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The Geopolitics of Bavaria

The German region's strong sense of identity and desire for autonomy complicates its relationships with larger powers, including Germany. Read more…

Islam, Secularism and the Battle for Turkey's Future

An intense internal power struggle in Turkey influences virtually every decision reached in Ankara's halls of power. Though the country's identity crisis will not be resolved by this power struggle, the battle lines will define how the country operates for many years. Read more…

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U.S.: White House Announces Expansion Of Central American Refugee Program

The White House announced on July 26 plans to expand a refugee program for Central American migrants fleeing dangerous situations in their home countries, Department of Homeland Security and State Department officials said, Washington Post reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Key Islamic State Commander Killed

A military operation in eastern Nangarhar province killed a top militant in the Islamic State's Khorasan chapter, which is mostly active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Afghan security sources said July 26, BBC reported. Read more…

Syria: Government Forces Make Gains Around Aleppo City

Syrian government forces made gains around the northwestern edge of Aleppo city on July 26, capturing parts of the city's Layramoun area, AP reported. Read more…

Indonesia: Cabinet Reshuffle Expected July 27

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to announce a Cabinet reshuffle July 27, the second shake-up in the past year, anonymous sources said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Work On TurkStream Pipeline, Akkuyu Nuclear Plant Will Restart

Turkey and Russia will once again begin work on the TurkStream natural gas pipeline and the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey, Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said July 26, Reuters reported. Read more…

Azerbaijan: Explosion At Defense Plant Injures At Least 20

At least 20 people were injured in an explosion at a defense plant in the Azerbaijani city of Shirvan on July 26, a national health ministry representative said, AP reported. Read more…

Syria: U.N. Envoy Aiming For New Peace Talks At End Of August

U.N. special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said July 26 that he is aiming to begin a new round of Syria peace talks by the end of August, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iran: Government To Cap Public Officials' Salaries

Iran's government announced July 26 it will cap the salaries of public officials in the face of a pay scandal that threatens President Hassan Rouhani's hopes of being re-elected, AFP reported. Read more…

France: Church Attack Kills Priest, Claimed By Islamic State

Two knife-wielding men attacked a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray in northern France on July 26, killing an 84-year-old priest before they were shot dead by French security forces, BBC reported. Read more…

China, Philippines: Kerry Supports Dialogue Over South China Sea

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on July 26 in Laos that he is in favor of China and the Philippines holding dialogue over their dispute in the South China Sea, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S., Russia: Kerry, Lavrov Meet On Sidelines Of ASEAN Summit

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit taking place in Laos, Reuters reported July 26. Read more…

France: Hostages Freed Following Normandy Church Attack

Two knife-wielding men were killed after reportedly taking several people hostage in a church in Normandy, France, Reuters and France 3 reported. Read more…

Somalia: Suicide Car Bombing Kills At Least 7 In Mogadishu

Two blasts killed at least seven people July 26 near the entrance of the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, police officials said, BBC reported. Read more…

Japan: Many Dead, Wounded After Knife Attack

Many people are dead and wounded after a knife-wielding man attacked a building that is reportedly a home for the disabled in Sagamihara, west of Tokyo, early in the hours of July 26, The Daily Express reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Vice President Machar Replaced

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit replaced Vice President Riek Machar on July 25, appointing Gen. Taban Deng Gai to take Machar's place, Reuters reported. Read more…

Israel: Warplanes Hit Syrian Area After Mortar Fire

Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes against an area in Syria in response to mortar fire, an Israeli military statement said July 25, AP reported. Read more…

Jordan, Syria: Cranes Await Approval For Humanitarian Aid Lift

U.N. aid agencies are awaiting the approval of Jordanian officials to begin hoisting large amounts of food aid over the large earthen berm that runs along the country's border with Syria, aid officials said July 25, AP reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Clashes Kill 5 Border Guards

Clashes along the Saudi Arabia-Yemen border killed five Saudi border guards on July 25, a Saudi Interior Ministry statement said, AFP reported. Read more…