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Uzbekistan: Where Clans Clash

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Syria: Islamic State Commander Killed In Aleppo

Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, the terrorist group's second most powerful commander, was killed as he inspected forces in Aleppo province, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq News Agency reported Aug. 30. Read more…

Syria: Turkish, Kurdish Forces Reach Loose Agreement To Halt Fighting

U.S.-supported Kurdish fighters and Turkish forces have come to a loose agreement to stop attacking each other in northern Syria and to concentrate instead on targeting the Islamic State, a high-ranking U.S. defense official said Aug. 30, AFP reported. Read more…

Mexico: Cabinet Shuffle Forthcoming, Reports Say

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto could execute a significant Cabinet reshuffle within the coming days, unconfirmed reports said, UniMexicali reported Aug. 29. Read more…

France: Economy Minister Resigns

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron resigned on Aug. 30 after a two-year stint in his position, Le Monde reported. Read more…

Russia: Rosneft Chief Looks To Take Controlling Stake In Bashneft

Igor Sechin, CEO of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft, has put forward a proposal to let Rosneft buy a controlling stake in the smaller oil company Bashneft for $5 billion, unnamed officials said, Bloomberg reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Russia, U.S.: Presidents To Meet During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, a Kremlin spokesman said Aug. 30, TASS reported. Read more…

Somalia: Car Bomb Kills 5 Soldiers Outside Presidential Palace

A car bomb erupted outside of the presidential palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Aug. 30, killing at least five soldiers and heavily damaging two hotels, police officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: President Obama To Meet With Turkish Counterpart During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, Reuters reported Aug. 30. Read more…

Kyrgyzstan: Suicide Bombing Reported Near Chinese Embassy

An explosives-laden vehicle exploded inside the Chinese embassy compound in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Aug. 30, killing the driver and injuring several bystanders, state-run Kabar news agency reported. Read more…

U.S., India: Key Military Logistics Agreement Signed

The United States and India signed a milestone military logistics agreement on Aug. 29 facilitating use of each other’s military bases for repair and resupply purposes, Reuters reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Referendum Timetable Suggests No Recall Vote Until 2017

The next phase needed before a recall referendum can be activated for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will occur in the last week of October, Venezuela's National Electoral Council announced Aug. 29, EFE reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: President Dies

According to unconfirmed reports, Uzbek President Islam Karimov, 78, died in Tashkent on Aug. 29, Fergana News reported. Read more…

Brazil: Rousseff Denies Charges In Impeachment Trial

In testimony during her impeachment trial, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff denied charges that she manipulated the country's budget to hide a deficit and called the impeachment process a "real coup d'etat" and an attempt to protect the interests of the country's elite, Reuters reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Iran: S-300 Missile System Deployed To Fordow Nuclear Site

Iran has deployed the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility, Iranian state media said Aug. 29, Reuters reported Read more…

Iraq: Foreign Ministry Asks Saudi Arabia To Replace Envoy

Iraq has asked Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad after he said Iranian-backed Shiite paramilitary units were aggravating tensions with Sunni Muslims in Iraq, Al Jazeera reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Opposes FARC Deal

Leader of the Colombian militant group National Liberation Army (ELN) Nicolas Rodriguez Bautista said Aug. 28 that the group disagrees with the essence of the peace deal struck between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Wradio reported Aug. 28. Read more…

Syria: Turkey To Continue Targeting YPG If No Retreat, Foreign Minister Says

Turkish forces will continue targeting the People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, if the group fails to retreat east of the Euphrates River, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Aug. 29, Daily Star reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: President In Intensive Care, Daughter Says

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has been placed in intensive care after suffering a brain hemorrhage, according to a social media post from the president's daughter on Aug. 29. Read more…