Tens of thousands of people took part in major protests in Washington, New York City and a number of other cities on Saturday, demonstrating against US police brutality towards African-Americans. Public outrage was first triggered by the police killings of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Garner in two separate incidents this summer, for which neither of the police officers responsible were indicted. These were followed by a number of fatal shootings of black American citizens in the subsequent months. The "Day of Anger" march was organized in New York, while the protest at Washington's Freedom Plaza was joined by the families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley and Trayvon Martin.
The armed conflict in Palestine, born out of weeks of tensions which followed the kidnapping and the subsequent murder of three Israeli teenagers and the killing of a Palestinian teen apparently done as an act of vengeance, continues to escalate, despite the repeated urgings by the UN and the US to cease hostilities. After airstrikes and bombardments from sea failed to stop the repeated rocket attacks by Palestinian militants, Israeli ground forces launched a major offensive which already resulted in significant civilian casualties.
ISIS is a Sunni militant group, which had been fighting in Syria until recently, led an attack on the western and northern regions of Iraq. ISIS militants captured Mosul, the capital of the northern Iraqi province of Manawa, a part of the Salah al-Din province, including its administrative center, the city of Tikrit and other territories. The militants also announced their intention to march on Baghdad. Recently ISIL declared Caliphate in captured territory and renamed itself as “Islamic State”.
The deadly outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever which started in southern Guinea and later spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone shows no signs of abating as 96 new cases and 7 deaths were reported from the latter two countries between 21 and 23 July 2014 only. The disease, which took its name from the Ebola River, the location site of one of the infected northern Congo villages during the first recorded outbreak in 1976, remains one of the deadliest viruses known to mankind. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the disease has a high death rate up to 90%. No cure or vaccine for Ebola has been found.