13 Aug 2014

Czechs looking at ways to supply arms to Iraqi Kurds

he Czech government is looking for ways to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds battling Islamic State militants, including through private companies, Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek was quoted as saying on Wednesday. via Czechs looking at ways to supply arms to Iraqi Kurds – foreign minister | Reuters.

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13 Aug 2014

Head of Tripoli police ‘assassinated’

The head of police in the Libyan capital Tripoli has been killed by unknown gunmen. Col Muhammad Suwaysi was shot while leaving a meeting in Tajoura, a suburb in the east of the capital. via BBC News – Libya crisis: Head of Tripoli police ‘assassinated’.

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13 Aug 2014

Anger flares as mainland Chinese muscle in on Taiwan property

Mainland Chinese are skirting rules aimed at limiting their purchases of property in Taiwan, stirring anger among local home buyers and fuelling worries over Beijing’s creeping influence over an island that it views as a renegade province. via Anger flares as mainland Chinese muscle in on Taiwan property | Reuters.

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13 Aug 2014

Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa

Canada will donate a small quantity of an experimental Ebola vaccine developed in its government lab to the World Health Organization for use in Africa, the country’s health minister said on Tuesday. via Exclusive: Canada to donate its own Ebola vaccine to WHO for use in Africa | Reuters.

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13 Aug 2014

Mozambique passes amnesty law for opposition leader ahead of vote

Mozambique’s parliament has approved an amnesty law that will allow opposition Renamo party leader Afonso Dhlakama to leave his hideaway in the bush, sign a peace accord with President Armando Guebuza and run in an Oct. 15 election, lawmakers said. via Mozambique passes amnesty law for opposition leader ahead of

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13 Aug 2014

Egypt’s Mubarak denies ordering killing of protesters

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak denied in court on Wednesday ordering the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule. via Egypt’s Mubarak denies ordering killing of protesters | Reuters.

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13 Aug 2014

Iraq crisis: France to deliver arms to Iraqi Kurds

France will supply arms to Iraq’s Kurds “in the coming hours”, French President Francois Hollande has announced. France has received approval from authorities in Baghdad for the decision, French media reports say. via BBC News – Iraq crisis: France to deliver arms to Iraqi Kurds.

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13 Aug 2014

Ukraine says Russian aid convoy won’t be let in, denounces Moscow’s ‘cynicism’

Ukraine denounced the dispatch of a Russian humanitarian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine as an act of Russian cynicism on Wednesday and said it would not be allowed in. via Ukraine says Russian aid convoy won’t be let in, denounces Moscow’s ‘cynicism’ | Reuters.

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13 Aug 2014

U.S. Weighs Iraq Rescue Mission to Save Yazidis

The U.S. is weighing a military mission in Iraq to rescue thousands of Yazidi refugees, a move that risks putting American forces in direct confrontation with Sunni fighters for the Islamic State. The proposal is still under development and hasn’t been approved by President Barack Obama. U.S. officials said the

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13 Aug 2014

SecDef Hagel: 130-member team to assess Iraq’s ‘squandered opportunity’

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said a 130-member “assessment team” that arrived in Iraq Tuesday is charged with making a full-evaluation of the increasingly violent situation in northern Iraq. From there they’ll provide advice on the crisis to the president and cabinet-level officials in the United States. via SecDef Hagel:

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