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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan Set For Three-Way Talks on Controversial Nile Talks

 Nigel Wilson / International Business Times

Sudan is set to host three-way talks with Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam, according to Egyptian state news agency MENA.


Ukraine, Rebels Accuse Each Other of Attacking Refugee Bus Convoy

Richard Balmforth and Stephen Brown / Reuters

Ukraine accused pro-Russian rebels on Monday of hitting a refugee convoy of buses with rocket fire near the eastern city of Luhansk, killing people trapped in the burning vehicles, but the separatists denied responsibility.


Pope Francis Endorses Use of Force in Iraq to Stop Persecution of Religious Minorities

Nicole Winfield / Huffington Post

Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene.


Kurdish Military Says it Controls Iraq’s Mosul Dam

Sinan Salaheddin and Vivian Salama / The Associated Press

A spokesman for the Kurdish military says its peshmerga forces are now in full control of the Mosul Dam and its vicinity, successfully wresting back control from Islamic State group militants.


Saudi Prince’s Convoy in Paris Attacked by Gunmen


Heavily armed men have attacked a convoy of cars belonging to a Saudi prince, stealing 250,000 euros (£200,000; $330,000), police say.


‘It is Time to Take Up Arms’: Yazidi Volunteers Fight Back Against Islamic State

Ruth Sherlock and Carol Malouf / The Telegraph

Hundreds of Yazidi volunteers are being trained to handle weapons and fight to drive the Islamic State from their homes.


Clive Palmer to Host ‘World Climate Change Convention’ at his Resort

Daniel Hurst / The Guardian

The Palmer United party leader, Clive Palmer, has announced plans to host an unofficial “world climate change convention” at his Sunshine Coast resort, but would not reveal who would attend.


Angry Over Pakistan Envoy’s Meeting with Kashmiri Separatists, India Calls Off Foreign Secretary – Level Talks

The Indian Express

 Acting tough, India on Monday called off Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan next week, reportedly angry over Pakistan High Commissioner’s meeting with Kashmiri separatist groups in New Delhi.


Six ‘Qaeda’, Three Yemen Troops Killed in Clashes

The National

Six Al Qaeda militants and three Yemeni troops died in clashes on Sunday in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, scene of frequent attacks on the army.


WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Says he will Leave Ecuadoran Embassy ‘Soon’

Griff Witte / The Washington Post

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Monday he would “soon” be leaving the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he took refuge more than two years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual assaults.


UN Wants ‘Progress’ in Probe into Iran’s Nuclear Record

Deutsche Welle

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog says Iran is cooperating with a probe into the country’s nuclear activities. World powers have long been attempting to strike a deal with Iran over its contested nuclear program.


Key Events on Sunni Militants Surge in Iraq

The Associated Press

A timeline of key events in Iraq as the Islamic State extremist group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, started to grab land in the Sunni heartland of western and northern Iraq.


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BGen Cheney Discusses U.S. Space Program on BBC Newsnight

 Adin Dobkin

Last week, ASP CEO, BGen Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.) discussed the role of RD-180s in U.S. national security on BBC Newsnight.


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