China expects to establish its first space station by around 2022, building upon the experience of an experimental module already in orbit, state media said on Wednesday. via China eyes first space station by around 2022 | Reuters.
Amnesty International said on Wednesday it had documented evidence of war crimes by both sides in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. via Amnesty says evidence both sides committed war crimes in Ukraine | Reuters.
The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to more than 400 on Tuesday, with thousands still trapped on rooftops and residents criticizing Indian and Pakistani authorities for not doing enough to help them. via Hundreds die in India, Pakistan after heaviest rain
Prime Minister David Cameron begged Scots on Wednesday not to rip apart Britain’s “family of nations”, visiting Scotland in an attempt to stem a steep rise in secessionist support ahead of a Sept. 18 referendum on independence. via British PM begs Scots: Don’t rip apart our UK ‘family of nations’
Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian on Wednesday during a raid on a West Bank refugee camp, Palestinian medics and the Israeli military said. via Israeli troops kill Palestinian during West Bank raid | Reuters.
Syrian Islamist insurgent group Ahrar al-Sham has appointed a new leader and military chief after their predecessors were killed in a blast on Tuesday, a video statement from the group said. via Syrian Islamist group names new leader after blast: video | Reuters.
Ukraine’s president said on Wednesday Russia had removed the bulk of its forces from his country, raising hopes for a peace drive now underway after five months of conflict in which more than 3,000 people have been killed. via Ukraine says Russia withdrawing forces from east, sees boost for peace
When Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh described Islamic State and al Qaeda as “kharijites” last month, he was casting them as the ultimate heretics of Muslim history, a sect that caused the faith’s first and most traumatic schism. via Saudi Arabia’s clerics condemn IS but preach intolerance
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged President Bashar al-Assad to seek a political solution to Syria’s war, saying this would help international efforts against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday. via U.N.’s Ban urges Assad to seek political solution to Syria crisis | Reuters.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday as he began a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial support to defeat Islamic State militants controlling parts of Iraq and Syria. via Kerry in Iraq to back government, build support against Islamic State