For the US and its allies, Mount Sinjar is a success story: a humanitarian disaster alleviated by US air power. But hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis – mostly sick and old – remain atop the mountain, with no relief on its way.

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CultureHISTORY: #MikeBrown Funeral - August 2014 

  1. Mike Brown casket w/ St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap
  2. Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden at her son’s service
  3. Attendees united in song
  4. Funeral attendees
  5. Memorial including long line of roses at Mike Brown’s murder site
  6. A painting & memorial from Atlanta, GA

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The rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.

Photos: JB Forbes / St Louis Post-Dispatch via AP; Wikimedia Commons

Michael Brown funeral: Thousands of mourners are expected at the funeral of Michael Brown, the African American teenager whose death at the hands of a white police officer set off days of confrontation on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.

White House officials and civil rights activist Al Sharpton are scheduled to attend. Follow live coverage of the funeral 

Photo: Reuters 


Artist Eric Drooker shares the inspiration behind next week’s cover, “Ferguson, Missouri.”

A former top US general has called on Barack Obama to order the destruction the militant group responsible for murdering American journalist James Foley amid conflicting views in the administration on how to respond to the atrocity. Full story here

Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA

National guard ordered to withdraw from Ferguson 

Missouri governor Jay Nixon has ordered the national guard to withdraw from Ferguson after two nights of relative calm, ending a controversial deployment and raising hopes of a return to normality in a city wracked by protest and violence. 

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Ferguson, 11 days on: “We are sitting on a powder keg” 

"Just about the only thing clear through the fog of noxious gas clouding Ferguson’s streets is the burning, implacable rage of Brown’s peers against the police and their political masters"

Read our special report 

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Evacuation orders have been sent to some 13,000 phone numbers as an out-of-control wildfire bears down on a community near Yosemite National Park in central California.

Air tankers and helicopters have been used to tackle the blaze, which is burning near a propane business with 30,000 gallon tanks on the site. 

Read the full story here

Photo: Eric Paul Zamora/AP

The number of migrant bodies recovered by Border Patrol in the southern US nearly doubled from 1998 to 2005, and, after a drop in the late aughts, is on the rise once more.

Special report: Inside the migrant crisis in south Texas