1) The air strikes in Syria on the Islamic State by the anti-ISIS coalition (led by the U.S.) has killed 521 militants and 32 civilians.
2) Venezuela has started a new program rationing foods, basic goods and medical supplies using a fingerprinting system. Major stores and facilities have been taken over by the government.
1) American Jeffrey Fowle freed from North Korea unexpectedly.
2) The Mexican government has put a warrant out for the arrest of the Mayor of Iguala where 43 people students went missing.
3) Israel and Palestine are getting heated again after the death of a baby girl. A nephew of a known Hamas bomb-maker drove his car into a crowd of people, injuring 8 and killing the 3-month-old. The assailant was shot and killed by police while fleeing the scene. Israeli authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. Hamas leaders have praised the violence.
1) Two shooting happened at a war memorial in Ottawa, Canada. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was murdered.
Please hug, virtually or in reality, any Canadian you know.
2) A bomb that went off outside of Cairo University today wounded 11 people. Ajnad Misr (Soldiers of Egypt) claimed responsibility for the bombing.
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1) Sri Lanka has announced that they will call for early presidential elections. Sri Lanka has a four year presidential term, but will be setting new elections almost two years early. Experts think President Mahinda Rajapaksa is calling the snap elections to take advantage of his current popularity. Sri Lanka’s government has been under a UN human rights probe for current abuses and was previously accused of being responsible for more than 40,000 deaths.
In my weekly wrap-up over at IJReview you can 14 headlines from the international news last week that I think are important to read. Be sure to check it out, including the situation in Iraq, Yemen and Russia.
1) The Turkish government is now supporting Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Syrian border town of Kobani. This weekend, U.S. forces airdropped medical supplies, weapons and ammunition to Kurds outside the city to fight ISIS. Support from Turkey is a major policy shift in the region, specifically towards the Kurds.
The White House is trying to connect with Millennials using Sesame Street tactics. Democrats sent out an email listing their accomplishments for generation Y using emoijis and “hip” TV references. Unfortunately, this probably won’t bring out the youth vote. This generation isn’t interested in the midterms, and cares more about the economy than infographics.
1) The word used to summarize continued nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran is “progress” which came from reports by each party. Sec. of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday. There is little discussion on what that progress might be. The deadline for the talks is late November.
1) Officials from at least 20 countries met in Washington DC yesterday as part of the Anti-ISIS coalition. The meeting included discussions of military strategy as ISIS makes gains in Iraq and Syria, despite on-going airstrikes.