Situation/Intelligence Reports

Myanmar: De Facto Leader Meets U.S. President

U.S. President Barack Obama will host the de facto leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Sept. 14, with the two leaders set to discuss U.S. sanctions against Myanmar, VOA reported. Read more…

Turkey: Signs Of Syria Buffer Zone Emerge

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said Sept. 13 that Turkey will begin constructing residential areas in parts of northern Syria recently recaptured from the Islamic State, Asharq Al-Awsat reported Sept. 14. Read more…

Russia: Government Looks To Cut Funding For State Media Outlets

The Russian government is preparing to cut funding for several key state media outlets, including TASS, Rossiya Segodnya, state television channels, and RT, the Moscow Times and Vedomosti reported Sept. 14. Read more…

Libya: Prime Minister Calls For Unity Talks

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, who leads the country's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord, called on Sept. 14 for unity talks days after rival forces seized key oil facilities, AFP reported. Read more…

Israel: Former Prime Minister Hospitalized After Major Stroke

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres was hospitalized Sept. 13 after suffering a "major stroke," hospital officials said, AP reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Separatist Leader Orders Unilateral Cease-Fire

The leader of the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region, Alexander Zakharchenko, announced a unilateral cease-fire Sept. 13 in skirmishes against the Ukrainian military beginning at midnight Sept. 14, AP reported. Read more…

Luxembourg: Foreign Minister Calls For EU To Suspend Hungary

Luxembourgian Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn called for the European Union to suspend or expel Hungary for its "massive violation" of the bloc's values, BBC reported Sept. 13. Read more…

Somalia: Regional Leaders Gather For Meeting In Capital

Leaders from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a bloc of East African countries, gathered in Mogadishu on Sept. 13 in a major statement of confidence about the state of the fight against the Somali extremist group al Shabaab, The Star and Reuters reported. Read more…

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