20th May 2016

  • Egypt Flight MS804, en route from Paris to Cairo, disappeared over the Mediterranean. Though the crash points to terrorism in the estimation of many, very little is known yet and news is still rolling in.
  • An ambush left five Chadian UN peacekeepers dead in northern Mali.
  • US military advisers could soon be deployed to Libya.
  • Burundi agreed to talks in Tanzania to end a year of deadly violence.
  • Gunmen killed a Doctors Without Borders/MSF worker in the Central African Republic.
  • Two of the missing Chibok schoolgirls have been found. The first girl indicatedthat a number of the other girls are still alive.
  • Boko Haram’s former captives, however, are shunned and treated with suspicion in their communities.
  • Boko Haram may be sending its fighters to Libya.
  • Sudan’s Janjaweed militia, notorious for their actions on behalf of Khartoum in Darfur, is back and fighting in the Nuba Mountains.
  • 25 years after Sierra Leone’s bloody civil war, researchers look to the country for answers about how to rebuild after conflict.
  • Israel’s defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, resigned over tensions with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Netanyahu offered the post to ultranationalist politician Avigdor Lieberman.
  • Restrictions on Gazans ability to leave the Strip tighten even further.
  • A Syrian government air strike, directed at a town under rebel control, killed 12 members of the same family.
  • Syrian women who have survived rape and government detention face shame and stigma after their release from prison.
  • Trauma and deprivation are the primary forces pushing young Syrians toward extremism.
  • Khan Eshieh, a Palestinian refugee camp inside Syria that is home to 12,000 people, is under siege.
  • According to satellite imagery, Russia may be building a military base on a designated World Heritage site.
  • How Russia allowed homegrown radicals to go and fight in Syria.
  • Why does the Islamic State care so much about Sykes-Picot?
  • A weekend suicide bombing killed 25 in Yemen.
  • The Islamic State, losing ground in its territorial battles in Syria and Iraq, is taking the counteroffensive to the streets of Baghdad.
  • Iraqi forces retook Rutba.
  • Afghanistan signed a draft peace agreement with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
  • Long read: Did Afghan forces target the MSF hospital?
  • India’s recent anti-ballistic missile tests have Pakistan “seriously concerned.”
  • Pakistani police killed 14 alleged al-Qaeda militants.
  • Vietnam’s crackdown on dissidents is throwing a wrench in its aims of a stronger defense relationship with the United States.
  • Abu Sayyaf, an extremist group in the Philippines, is threatening the lives of a Canadian and a Norwegian hostage in a new ransom video. Three weeks ago, they beheaded another Canadian hostage after similar demands.
  • Long read: 12 newsrooms in 5 years –– a chronicle of the casualties of government pressure on the news media.
  • A Crimean Tatar won Eurovision for Ukraine, singing a song about the 1944 Soviet-led ethnic cleansing and mass deportation of her people. Ukrainecommemorated this event on its anniversary this week.
  • Video: The Struggle to Find Ukraine’s Missing Soldiers.
  • Colombia and FARC reached a deal to release child soldiers.
  • People with disabilities face added risk in war and conflict zones.
  • Somali-Americans face the terror dragnet.
  • Video: The recently retired CBS correspondent Morley Safer died yesterday. Viewhis famous 1965 report from the torching of Cam Ne in Vietnam.

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