A Houston, Texas, businesswoman held in China since March last year is expected to be charged with violating its national security, Newsweek reported on Thursday, citing a U.S. State Department official. Source: Texas woman held in China since 2015 to face security charges: Newsweek
“This amendment is authored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), and it’s being tacked on to a pending Senate bill. If passed, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 would mandate a warrant for the government to access e-mail and data stored online. (The House unanimously passed its companion version,
Syrian soldiers fought their way into an air base in northern Syria on Tuesday and freed military personnel inside, state television said, after a nearly two-year siege by Islamic State insurgents at the facility. Source: Syrian army enters Aleppo air base after Islamic State siege: state TV
A suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into a busy bus station in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 35, police said. via Suicide car bombing at Nigeria bus station kills four, wounds 35 | Reuters.
U.N. peacekeepers in Central African Republic have arrested a senior leader of the anti-balaka militia, wanted for crimes including murder, rebellion, rape and looting, the country’s senior prosecutor said on Sunday. via U.N. peacekeepers arrest Central African Republic militia leader | Reuters.
Mali’s health minister says the country is now free of the Ebola virus, after 42 days without a new case of the disease. via BBC News – Ebola crisis: Mali says it has no more cases.
Oil prices fell in early Asian trade on Monday, with markets expecting gloomy Chinese economic data to be published this week. via Oil prices dip on gloomy Chinese, European outlook | Reuters.
An Israeli helicopter strike in Syria killed a commander from Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the son of the group’s late military leader Imad Moughniyah, Hezbollah said, in a major blow that could lead to reprisal attacks. via Israeli strike in Syria kills senior Hezbollah figures | Reuters.
An American Congressional delegation has arrived in Havana in the first such visit since the United States and Cuba agreed to restore ties severed in 1961. via BBC News – US-Cuba thaw: Congressional delegation arrives in Havana.
The Libyan army has declared a partial ceasefire, two days after some of the militias based in western Libya announced a unilateral truce. via BBC News – Libyan army agrees partial ceasefire with militias.