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In a panel interview on Fox News' DEFCON 3 program, Burton, who is also a former U.S. State Department counterterrorism agent, says he can recall "working cases in Egypt years ago and you would have a tremendous amount of cooperation ... and one thing that frightens me today is I’m not so sure that same kind of liaison exists."

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Lebanon: Protests Break Out For Second Weekend

Protests in Beirut drew thousands of people to Martyr's Square in the center of the city Aug. 29, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey, Syria: Ankara Conducts First Coalition Airstrikes

Turkey conducted the first airstrikes against targets in Syria late Aug. 28, according to a statement posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website Aug. 29. Read more…

Malaysia: Thousands Protest Prime Minister

A two-day demonstration in Kuala Lumpur brought tens of thousands into the streets Aug. 29 to call for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak following a corruption scandal, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Opposition Party Members Join Interim Cabinet

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed three interim Cabinet ministers from the opposition Kurdish-dominated Peoples' Democratic Party and Nationalist Movement Party, Financial Times reported. Read more…

Thailand: Police Arrest Bangkok Bombing Suspect

Thai police arrested a suspect in the Aug. 17 Erawan shrine bombing at an apartment complex in Bangkok on Aug. 29, Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Jabhat al-Nusra Advances On Government-Held Airport

Jabhat al-Nusra, an al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, on Aug. 28 captured the entrance of Abu Duhur airport southeast of Aleppo, The Daily Star reported. Read more…

Colombia: ELN Rebels Free Hostage

The National Liberation Army, or ELN, a Colombian rebel group, on Aug. 28 released a hostage kidnapped four months ago, Telesur reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Rebels And Government Accuse Each Other Of Attacks

Rebels and government forces issued mutual accusations of attacks Aug. 28 for the second time in a week, Reuters reported. Read more…

Greece: President Signs Early Election Decree

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed a decree Aug. 28 to dissolve parliament and to set early elections for Sept. 20, Kathimerini reported citing the state news agency ANA. Read more…

Iraq: Security Forces Block Off Tahrir Square Before Protest

Iraqi security forces blocked the roads and bridges leading to Tahrir Square in central Baghdad, where a protest against government corruption and substandard public services will be held, Mada Press reported Aug. 28. Read more…

Yemen: Anti-Houthi Forces To Advance On Sanaa Within Next Two Months

The exiled Yemeni government of Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi is planning to launch a battle for Sanaa within the next two months, Yemeni Foreign Minister Reyad Yassin Abdulla said, Reuters reported Aug. 28. Read more…

Mediterranean: Upgraded EU Anti-Human Smuggling Operation Ready, Mission Chief Says

The second phase of the European Union’s anti-human smuggling naval operation, known as EUnavfor Med, is ready to begin, mission chief Adm. Enrico Credendino told EU ambassadors in Brussels on Aug. 27, Affari Italiani and the EU Observer reported Aug. 28. Read more…

Greece: New Prime Minister Appoints Caretake Cabinet

Greece’s new prime minister, former Supreme Court chief Vassiliki Thanou, appointed the members of her caretaker government on Aug. 28, Kathimerini reported. Read more…

India, Pakistan: At Least 10 Killed As Troops Trade Cross-Border Fire

At least 10 civilians were killed and more than 50 others were wounded Aug. 28 when Indian and Pakistani troops fired mortars and shells across the disputed border in Pakistan’s Punjab province and Indian-administered Kashmir, regional officials said, AFP and Times of India reported. Read more…

Koreas: Seoul Seeking Direct Nuclear Talks With Pyongyang

Seoul expects the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program to be discussed directly with Pyongyang in the near future, South Korean nuclear envoy Hwang Joon-kook said Aug. 28 at a forum commemorating the nuclear deal reached between the two countries 10 years ago, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Mexico: President Replaces National Security Chief

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Aug. 27 replaced his head of national security, along with nine other Cabinet members, AP reported. Read more…

Colombia: National Liberation Army Releases Hostage

Colombia's National Liberation Army (ELN) released a gold miner Aug. 27, whom the militant group kidnapped July 15 in Choco department, FM radio reported. Read more…

Libya: Tripoli-Based Government Will Not Join Talks

Libya's Tripoli-based government will not participate in Morocco peace talks with the rival Libyan government scheduled for later in the day, parliamentary representative Mowafaq Hawas said Aug. 27, Reuters reported. Read more…

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