17th February 2017

  • 13 years after the end of the civil war, Liberians still struggle to rebuild, with most living without proper electricity for decades.
  • A rebel group in the Central African Republic killed 32 civilians and captured fighters after clashing with a rival group in December.
  • Protests by the English-speaking minority in Cameroon were met with violent response.
  • A rough guide to foreign military bases in Africa.
  • The government of Burundi will not attend planned peace talks.
  • Uganda raises alarms over the strain from an influx of South Sudanese refugees.
  • Congolese soldiers killed 101 people, including many civilians, when they fired indiscriminately during clashes with a rebel group.
  • Ethnic clashes in central Mali killed at least 13.
  • Though Trump himself demonstrated a public lack of commitment to the two-state solution, UN ambassador Nikki Haley insisted US policy has not changed.
  • An economy shattered by war encourages child marriage in Yemen.
  • The US fired thousands of rounds of depleted uranium in two high-profile raids on oil trucks in Syria in late 2015. The Pentagon had sworn it wouldn’t use the munitions.
  • Syria used chlorine bombs systematically in Aleppo.
  • Clashes continue between Islamic State-linked militants and more moderate rebels.
  • Why the Islamic State targets scholars.
  • A digital exhibition displays prints and photographs of Palmyra before the Islamic State’s depredation of its ancient cultural heritage.
  • Former Syrian rebel Haisam Omar Sakhanh was sentenced to life in prison in Sweden for his role in the 2012 killing of seven captured Syrian soldiers.
  • A car bomb in a Shi’ite neighborhood in Baghdad on Thursday killed at least 54 people, the deadliest attack in the city in a month.
  • Residents in the liberated portions of Mosul get inventivein order to get water.
  • Afghan refugees return home to squalor.
  • The UAE ambassador to Afghanistan died of wounds he sustained in bombing in Kandahar last month.
  • An Islamic State suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine in a town in Sindh province killed 75 people and injured 150. Pakistan has said 39 militants have been killed in the resulting crackdown.
  • Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of the North Korean leader, was assassinated with poison at Malaysia’s main airport.
  • Germany says that Russia targeted German soldiers stationed in Lithuania with a disinformation campaign accusing soldiers of raping an underage Lithuanian girl.
  • Citing Russian aggression, Finland is increasing defense spending and raising troop levels.
  • Escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine reaches the outskirts of Mariupol, which had achieved a stretch of relative confidence and calm.
  • Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by deploying a new ground-launched cruise missile.
  • Deutsche Bank, which has loaned hundreds of millions to Donald Trump, conducted an internal review to see if those loans had Russian involvement. The review unearthed nothing, but the bank remains under pressure over its relationship with Trump, et. al.
  • Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resignedafter ongoing fallout from the revelation that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before the inauguration. He also lied to the FBI about it. It’s a real who-knew-what-when situation. This comes amid related news that Trump campaign staff and associates had repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials during the election.
  • Retired Navy Admiral Robert Harward was offered Flynn’s job and turned it down.
  • Several White House staffers were dismissed after failing background checks.
  • In photos: refugees flee into Canada from the United States.
  • 48 Jewish community centers in 27 states and 1 Canadian province received more than 60 bomb threats in January.
  • Peter Pomerantsev on resisting the narrative trap set by self-styled nationalists like Trump and Putin.

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