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


Here’s a brief look at some of the top news stories around the world for Aug. 14, 2015.

For the first time in 54 years, the American flag flies above @USEmbCuba. #Cuba ????????

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 14, 2015

U.S. raises flag over embassy in Cuba

In an historic ceremony in Havana, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presided over the raising of the American flag at the embassy Friday. However, Kerry said the U.S. would continue urging the Cuban government to bring "genuine democracy" to its people.

[Read more from Reuters]

ISIS 'caliph' sexually assaulted American hostage

American humanitarian worker Kayla Mueller, who was taken hostage by the Islamic State in 2013 and killed earlier this year, was raped multiple times by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the terrorist group. Her family told reporters that U.S. officials informed them of the abuse.

[Read more from ABC News]

Falling tree limb kills minors in Yosemite National Park

Authorities in the renowned California nature park say two campers, both under the age of 18, were killed in their sleep early Friday morning when a falling tree limb crushed their tent. Their names and exact ages have not yet been released.

[Read more from the Los Angeles Times]

Apple working on self-driving car?

The tech company has not commented on documents obtained by British newspaper The Guardian, which indicate that Apple's plans for a self-driving car isn't just gossip. Google, meanwhile, has been experiment with driverless automobiles near its California headquarters.

[Read more from USA Today]

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