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Libya’s New Power Brokers?

Libya has moved to center stage in a regional power struggle between the patrons of political Islam and their opponents. This week, U.S. officials briefed several media outlets that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had secretly conducted airstrikes in the capital, Tripoli, against Islamist-allied militias. This may not have been the first time that the Egyptians and Emiratis ... Read More »

South Sudan Accuses Rebels of Shooting Down U.N. Helicopter

The government of South Sudan accused rebel fighters on Wednesday of shooting down a United Nations helicopter that crashed in the north of the country the day before, a charge that is expected to fuel tensions between the two warring sides. “It was the rebels that brought it down,” said Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk. The U.N. has launched an ... Read More »

Response to Ebola chaotic and inadequate, group says

International response to the West African Ebola outbreak has been “chaotic and entirely inadequate,” according to a statement issued Wednesday by the humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, which has been treating patients in affected countries for months. Doctors Without Borders’ newest Ebola treatment facility — a 120-bed facility in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia — is already overwhelmed. The group ... Read More »

WHO explains how a suspected Ebola outbreak spread in Congo

suspected Ebola outbreak in Central Africa has been traced to a pregnant woman who butchered a slain bush animal that had been given to her husband, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The Health Ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo said Sunday that two samples taken from a remote village in the northwestern province of Equateur had tested positive ... Read More »

Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia

Nato is to deploy its forces at new bases in eastern Europe for the first time, in response to the Ukraine crisis and in an attempt to deter Vladimir Putin from causing trouble in the former Soviet Baltic republics, according to its secretary general. Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the organisations’s summit in Cardiff next week would overcome divisions within the ... Read More »

Ukraine says captured Russians’ confessions point to Kremlin

Ukrainian officials said Tuesday that 10 Russian paratroopers were captured in battle-torn eastern Ukraine and posted videotaped confessions of some soldiers in the strongest evidence to date of a Kremlin hand in the separatist battle. The capture of the Russian soldiers coincided with the first meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, since the candy ... Read More »