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US military 'tried to free Foley' The Pentagon says a US secret mission tried but failed to free US hostages in Syria, reportedly including murdered reporter James Foley. Details Israel PM vows further Gaza campaign Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows a continued campaign against Gaza militants, amid renewed fighting between the two sides. Details Silva runs for Brazilian presidency The Brazilian Socialist Party names environmental campaigner Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing the Eduardo Campos who died last week. Details Khan refuses to join Pakistan talks Opposition leader Imran Khan has refused to join talks to end days of protests in Islamabad, saying they would be "no use" unless the Prime Minister resigns. Details Russia convoy 'near Ukraine customs' Four lorries from a 280-strong Russian aid convoy move into the customs zone near Ukraine's border, a Ukrainian security official says. Details Iceland evacuates area near volcano Authorities in Iceland complete the evacuation of an area close to the country's Bardarbunga volcano over fears of an impending eruption. Details UN begins huge aid drop in Iraq The UN says it has begun its largest aid operation for a decade as it attempts to reach half a million people in northern Iraq. Details Liberia troops enforce Ebola lockdown Security forces in Liberia's capital deploy to enforce a quarantine in a large slum area in order to contain the spread of Ebola, setting off protests. Details Guatemalan top general dies in crash The chief of the armed forces in Guatemala, General Rudy Ortiz, has died in a military helicopter crash near the border with Mexico, the Guatemalan government says. Details Russia shuts four Moscow McDonald's Russia's main consumer watchdog has shut a number of McDonald's restaurants in Moscow as part of an investigation into food standards. Details Attorney General arrives in Ferguson The US Attorney General arrives in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of continuing protests over the police shooting of a black teenager. Details Iran MPs dismiss science minister Iran's parliament votes to dismiss Science Minister Reza Faraji-Dana, dealing a blow to reformist President Hassan Rouhani. Details VIDEO: Bush takes Ice Bucket Challenge President George W Bush has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge, after a nomination from his daughter Jenna Bush Hager, Rory McIlroy, Woody Johnson, and Jim Harbaugh. Details