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Ukrainian Oligarch Signals Compromise With Kiev

Three days after Igor Kolomoisky publicly clashed with Kiev and was forced to leave the governorship, both sides have chosen to avoid further confrontation — at least for now.

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Yemen: Hadi's Forces Take Control Of Aden

Forces loyal to internationally recognized Yemeni President Abd Mansour Rabboh Hadi have taken full control of Aden, Reuters reported March 31, citing residents.

Turkey: Special Operations Forces Enter Courthouse

Turkish special operations forces have entered the Istanbul courthouse where prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz is being held hostage by suspected members of the far-left Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front, Hurriyet Daily News reported March 31.

Syria: U.S. Training Of Rebels Will Begin In May, Turkish Minister Says

A U.S. program to train Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State will begin in May, Turkish Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz said, Reuters reported March 31.

Iraq: Forces Retake Government Buildings In Tikrit

Iraqi forces have regained control of the Salahuddin provincial government headquarters in Tikrit, AFP reported March 31.

Turkey: Government Investigating Power Outage

The Turkish government is investigating whether a massive power outage in Turkey was a terrorist attack, RT reported March 31.

Greece: Athens Opposes Sanctions On Russia, Prime Minister Says

Greece thinks the Western sanctions imposed on Russia are a dead-end policy, Alexis Tsipras said March 31, New Europe reported.

Turkey: Leftist Group Takes Prosecutor Hostage

Turkish prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz has been taken hostage in Istanbul by suspected members of the banned Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, Hurriyet Daily News reported March 31.

Peru: Prime Minister Loses Vote Of Confidence, Steps Down

Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara was forced to step down after the Peruvian Congress voted 72 to 42 against her in a vote of confidence, BBC reported March 31.

Belarus: Relations With U.S. Improved, Official Says

Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexander Guryanov said Belarusian-U.S. relations have improved, Belarusian news agency BelTA reported March 31.

Nigeria: Media Announces Opposition Leader As Election Winner

Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, head of Nigeria’s main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), is leading President Goodluck Jonathan by more than 2 million votes in the presidential election, Nigerian publication The Nation reported March 31.

Germany: Lawmaker Resigns Over Policy On Greece

Germany’s Christian Social Union deputy chairman Peter Gauweiler has resigned from Parliament over the government’s policies on Greece, Der Spiegel reported March 31.

Germany: Discussions Start On Drone Development

The possible development of a new generation of European military UAVs will be discussed during a French-German Cabinet consultation on March 31, Der Spiegel reported.

EU: Eurozone Unemployment Slightly Down

Unemployment in the eurozone fell to 11.3 percent in February, down from 11.4 percent in January and 11.8 percent in February 2014, according to a press release from Eurostat.

Yemen: Somalia Allows Use Of Airport Against Al-Houthis

The government of Somaliland has agreed to allow the Sudanese government to use the Berbera airport to launch airstrikes against al-Houthi militants in Yemen, Alldhacdo reported March 30.

Somalia: Senior Militant Leader Surrenders

Mohamed Ali Hassan, a senior al Shabaab intelligence commander, surrendered to government forces in the Bakool region of southwestern Somalia, Xinhua reported March 30.

Iran: Oil Prices Drop Amid Nuclear Negotiations

Oil prices fell March 30 as world leaders approached a deadline for an outline deal on Iran's nuclear program, Reuters reported.

Ukraine: Railway Tank Car Carrying Fuel For Army Attacked

A railway tank car carrying fuel and lubricants for the Ukrainian army exploded at a train station in Kharkiv in what the prosecutor's office called an act of subversion, Itar-Tass reported March 30.

Egypt: Arab Leaders Will Create New Military Force, President Says

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Arab leaders have agreed to form a united military force to combat regional challenges, Al Jazeera reported March 30.

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Decade Forecast: 2015-2025

The United States' role as the pre-eminent power will be the sole constant in a decade of political fragmentation, economic shifts and changes in regional power structures.