Photos of the day - August 20, 2014

A man is doused with milk and sprayed with mist after being hit by an eye irritant from security forces trying to disperse demonstrators protesting against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, a worker takes a selfie before removing a yellow and blue Ukrainian flag attached by protesters atop Stalin-era skyscraper in Moscow, Russia and Juan Ignacio Conil Vila pulls down the shorts of Faraj Fartass during their Rugby Sevens Final match at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPA/Reuters)

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Journalist James Foley

Journalist James Foley, captured and held six weeks while covering the uprising in Libya, knew the risks when he went to Syria in 2012 to cover the escalating violence there. It didn’t matter. He was a journalist at heart, once saying he’d cover local news if it meant doing the job he loved.

Foley was snatched again in Syria in November 2012 when the car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a battle zone that Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. A video posted Tuesday purportedly showed his execution, but officials in Washington were still working to verify its authenticity. (AP)

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Fatal shooting of teenager sparks protests

Police and protesters in Ferguson were finally able to share the streets again at night, putting aside for at least a few hours some of the hostility that had filled those hours with tear gas and smoke.

The St. Louis suburb still had plenty of lively protest Tuesday over the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Tensions rose briefly when someone hurled a bottle at officers.

But the overall scene was more subdued than the past five nights, with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas. Police said they still made 47 arrests, mainly of people who defied orders to disperse. (AP)

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Chicago hostage standoff

Negotiators worked late into the night in an effort to persuade two men barricaded in a home in the southern Chicago suburb of Harvey to end their standoff with police and release the last of six children and two adults they took hostage.

Four of the children had been released after hours of talks between the suspects and hostage negotiators. Authorities say the two men took the captives after Harvey police responded to a call of a burglary in progress at a home about 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. There was an exchange of gunfire that left two officers wounded. (AP)

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Landslides engulf homes in Japan

At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan on Wednesday, when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, and the toll could rise further, police said.

Seven people were missing after a month’s worth of rain fell overnight, loosening slopes already saturated by heavy rain over the past few weeks. (Reuters)

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Flooding in Phoenix

Flooding from heavy monsoon season rains in the Phoenix area forced authorities on Tuesday to close several major roads, including a portion of Interstate 17, while elsewhere firefighters rescued multiple motorists and a small trailer park was evacuated.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for much of the metro area and north of the city where up to 8 inches of rain has fallen in some of the mountainous regions along the interstate.

The storms are expected to affect a large area of the state throughout the day. (AP)

(Photos by AP Photo/ABC15 TV, AP Photo/Matt York (4))

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Photos of the day - August 19, 2014

UConn students from fish at Shenipsit Lake in Tolland, Conn. during sunset, a Palestinian boy fleeing with his family from their house in the Shejaia neighborhood in Gaza City and a view of the renovated banquet hall of Moritzburg Castle in Moritzburg, Germany are some of the photos of the day. (AP/EPAReuters)

Pictures made from keys

This quirky collection of photos proves that a little imagination is the key to a good a picture. By simply using a collection of keys and a strip of chalk, photographer, Stanislav Aristov, 32, is able to re-create everyday scenes and objects.

Inspired by a fictional civilization known as the Key Masters from Russian sci-fi novel, Spectrum. Stanislav wanted to show that even the simplest of items can help change your view on the world.

After acquiring a large selection of keys from friends and family as well as local charity shops, Stanislav then went about scrawling anything from a key shaped rain drops to a key-eyed crab. (Caters News)

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Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200
STORY: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. Read the full story »
GRAPHIC: Confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, as of August 19, 2014. (Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan/WHO)
PHOTOS: Ebola outbreak in West Africa »
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Liberia fights Ebola in capital, West Africa toll tops 1,200

STORY: Liberia battled on Tuesday to halt the spread of the Ebola disease in its crowded, run-down oceanside capital Monrovia, recording the most new deaths as fatalities from the world’s worst outbreak of the deadly virus rose above 1,200. Read the full story »

GRAPHIC: Confirmed, probable, and suspect cases and deaths from Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, as of August 19, 2014. (Yahoo News/Gordon Donovan/WHO)

PHOTOS: Ebola outbreak in West Africa »

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