolutely ridiculous," said Nadim Salhani. "We're not allowed to use black to promote our doughnuts? I don't get it. What's the big fuss?” Psst, it's racist. 

    August 31, 2013 12:22 PM

  8. HOLY PROMOTION Pope Names Diplomat as Top Aide Hoang Dinh/AFP/Getty

    8. Pope Names Diplomat as Top Aide

    Pope Francis continues to shake things up in Vatican City with his appointment of longtime diplomat, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, to secretary of state, the second-most powerful position in the Vatican. Archbishop Parolin, 58, currently serves as the envoy to Venezuela. The pope’s choice to replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was expected as it’s common for a new pope to change his inner circle. Still, Bertone has been criticized lately for poor management of his post, leading to scandals like the Vatileaks documents that showed discord among high-ranking church officials, and an investigation into money laundering in the Vatican Bank, which the secretary of state oversees.

    August 31, 2013 12:07 PM

  9. LOVE Ginsburg to Officiate Same-Sex Marriage Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    9. Ginsburg to Officiate Same-Sex Marriage

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg maybe the oldest member of the Supreme Court, but she’s still a trend setter. The octogenarian Justice will officiate the wedding of Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser and economist John Roberts today, making her the first on the nation’s highest court to preside over a same–sex wedding. “I think it will be one more statement that people who love each other and want to live together should be able to enjoy the blessings and the strife in the marriage relationship,” Ginsburg said. Mazel Tov!

    August 31, 2013 11:40 AM

  10. FREE AGENT Patriots Cut Tim Tebow Boston Globe/Getty

    10. Patriots Cut Tim Tebow

    Looks like Tim Tebow will have his Sundays free for now. He was relieved of his quarterbacking duties by New England Patriots on Saturday because of his failure to develop before the start of the regular season. His 11-of-30 passing performance just didn’t cut it. The athlete who inspired Tebowmania in Christians throughout the country is expected to be just fine though, no doubt because of his faith. “I'm blessed, because of my faith, that I don't have to worry about the future because I know who holds my future," Tebow told reporters this week when asked if he was concerned about his lackluster performance.

    August 31, 2013 12:07 PM

  11. #HAPPYFAMILY Robin Thicke Tweets Smiling Family Photo Robin Thicke

    11. Robin Thicke Tweets Smiling Family Photo

    Miley who? Robin Thicke tweeted a picture of his happy family on vacation proving he and his wife are weathering the controversy after his scandalous performance with Miley Cyrus (maybe you’ve heard about it?) at the VMAs. And then there was that photo post awards, tweeted to his wife—and the rest of the world—that looks a lot like the “Blurred Lines” singer was grabbing a young woman’s back end. Nothing like a little damage control.

    August 31, 2013 11:40 AM

  12. back-up France: U.S. Is Not Alone in Syria Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP Photo

    12. France: U.S. Is Not Alone in Syria

    Sorry, Britain, France is our new BFF ally. On Friday, French President François Hollande threw his weight behind a potential strike against Syria, saying in an interview that "the chemical massacre of Damascus cannot and must not remain unpunished." He added: "There are few countries with the capacities to inflict sanctions with the appropriate means. France is among those. It is ready." He later spoke on the phone with President Obama. On Thursday, the U.K. voted against supporting military action, throwing off Obama's hopes for an international coalition.

    August 30, 2013 8:53 PM

  13. ANSWERS Bodies Exhumed at Reform School Phil Coale/AP

    13. Bodies Exhumed at Reform School

    At a site that sounds more like a house of horrors than a reform school, bodies are now being exhumed to determine who they were and just how they died. Former inmates at the Florida school, which operated throughout the 1960s, have made claims of terrible abuse at the hands of school staff. The investigation was launched at the urging of a group of survivors who call themselves “White House Boys," for the severe beatings they received in a small white building behind the school. “I think that there are at least 100 more bodies up there," a spokesman for the victims said.

    August 31, 2013 11:22 AM

  14. Despicable Teen Guilty for Killing 13-Month-Old Stephen Morton/AP

    14. Teen Guilty for Killing 13-Month-Old

    An 18-year-old was found guilty by a Georgia jury of an especially cold-blooded crime: shooting a 13-month-old between the eyes in an attempted robbery in Brunswick, Georgia. De'Marquise Elkins was convicted for the boy’s murder after trying to rob the mother, Sherry West, in March. When she refused, she was shot in the leg and the child was killed. Elkin’s mother was also found guilty of evidence tampering, but acquitted for lying to police. Another teen involved will be tried for murder later.

    August 30, 2013 5:37 PM

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