22 May 2015

7 sacked, 13 suspended in Zim ruling party purge

“Zimbabwe’s ruling party has expelled seven former top officials and suspended 13 others, an official announced on Friday, in an on-going purge targeting allies of ex-deputy president Joice Mujuru.” Source: 7 sacked, 13 suspended in Zim ruling party purge | News24

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22 May 2015

South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive

“South Sudan’s military is accusing the government of Sudan of aiding a new rebel offensive against South Sudanese government forces in the state of Upper Nile, where oil fields are now threatened by fresh fighting.” Source: South Sudan alleges Khartoum role in new rebel offensive | News24

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22 May 2015

Burundi protesters defy police crackdown

“Anti-government protesters in Burundi marched on the streets of the capital Bujumbura on Friday, defying one of the heaviest pushes by police to end weeks of demonstrations.” Source: Burundi protesters defy police crackdown | News24

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22 May 2015

Over 4,000 Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan and Afghanistan granted Indian citizenship

“BJP had declared its aim of positioning India as a refuge for Hindus fleeing persecution anywhere in the world and the increase in these grants seem to fall in line with their aims. In its election manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had declared India as ‘a

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22 May 2015

Myanmar rescues two migrant boats at Bangladesh border

“Myanmar has rescued two migrant boats holding more than 200 people in its waters near the border with Bangladesh. It was the first such rescue by Myanmar which has faced strong criticism for not doing enough to aid those stranded at sea and stem the migrant crisis.” Source: Myanmar rescues

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21 May 2015

Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections

“Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday ruled out allowing international inspectors to interview Iranian nuclear scientists as part of any potential deal on its nuclear program, and reiterated that the country would not allow the inspection of military sites.” Source: Iran’s Supreme Leader Rules Out Broad Nuclear Inspections – NYTimes.com

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21 May 2015

Israel enacts, then suspends, plan for West Bank bus segregation

“Hours after announcing the launch of separate buses for Palestinians and Jews in the West Bank, Israel’s government was forced to back down Wednesday in response to a wave of domestic outrage that included comparisons to apartheid-era South Africa.” Source: Israel enacts, then suspends, plan for West Bank bus segregation

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21 May 2015

China warns U.S. surveillance plane

“The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence. The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the Pentagon, which is carrying out the surveillance

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21 May 2015

U.S. to Send Rockets to Iraq for ISIS Fight

“The United States is rushing 1,000 antitank rockets to the Iraqi military to help combat the massive suicide vehicle bombs that Islamic State militants used in capturing the provincial capital of Ramadi, a first step as the Obama administration weighs a range of difficult options to help its beleaguered ally.”

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20 May 2015

Ukraine’s Geopolitical Spillover Officially Makes it to Afghanistan

“Last Friday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev signed a decree closing the Northern Distribution Network (NDN). NATO had used the NDN to deliver supplies to the war in Afghanistan since 2008. Although the route, according to the Moscow Times, hasn’t been used in recent months and the UN Security Council

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