[As it happened] Newsday: Thursday, August 21

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[As it happened] Newsday: Thursday, August 21

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In summary

  • * The US carries out fresh airstrikes against Islamic State
  • * South Africa closes its borders to travellers from Ebola-affected countries
  • * US doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug leaves hospital
  • * Ukraine may dissolve parliament as early as August 24
  • * Russian aid convoy truck begin checks at Ukraine border
  • * Three military chiefs of Hamas killed in Israeli air strike
  • * Four Palestinians killed in air strike on funeral
  • * Richard Dawkins sparks Twitter controversy over Down’s syndrome remarks
  • * US secret service tried to rescue US journalist James Foley
  • * Thailand’s coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister