26th June

  • New this morning – an attack on a factory in Lyon has left a man decapitated. Early reports are labeling this a terror attack. The Guardian is updating the story live.
  • A new video from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb shows two Western hostages –– the last Westerners currently held in Mali –– Swede Johan Gustofsson and South African Stephen McGowan.
  • A peace accord has been signed to quell the conflict in Mali. The question is: how long will it last?
  • According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an all-time high of 18 journalists are currently imprisoned in Egypt. Deutsche Welle speaks to Cairo-based Emir Nader about life as a political journalist in Egypt.
  • Boko Haram attacked a fish market in Maiduguri, Nigeria, with two suicide bombs, killing 30.
  • Burundi’s vice president, Gervais Rufyikiri, has fled to Belgium and called for President Nkurunziza to end his bid for a third term.
  • A third allegation of sexual abuse has emerged against UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.
  • South Sudan peace talks will resume in Addis Ababa in July.
  • Al-Shabaab fighters claim to have taken control of an army base in southern Somalia.
  • The Long War Journal identifies over 100 militant training camps in Iraq and Syria.
  • An Islamic State attack on the Syrian town of Kobani has killed 146 civilians. The group’s attack on the northeast of Syria has displaced 60,000.
  • The Syrian Army reopened a crucial oil supply route near Palmyra, still under Islamic State control.
  • The Islamic State destroyed two of Palmyra’s ancient shrines and launched a new currency.
  • A BBC journalist corresponds with an Islamic State recruit to try and understand why he picked militancy. And a reporter at The Guardian similarly investigates the young women who travel to become militants’ brides.
  • The Islamic State released a video showing the gruesome deaths by fire, drowning and explosives of men accused of helping the US.
  • The Palestinian foreign minister delivered files on Israeli attacks on Gaza and settlement construction in the West Bank and East Jerusalem to ICC prosecutors.
  • The reconstruction of Gaza proceeds at a “snail’s pace.”
  • Israel has released Hamas political leader Hassan Yusef, a year after his arrest.
  • The peace talks over Yemen ended with no deal and a UN envoy has warned of the deprivation and danger enveloping the country.
  • New Snowden documents reveal the involvement of UK and Australian intelligence in a 2012 drone strike in Yemen.
  • Vanity Fair article details a deadly con – fake bomb detectors that roped in the Iraqi government for millions.
  • An explosion has hit a Shi’ite mosque in Kuwait this morning (Friday).
  • Americans grow forgetful of the conflict in Afghanistan.
  • Amid a deadly heat crisis, the Pakistani Taliban has threatened the main electrical company, saying the company will become a target if power outages in the south do not end.
  • China and the United States trade accusations of human rights violations in annual reports.
  • The Islamic State claims Russia’s North Caucasus as its own.
  • A look at who is fighting in Ukraine.
  • NATO is boosting aid to Ukraine, but not providing offensive weaponry.
  • Kiev accuses Russian-backed rebels of training children from schools in areas under their control to join in the fight.
  • Former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili has resurfaced to plague Russia, now as the governor of the Ukrainian port city of Odessa.
  • Moscow’s city council is holding a referendum about the re-installation of a monument of Soviet secret police founder Felix Dzerzhinsky to Lubyanka Square.
  • Separatists are destroying “perverted” modern art in Donetsk.
  • Volunteer fighters return to Russia from Ukraine and the crime rate rises.
  • On Thursday, Presidents Obama and Putin spoke with one another on the phone about Ukraine, as well as other topics of international tension.
  • The European Union is moving to counter Russian propaganda efforts.
  • Switzerland will extradite former Bosnian army commander Naser Oric to Bosnia, after extradition requests from both Serbia and Bosnia.
  • Inside the European Union’s attempts to introduce reform in its refugee policy.
  • Two bodies have been found in Ireland in County Meath, and a dig continues for a third –– all believed to have been disappeared Irish Republican Army victims.
  • After lengthy criticisms from families of overseas hostages, the White House made some adaptations to its hostage policies.
  • Helen Benedict writes for Politico that when it comes to gender in combat, it’s the men who need to be scrutinized for change not women.
  • NPR investigates the US military’s mustard gas experiments on African-American service members during World War II.
  • The case of the Fort Dix Five brings to light the role of FBI informants in homegrown terror plot cases.
  • The New York Times breaks down the threat of extremism in America since 9/11: the bulk of it comes from non-Muslim sources like the white supremacist attack in Charleston.

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