Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:15:00 GMT
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Apparent gas attack in Syria



An estimated 500 to 1,300 people were killed after government forces fired rockets containing chemical weapons into a rebel-controlled Damascus suburb on Wednesday, according to Syria's opposition. The government denied the allegations. The attack prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York and international pressure to allow UN experts to investigate the site. (© Erbin News - Demotix)
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  • An estimated 500 to 1,300 people were killed after government forces fired rockets containing chemical weapons into a rebel-controlled Damascus suburb on Wednesday, according to Syria's opposition. The government denied the allegations. The attack prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York and international pressure to allow UN experts to investigate the site. (© Erbin News - Demotix)
  • Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was released from Cairo's Tora prison on Aug. 22, where he was being held on corruption and other charges. An Egyptian court ruled that he could no longer be imprisoned and then next day he was flown to a military hospital and ordered to be held under house arrest. The release was seen as another symbolic development in the fight between pro-Morsi protesters and those who support the current military regime. (© Youssef Boudlal - Reuters)
  • One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for giving classified military documents to WikiLeaks, U.S. soldier Bradley Manning said that he wants to live as a woman. The 25-year-old released a statement outlining his wishes to begin hormone therapy and be known as Chelsea. (© Handout)
  • Disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai appeared in an eastern China courtroom on Aug. 22 to face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. The former Communist Party chief's trial is seen as the country's most politically charged case in more than three decades. Above, a policeman tries to stop a journalist from photographing as vehicles enter a gate of the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, where the trial took place. (© Carlos Barria - Reuters)
  • At a hearing in South Africa on Monday, Oscar Pistorius was indicted in the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He is charged with premeditated murder and will face a mandatory life sentence if found guilty. The Paralympic sprinter denies the charges and has said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder in the home. The trial is set to begin March 3. (© STR)
  • A train plowed into a group of Hindu pilgrims as it passed a station in eastern India on Aug. 19, killing at least 37 people. Officials said the train had been given clearance to pass the station, but some pilgrims attempted to stop it by standing on the tracks. The collision triggered a riot where a mob cleared the train, burned the carriages, and severely beat the driver. (© STRDEL - AFP - Getty Images)
  • Japan's Mount Sakurajima erupted again on Aug. 18, dumping enough ash onto the city of Kagoshima that residents wore raincoats and used umbrellas. This was the 500th time the volcano has blown this year, although experts don't see signs of an impending larger-scale eruption. (© HO - AP Images)
  • A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Mexico on Aug. 21, causing minor damage in popular travel destination Acapulco. No injuries were reported. Above, medics are evacuated from a private hospital in Mexico City after the quake. (© Edgard Garrido - Reuters)
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An estimated 500 to 1,300 people were killed after government forces fired rockets containing chemical weapons into a rebel-controlled Damascus suburb on Wednesday, according to Syria's opposition. The government denied the allegations. The attack prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in New York and international pressure to allow UN experts to investigate the site.

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