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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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Egypt: Parliamentary Elections To Begin Oct. 18-19, Commission Says

Egypt will hold long-awaited parliamentary elections in two phases starting Oct. 18-19, the election commission said Aug. 30, Reuters reported. Read more…

China: Authorities Arrest 197 People For Spreading Rumors Online

Chinese authorities punished 197 people for spreading rumors online about the recent stock market crash and explosions in Tianjin, officials said, Xinhua reported Aug. 30. Read more…

India: Prime Minister Allows Land Reform Bill To Lapse

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will allow the controversial land acquisition bill to lapse because of opposition, the prime minister said Aug. 30, Xinhuanet reported. Read more…

Japan: Tens Of Thousands Protest Security Legislation

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Japan's parliament building Aug. 30 to oppose legislation allowing the military to fight overseas, protest organizers said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Large Natural Gas Field Discovered Off Coast

Italian energy group Eni has found a large natural gas field off Egypt's coast, the company said Aug. 30, BBC reported. Read more…

Turkey: PKK Militants Bomb Road, Attack Police Vehicle

Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants set off a bomb on a road leading to a dam under construction in southeastern Turkey on Aug. 30, police said, Dogan news agency reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Rebels Accuse Army Of Violating Cease-Fire

South Sudanese rebels on Aug. 30 accused the army of violating an Aug. 29 cease-fire by bombarding their positions along the White Nile River, a rebel spokesman said, AFP reported. Read more…

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…

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