Around the World in 60 Seconds: Today's top headlines


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 18, 2015.

U.S. Army's Ranger School to graduate first women, but...

In an historic development, two women will be among those graduating this week from the Ranger School, which trains elite commandos in Fort Benning, Georgia. However, whether the two can actually join the Rangers remains uncertain under current Pentagon regulations regarding women in combat roles.

[Read more from CNN]

Thailand releases images of suspected Bangkok bomber

The person who appears in newly released security footage walking into a popular Bangkok shrine and leaving a backpack under a bench shortly before the site exploded Monday is now the subject of a manhunt. Thailand authorities say it is "quite clear he is the perpetrator" in the attack.

[Read more from ABC Australia]

Update: Rosie O'Donnell's daughter is found after going missing

Comedian Rosie O'Donnell said late Tuesday afternoon her 17-year-old daughter, Chelsea O'Donnell, has been found safe after going missing last week.

[Read more from 4NBC New York]

White House gains first transgender staffer

Transgender advocates are praising the White House for hiring its first openly transgender staff member. Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, a transgender woman, will serve the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in a recruitment role.

[Read more from Reuters]

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