10 things you need to know today: September 3, 2014


This is really helpful. I like this feature. Hugs, Barbara

The Fifth Column

In Estonia, President Obama reacts to a question about murdered journalist Steven Sotloff. In Estonia, President Obama reacts to a question about murdered journalist Steven Sotloff. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The Week

ISIS beheads a second U.S. journalist, Ukraine prematurely announces a cease-fire, and more

1. ISIS video shows beheading of a second U.S. reporter
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video Tuesday showing the apparent beheading of American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, who was kidnapped in Syria in August 2013 and appeared in the video of fellow American journalist James Foley’s murder last month. In the new clip, verified as authentic by U.S. intelligence, a masked figure said the killing was in retaliation for the U.S. air campaign against ISIS in Iraq. President Obama said Wednesday that the U.S. would “not be intimidated” by ISIS’ acts of “barbarism.” [The New York Times, Los Angeles Times]

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2. Ukraine announces a long-term truce, then retracts it
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WATCH: Awesome Irish nuns take ice bucket challenge


Global News

Just when you thought you’ve seen every possible version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a group of Irish nuns come along to do it.

The Dublin-based Redemptoristine order of nuns, may be an enclosed community, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun, see the above video as evidence.

Only problem, they forgot to nominate someone. But I think Pope Francis would have been at the top of their list.

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