Construction on Bulgaria's portion of the South Stream natural gas pipeline will be frozen until the European Commission makes a decision on the project, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said Aug. 5, Itar-Tass reported.
Chinese authorities are planning a system to monitor and record the integrity of actors on its capital market, China News Service reported Aug. 5, citing an official with the China Securities Regulatory Commission, who spoke to Shanghai Securities News.
Eight members of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic were injured in Donetsk city late Aug. 4 when an explosive device detonated as a group of armed separatists passed by, Interfax reported Aug. 5.
An unnamed member of the Israeli Cabinet said Aug. 4 that if a cease-fire agreement is announced from Cairo, Israeli leaders will weigh the possibility of sending an envoy to the truce talks, Ynet reported.
The United States has reportedly agreed Aug. 4 to provide weapons to Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces to help in combating Islamic State militants, according to a high-ranking Kurdish source, Rudaw reported.