Iraq crisis: U.S. moves firepower to region as ISIS advance continues
Laura Smith-Spark and Nic Robertson / CNN
As Islamic militants continue their murderous advance in Iraq, the Pentagon is moving more firepower and manpower into the region to prepare for whatever U.S. President Barack Obama orders.
China Scuppers European Shipping Alliance
Dominic Chopping / The Wall Street Journal
The world’s three largest container-shipping operators abandoned plans for a globe-spanning alliance, after Chinese antitrust authorities ruled out allowing the tie-up to go forward.
Islamist militants kill 15 more in new attack on Kenyan coast
Ben Makori / Reuters
Somali-linked Islamist militants killed at least 15 people and torched houses in a second night of attacks on Kenya’s coast, a day after an assault on a town left almost 50 dead.
In diplomatic breakthrough, Britain says to re-open Iran embassy
William James / Reuters
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran after it was closed two and a half years ago, saying it would establish a small initial presence in Tehran soon.
2 Christians kidnapped Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula
Maggie Michael / Bloomberg Businessweek
Masked armed men, suspected to be Islamic militants, kidnapped two Coptic Christians in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in two separate incidents.
8 extremists killed in security raids in Egypt’s Sinai
Eight suspected extremists were killed on Monday in fierce clashes with the Egyptian military in Sheikh Zuweid city in north Sinai province, security sources told Xinhua.
Obama to create world’s largest ocean preserve
Josh Lederman / Associated Press
President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said.
Tension in Yemen amid coup fears
Yemen’s president has removed heavy artillery from the outskirts of the capital, following fears the former president was plotting a coup.
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