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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 l
eading 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 have
recruited 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 remains
unclear: 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.