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Spain: King Asks Acting Prime Minister To Form New Government

Spanish King Felipe VI has asked acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to form a new government, Rajoy said July 28, Politico reported. Read more…

Turkey: Top Military Commanders To Retain Posts

Top Turkish commanders will remain in their posts following a July 28 meeting of the country's Supreme Military Council, a presidential spokesman said, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Read more…

Syria: Militant Group Renames Itself After Break With Al Qaeda

Syrian militant group Jabhat al-Nusra has renamed itself Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, following its break with al Qaeda, the group's leader said in a video message released July 28, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: Protesters Moving Toward Incirlik Air Base

Demonstrators are moving toward Incirlik Air Base in the southern Turkish city of Adana for anti-U.S. protests, images circulating on Twitter on July 28 show. Read more…

Philippines: President Issues Ultimatum To Communist Rebels

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued an ultimatum July 28 to the militants of the communist New People's Army, saying that he may end a recent cease-fire following an attack on government militia fighters in Davao del Norte province, AP reported. Read more…

France: National Guard To Be Established

France will establish a national guard to help in the fight against terrorism, a statement from President Francois Hollande said July 28, France 24 and AFP reported. Read more…

Syria: Exit Corridors To Be Opened Around Aleppo City, Russia Says

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on July 28 a plan to open a number of exit corridors around Aleppo city, where Syrian government forces and their allies have encircled rebel fighters and hundreds of thousands of civilians, BBC reported. Read more…

France: Police Were Looking For Second Church Attacker

French police were looking for the second attacker prior to the July 26 assault on a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray that left an elderly priest dead, police sources said July 28, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Supreme Military Council Meeting In Ankara

Turkey's Supreme Military Council is meeting July 28, the first time the council has been held at the prime minister's residence in Ankara, Daily Sabah reported. Read more…

Libya: Clashes In Benghazi Kill At Least 19

Clashes between rival armed groups in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed at least 19 fighters and wounded more than 20 others, Al Jazeera reported July 28. Read more…

Syria: Al Qaeda Tells Jabhat Al-Nusra It Can Cut Ties

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released an audio statement July 28 saying that the group's Syrian affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra, could cut organizational ties to al Qaeda to preserve its unity and to continue its fight in Syria's civil war, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: 88 Foreign Ministry Employees Dismissed

The Turkish government has dismissed 88 Foreign Ministry employees, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said July 28, AFP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Post-Coup Crackdown Widens

Turkey's government widened its crackdown on July 27, closing dozens of media organizations and discharging around 1,700 military personnel it accuses of involvement in the failed July 15 coup, the Washington Post reported. Read more…

Iraq: Series Of Attacks Kill At Least 18

A number of attacks in and around Baghdad on July 27 killed at least 18 people, police sources said, AP reported. Read more…

Syria: U.S. Will Try To Target The Islamic State From The South

The United States will look for opportunities to target Islamic State operations in Syria from the south, putting more pressure on the militant group, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said July 27, Reuters reported. Read more…

France: President Meets With Religious Leaders

French President Francois Hollande held an interfaith meeting of religious leaders in France on July 27, the day after two men killed an 84-year-old Catholic priest in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Reuters reported. Read more…

Mexico: Protesting Teachers' Union Issues Deadline To Government

Mexico's National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) union gave the government until Aug. 3 to respond to its demands, and the group continued to hold widespread protests in several states on July 27, Excelsior reported. Read more…

Syria: Bomb Attack Kills Dozens In Northeast

A bombing attack in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli killed at least 44 people and wounded more than 100 others on July 27, Syrian state TV and BBC reported. Read more…

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