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Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 13, 2015.

Unprecedented El Niño would not be enough to break California's drought

Experts say the El Niño currently forming in the Pacific may bring potentially dangerous rains to California, but it might not provide much relief from the Golden State's historic drought. Weather experts say the forthcoming El Niño – a weather phenomenon caused by warming waters – may be among the most powerful they've seen in decades.

[Read more from NBC News]

 (Photo: Ken Piorkowski, Flickr)

(Photo: Ken Piorkowski, Flickr)

Connecticut bans death penalty

In a 4-3 vote, the Connecticut Supreme Court overturned the state's death penalty on Thursday. The decision came after an appeal from the lawyers of one of the men on death row; he and the ten other convicts who had been slated for execution will be spared.

[Read more from CNN]

 Allies Iraqi forces trooper in Anbar Province (Photo: Getty Images)

Allies Iraqi forces trooper in Anbar Province (Photo: Getty Images)

In move against ISIS, Iraqi provincial governor fires all advisors and aides

As part of an Iraqi government plan to bolster its effort against the militant Islamic State, the governor of Anbar province – a hot spot in the battle against the terrorist group – has dismissed all his aides. The move is aimed at rooting out government "corruption and incompetence."

[Read more from Reuters]

EPA: River polluted by disastrous spill 'restoring itself'

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said that the water quality of the Animas River is returning to "pre-incident" conditions. EPA workers inadvertently caused a toxic waste spill in the multi-state river system last week.

[Read more from the New York Times]

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