The former Brazilian Environment Minister, Marina Silva, is expected to be named in the next few days to run for president in October. She would replace former presidential candidate, Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash on Wednesday. via BBC News – Brazil: Marina Silva ‘to replace’ late
Kurdish sources say their forces “are advancing” in an offensive to retake Mosul dam from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. A joint operation involving both Kurdish forces and US air strikes has been under way since 05:00 local time (03:00 GMT), the sources said via BBC News – Kurd
Islamic State militants could grow strong enough to target people on the streets of Britain unless action is taken, David Cameron has warned. The PM, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, said a “humanitarian response” to IS was not enough and a “firm security response” was needed. via BBC News –
Kenyan officials say the country is closing its borders to travellers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in response to the deadly Ebola outbreak. via BBC News – Kenya to close borders to travellers from Ebola states.
Reports are emerging of the rescue by Chadian troops of some 85 Nigerian villagers abducted earlier this week by suspected Boko Haram militants. A Nigerian security official told AFP that they had intercepted a convoy of buses transporting gunmen and the villagers in a routine security check. via BBC News
Two UN peacekeepers have been killed and seven others were injured in a suicide attack on a UN patrol base in northern Mali. A pick-up truck laden with explosives drove into the UN camp in Ber, 50km (30 miles) east of Timbuktu, on Saturday. via BBC News – Two UN
A major pro-government rally in Hong Kong is drawing in thousands of supporters, in response to civil disobedience campaigns by activists. via BBC News – Hong Kong: Thousands gather in pro-government rally.
A drone attack killed three suspected al Qaeda militants on Saturday in Yemen’s eastern Hadramout province, a local official told Reuters. via Drone kills three suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen: official | Reuters.
Ukrainian rebels are receiving new armoured vehicles and fighters trained in Russia, with which they plan to launch a major counter-offensive against government forces, a separatist leader said in a video released on Saturday. via Ukraine separatist leader says rebels getting tanks and reinforcements | Reuters.
Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to “come as conquerors” but be integral parts of local cultures. via Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to