UN Official Disputes Notion that Crisis on Mount Sinjar is Over

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_fafe373ad1.jpgPurestock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A senior United Nations official disputed on Thursday President Obama's claim that the crisis on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq is over, instead noting "thousands" may remain there. Kieran Dwyer, the director of communications for the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, said that "the crisis on the mountain is not over until [all] people have been able to make it to a safe location, in a safe and secure manner."

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Iraqi Prime Minister Steps Down

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_f0ac1f09e2.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced on Thursday that he would step down from his position and allow new Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi to take over the position. In a statement, National Security Adviser Susan Rice called the move "another major step forward in uniting" Iraq.

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Pope Francis Gives First English Language Speech in South Korea

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_e51f376f90.jpgiStock Editorial (SEOUL, South Korea) -- Pope Francis started his five-day visit to South Korea by making a public speech in English for the first time and riding inside a compact Kia hatchback. The pope read a 10-minute speech in English at the Presidential office in Seoul, noting Korea’s lack of peace, challenges facing solidarity and reconciliation, and the need to educate the young.

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US Military Team Lands on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq to Assess Yazidi Crisis

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_de4ae5afdb.jpgLance Cpl. Evan R. White, U.S. Marine Corps (WASHINGTON) -- United States Marines, special forces and the USAID disaster assistance relief team briefly landed Wednesday on Mt. Sinjar in Iraq, a U.S. official told ABC News. It was the first time ABC News has learned of any Americans landing on the mountain, where thousands of Yazidis are trapped and facing a humanitarian crisis.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Extended by Five Days

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_249efa8cec.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) -- Both sides have agreed to a five-day extension of the existing cease-fire in Gaza, following extensive negotiations in Cairo. The extension was announced by both United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq and Azzam El Ahmad, head of the Palestinian delegation to the negotiations. The extension was accepted less than one hour before the end of a 72-hour cease-fire.

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