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Flash Flood Watch issued August 20 at 3:51PM PDT until August 22 at 9:00PM PDT by NWS

...STORMS ON FRIDAY MAY PRODUCE FLASH FLOODING OR MUD SLIDES OVER NORTH CASCADE BURN SCARS... .SLOW MOVING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ON FRIDAY OVER THE NORTH WASHINGTON CASCADES. LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN WILL BE A POSSIBILITY IN AREAS RECENTLY BURNED BY WILDFIRES...INCLUDING THE CARLTON, CHIWAUKUM, LITTLE BRIDGE CREEK, DUNCAN, MILLS CREEK,

Overnight

Lo61° Mostly Clear

Thursday

Hi81° Sunny

Thursday Night

Lo61° Slight Chc Thunderstorms

Friday

Hi80° Heavy Rain

Friday Night

Lo59° Chance Thunderstorms

Saturday

Hi83° Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo58° Mostly Clear

Sunday

Hi84° Mostly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo64° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi86° Sunny

Ukrainian government troops take over much of Luhansk

DONETSK, Ukraine — After days of constant street battles, Ukrainian troops took control today of a large part of the rebel stronghold in Luhansk, a government spokesman announced, while battles around the rebel’s largest city of Donetsk left at least 52 people dead.

Pakistan’s army chief wants mass protests settled

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Officials in Pakistan say the country’s powerful army chief has asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament.

Clashes erupt in quarantined slum

MONROVIA, Liberia — Hundreds of residents of a seaside slum in Liberia’s capital clashed with security forces today to protest an armed blockade of the peninsula that is their neighborhood as part of the government’s desperate efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes today after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

Pakistan troops to guard parliament

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Interior Minister says soldiers will guard the country’s parliament and the capital’s so-called “Red Zone” ahead of a planned mass anti-government rally.

Israel launches airstrikes across Gaza

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it has carried out a series of airstrikes across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire. There was no immediate word on casualties from the strikes.

Iraqi army, militants clash west of Baghdad

BAGHDAD — Clashes between Iraqi troops and Sunni militants west of Baghdad killed at least four children today as the United Nations announced its highest level of emergency for the humanitarian crisis ignited by the advance of Islamic militants across much of the country’s north and west.

African medics die of Ebola, drug debate continues

SIERRA LEONE — A leading physician in Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola has died from the disease, an official said today, as it emerged that another top doctor last month was considered for an experimental treatment.

Asbestos pushed as product for the poor

VAISHALI, India — The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at a conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world’s poorest people.

Ebola outbreak declared a public health emergency

LONDON — The World Health Organization today declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

Gaza truce ends with renewed violence

GAZA CITY — Gaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel today, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

Iran is mum on journalists’ arrests

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it could not provide details of what crimes several journalists, including a Washington Post reporter, were suspected of committing before they were arrested two weeks ago.

Snowden granted residency by Russia

WASHINGTON — Russia has granted a three-year residency permit to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who has leaked thousands of top-secret documents on the agency’s communications collection programs, his lawyer announced today.
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U.N. tribunal convicts Khmer Rouge leaders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — They were leaders of Cambodia’s infamous Khmer Rouge, the fanatical communist movement behind a 1970s reign of terror that transformed this entire Southeast Asian nation into a ruthless slave state — a place where cities were emptied of their inhabitants, religion and schools were banned, and anyone deemed a threat was executed.

Militants seize largest dam in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Sunni militants from the Islamic State group today seized Iraq’s largest dam, placing them in control of enormous power and water resources and access to the river that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

Russia bans food imports from West

MOSCOW — Russia banned most food imports from the West today in retaliation for sanctions over Ukraine, an unexpectedly sweeping move that will cost farmers in North America, Europe and Australia billions of dollars but will also likely lead to empty shelves in Russian cities.
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Liberia enforces Ebola quarantine

MONROVIA, Liberia — Soldiers clamped down on people trying to travel to Liberia’s capital today from rural areas hard-hit by the Ebola virus hours after the president declared a national state of emergency.