1) An airstrike by Saudi Arabia on the Houthi-controlled capital of Yemen, yesterday, killed 25 and wounded around 400 more. Iran has summoned Saudi Arabia’s envoy to Tehran due to the proximity of the strike to its embassy in Sana’a.
1) ISIS has released a new video of militants killing 30 Ethiopian Christians from Libya. Half of the hostages were shot execution style and the other half were beheaded. Ethiopia has not been able to confirm the citizenship of the men killed in the video but has offered to evacuate any Ethiopians from Libya. ISIS also claimed a bombing outside of the U.S. consulate in the Kurdish region of Irbil, Iraq. No one from the consulate was harmed, but two Turkish bystanders died in the car bombing.
1) The recent wave of anti-foreigner violence in South Africa has spread to the capital in Johannesburg. President Jacob Zuma has condemned the violence and called for calm, but clashes with police continue. Thousands have already fled their homes and police have had to use rubber bullets to disperse gangs.
1) Malawi has decided to evacuate its citizens from South Africa after a week of attacks against foreigners, which has killed five, including a 14-year-old boy. Similar attacks happened in 2008 killing 62 people. Many foreign-owned shops have already closed. Malawi is the first country to decided to evacuate its 420 citizens from the region.
1) In Kenya at Nairobi Univeristy, students stampeded after an explosion caused by a broken power cable. Students mistook the noise for a terrorist attack like the one in earlier this month at Garissa. During the chaos, a student died and more than 100 were wounded from jumping out of windows or being trampled.
1) The issue of sanctions is still a problem in the Iranian Nuclear Deal. President Hassan Rohani says no deal will be signed unless international sanctions on Iran are lifted the same day. Iran has also taken new steps to push for a global treaty of nuclear disarmament which would focus on nuclear powers in the U.N.’s Security Council.
1) In Afghanistan, three U.S. soldiers were wounded when an Afghan soldier began shooting. The man was killed before he could harm more people. The incident followed a meeting with a U.S. Embassy official. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirmed that U.S. Ambassador was not harmed or in the area. Afghanistan is still struggling to fill government positions, just today the nominee for Defense Minister withdrew his name.