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West still struggles to cut feared bomb risk in Iran nuclear talks

Fredrik Dahl and Louis Charbonneau / Reuters

Major powers appear to have made only limited headway in making sure Iran will not be able to build an atomic bomb any time soon, underlining the uphill task they face after talks that began in February were extended by four months.


British PM Cameron warns Putin: EU ready to impose tougher Russian sanctions

Guy Faulconbridge and Kylie MacLellan / Reuters

British Prime Minister David Cameron warned Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin on Monday that the European Union was ready to impose tougher sanctions on Russia after separatists downed a Malaysia Airlines plane with the loss of 298 lives.


Fighting intensifies in Libya, airport control at stake

Jomana Karadsheh / CNN

Fierce fighting raged on the outskirts of Tripoli on Sunday as militias continued to battle for control of the airport in what’s being called the worst fighting in Libya since the 2011 revolution.


A Tough Corporate Job Asks One Question: Can You Hack It?

Nicole Perlroth / The New York Times

Chief information security officers have one of the toughest jobs in the business world: They must stay one step ahead of criminal masterminds in Moscow and military hackers in Shanghai, check off a growing list of compliance boxes and keep close tabs on leaky vendors and reckless employees who upload sensitive data to Dropbox accounts and unlocked iPhones.


Gunmen in Kenya kill four in Mombasa


Gunmen on a motorcycle have killed at least four people and injured several others in the Kenyan city of Mombasa. Police were quoted by local media as saying that the gunmen had fired indiscriminately at passers-by.


Airstrikes on ‘terrorist hideouts’ kill 28 in Pak’s North Waziristan

The Times of India

Pakistan’s military Sunday bombed six militant boltholes in a lawless tribal district, killing at least 28 insurgents, officials said.


Africans Open Fuller Wallets to the Future

Nicholas Kulish / The New York Times

The African Development Bank projected in its latest annual report in May that foreign investment in Africa would reach a record $80 billion this year, with a larger share of the money going to manufacturing and not just the strip-mining of resources.


Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Kevin Sullivan and Linda Davidson / The Washington Post

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast. Our goal was to document the size and complexity of the crisis, showing its effects on the lives of individual refugees as well as the lasting impacts on the countries hosting them.


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National Security and Military Leaders Agree—Support an Extension of the Iran Talks

American Security Project

Extending the talks is the best way to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and keep the international coalition together.


Missing Ambassadors of Africa

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

Ahead of the U.S-Africa Leaders Summit August 4-6th in Washington, D.C, almost 40% of US embassies in Africa are without ambassadors (as of 7/17).


Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

Theresa Shaffer

On Friday, July 18th, Secretary of State and former ASP board member John Kerry issued a press statement extending the deadline for a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.


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