WORLD: Ramadan begins
Pictured above, a Palestinian boy plays with fireworks to celebrate the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Throughout Ramadan, devout Muslims abstain from food, drink and sex from dawn until dark. See images of Ramadan observances here.
NATIONAL: Debt deal reached
Two days before the country defaulted, the government reached a deal to cut spending and raise the debt ceiling. Now Washington can go back to talking about important things, like the heat index. Who won and who lost in the debt ceiling fight? Find out here.
WORLD: At least 100 killed in Syria
Syrian forces trained their guns on protesters at locations across the country, and killed at least 100. The violent crackdown was seen as an attempt to quell protests before Ramadan began, but it may have the opposite effect.
TECH: Foxconn to hire up to 1 million robots
The China-based company that manufactures Apple products plans to increase its dependence on robots. Foxconn was the focus of media scrutiny after several of its workers committed suicide, and the company installed anti-suicide nets around the factory.