Day: October 18, 2017

An Iraqi Kurdistan State? Realities Behind A Century-Old Dream

One month after Kurdistan’s historic referendum to secede from Iraq, the outlines of a looming regional conflict seem to have materialised more clearly. This past September, Iraq and the world witnessed the result of the referendum in which the proto-state overwhelmingly and unsuprisingly voted for full independent statehood. This seceding

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Haiti To Reinstall Military

Haiti’s government is working to reinstate its army after over two decades since it was disbanded following a military coup in 1994. Al Jazeera noted earlier this week that while the plan is controversial, it is popular among some. Others, however, claim it could see a return of human rights

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Somalia In Mourning Over Deadly Bombing In Mogadishu

On October 14, at least 231 people were killed, and hundreds more wounded, in a deadly truck bomb attack in Somalia. The explosion occurred in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the country’s most populated city. The Somali government has declared that the nation will be in a period of mourning

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The United States Withdraws Membership From UNESCO

The US has announced that it will officially withdraw its membership from the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 31, 2018. The US State Department released a statement regarding its departure on October 12, stating that it will establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO, citing

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Top Brazilian Generals Test The Waters For Military Intervention

On September 19, one of Brazil’s most distinguished military officials, General Antonio Hamilton Martins Mourão, published a Facebook post stating his support for military intervention to resolve the ongoing political crisis within the country. Augusto Heleno, a four-star general in the Brazilian army, defended the comments of his colleague, who had

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Somalia Suffers Its Worst Ever Terrorist Attack

Somalia is continuing recovery efforts in its capital Mogadishu this week following the worst terrorist attack ever experienced in the east African nation. The capital was rocked by a massive explosion outside a hotel in the heart of the city on Saturday afternoon. Authorities believe two bombs within a truck

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Hope In Palestine: Rival Factions Announce Reconciliation Agreement

The two main rival factions in Palestine, Fatah and Hamas, signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday in an effort to unite Palestine. This deal gives hope for a united Palestine, and if it holds strong, would end the decade-long violent conflict between the two authorities. Although similar

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Kidnapped American-Canadian Couple Returns To Canada

Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their three children, were freed from a five-year long captivity in Pakistan last Wednesday and arrived in Canada on Friday night. Pakistani forces, acting on intelligence received from the U.S., rescued the family while Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said

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At Least 276 Dead In Twin Bombing In Mogadishu

There are believed to be at least 500 casualties from a car bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia last Saturday. Officials say this is the deadliest attack to ever occur in the Horn of Africa. The death toll currently stands at 276, but is expected to rise as more bodies are being

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