30 Aug 2016

Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup

“Venezuela is accusing the United States and the country’s political opposition of planning a coup for Thursday, the day that government opponents have called for a march to demand a recall vote against President Nicolas Maduro.” Source: Venezuela accuses US, opposition of planning coup

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30 Aug 2016

Swiss fighter plane goes missing in central Swiss Alps

“The Swiss Defense Department says an air force fighter jet has gone missing in the Alps of central Switzerland. The air force F/A-18C went missing Monday afternoon near the Susten pass, east of Interlaken. The defense department says in a statement that searches are underway, and nothing was immediately known

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29 Aug 2016

FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal

“The commander of Colombia’s biggest rebel movement said Sunday its fighters will permanently cease hostilities with the government beginning with the first minute of Monday, as a result of their peace accord ending one of the world’s longest-running conflicts.” Source: FARC sets permanent cease-fire under Colombia peace deal – Chicago

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29 Aug 2016

10,000th Syrian reaches US this week in resettlement program

“The U.S. will reach its target this week of taking in 10,000 Syrian war refugees in a year-old resettlement program, the U.S. ambassador to Jordan said Sunday, after meeting families headed to California and Virginia.” Source: 10,000th Syrian reaches US this week in resettlement program

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27 Aug 2016

Bongo aims to prolong 50-year family rule in Gabon election

“Gabon voted on Saturday amid growing discontent over the failure to raise living standards despite its oil wealth, posing the potentially biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has dominated the nation for half a century.” Source: Bongo aims to prolong 50-year family rule in Gabon election |

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27 Aug 2016

N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts

“North Korea is making progress on a submarine-launched ballistic missile system but any deployment of the technology is years away, a US think tank said, as the UN Security Council promised action over Pyongyang’s latest test.” Source: N. Korea submarine missiles not ready until 2018: experts | GulfNews.com

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27 Aug 2016

U.S., Russia Make Headway on Syria Cooperation Plan

“Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said they have agreed on the majority of technical steps necessary to implement a deal to reach a nationwide cease-fire in Syria that would include closer military cooperation between the two countries.” Source: U.S., Russia Make Headway on Syria

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27 Aug 2016

Brazil impeachment trial suspended amid senators’ row

“The Senate impeachment trial of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff descended into a shouting match between her political supporters and opponents during its second day on Friday, forcing a two-hour halt in the proceedings.” Source: Brazil impeachment trial suspended amid senators’ row | Reuters

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26 Aug 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal

“The Philippines government and Maoist-led rebels agreed indefinite ceasefires on Friday as part of an accord to accelerate efforts to end a conflict that has lasted almost five decades and killed at least 40,000 people.” Source: Philippine government, communist rebels sign ceasefire deal – Channel NewsAsia

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26 Aug 2016

US aid to Pakistan shrinks amid mounting frustration over militants

“Pakistan’s continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming US military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance+ as an ally to Washington, US military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts said.” Source: US aid to Pakistan shrinks amid

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