Khmer Rouge and More: Breaking News for 8/7/14

Image: Adam Carr
Image: Adam Carr

Here are some of today’s important news stories:

“A U.N.-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia sentenced the two top surviving cadres of the Khmer Rouge regime to life in jail on Thursday after finding them guilty of crimes against humanity for their roles in the 1970s ‘killing fields’ revolution,” NBC News reports. Under the bloody regime, “At least 1.7 million people—a fifth of Cambodia’s population at the time—died of starvation, disease, overwork or execution,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Iraqi militants seized control Thursday of the country’s largest Christian city [Qaraqoush]—reportedly telling its residents to leave, convert or die,” Fox News reports.

Meanwhile, “Islamist insurgents from Boko Haram killed at least 50 people as they stormed a town in northeastern Nigeria,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Growing political heat and possible customer backlash helped dissuade Walgreen from trying to trim its tax bill by reorganizing overseas as part of an acquisition,” the Associated Press reports.

“About half of the nation’s federal criminal cases last year were filed in regions near the U.S.-Mexico border,” Kristin Tate reports for

“[T]he average age of industrial equipment is now almost 10.5 years old. That’s the oldest it has been since 1938,” John Azis writes for the Week.