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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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Coup Fears Rise in Yemen as Rebels Storm Palace

The New York Times reports on developments in an internal conflict in Yemen: Houthi rebel militiamen seized control of the palace of Yemen’s president and clashed with guards outside his residence on Tuesday in an escalation of the violent crisis that … 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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Israeli-Gaza conflict: Egypt says ceasefire extended 5 days

In a recent development of the ongoing conflict in Gaza, Israel and Hamas have announced that they will be extending their ceasefire: Israel and Hamas agreed to extend a temporary ceasefire for five days, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Deadly MERS ‘camel flu’ may now be airborne

This article from the Nursing Times discusses a recent case in Saudi Arabia where a man appears to have been infected by MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) by airborne transmission: “Deadly Mers virus ‘could now be airborne’,” The Independent reports. … Continue reading

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