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Uzbekistan: Where Clans Clash

The stability of the country now rests on the stability of the succession process, but that process itself rests on the exigencies not of electoral politics but of clan politics. Read more…

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Brazil: Senate Impeaches President Rousseff

Brazil's Senate approved the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, G1 reported Aug. 31. Read more…

Tanzania: Opposition Suspends Scheduled Protests

Tanzania's main opposition party, Chadema, has suspended protests planned for Sept. 1, saying it will give religious leaders time to negotiate with the government of President John Magufuli, Reuters reported Aug. 31. Read more…

Israel: Nearly 300 More Housing Units Approved In West Bank

The Israeli military-run Civil Administration approved on Aug. 31 nearly 300 more housing units for Jewish settlements in the West Bank, an Israeli monitoring group said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Russia Claims Strike That Killed Islamic State Commander

Russia's Ministry of Defense claimed responsibility for the airstrike that killed top Islamic State commander Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, BBC reported Aug. 31. Read more…

Lebanon: Bomb Kills 1, Injures 11 Others

A bomb exploded in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley on Aug. 31, killing at least one person and injuring nearly a dozen others, the Lebanese Red Cross said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.K.: Prime Minister Leads Cabinet Meeting Over Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May convened a meeting of her top ministers on Aug. 31 to discuss the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Controversial Presidential Candidate To Visit Mexican President

U.S. Republican nominee for president Donald Trump will meet privately with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Aug. 31, The New York Times reported Aug. 30. Read more…

Gabon: Incumbent President Re-Elected

Gabon's electoral commission has proclaimed incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba the victor in the country's Aug. 27 presidential election, Africa News reported Aug. 31. Read more…

Syria: Islamic State Commander Killed In Aleppo

Islamic State spokesman Abu Muhammed al-Adnani, the terrorist group's second-most powerful commander, was killed as he inspected forces in Aleppo province, the Islamic State-affiliated Amaq news agency reported Aug. 30. Read more…

Syria: Turkish, Kurdish Forces Reach Loose Agreement To Halt Fighting

U.S.-supported Kurdish fighters and Turkish forces have come to a loose agreement to stop attacking each other in northern Syria and to concentrate instead on targeting the Islamic State, a high-ranking U.S. defense official said Aug. 30, AFP reported. Read more…

Mexico: Cabinet Shuffle Forthcoming, Reports Say

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto could execute a significant Cabinet reshuffle within the coming days, unconfirmed reports said, UniMexicali reported Aug. 29. Read more…

France: Economy Minister Resigns

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron resigned on Aug. 30 after a two-year stint in his position, Le Monde reported. Read more…

Russia: Rosneft Chief Looks To Take Controlling Stake In Bashneft

Igor Sechin, CEO of the state-controlled Russian oil giant Rosneft, has put forward a proposal to let Rosneft buy a controlling stake in the smaller oil company Bashneft for $5 billion, unnamed officials said, Bloomberg reported Aug. 29. Read more…

Russia, U.S.: Presidents To Meet During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, a Kremlin spokesman said Aug. 30, TASS reported. Read more…

Somalia: Car Bomb Kills 5 Soldiers Outside Presidential Palace

A car bomb exploded outside the presidential palace in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Aug. 30, killing at least five soldiers and seriously damaging two hotels, police officials said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Obama To Meet With Turkish Counterpart During G-20 Summit

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with his Turkish counterpart, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 summit in China, U.S. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said, Reuters reported Aug. 30. Read more…

Kyrgyzstan: Suicide Bombing Reported Near Chinese Embassy

An explosives-laden vehicle exploded inside the Chinese Embassy compound in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on Aug. 30, killing the driver and injuring several bystanders, state-run Kabar news agency reported. Read more…

U.S., India: Key Military Logistics Agreement Signed

The United States and India signed a milestone military logistics agreement on Aug. 30 facilitating use of each other's military bases for repair and resupply purposes, Reuters reported. Read more…

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