7th October 2016

  • The Islamic State and Al Qaeda battle each other as they each carry on conflicts on other fronts in northern Africa.
  • Ansar Dine, a Tuareg group associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, has claimed a series of attacks in Mali.
  • Gunmen killed about 20 soldiers guarding Malian refugees at a camp in Niger.
  • In photos: Refugee rescue missions of the coast of Libya.
  • UN peacekeepers stayed in their bases and did nothing to protect civilians from murder and mass rape in South Sudan in July.
  • Burundi is leaving the International Criminal Court.
  • The political unrest in Burundi is having economic consequences in neighboring Rwanda.
  • Analysis: Is Ethiopia unraveling?
  • Eleven are dead and fourteen missing after clashes in the Central African Republic.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, poverty rates are at such an extreme that 385 million children survive on less than $1.90 a day.
  • Student protests continue, with violence, in South Africa.
  • Turkey extended its state of emergency.
  • Famine looms over Yemen and starving, skeletal babies are filling hospital wards.
  • Interview: Five years ago, Tawakkol Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize for her revolutionary work in Yemen. Now her country is devastated by war.
  • The Palestinian Supreme Court announced Monday municipal elections will be held in the West Bank but not in Gaza.
  • The White House reiterated its condemnation of new Israeli plans for new settlements in the occupied West Bank.
  • Satellite footage shows the stark difference in the fate of western Aleppo versus the fate of the eastern half of the city, which could be destroyed by Christmas.
  • A World Bank study found that two-thirds of foreign recruits to the Islamic State are well-educated.
  • Long read: Former Islamic State prisoner Masoud Aqil is now in Germany and dedicatedly helping law enforcement track down returning extremists.
  • Mosul’s Radio Hope keeps broadcasting from just beyond the besieged city’s borders, providing a lifeline of information for civilians trapped inside.
  • A trove of newly available documents renews the debate over American use of depleted uranium in the invasion of Iraq.
  • Afghan forces are struggling to battle back the Taliban in Kunduz, while medics hold the line.
  • More than 250,000 Afghan refugees have been forced and coerced out of Pakistan this year, creating a serious situation.
  • Analysis: Does more aid mean more corruption in Afghanistan?
  • 44 Afghan troops have gone missing in the United States, likely to live here without documentation, since January 2015 after arriving for military training.
  • Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ruled that the state is not liable for overseas military operations after a claim filed by relatives of victims of a 2009 airstrike in Afghanistan.
  • Excerpt: A piece of A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka, a memoir of violence and civil war in Sri Lanka by Commodore Ajith Boyagoda.
  • The Philippines has cancelled its plans with the US for joint military drills in the South China Sea.
  • A trial has started for the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
  • It has been ten years since the murder of outspoken journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya.
  • A dispute between Ukraine and Russia over pieces of art housed in Amsterdam is going to Dutch court.
  • Finland suspects a Russian aircraft violated its airspace.
  • The Security Council officially backed Antonio Guterres, former Portuguese Prime Minister, to be the next UN chief.
  • Colombian voters rejected the hard-won peace deal with FARC by a narrow margin – 50.2% to 49.8%. Now, as President Santos scrambles to save peace, he has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Deadly armed conflict in remote Nicaragua between the Miskito tribe and settlers has gone largely unnoticed.
  • Yahoo secretly monitored user emails on behalf of the US government.
  • Eight people, six of whom are US soldiers, have been charged after allegedly thieving military equipment like sniper scopes and machine gun parts and selling them on eBay to customers around the world.
  • Three people, an American and two Russians, have been arrested for allegedly exporting sensitive military technology to Russia.
  • An NSA contractor was reportedly arrested in August for stealing classified information.

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