30th December 2016

  • Abubekar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader, is disputingNigeria’s claims that the group has been routed from Sambisa forest.
  • The eugenics-driven attempt to exterminate the Herero and Nama ethnic groups in Namibia during German rule is close to being acknowledged by Berlin as the 20th century’s first genocide.
  • Dozens were killed in political unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where revenge massacres continue back and forth between Hutu and Nande militias in North Kivu province.
  • South Sudan avoided a UN arms embargo but will not escape famine and war.
  • French aid worker Sophie Petronin was kidnapped in Mali.
  • Truth and dignity in Tunisia.
  • A Turkish novelist recounts 132 harrowing days of pre-trial detention because of her links to a pro-Kurdish newspaper.
  • A nationwide ceasefire is in effect in Syria.
  • Preliminary operations are underway ahead of a potential offensive against the Islamic State’s Raqqa stronghold.
  • As the Islamic State shrinks and nears collapse, Al Qaeda rises again.
  • Based in Berlin, The Syrian Archive aims to catalog and preserve evidence of atrocities in Syria.
  • On Friday, the US abstained from a Security Council vote condemning Israeli settlements, allowing it to pass, resulting in Israel’s intense and vocal displeasure.
  • Secretary of State Kerry gave a speech in which he roundly criticized Israeli settlement policy as being a roadblock to peace with Palestine.
  • The British PM has, in turn, criticized Kerry for his criticism of Israel.
  • A corruption probe will open against Israeli PM Netanyahu next week.
  • Long read: Life and death in Yemen’s hospitals.
  • The war has crushed Yemen’s already small middle class.
  • A coalition airstrike on militants in a van in a hospital compound parking lot in Mosul may have killed civilians.
  • Dispatch: Tyler Hicks on the front line in Mosul
  • December 30th marks a decade since the execution of Saddam Hussein.
  • Gunmen kidnapped Iraqi journalist Afrah al-Qaisi from her home.
  • In photos: Andrew Quilty’s three years photographingthe war in Afghanistan.
  • Long read: “The war in Afghanistan taught him how to kill. Nobody taught him how to come home.”
  • Five humanitarian success stories from 2016, and three innovations in humanitarian aid made this year.
  • The Obama administration sanctioned Russia over the election hacks, expelling 35 suspected Russian operatives and sanctioning Russian intelligence agencies. They also shut down two waterfront compounds that had for a long time been retreats for Russian diplomats. Russia is vowing its own retaliations.
  • The FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a report on the campaign hacking.
  • How Russia recruited hackers.
  • Over the past two months, Ukrainian state institutions have been hit by hackers over 6,500 times, leading the country’s president to declare that Russian security services were waging all-out cyberwar on Kiev.
  • Serbians are stockpiling more guns than any other European country.
  • Interactive: Nuclear weapons arsenals in perspective.
  • General Gregorio Alvarez, former Uruguayan dictator, died at 91 while serving a sentence for human rights abuses.
  • While Venezuelans suffer from extreme hunger, their military is profiting from trafficking the food supply.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paid tribute to fallen Americans at Pearl Harbor.
  • Sabrina Siddiqui explains what it was like to be a Muslim covering the US election on the ground.
  • A US district court judge ordered the White House to deliver a copy of the Senate Torture Report to his court’s Top Secret storage site and to “preserve and maintain all evidence, documents and information, without limitation” regarding detainee abuse since 9/11

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