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The Islamic State bombing of a Coptic church in Cairo
killed 25 people. Egyptian-American Aya Hijazi and her husband, founders of an organization assisting Cairo’s street children, have
spent over 900 days in pre-trial detention. Traces of explosives were
found on the remains of victims who died in the EgyptAir crash in May. Tunisians
describe the abuses they were subjected to under dictatorship. A
bombing at a tea shop in Somalia’s capital killed 6 people.
Long read: Escaping the Islamic State does not meanescaping horror and abuse.
Impending genocide in South Sudan is fueling a refugee crisis in Uganda. Three years ago, the UN supplied a rebel general in South Sudan with weapons. Shortly afterwards, his troops
slaughtered hundreds of civilians in Bentiu. In sub-Saharan Africa, the Islamic State “has
failed to displace al Qaeda as the continent’s premier jihadi franchise.” Can a $2.2 billion five-year rescue plan
save the Central African Republic?
Long read: Climate change is driving West Africans from their homes. After losing the election, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat, but then
pivoted and challenged the election’s legitimacy. Congolese President Joseph Kabila’s term ends on December 19th, but he is
refusing to relinquish power. Anglophone Cameroon wants to
secede. 38 people were killed and many more injured in
an explosion at Turkey’s Besiktas stadium in Istanbul. The attack was claimed by the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons. Borzou Daraghi
on the complexities of Turkey’s “Kurdish problem.” The Islamic State
retook Palmyra and video from the group shows fighters opening up boxes of equipment and arms left behind by Russians.
Civilians in eastern Aleppo pleaded for help as the remaining rebel hold crumbled against advancing pro-government forces. The UN reported that some civilians were shot on the spot with bodies left lying in the streets. After
Aleppo’s fall, thousands have already been evacuated from the city under a deal brokered by Turkey and Russia and overseen by the Red Cross. The evacuation has been suspended after a day over what appears to be contention regarding the evacuation of two Shi’a neighborhoods.
Analysis: What war crimes have occurred in Syria? This is
what Aleppo looked like before the civil war. Janine di Giovanni: “T wisted narratives won’t spare Aleppo a moment of its agony.”
Analysis: The Islamic State may be the main beneficiaryof Russia’s campaign in Aleppo.
Long read: “ Despair and Debauchery in Assad’s Capital” Photojournalist Giles Duley
visited a refugee camp in Lebanon. Yemen is on the
brink of famine. The US
will halt planned arms sales to Saudi Arabia over concerns about civilian deaths in airstrikes on Yemen. The UK will continue its sales. Trump
named David Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who represented him over his failed Atlantic City hotels, as the new ambassador to Israel. The Mosul offensive
enters its third month. Afghan Vice President Abdurrashid Dostum faces
fresh allegations of brutality. Pakistan says that Indian forces
opened fire on a school van in Kashmir, killing the driver and wounding children. The US
halted economic aid to the Philippines over concerns regarding rule of law and the ongoing drug war. China appears to have
installed weapons on the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier
conducted large-scale military exercises with live fire in the Bohai Sea, seen as an escalation of tension after Trump’s actions call into question continued US support for Beijing’s One China Policy. Evan Osnos on autocracy in China: “Tyranny does not begin with violence;
it begins with the first gesture of collaboration.” China claims to have
released human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong, but his family has not heard from him. The US and its NATO allies are increasing their presence in eastern Europe. Three years after American tanks left Europe, they are
returning. Meanwhile, Europe is quietly
debating the issue of nuclear deterrence as Trump’s election casts doubts over whether America will continue to offer a last line of defense against Russian aggression. The European Union
reached a deal to enact closer ties with Ukraine. How journalists
covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler. France
renewed its national state of emergency for the fifth time. Twitter
blocked domestic spy agencies from using a social media monitoring tool to surveil users. Yahoo
revealed that 1 billion accounts were hacked in 2013, the largest data breach in history. Intelligence officials are confident that Putin was himself
directly involved in the hack of the US election. News of Russian influence on the US election is
heightening concerns heading into elections in France and Germany.