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Good morning.

International Politics

Overall

– French President Francois Hollande warned other African leaders across the continent that what happened in Burkina Faso may happen to them should they continue to hold power

Middle East

– An Iraqi official said serious reforms to the military must be made in order to fight the Islamic State

– Meanwhile, ISIL militants launched an attack to capture Kirkuk, which it should be noted is an oil-rich city

– All cell phone networks in Mosul, Iraq, were blocked by ISIL to prevent any information on them to be transmitted

Asia and Oceania

– In Kabul, Afghanistan, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a British diplomat convoy killing six people

– After the arrests of key student leaders yesterday, a court in Hong Kong barred Joshua Wong, one of the leaders, from appearing with the protesters

Europe 

– A new poll found 75 percent of Russians do not believe there are Russian soldiers in eastern Ukraine

– Scotland was promised more control of the welfare state along with tax revenues

– Greece is currently being pressured by international lenders to implement more austerity, according to a Greek official.

Latin America, Caribbean and Canada

– Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he would institute major reforms to the police in the country

– Meanwhile, in the state of Guerrero, 11 bodies, all decapitated, were found on the side of the road

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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.