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Philippines: Abu Sayyaf Thriving as Hostage-Takers

Abu Sayyaf Militants Thriving as Hostage-Takers in Philippines Floyd Whaley, The New York Times 26 April 2016 Image: A soldier in the southern town of Jolo in the Philippines on Tuesday. As soldiers continue to battle Abu Sayyaf, some analysts have begun to question whether the group can be defeated.CreditBen Hajan/European Pressphoto Agency MANILA — After the militant group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped a group of foreign citizens and killed six soldiers

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Deadly Ethnic Strife Convulses Ethiopia-South Sudan Border

Deadly Ethnic Strife Convulses Ethiopia-South Sudan Border Jacey Fortin, The New York Times 25 April 2016 Image credit: GAMBELA, Ethiopia — After angry mobs began targeting his community, Simon Thion, 29, felt caught in the middle. Mr. Simon, an Ethiopian who is part of the Nuer ethnic group, went to a hospital in the western town of Gambela recently to visit his nephew, who was injured when members of the Murle ethnic group crossed into

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South Sudan: Reik Machar to Return as Part of Peace Deal

Riek Machar, South Sudan Opposition Leader, Returns as Part of Peace Deal Jacey Fortin, The New York Times 26 April 2016 Image: Riek Machar, South Sudan’s opposition leader, in a rebel-controlled territory in Jonglei State in 2014.CreditGoran Tomasevic/Reuters JUBA, South Sudan — More than two years after South Sudan’s civil war began, its opposition leader landed in the capital, Juba, on Tuesday and was sworn in as vice president, a vital

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Mexico: Few Political Consequences Despite Outrage Over Abductions

Few Expect Mexico’s Government to Suffer at Polls, Despite Outrage Over Abductions Azam Ahmed, The New York Times 25 April 2016   Video: Mexico’s deputy attorney general and an independent panel of investigators spoke on Sunday about the investigation into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students. By REUTERS on Publish DateApril 25, 2016. Photo by Yuri Cortez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. MEXICO CITY — In a drab white tent along Reforma

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Europe Weights Security vs. Civil Liberties

As Men Return From Syria, Europe Weighs Security vs. Civil Liberties Adam Nossiter, The New York Times 26 April 2016   Image: French police officers, conducting a raid near Strasbourg in 2014, detained a man suspected of receiving jihadist training in Syria. CreditJean Francois Badias/Associated Press   PARIS — Ten young Muslim men, bored by a mundane life in France and haunted by a “feeling of uselessness,” as one put it, were seduced

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Egypt Smothers Protests in Cairo

Egypt's Security Agents Smother Streets of Cairo to Prevent Protests Kareem Fahim, The New York Times 25 April 2016 Image: Protesters in central Cairo on Monday. Demonstrations at several prearranged meeting spots never happened and impromptu rallies were quickly dispersed. CreditAmr Abd El-Rahman/European Pressphoto Agency CAIRO — The security agents lurked in alleyways, at metro stations and in armored cars, looking for signs of trouble. They

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America’s Export of Democracy

Why Is America So Bad at Promoting Democracy in Other Countries? There’s no quick, cheap, or military-based way to bring peace to places like Afghanistan, Yemen, and Iraq. It’s time we changed our approach, and we can start at home. Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy 25 April 2016   Photo credit: JOHN CANTLIE/Getty Images   If you’re a dedicated Wilsonian, the past quarter-century must have been pretty discouraging. Convinced liberal democracy

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Bangladesh: Growing Number of Activists Hacked to Death

One by One, Bangladesh's Activists Are Being Hacked to Death Siobhan O'Grady, Foreign Policy 25 April 2016     Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images   In 2014, Bangladeshi writer and editor Xulhaz Mannan helped organize dozens of people to  march in the “Rainbow Rally,” a  parade on the Bengali New Year designed to spread acceptance of gay rights in the conservative, Muslim country. This year, police banned him from organizing the rally,

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Indonesia to Investigate Anti-Communist Atrocities

Indonesia Moves to Investigate Anti-Communist Atrocities Jeffrey Hutton, The New York Times 26 April 2016 Image: Maj. Gen. Suharto, holding stick at front left, in 1965. General Suharto helped crush the Communist movement in Indonesia and went on to rule the country from 1967 to 1998. CreditAssociated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s president instructed his government to investigate one of the country’s darkest periods, the bloody anti-Communist

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U.S. to Increase Military Presence in Syria, Obama Says

U.S. to Increase Military Presence in Syria, Obama Says MICHAEL D. SHEAR, The New York Times 25 April 2016     Image: In Germany, President Obama revealed that he will deploy an additional 250 American military personnel to operations in Syria. By REUTERS on  Publish Date April 25, 2016. Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. HANOVER, Germany — The United States will significantly increase the number of military personnel, including

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