TODAY'S WORLD HEADLINES

US admits long war ahead vs Islamic State 22-Aug-14, 7:32 AM | Daniel de Luce, Agence France-Presse

Man behind ALS Ice Bucket Challenge dies in diving accident 22-Aug-14, 1:02 AM | Agence France-Presse

Two Americans with Ebola leave Atlanta hospital 21-Aug-14, 10:44 PM | Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse

Fears and rumors of Ebola stalk Freetown-Paris flight 12:13 am | Samir Tounsi, Agence France-Presse Chinese people fleeing Ebola, angry Africans, understaffed flight crew, rumors and fears: the Air France flight from Sierra Leone’s Freetown to Paris seemed to encapsulate the global panic in the face of the Ebola outbreak.

India minister stirs anger by making light of Delhi gang rape case India minister stirs anger by making light of Delhi gang rape case 11:37 pm | Sanjeev Miglani and Rajesh Kumar Singh, Reuters Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley faced criticism on Friday for making light of the gang…

Lucky koala Sir Chompsalot gets kiss of life Lucky koala Sir Chompsalot gets kiss of life 11:18 pm | Agence France-Presse A lucky koala was recovering Friday after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious…

Gunmen execute 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza; Israel launches air strikes Gunmen execute 18 alleged collaborators in Gaza; Israel launches air strikes 10:41 pm | Nidal Al-Mughrabi and Allyn Fisher-Ilan, Reuters Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, a…

Nigeria confirms 2 new cases of Ebola; WHO draws up strategy to combat virus Nigeria confirms 2 new cases of Ebola; WHO draws up strategy to combat virus 10:11 pm | Reuters Nigeria confirmed two new cases of Ebola, both in patients who caught the disease from…

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WALK THE TALK | Angara asks Abad to post realigned budget savings WALK THE TALK | Angara asks Abad to post realigned budget savings Budget Secretary Florencio Abad should walk the talk in trumpeting transparency and accountability in governance by posting all realigned budgetary savings on the Department of…

PLDT further pares down stake in Germany\ PLDT further pares down stake in Germany's Rocket Internet One of Rocket's partners in several business, HV's entry reduced PLDT's stake to 8.4 percent.

JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign JPMorgan customers targeted in email phishing campaign Fraudsters are targeting JPMorgan Chase & Co customers in an email “phishing” campaign that is unusual because it attempts to collect credentials for that bank…

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'DIRECT INVASION' | Ukraine hurls accusation as Russian aid trucks move in 7:09 pm | Agence France-Presse \Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Japan mulls building its own fighter jets: report 6:18 pm | Agence France Presse Japan mulls building its own fighter jets: reportJapan is considering building its own fighter jets after years of playing second fiddle in a US construction partnership, a report said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke fears of its military resurgence among Asian neighbors.

GPS measures western US drought, finds Earth rising 5:48 pm | Agence France-Presse GPS measures western US drought, finds Earth risingScientists using GPS technology to study the extent of the western US drought said Thursday the water shortage is causing parts of the Earth's crust to rise.

Gambling, IT, booze addictions rife in Japan: study 5:43 pm | Hiroshi Hiyama, Agence France-Presse Gambling, IT, booze addictions rife in Japan: studyNearly five percent of Japanese adults are addicted to gambling, a rate up to five times that of most other nations, according to a study.

Global warming 'hiatus' likely due to Atlantic Ocean: study 5:02 pm | Xinhua Global warming \Researchers from the United States and China on Thursday explained why the rapid global warming in the late 20th century has been slowing down over the last 15 years.

Australia defends children's detention as 'effective' deterrent vs asylum-seekers 1:41 pm | Agence France-Presse Australia defends children\Australia's immigration minister Friday strongly defended his government's policy of detaining asylum-seeker children in camps, saying it was 'effective' in deterring others from boarding boats destined for its shores.

Amid outward calm, climate of fear cements Thai military rule 1:11 pm | Reuters Amid outward calm, climate of fear cements Thai military ruleAllegations of abuse in military custody, plus signs of defiance on Thai campuses, undermine the junta's claim that it is 'returning happiness to the people'.

Widodo clears last hurdle to Indonesian presidency, reforms 12:58 pm | Sam Reeves, Agence France-Presse Widodo clears last hurdle to Indonesian presidency, reformsWith a legal challenge by his rival defeated, Indonesia's Joko Widodo has swept away the last barrier to the presidency and an ambitious reform agenda after an unlikely rise from his upbringing in a riverside slum.

Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-up 12:47 pm | Agence France-Presse Senegal closes border as UN warns on Ebola flare-upThe United Nations pointperson for global response to Ebola says he wants health systems primed to deal with a flare-up if necessary.

Japan landslide toll feared to more than double 11:59 am | Hiroshi Hiyama, Agence France-Presse Japan landslide toll feared to more than doubleThe death toll from catastrophic landslides in western Japan could more than double, police said Friday, as the number of missing people rose to 52 in addition to the 39 confirmed dead.

Malaysia falls silent in honor of returning MH17 dead 11:33 am | M Jegathesan, Agence France-Presse Malaysia falls silent in honor of returning MH17 deadBlack-clad Malaysians paused for a minute of silence Friday on a nationwide day of mourning held to welcome home the first remains of its 43 citizens killed in the MH17 disaster.

More than 400 Pinoys back from Libya 10:18 am | Philippine News Agency More than 400 Pinoys back from LibyaA third government-chartered plane carrying more than 400 Filipinos evacuated from war-torn Libya arrived in Manila Thursday night.