Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Libya, Russia & Denmark

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1) Gunmen attacked the car of Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni during a protest in Tobruk, bullets hit the vehicle, but the Prime Minister and his staff managed to escape unharmed. Islamist militants have been fighting government forces in the country of Libya. The internationally recognized government has been forced from the capital of Tripoli and also Benghazi. The attack is being called an assassination attempt.

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Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Burundi, Syria, Poland & Ireland

1) Zedi Feruzi, an opposition leader in Burundi and his bodyguard were shot and killed over the weekend. In response, many of the leading opposition figures in Burundi have fled or gone into hiding. Massive protests against President Nkurunziza have led to violence, with 20 killed, but also mass exodus, with more than 100,000 escaping the country. The President pushed back his election (for a third unconstitutional term) by only one week.

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Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Libya & Mali

1) ISIS has gained control of the Syrian city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Islamic State now controls half of the country.

2) New fighting in Libya has killed 10 people and wounded 40. The dual governments in the country continue to clash violently, with the added presence of ISIS terrorists. In Benghazi, the fighting took place between government forces and Majlis al-Shura, an umbrella group for Islamic militants.

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Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Burundi, South Sudan & Macedonia

1) International partners in the West and in Africa have continued to put pressure on Burundi’s President P to delay elections. He has finally opted to push back the date of the vote, but only by one week. Protests have continued, police have responded by beating demonstrators and using tear gas. Shots were also fired near the office of the EU representative to Burundi. At least 20 people have died in the past three weeks.

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Today’s Top 3 International Stories: ISIS, Yemen & Ukraine

1) ISIS has taken over the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the capital of the Anbar province, a significant location both economically and strategically. More than 500 people were killed as the city fell to militants though around 8000 people managed to escape. In Syria, the ISIS campaign on the city of Palmyra has not gone as well, with the Syrian government managing to hold off the militants. The U.S. continued airstrikes on ISIS in Syria and also carried out a raid which killed at least one major ISIS commander.

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Today’s Top 3 International Stories: ISIS, Pakistan & Mexico

1) ISIS fighters have reached the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, and many fear that they will destroy ancient landmarks in the region. They have also executed 26 civilians for collaborating with the Syrian government (at least 10 of these men were beheaded). ISIS has also released an alleged recording of their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urging Muslims to migrate to the “caliphate.” Reports circulated in the past week that Baghdadi had been killed in an airstrike. It is his first message since November of last year.

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Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Burundi, Yemen & North Korea

1) The situation in Burundi is not totally clear. Apparently, the army attempted a coup to overthrow the government while President Pierre Nkurunziza was outside of the country at a regional leaders summit. Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare said he was taking over the country to reestablish democracy yesterday after the President’s unconstitutional bid for a third term in office. Today, Army Chief of Staff General Prime Niyongabo announced that the coup attempt failed and that forces loyal to the President remained in control of the government.

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