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International Politics


– At the NATO summit in Wales, all the Western countries said they would stand with Ukraine and increase sanctions against Russia

– An incident of “friendly fire” that left five U.S. soldiers and one Afghan soldier dead when hit by U.S. bombs was blamed on miscommunication, according to a military report

Middle East

– With the Islamic State continuing to gain more victories on its campaign in Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi government relies now on the Iranian government

– The U.S. warned the Islamic State could obtain chemical weapons from Syria

– Ali Abunimah: “Despite ceasefire, the number of displaced in Gaza is rising again

– Two bombings in Baghdad, Iraq left at least 20 people killed and others injured

– Presidential candidates in Afghanistan told NATO they would work together to form a national government

Asia and Oceania

– Japan announced it aims to reduce the suicide rate in the country by 20 percent over the next 10 years


– A ceasefire was brokered between rebels and government officials in Ukraine with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko reporting caution over the latest ceasefire

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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.