India Invites Pakistani Leader To Swearing-in
India invited the prime minister of its archrival Pakistan to the swearing-in of its new leader, Narendra Modi. Invitations were extended to the heads of all eight countries in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, which includes Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Indian external affairs ministry said. "This is the first time that India has invited all SAARC members to attend a swearing-in ceremony of a prime minister," ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.
Attorney General Arrives In Ferguson
Attorney General Eric Holder landed Wednesday in St. Louis and made his way toward the troubled suburb of Ferguson, where he planned to check in on the federal investigation into the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. The attorney general landed hours after an 11th night of protests against the killing. In a message to the people of Ferguson, published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder promised a “fair and thorough” federal inquiry.
Futures Little Changed With Fed Minutes On Tap
U.S. stocks inched higher Wednesday after two days of gains, ahead of the release of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting, as investors brushed off bleak earnings forecasts from some retailers like Lowe's and Target. Investors will peruse the Fed minutes, which will be Wednesday, for clues on how soon the central bank plans to hike interest rates.
Anything Could Happen During Beyonce's VMAs Performance This Weekend!
Can you even WAIT for Beyoncé's upcoming VMAs performance this weekend?! People really have NO idea what to expect from Bey's performance. There are SO many possibilities. Will she be up there all by herself?? Or will someone join her on stage?! If so, WHO?! A guest appearance isn't all the BeyHive wants to happen, anything is possible!
Latest Ferguson Protests Are Smaller, More Subdued
Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke. The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. And tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers. But the overall scene was more subdued than the past five nights, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas. Police said they still made 47 arrests, mainly of people who defied orders to disperse. The slight easing of tensions preceded Attorney General Eric Holder's planned visit to the area on Wednesday. He was expected to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death, as well as with community leaders.
Robin Williams To Be Honored By Billy Crystal At The 2014 Emmy Awards
Robin Williams is getting a special tribute at the 2014 Emmy Awards. Williams' longtime friend, former Father's Day co-star and fellow comedian Billy Crystal will lead a tribute to the late actor during this Monday's awards ceremony in L.A. Emmys producer Don Mischer confirmed the news today, saying, "We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable. Billy seemed like the perfect choice." This will be the first time Crystal has spoken at length about Williams' death. Crystal did not release a statement following his passing. He simply took to Twitter several days ago to write, "No words." Williams, 63, was found dead at his home on Aug. 11 after committing suicide.
Vine Finally Lets You Import Videos From Your Phone
Vine is granting the wishes of every star and amateur on its platform by allowing users to import existing videos. The absence of this feature on Vine, until now, resulted in some opting for Instagram instead; the platform lets you upload 15-second videos, as opposed to Vine's six seconds that you couldn't pull from elsewhere. In addition to video import, the Vine app (on iOS only for now) will also let you edit the imported video. You can duplicate portions of the video and mute the audio; instead of being forced to preview the entire video before editing, you can now preview your last addition on the capture screen and even delete that portion of your Vine from the same screen.
U.S. Hits ISIS From Air Near Mosul Dam
American warplanes launched 11 strikes overnight against the militant group ISIS near the Mosul Dam in Iraq. At least some of the strikes were launched after ISIS released a video purporting to show the beheading of an American journalist and threatening the life of a second unless the United States ends the airstrikes. Earlier this week, Kurdish soldiers drove ISIS fighters from the dam, the most important in Iraq, which supplies power and water to millions of people. The Kurds thanked the United States for helping dislodge ISIS with airstrikes.
Another American Hostage At Risk By Islamic State
In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley and, U.S. officials say, are threatening to kill another hostage. Even so, the U.S. military pressed ahead with its campaign, conducting nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday. The White House must now balance the risks of adopting an aggressive policy to destroy the Islamic State against resisting any action that could result in the death of another American. U.S. officials confirmed a grisly video released Tuesday showing Islamic State militants beheading Foley. 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."
As tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, have bubbled, one official after another has taken the lead, grappling to figure out how to stop it from coming to a boil. First, it was the police chief who took charge and stumbled. Then, the governor entered the picture and brought on a Ferguson son to head security. The feds have also stepped in, with Attorney General Eric Holder stopping by Wednesday to check up on their investigation. Those are the main players who have shaped the city's response to the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, at the hands of a white police officer.