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International Politics

Overall

– A drone strike carried out by the United States last December on a wedding that killed 12 people was called, according to a recent Human Rights Watch report, in violation of international laws.

– Leaked audio shos the Obama administration is trying to work with the Ukrainian opposition 

– In the first ever global index on LGBT inclusion in the military, New Zealand ranks number one, while the U.S. is 40th

Middle East

– A study is warning that troop cuts for Afghanistan’s army will likely lead to a “surge” in Taliban numbers

– The head of NATO said he expects whoever takes over  after the Presidential election in Afghanistan to sign the U.S. pact 

More than a dozen people died in a Syrian refugee camp when a car bomb exploded

– In Iraq, meanwhile, at least 22 people were killed and at least 50 were injured by a mortar attack

Asia and Oceania

– Gallup: 53 percent of Americans have a “very/mostly unfavorable” view of China, though 52 percent of Americans view them as a superpower

Africa

– In their trial in Egypt, three Al-Jazeera journalists denied charges against them are legitimate and they criticized freedom of speech infringement by the military junta

A poor turnout for the Libyan election for the country’s assembly to make a constitution, though some stations were attacked

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan

Brandon Jordan is a freelance journalist in Queens, NY and written for publications such as The Nation, In These Times, Truthout and more.