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  Rebel City: 34 Killed In Fighting In 24 Hours
       Associated Press  
    KIEV, Ukraine  Aug 20: Fighting in Ukraine´s eastern region of Donetsk has killed 34 residents and wounded 29 others in the past day, authorities said Wednesday.

Government troops aiming to quell the pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine are trying to encircle Donetsk, the largest city still in rebel hands, and also drive the rebels out of the city of Luhansk. Several neighborhoods in Donetsk have been hit with artillery fire in the last few days as fighting on the outskirts has intensified.

  36 Dead, 7 Missing In Hiroshima Landslides
       Associated Press  
    TOKYO (AP) Aug 20: Japanese police say the death toll from rain-triggered landslides on the outskirts of Hiroshima has risen to 36, with seven other people still missing.

Public broadcaster NHK showed rescue workers suspended by ropes from police helicopters pulling victims from the rubble. Others gingerly climbed into windows as they searched for survivors in crushed homes.

  111-year-old From Japan Recognized As Oldest Man
       Associated Press  
    TOKYO, Aug 20: A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world´s oldest living man.

Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, who died in June at the age of 111 years, 164 days.

  US Officials: Video Shows American's Beheading
    WASHINGTON, Aug 20: A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.

Separately, Foley´s family confirmed his death in a statement posted on a Facebook page that was created to rally support for his release, saying they "have never been prouder of him."

  3 Receiving Untested Ebola Drug Improving
       Associated Press  
    MONROVIA, Liberia, Aug 19 :  Three Liberian health workers receiving an experimental drug to treat Ebola are showing signs of recovery, officials said Tuesday.

The three are being treated with the last known doses of ZMapp, which had earlier been given to two infected Americans and a Spaniard. The Americans are also improving, but the Spaniard died.

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