2nd September

  • Violence erupted in Gabon, where people are vigorously protesting the re-election of President Ali Bongo.
  • The crisis of child malnutrition in northeastern Nigeria deepens.
  • Exhausted by massacres and vulnerability, people in the Democratic Republic of Congo are forming their own militias––a risky move.
  • UN Security Council diplomats will visit South Sudan this week.
  • Messy implementation of Kenya’s Al-Shabaab amnesty plan is leading to trouble.
  • Libya handed over its last stockpile of chemical weapons ingredients.
  • An Algerian appeals court upheld a two-year sentence for a journalist jailed for posting a poem offensive to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Facebook.
  • Tunisia’s local branch of the regional Al Qaeda affiliate AQIM claimed an ambush of Tunisian soldiers in the Kasserine Governorate.
  • Smugglers bringing refugees across the Mediterranean are using increasingly dangerous strategies to boost their profits, with deadly consequence.
  • Israel retroactively legalizes unauthorized “pirate” settlements in the occupied West Bank.
  • Human Rights Watch criticizes Palestinian authorities for cracking down on dissent and abusing local activists and journalists.
  • Long read: The scars of civil war fade slowly in the Lebanese village of Brih.
  • Dozens were killed in an Islamic State suicide bombing in the Yemeni city of Aden.
  • Analysis: Political rivals battle for control of Yemen while the population suffers.
  • A UN aid program has awarded tens of millions of dollars to contractors with close ties to President Bashar al-Assad.
  • Al Qaeda gains strength in Syria.
  • The world was captivated by the image of injured young Omran, but here are pictures of injured Syrian children who went unnoticed.
  • Following the evacuation of the Damascus suburb of Daraya, which some are calling a forced displacement, another neighborhood begins uprooting for government shelters.
  • Does anyone in Syria fear international law?
  • An airstrike killed Islamic State chief propagandist Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.
  • A survey of mass graves in Iraq and Syria concluded that the Islamic State has buried as many as 15,000 victims of genocide in at least 72 sites.
  • Report: Cluster Munition Monitor 2016.
  • Iraqi militias fighting for/with the government haverecruited children out of at least one displaced persons camp.
  • Suicide bombers killed at least 11 people in twin attacks in northern Pakistan.
  • The condition of Uzbek president Islam Karimov remainsunclear: Reuters reports him dead, while the country’s cabinet contends he is in critical condition following a stroke.
  • Iran and Russia agreed on a ten-year plan to build two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr.
  • A funeral and re-interment for the long-dead King Habibullah Kalakani, a Tajik who ruled Afghanistan for nine months in 1929, turned violent after clashes with supporters of General Dostum over the burial site.
  • Opinion: We ignore Kashmir at our own risk.
  • China tightens its regulation of online maps amid territorial disputes.
  • The Chinese air force says it is developing a new long-range bomber.
  • Analysis: How Brexit affects EU defense policy.
  • A secret report concludes that German intelligence broke the law and violated privacy rights with its systematic sweeps of personal telecommunications data.
  • Long read: France begins an experimental de-radicalization program.
  • In eastern Ukraine, “it is not full-blown war, but it is not much of a ceasefire, either.”
  • Human Rights Watch gathers evidence of disappearances and secretive detention practices by the Ukrainian security services.
  • Five women, the mothers of children killed in the Beslan school massacre, were arrested for wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Putin is the executioner of Beslan” at a commemoration ceremony. Two journalists were also arrested for trying to film.
  • Long read: Human Rights Watch detailsChechnya’s “vicious crackdown on critics.”
  • Peru sentenced former army officers and soldiers to prison for the 31-year-old massacre at the Andean village of Accomarca, where 71 civilians were killed.
  • Proliferating gang violence in Central America––especially the Northern Triangle of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras––is a humanitarian crisis.
  • One million Venezuelans showed up in the streets of Caracas to call for the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.

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