April 3rd, 2015

  • 147 people, most of them students, have been killed in an Al-Shabaab assault on Garissa University in northeastern Kenya.
  • The Guardian profiles Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
  • Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan lost his re-election bid to challenger General Muhammadu Buhari (see headline “Goodnight for Goodluck.”)
  • An internal inquiry found that UN peacekeepers in Maliused “unauthorized and excessive force” when they fired at and killed three civilians in January outside their base in Gao.
  • Tunisia plans to reopen a relationship with Syria in an effort to track the thousands of Tunisian militants fighting for groups like the Islamic State inside Iraq and Syria.
  • According to the UN, over 25,000 foreigners have left home to join Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in countries like Iraq and Syria.
  • American military aid to Egypt has been unfrozen.
  • In 2014, Israel killed the highest number of Palestinianssince 1967: 2,312, roughly two-thirds of whom were civilians.
  • The Palestine Marathon, held in Bethlehem, purposefully draws attention to the physical constraints of daily life on the Gaza Strip or in the occupied West Bank.
  • Palestine formally joined the International Criminal Court.
  • Houthi fighters seized the presidential palace and parts of central Aden, despite Saudi airstrikes. Reports today, though, say they have partially pulled back after fighting with gunmen loyal to the president.
  • Yemeni civilians, facing death from airstrikes and street battles, are also facing severe supply shortages.
  • Sharif Mobley, an American man in Yemeni prison, made a rare phone call to his lawyers, saying that the base where he is detained is being bombed.
  • Al Qaeda militants broke 270 inmates out of prison in coastal Yemen, including senior Al Qaeda member Khaled Batarfi.
  • Former Syrian detainees and victims of government torture are having difficulty obtaining visas to come and testify about their experiences in the United States.
  • Choose your own escape route: a BBC interactive uses stories from Syrian refugees fleeing to Europe to detail the difficulties of the journey.
  • Imams join Shi’ite militiamen on Iraq’s battlefields.
  • The Islamic State seized a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria.
  • The Iraqi city of Tikrit has reportedly been liberated from the Islamic State.
  • Negotiators have announced a framework agreement in nuclear talks with Iran, the culmination of 18 months of bargaining.
  • Here are the main points of the deal as it stands now.
  • Iranians are celebrating in the streets.
  • Afghanistan’s well-known war carpets, featuring Russian tanks and Kalashnikov rifles, now use images of drones in their designs.
  • Freelance journalist Ahmed Wali Sarhadi was severely beaten by police in Zabul province after reporting on police misbehavior.
  • An explosion at a protest in southeastern Afghanistan on Thursday killed at least sixteen people.
  • A group of Uzbeks in northern Afghanistan pledgedallegiance to the Islamic State.
  • Six men have been sentenced to death on terrorism charges in Pakistan’s new military courts.
  • Muhaned Mahmoud al-Farekh, an American thought to be an Al Qaeda operative, was detained in Pakistan and flown to New York to face trial.
  • A Bangladeshi blogger, Washiqur Rahman, was stabbed to death in Dhaka – the second such murder of a progressive blogger in Dhaka in a matter of weeks.
  • Thailand has lifted martial law only to replace it with “Article 44,” a set of restrictive laws meant to boost the junta’s international image while maintaining its level of control.
  • Ukraine rejected Georgia’s request to extradite former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili.
  • Crimea’s only Tatar-language TV station, ATR, has beenshut down. The Russian media regulator, Roskomnadzor, rejected four of the station’s applications for a new license and ended its broadcasting on Wednesday.
  • A Nagorno-Karabakh soldier was killed this weekend by Azerbaijani gunfire.
  • A Human Rights Watch researcher was detained for over 30 hours at the airport by Azerbaijani authorities and then expelled from the country after attempting to enter and attend the trials of two rights activists.
  • Russian artists speak about the pressure to self-censor.
  • A Russian artist is painting a marathon of portraits of Boris Nemtsov, intending to continue until his killers are brought to justice.
  • In Ukraine, Russia shifts to training separatists.
  • Norway reverts to Cold War era uncertainties in the face of a more aggressive Russia.
  • Russia is about to make 10 billion euro loan to Hungary to finance a nuclear power plant and curry favor with one of its closest EU allies.
  • The Marshall Islands is persisting in its legal efforts to force action on nuclear disarmament in the United States after a federal judge dismissed the case.
  • The FBI says that a raid in the Philippines in January that killed more than 40 police commandos was successful in killing a well-known Malaysian militant known as Marwan.
  • Chelsea Manning has joined Twitter. The account, @xychelsea, will be run by her supporters, who will take comments from her via phone.
  • A shooting on Monday at the NSA headquarters at Fort Meade left one dead and one injured.
  • A new sanctions program is in place that allows for the first time the US to impose sanctions on people overseas who engage in cyber attacks.
  • Seymour Hersh talks investigative journalism and My Lai to the Columbia Journalism Review.

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