30th September

  • Hundreds of people, some of them foreigners, have been trapped for months in the Ganfouda neighborhood of Benghazi.
  • A Canadian and two Italians have been taken hostage in Libya.
  • Long read: How Goldman Sachs lost $1.2 billion of Libya’s money.
  • Why doesn’t Algeria have a bigger extremism problem?
  • A Malian extremist was given nine years by the ICC for destroying Timbuktu’s mausoleums.
  • A senior Egyptian prosecutor survived a car bomb assassination attempt.
  • 50 people have been killed in violent clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo after President Joseph Kabila delayed elections. The US has imposed sanctions on top DRC officials and ordered the families of US government personnel to leave the country.
  • A prosecutor at the ICC will conduct a preliminary investigation into electoral disputes and violence in Gabon.
  • The Sudanese government repeatedly used chemical weapons on civilians in Darfur, says Amnesty International.
  • According to UNICEF, 75,000 children could die in Nigeria’s hunger crisis.
  • Tuition protests turn violent in South Africa.
  • Israel’s former President Shimon Peres died at 93.
  • Turkey closed 12 TV stations over alleged threats to national security.
  • Despite President Obama’s veto, a bill allowing the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia passedCongress. Saudi Arabia isn’t pleased.
  • A compromise on the inquiry into Saudi Arabia’s actions in Yemen means that UN investigators will be attached to a Yemeni national investigation, disappointing those who have been calling for an independent probe.
  • Analysis: Yemen as the “graveyard of the Obama doctrine.”
  • Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar was shot dead as he arrived at an Amman court for his blasphemy trial.
  • Activists in Aleppo say 96 children were killed over the course of five brutal days of bombing. Two hospitals have been bombed out of service. 1.75 million citizens of Aleppo have been left without running water.
  • Analysis: Russia is playing by Grozny rules in Aleppo.
  • In photos: The devastation of Aleppo
  • Russia’s brutal bombardment of Aleppo, in which it has reportedly begun using bunker-buster bombs, may push the US to suspend ceasefire talks.
  • The UN is still waiting for the Assad government toapprove a new Syria chief.
  • Long read: The deadly business of war zone medical care.
  • The US will send 600 more troops to Iraq to assist in the operation to retake Mosul. France is also boosting its military presence toward the same end. The lives of more than a million civilians are at stake in the operation.
  • Former hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was stymied in his attempts to make a political comeback in time for the May elections.
  • A suspected American drone strike against the Islamic State in Afghanistan killed civilians.
  • Analysis: The only way to prevent civilian casualties is toavoid war in the first place.
  • Afghanistan’s president signed an accord with notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.
  • European Union plans to pressure Afghanistan into taking in deported asylum seekers have leaked ahead of a meeting in Brussels.
  • Afghanistan’s Hazara minority are organizing a grassroots movement called the Enlightening, using mass demonstrations to call for an end to systematic discrimination.
  • Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group from the Pakistani Taliban, is raising its national profile with especially deadly and increasingly frequent attacks.
  • Indian commandos conducted cross-border raids inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  • Two Pakistani soldiers died in cross-border firing with India over Kashmir.
  • Long read: Kashmir’s high price for demanding independence.
  • Indian forces continue to use dangerous pellet guns for crowd dispersal in Kashmir as Kashmiris warn that the harshness of the crackdown could spur further radicalization.
  • Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, likening himself to Hitler, expressed a desire to kill millions of the country’s drug addicts.
  • Dutch prosecutors say they have “no doubt” that the missile system that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine came from Russia.
  • Long read: How MH17 gave birth to the modern Russian spin machine.
  • The Intercept nabbed an FBI Directorate of Intelligence PowerPoint that suggests infiltrating and targeting mosques and Muslim student associations for potential informants.
  • Bosnian Serbs are (controversially) reconstructing two separate, deadly market bombings in Sarajevo in 1994 as part of an investigation.
  • Former Guantánamo inmate Lutfi bin Ali struggles with the loneliness of his remote life on the Kazakh steppe.
  • Photographer Jesus Abad Colorado Lopez documentedthe Colombian civil war for the past 25 years.
  • In Mexico, priests fall victim to the drug cartels.
  • The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog found that Snowden’s revelations have been in part responsible for a decrease in the use of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows law enforcement agencies to get telecommunications records from service providers.
  • Long read: Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget
  • new study published in Nature examines the science of human propensity for violence.
  • UN experts say that the US has failed to confront its own legacy of “colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality” and that the government owes reparations for slavery.


Rebel-held Douma area of Damascus, Syria. Children stand in front of a bullet-riddled building. Bassam Khabieh/Reuters.


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