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Marketplace air strikes ‘kill 80’ in Syria

The BBC reports: “Syrian activists say at least 80 people have died in government air strikes on a marketplace in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus. Around 200 people were reportedly injured in the attack. Government forces have been … Continue reading

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Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen resume after truce comes to an end

The Economic Times (of India) reports on the ending of a 5-day ceasefire between Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels in Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels resumed on Monday and fierce clashes were underway across the impoverished country after … Continue reading

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Islamist Fighters Seize Southern Border Crossing in Syria

Voice of America reports on developments in the war in Syria: The hardline Ahrar al-Sham group in Syria and other insurgents seized a crossing in the southwest frontier area near Israel on Thursday from a small group of rival Islamist … Continue reading

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Saudi air war struggles to make gains as Yemen fragments

The Washington Post reports on developments in Yemen as the situation there deteriorates: Two weeks into a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, the airstrikes appear to have accelerated the country’s fragmentation into warring tribes and militias and done little to … Continue reading

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Farming plan takes root to help north Mali despite drought, conflict

Reuters reports on a plan being implemented by a U.N. agency and the government of Mali to help those living in the north of the country who have recently been affected by drought and conflict: The Malian government and a … Continue reading

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Obama facing rising pressure to send lethal aid to Ukraine

Fox News reports that president Obama is facing pressure to supply arms to the Ukranian government: President Obama is facing rising pressure from former officials, security analysts and top lawmakers to provide Ukraine lethal military aid to help battle Moscow-backed … Continue reading

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Signs Emerge of Major Ukraine Rebel Offensive Looming

The New York Times reports on a potential new development in the conflict in eastern Ukraine: Signs emerged Friday pointing to a major offensive in eastern Ukraine by rebels fighting to break off from the rest of the country. A … Continue reading

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Libya conflict threatens entire Maghreb

This report by Al-Monitor illustrates the destabilizing threat posed to the Maghreb by the growing presence of extremist groups such as Islamic State in southern Libya:   French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has constantly warned against the increasing presence … Continue reading

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Cynical Europe, ‘ghost ships’ and the largest refugee crisis since WWII

This report by Deutsche Welle illustrates the situation in Italy in recent months as it faces an influx of refugees fleeing from conflict in the Middle East: “We are alone, there is no one, help us!” These were the words … Continue reading

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China to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan

The Guardian reports on a recent shift in Chinese foreign policy in regard to conflicts on the African continent: China is to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan in what analysts describe as a significant shift from its stated … Continue reading

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