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As the European Union falls apart, blocs of countries with more closely aligned interests will emerge across the Continent. Read more…

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Prelude to a Brexit VoteFree

On June 23, the United Kingdom will decide whether it will stay in the European Union. The outcome of the vote is still unclear, but the implications are not. Read more…

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Venezuela: Dialogue Could Open Door To International Help, U.S. Diplomat Says

Dialogue between the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders could pave the way for international aid to the country, which is currently struggling with economic and political crises, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon said June 24, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Facing Offensive, Islamic State Kidnaps Hundreds Of Kurdish Civilians

Pressed by an offensive against the strategic city of Manbij by U.S.-backed fighters, the Islamic State has abducted hundreds of Kurdish civilians in northern Aleppo province, a Kurdish activist and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said June 24, AP reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Policeman Killed by Gunfire

Unknown assailants shot and killed a Saudi policeman in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province on June 24, the Saudi Interior Ministry said, AFP reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Islamic State Attacks Kill At Least 8

Attacks by the Islamic State killed at least eight people and wounded several others in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on June 24, the province's governor said, AP reported. Read more…

Syria: Hezbollah To Increase Presence In Aleppo

The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah will increase its presence in the northwest Syrian province of Aleppo, the group's leader said June 24, Reuters reported. Read more…

Spain: Brexit Strengthens Catalonia's Bid For Independence, Leader Says

The United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union reinforces the case for a similar move for Catalonia's independence from Spain, the region's president, Carles Puigdemont, said June 24, Reuters reported Read more…

Iran: Money Laundering Watchdog Suspends Countermeasures Against Tehran

The Financial Action Task Force, an international group that monitors money laundering around the globe, voted on June 24 to keep Iran on its list of high-risk countries, Reuters reported. Read more…

Myanmar: Mob Destroys Mosque In Remote Village

A group of men in the central Myanmar village of Thayethamin destroyed a mosque and attacked a local Muslim man on June 23 after a dispute arose around plans to construct a religious school, police and local media said, Reuters reported June 24. Read more…

Kenya: Government Completes Full Takeover Of Mombasa Refinery

Kenya's government took sole ownership of the Mombasa petroleum refinery after buying the 50 percent stake owned by India's Essar Energy, Kenya's Treasury Security Henry Rotich said, the Kenyan publication Daily Nation reported June 24. Read more…

Egypt: First Mistral-Class Ship Docks In Alexandria

The first of two Mistral-Class amphibious assault ships that Egypt purchased from France in 2015 arrived in Alexandria on June 23 after a two-week journey, Daily News Egypt reported. Read more…

Turkey: New Law Grants Immunity For Counterterrorism Forces

Turkey's parliament passed a new law late June 23 that grants counterterrorism forces immunity from prosecution, in a bid to protect troops taking part in the fight against militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Reuters reported June 24. Read more…

U.K.: Exit Vote Batters World Markets

World stock markets, reeling from the British vote to exit the European Union, lost more than $2 trillion in value on June 24, Bloomberg reported. Read more…

U.K.: EU Leaders Rule Out Renegotiation, Ask For Quick Exit

The European Union will not renegotiate the United Kingdom's membership in the bloc and has asked London to trigger the process of leaving the union as soon as possible, according to a joint statemen released by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Mark Rutte, holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission. Read more…

Gibraltar: Spain To Seek Co-Sovereignty Following Brexit Vote

Spain will seek co-sovereignty on Gibraltar following Britain's vote to leave the European Union, acting foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said June 24, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.K.: Prime Minister To Step Down

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced June 24 that he intends to step down in the wake of the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union, BBC reported. Read more…

The Netherlands: Freedom Party Calls For EU Exit Vote

The head of the Dutch Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, issued a statement calling for the Netherlands to hold a referendum on exiting the European Union, BNO News reported June 24. Read more…

U.K.: Scottish National Party Suggests New Independence Referendum

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP) said Scotland’s future is clearly with the European Union following an apparent vote in favor of the United Kingdom leaving the bloc, ITV reported June 24. Read more…

U.K.: Sinn Fein Condemns Brexit

Northern Ireland's second-largest political party, Sinn Fein, issued a statement June 23 condemning English voters for their apparent decision to pull the United Kingdom out of the European Union, ITV News reported. Read more…

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