The US Pentagon is to announce it will lift a ban on women serving in frontline combat. The policy change will open up thousands of jobs to women who have been kept out from frontline positions and elite commandos.
The shooting of Michael Brown has revived debates about race and policing in the US. Not just over the killing - but the response to the protests that followed and what's being called the "militarization" of the police.
The US has reported that Russia could soon move heavy weaponry into Ukraine. EU officials have proposed new sanctions in the wake of recent allegations that Russia had a hand in bringing down a Malaysia Airlines flight.
Is delivering weapons to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters the only way that Germany can contribute to combating IS militants in Iraq? DW's Felix Steiner has some doubts.
UN humanitarian undersecretary Valerie Amos has demanded a halt to the violence in Gaza, saying "so many children" are among the more than 700 Palestinians killed. Israel says the toll among its troops has risen to 32.
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