A record 4.1 million people in Syria received food rations in August due to more convoys being able to cross front lines and borders from Turkey and Jordan, the U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday. via Record 4.1 million in Syria got food aid in August, U.N. says
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. via Pakistan PM chairs joint parliament session as crisis deepens | Reuters.
Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday. via Scores killed as Boko Haram insurgents overrun Nigerian town – sources | Reuters.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of “direct and undisguised aggression” which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev’s forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. via Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘undisguised aggression’ as rebels advance | Reuters.
Many Gulf states have been accused of funding Islamic State (IS) extremists in Iraq and Syria. But as Michael Stephens, director of the Royal United Services Institute in Qatar, explains, not all is clear-cut in war. via BBC News – Islamic State: Where does jihadist group get its support?.
Ukrainian forces have withdrawn from the airport of the eastern city of Luhansk following clashes with pro-Russian rebels, military officials say. via BBC News – Ukraine crisis: Troops abandon Luhansk airport after clashes.
Hundreds of thousands of fish have been washed up on the shores of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week. via BBC News – Mexico probes mass fish death in Lake Cajititlan.
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Germany has decided to send weapons to equip 4,000 Kurdish fighters defending areas of northern Iraq against Islamist militants. via BBC News – Germany to supply arms to Kurds fighting IS in Iraq.
China opposed additional sanctions against Russia on Monday over accusations Moscow was sending troops into Ukrainian territory, saying the European Union’s push to draw up more measures would only complicate the crisis. via China opposes proposed EU sanctions against Russia | Reuters.