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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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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…

Libya: Tripoli-Based Government Will Not Join Talks

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

Iraq: Islamic State Kills 2 Military Commanders

The Islamic State claimed an attack using an vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Anbar province Aug. 27 that killed two senior officials in the Iraqi military, Reuters reported. Read more…

Yemen: U.S. Drone Strike Kills 5 Al Qaeda Militants

A U.S. drone struck the site of an al Qaeda meeting in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla late Aug. 26, destroying the house and killing all five militants inside, AFP reported on Aug. 27. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Leaders Plan First Congress In Decades

Palestinian leaders will hold a Palestine National Council congress in Ramallah on Sept. 15-16, the first in nearly 20 years, AFP reported Aug. 27. Read more…

Syria, Iraq: Islamic State Bombs Kirkuk Oil Workers, Takes Villages Near Turkish Border

The Islamic State on Aug. 27 detonated a bomb targeting oil workers in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk and seized five villages near the Turkish border from rebels in Syria, Shafaq and Reuters reported. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Israeli Aircraft Strike Gaza

Israeli aircraft launched airstrikes Aug. 27 targeting a weapons manufacturing facility in central Gaza in response to the firing of a rocket into southern Israel earlier in the night, the Israeli military said, Ynet and AFP reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Restructuring Deal Reached With Creditors

Ukraine reached a restructuring deal with its creditors after five months of talks on Aug. 27, according to a Ukrainian Finance Ministry statement, Bloomberg reported. Read more…

China: Stocks Bounce Back

Chinese stocks snapped a steep five-day losing streak on Aug. 27, Xinhua and Reuters reported. Read more…

Sudan: U.S. Envoy Meets With FM In Rare Visit

Donald Booth, the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, met with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour in Khartoum on Aug. 27, the Sudan Tribune reported. Read more…

China: Central Bank Injects Billions More Into Market, Yuan Hits 4-Year Low

China’s central bank pumped another 150 billion yuan (roughly $23.4 billion) into the market Aug. 27 to ease liquidity strains, Xinhua reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Army Blocks Missile From Yemen

The Saudi military claims to have intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile launched from Yemen on Aug. 26, Qatar News Agency reported. Read more…

South Sudan: President Signs Peace Deal

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit signed a peace deal with rebels Aug. 26, Reuters reported citing a witness at the ceremony in Juba. Read more…

Egypt: Arab League Postpones Joint Defense Force Meeting

The Arab League has postponed a meeting to discuss the formation of a joint military force, AP reported Aug. 26. Read more…

Greece: 53 Syriza Central Committee Members Resign

Fifty-three members of the central committee of the Coalition of the Radical Left party, known as Syriza, resigned Aug. 26, Protothema reported. Read more…

Turkey: Car Bomb Kills Syrian Commander

A leader in the Free Syrian Army was killed in a car bombing in the southern Turkish province of Hatay on Aug. 26, Reuters reported. Read more…

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