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Hey folks, it’s the start of a brand new week!

International Politics

Middle East

– Across Iraq, kidnappers and murders are up over the past few months, which is certainly related to the ongoing war.

– On Saturday, eight people were killed in Taji, Iraq, as a result of a suicide attack.

– An Israeli official said there was a “crisis” in the U.S.-Israeli relationships that must be fixed; It’s like they don’t even think the bombings of Gaza have anything to do with this

– Israeli President Reuven Rivlin warned relations between Israel and Arab countries would deteriorate if nothing is done

– The recent violence in Jerusalem originates from the bombings of Gaza over the summer

Asia and Oceania

– After originally scheduling a street referendum, organizers in Hong Kong decided to back out and apologized for not notifying folks

– All British operations in Afghanistan ended with the last base under UK control handed to Afghan authorities

Africa

– Egyptian President Abdel al-Sisi accused foreign hands at play in the attack that killed 31 soldiers; Seems unlikely

– With more fighting in Benghazi, Libya, the death toll rose to 130 people. This figure is based on the fighting that started 10 days ago between rebels and governmental forces.

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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.