July 24th, 2015

  • Three bomb blasts at a mosque and a bus station in Gombe, northern Nigeria on Wednesday killed 37 and injured many more.
  • Boko Haram’s devastations in northeastern Nigeria have forced tens of thousands across the border into the Diffa region of Niger, creating a humanitarian crisis.
  • The Nigerian president has accused the US of aiding Boko Haram by refusing to arm Nigeria.
  • A double suicide bombing by two teenage girls in northern Cameroon killed more than 20.
  • The trial in Senegal for crimes against humanity of former Chadian dictator Hissène Habre, a landmark trial representing years of effort by victims and their families, has been adjourned til September.
  • Tunisia cracks down on mosques after the Sousse tourist massacre.
  • Across North Africa and the Middle East, boundaries and borders are fortifiedagainst the threat of militancy.
  • Four Italian construction workers have been kidnapped in Libya.
  • Refugees return home to the Central African Republic to face poverty and contaminating drinking water.
  • A UN human rights official has resigned over the CAR sexual abuse case.
  • Malian troops destroyed two militant camps near the border with the Ivory Coast.
  • Somali troops have captured a southern town away from Al Shabaab.
  • Human Rights Watch says the South Sudanese government has committedhorrifying war crimes – killing civilians, gang-raping and burning villagers alive and pillaging property – in the military offensive in Unity State.
  • A cultural center in the Turkish town of Suruc, near Kobani, was hit by an Islamic State suicide attack. More than thirty left-wing activists were killed.
  • Turkey has now agreed to let American warplanes use the Incirlik air base in the country’s south to launch attacks on the Islamic State.
  • Turkish jets struck their first Islamic State targets inside Syria early this morning (Friday).
  • Al Qaeda member and Khorasan group leader Muhsin al-Fadhli was killed by a US airstrike in Syria earlier this month.
  • Three Spanish freelance journalists and one Japanese freelancer are missing in Syria, feared kidnapped.
  • Iraqi forces prepare for an offensive against the Islamic State in Ramadi.
  • The Iraqi town of Haditha has been an “outpost of resistance” against the Islamic State for a year and a half, but supplies are running low.
  • The Islamic State executed Iraqi journalist Jala al-Abadi in Mosul.
  • A car bomb last Friday in the Iraqi town of Khan Bani Saad killed over 100 people, one of the country’s deadliest attacks in a decade.
  • Aidan Morrison takes apart the US “cockroach approach” to fighting the Islamic State.
  • As the Islamic State gains and holds territory and solidifies control, it transformsfurther into a state that uses terror as a means of control.
  • Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has now spent over a year detained in Iran.
  • How Iranian state media prepared for the nuclear deal.
  • Iran has put 694 people to death this year.
  • The second round of talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government are set for July 30 in China.
  • A suicide bomber at a market in northwestern Afghanistan on Wednesday killedover a dozen.
  • The US says that senior Al Qaeda commander Abu Khalil al-Sudani was killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan earlier in July.
  • Afghan forces are struggling against rising casualty rates to maintain a stalemate. They are launching massive counterterrorism operations across the country.
  • Peace talks between the government of Myanmar and rebel leaders ended today (Friday) with no cease-fire agreement.
  • A UK privacy advocacy group says that Pakistan is working on a mass surveillance system meant to tap the phones and emails of hundreds of millions worldwide.
  • Kyrgyzstan is renouncing a 1993 bilateral agreement with the United States.
  • A former prisoner from Donetsk, who was jailed while the region was still under Kiev’s control, talks about how life in prison changed after the separatist takeover.
  • A Russian town on Ukraine’s border is abuzz with military buildup (and spiking crime). Life in eastern Ukraine remains on edge despite the ceasefire.
  • Chechens fight on both sides in Ukraine.
  • The MacArthur Foundation, threatened with being labeled undesirable, isshuttering its Moscow offices.
  • The ongoing public inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko resumes today: here’s what we know and don’t know yet.
  • Celebrations in China over the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII expose the continued rifts with Japan.
  • Nine tourists are being deported from China for watching “terrorist” videos.
  • The US has decided against publicly blaming China for the massive breach of sensitive data held by the Office of Personnel Management.
  • North Korea may be prepping for an October long-range rocket launch.
  • Spiegel interviews Julian Assange.
  • How the Chattanooga shooting unfolded.
  • Charleston shooter Dylann Roof has been charged with federal hate crimes.
  • A Pentagon investigation into those live Anthrax samples blames procedure but won’t admit human error.
  • An audit shows that the computer system used by the US Treasury to track foreign threats is vulnerable to hacking.
  • A US Navy nurse who refused to participate in force-feeding at Guantánamo has been been given an ethics award by the American Nurses Association.
  • Efforts to close the prison are going about as badly as they always have.
  • Canada’s new anti-terror legislation is raising concerns in the UN.

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    Turkish protesters launch fireworks at a demonstration to denounce a suicide bombing in Suruc. AP.

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