14th October 2016

  • Algerian soldiers killed two Islamic militants.
  • Forces loyal to the UN-backed government in Libya are moving in on the last Islamic State holdouts in Sirte.
  • Expanding Russian influence is putting Egypt in a tricky political situation.
  • A prominent opposition leader was killed in Mozambique.
  • Boko Haram released 20 Chibok girls.
  • At least 30 people are dead in the northern Central African Republic after fighters from a former militia group attacked civilians.
  • Sudan’s use of chemical weapons isn’t limited to Darfur.
  • Briefing: What’s next for South Sudan and its endless war?
  • South Sudan’s food crisis remains debilitating.
  • If Burundi does leave the ICC, can it still be investigated?
  • French investigators reopened a investigation into the 1994 assassination of the Rwandan president, which was a trigger for genocide. Paul Kagame isn’t pleased.
  • As unrest continues in Ethiopia, the country has declareda state of emergency.
  • Japan plans to expand its base in Djibouti in order to counter growing Chinese influence.
  • Violence continues during South Africa’s student protests.
  • An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition on a funeral ceremony in Yemen killed 100 and wounded more than 500.
  • The US fired on Houthi targets in Yemen for the first time in this conflict, firing cruise missiles at radar installations used by rebels to target an American warship. (Yemen’s rebels deny they did this.)
  • Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden.
  • A child’s life in Yemen.
  • Russia approved an indefinite deployment in Syria.
  • Russia announced that peace talks over Syria will resume this weekend, after being ended by the US on October 3.
  • Dispatch: “From Sarajevo to Aleppo: Lessons on Surviving a Siege.”
  • 75,000 refugees have been stranded for months between Jordan and Syria. Jordan, insisting Islamic State fighters may be in their midst, has suggested delivering food aid to them by crane.
  • Syrians pursuing university degrees struggle to patch their educations back together in Turkey.
  • At least 20 Syrian rebels were killed in a checkpoint car bomb on the Turkey-Syria border.
  • Under increased military pressure, the Islamic State’s propaganda machine has slowed.
  • A secret network in southeast Turkey comes to the aid of Islamic State fighters wishing to defect.
  • Meanwhile, Jaish al-Tahrir, a Syrian opposition group, is reportedly jailing Islamic State fighters who defect or are captured, and meting out their own justice.
  • Rebel infighting is slowing progress in Hama, where opposition forces are hoping to cut a government supply line to Aleppo.
  • In a deal with the government, Syrian rebels evacuated a Damascus suburb.
  • Analysis: How Syria became the new global war.
  • In photos: Syrian muralist Abu Malik al-Shami has earned comparisons to Banksy.
  • Turkey’s Kurds are in the crosshairs of a government crackdown.
  • Contention grows between Ankara and Baghdad over Turkish troop presence inside Iraq.
  • Since 2014, Kurds have increased their region of control in Iraq by roughly 40 percent, often by forcing Arab occupants out of their homes.
  • The mix of forces fighting to retake Mosul may complicatethe operation.
  • As the offensive on Mosul gets closer, the Islamic State is rigging the city with explosives, recruiting children as spies, and digging networks of underground tunnels.
  • Two deadly attacks targeted Shi’ite worshippers in Kabul.
  • Afghan troops experienced one of their worst massacres––outgunned in Lashkar Gah, at least 100 were killed by Taliban fighters
  • Afghan forces return to Kunduz, but the Taliban is still expanding its influence in the north.
  • India is carrying out its harshest crackdown in decades against civilian protesters in Kashmir.
  • Thousands in Burma’s northern Kachin state protestedongoing Burmese military offensives.
  • The ICC’s chief prosecutor has warned the Philippines over extrajudicial drug war killings.
  • China’s last Tiananmen prisoner will be releasedSaturday.
  • In photos: A week with Ukraine’s volunteer fighters.
  • A report by a private US research group detailed Russia’s covert campaign to politically manipulate  Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Serbia, and Slovakia.
  • A Syrian man in German custody, suspected of planning to carry out an attack on a German airport, committed suicide in his cell in Leipzig.
  • Lawyers for Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam have resigned his case, saying Abdeslam is uncooperative and no longer wants legal representation. They also raised concerns again that his solitary confinement and 24-hour surveillance may be damaging him.
  • The Colombian president extended the ceasefire with FARC until the end of the year, in hopes of salvaging the peace process. The Colombian opposition published their own suggested changes to the deal.
  • Antonio Guterres was elected the next UN chief.
  • Long read: “How US torture left a legacy of damaged minds.”
  • The 9/11 trial judge ruled it permissible to retroactively seal public war court testimony.

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