Afghanistan Celebrates 94 Years of Independence from Britain

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_4ed93b1012.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Afghanistan celebrated its independence day on Monday, although it had nothing to do with the U.S. led-invasion 12 years ago that drove out the Taliban. Rather, in what has been a traditional ceremony for the past 94 years, Afghanistan marked its liberation from Britain.

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Egyptian General's Conciliatory Tone Still Sounds Threatening

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_69b0f8743a.jpgEd Giles/Getty Images (CAIRO) -- The death toll in Egypt keeps mounting, with neither Egypt's armed forces nor the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi willing to give up their battle for control of the government. By Sunday, fatalities were well over 800 over the past five days, including 36 detained members of the Muslim Brotherhood who suffocated while inhaling tear gas after they tried to escape from a police van while being transported to a prison.

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Tearful Oscar Pistorius Formally Charged with Murder

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_92bb708630.jpgJemal Countess/Getty Images (PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Olympian Oscar Pistorius wiped away tears on Monday shortly before a South African court formally indicted him on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. His trial is scheduled to begin on March 3, 2014.

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Five Months Late, UN Inspectors Arrive in Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_09fc357416.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Following months of delays, United Nations inspectors arrived in Damascus on Sunday to begin their probe of alleged chemical weapons use during the Syrian conflict. If all goes according to plan, the inspectors, along with members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, will try to ascertain what happened in Khan al-Assal and two other unspecified sites.

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Syrian Kurds Fleeing into Northern Iraq

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_a7732a91ca.jpgBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The United Nations is reporting that thousands of Syrian refugees are seeking shelter in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, as many as 17,000 Syrians entered Iraq between last Thursday and Saturday, one of the largest influxes of people the country has dealt with during the 29-month-long conflict across the border.

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