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A student of history, the Russian president surely sees the similarities between the pressures building on his country today and those that led up to a coup attempt 25 years ago. Read more…

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Beyond the uncertainties of the Paris agreement and other climate change policies, technological advancements will drive the global energy transition. Read more…

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Reggie Thompson on Venezuela

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Colombia: 3 Explosions Target Health Companies In Bogota

Three small explosions targeted health companies in Bogota on Aug. 23, causing no injuries, El Espectador reported. Read more…

Nigeria: Air Force Claims To Have Killed Boko Haram's Leader

Nigeria's air force said it has killed a number of top Boko Haram fighters, including possibly the group's leader, Reuters reported Aug. 23. Read more…

Syria: Cease-Fire Between Kurdish, Government Forces In Al-Hasaka

Syrian Kurdish and government forces agreed to a cease-fire that came into effect Aug. 23 to halt fighting in the northeastern city of al-Hasaka, a Kurdish official said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Italy: Germany To Accept Hundreds Of Migrants

Beginning in September, Germany will accept hundreds of Iraqi, Syrian and Eritrean migrants currently living in camps in Italy, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Aug. 23, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: Supreme Military Council Trims The Armed Forces' Upper Ranks

For the second time since Turkey's failed coup attempt, the country's Supreme Military Council convened on Aug. 23 to discuss changes to the Turkish armed forces. Read more…

U.N.: International Day For The Remembrance Of The Slave Trade And Its Abolition Held

UNESCO marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition on Aug. 23. Read more…

Belarus: Collective Security Treaty Organization Military Drills Begin

More than 1,000 soldiers are taking part in joint military exercises in Belarus with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Belarussian Defense Ministry said Aug. 23, the Moscow Times reported. Read more…

Turkey: Kurdish Leader To Meet With President, Prime Minister

Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildrim and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Aug. 23 to talk about military coordination leading up to operations to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

Finland: Helsinki Negotiates U.S. Defense Agreement

Finland, which has made neutrality the cornerstone of its foreign policy, is negotiating a military cooperation agreement with the United States, Finnish Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto said Aug. 22, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iran: Russian Use Of Military Bases Continuing, Parliamentary Speaker Says

Russian warplanes are continuing to use Iranian military bases to strike targets in Syria, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Aug. 23, AP reported, citing IRNA. Read more…

Mexico: President Says No Talks With Teachers During Strike

Mexico City will not negotiate with teachers who went on strike in mid-May to protest education reform until they return to their jobs, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Aug. 22, EFE reported. Read more…

Cuba: Iranian Foreign Minister Promises Stronger Ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said his visit to Havana on Aug. 22 would begin a new chapter in Iran-Cuba relations, Reuters reported. Read more…

South Sudan: U.S. Threatens To Withhold Aid

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned South Sudan that the United States will withhold its aid to the country if fighting between the government and forces aligned with ousted Vice President Riek Machar do not end, The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 22. Read more…

Colombia: Final FARC Peace Deal Likely This Week

The completed peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) likely will be signed this week, Blu Radio reported Aug. 22. Read more…

Turkey: Intelligence Official Meets With Syrian Counterparts

A deputy for Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan visited Damascus to meet with high-level Syrian intelligence officials, Turkish media outlet Al Masdar News reported Aug. 22. Read more…

Libya: Parliament Votes 'No Confidence' For U.N.-Backed Government

The spokesman for Libya's internationally backed parliament said it has voted "no confidence" on the country's U.N.-backed government, AP reported Aug. 22. Read more…

Kyrgyzstan: Authorities Say Uzbek Border Guards Have Entered Disputed Region

Kyrgyzstan announced Aug. 22 that seven Uzbek border guards had entered disputed territory in Jalal-Abad, located in southwestern Kyrgyzstan along the border with Uzbekistan, Radio Free Europe reported. Read more…

Italy: Leaders Of Italy, France, Germany To Meet Ahead Of Brexit Summit

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet on the small Italian island of Ventotene on Aug. 22 to discuss plans for the European Union without the United Kingdom, The Guardian reported. Read more…