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Syria: Killed Hezbollah Leader's Nephew May Be His Successor

The nephew of Mustafa Badreddine, the recently killed top Hezbollah commander in Syria, has been selected to succeed him as the Lebanon-based militant group's highest-ranking leader in the Syrian conflict, Asharq Al-Awsat reported May 17. Read more…

Nigeria: U.S. Looks To Sell Attack Aircraft To Abuja

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama is reportedly poised to sell up to a dozen light attack aircraft to Nigeria to help in the fight against Wilayat al Sudan al Gharbi, the militant group formerly known as Boko Haram, the New York Times reported May 15. Read more…

North Korea: New Foreign Minister Appointed

North Korea has appointed Ri Yong Ho as its new foreign minister, a senior South Korean government official said May 17, Yonhap reported. Read more…

Yemen: Government Suspends Participation In Peace Talks

The Yemeni government suspended its participation in peace talks aimed at ending the country's civil war, Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalik al-Mekhlafi said, AFP reported May 17. Read more…

Syria: Russia Constructing Military Outpost In Palmyra, Reports Say

The Russian military is building a new military outpost in Palmyra, with construction taking place inside the zone protecting the town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, according to a U.S. foundation, a Syrian archeologist and a Syrian activist, AP reported May 17. Read more…

Uganda: President Promotes Son To 2-Star General, Rumors Swirl Around Succession

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni promoted his son Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba to a two-star general, fueling speculation that Kainerugaba is being groomed to eventually succeed Museveni as president, AP reported May 17. Read more…

Iraq: Wave Of Bomb Attacks Kills Dozens In Capital

At least 64 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in four bomb attacks around Baghdad on May 17, Iraqi police and security sources said, the Independent reported. Read more…

Syria: Peace Summit Underway Again In Vienna

Senior envoys from 17 world and regional powers, including the United States and Russia, kicked off a new round of meetings in Vienna on May 17 on reviving the Syrian peace process, AFP reported. Read more…

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