Iran Revokes Russia's Use of Air Base, Saying Moscow 'Betrayed Trust'
By ANNE BARNARD and ANDREW E. KRAMER
AUG. 22, 2016 [dateline, Lebanon] [Iran] [Tehran] [followup, Aug 7] [interestingly, Iran ends its compact with Russia to launch airstrikes from Iran] [obviously, Russia has done something to upset its host?] [use psci 350] [*]
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Iran on Monday annulled permission for Russian planes to fly bombing runs into Syria from an Iranian base, only a week after having granted such extraordinary access, saying that the Kremlin had been unacceptably public and arrogant about the privilege.[*]
China's Crackdown on Dissent Could Lead to Unrest, U.N. Adviser Says
By JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ
AUG. 23, 2016 [China] [PRC] [Beijing] [UN adviser cautions China's CCP about its grip on Chinese society] [use psci 350] [followup, Aug 20] [however, CCP has held tight grip since 1949 and I doubt a little criticism from UN is going to loosen it] [*]
BEIJING -- An adviser to the United Nations has sharply criticized President Xi Jinping's crackdown on dissent in China, warning on Tuesday that the Communist Party's tight grip on civil society was undermining basic rights and risking mass unrest.
Boko Haram Leader Wounded in Airstrike, Nigeria's Military Says
By DIONNE SEARCEY
AUG. 23, 2016 [dateline, Senegal] [Nigeria] [north Nigeria] [Saharan, Western Africa] [MENA and beyond] [sectarian violence in Nigeria with its population of roughly half Christian and half Muslim] [a war between the state (corrupt, inefficient) and Boko Haram has gone on for a few years now] [use 350 , 463] [followup, Aug 19] [Nigeria claims recent airstrikes have wounded and killed leaders of Boko Haram?] [*]
DAKAR, Senegal -- The Nigerian military said on Tuesday that airstrikes had killed and wounded several top Boko Haram commanders in the Sambisa Forest in the country's northeast, where militants have been hiding for months.
After Failed Coup, Turkey Settles Into a Rare Period of Unity
By CEYLAN YEGINSU
AUG. 23, 2016 [Turkey] [Istanbul] [former Ottoman Empire] [the substantial rupture between Turkey and Syria over Syria's civil war] [President Ergodan (formerly PM) finds himself bogged down in crises all around] [followup, Aug 21] [use psci 350, 463] [despite President Erdogan's crackdown Turkey pulls together] [*]
ISTANBUL -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is normally a divisive figure, loved by his base of religious conservatives and loathed by the rest of society. But there he was recently, sipping tea and making easy chitchat with his political rivals, just before joining them in a rally this month on Istanbul's waterfront to celebrate the failure of an attempted military coup.
U.N. Relief Official Calls Crisis in Aleppo the 'Apex of Horror'
By RICK GLADSTONE
AUG. 22, 2016 [dateline, ?] [UN HQ in NYC] [Syria] [-ir] [MENA] [Iraq and Syria in civil wars, basically, that are sectarian] [no greater example of the Sunni-Shi'a sectarian faultline than that that runs through Iraq and Syria] [use psci 350, 463] [followup, Aug 10] [O'Brien from Secretariat says Aleppo is the 'apex of horror'] [*]
The top aid official at the United Nations gave a gloomy assessment of the Syria relief effort on Monday, saying no convoy deliveries had been made to besieged areas this month and that the suffering in Aleppo, once Syria's commercial epicenter, was the "apex of horror."
John Kerry Calls for Speedy Deployment of South Sudan Protection Force
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN
AUG. 22, 2016 [Obama White House] [114th congress, 2nd session] [from NSC principals to bureaucracy] [SecState Kerry (State Dept)] [SecState Kerry encourages rapid deployment of UN peacekeeping mission to South Sudan] [use psci 355-455] [*]
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A new protection force intended for South Sudan that was authorized by the United Nations this month needs to be deployed there as soon as possible to safeguard civilians, especially women and girls, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.
Nearly 1,800 Killed in Philippine Drug War, Top Police Official Tells Senators
By FELIPE VILLAMOR and RICHARD C. PADDOCK
AUG. 22, 2016 [Philippines] [Manila] [SEAsia] [followup, Aug 12] [President Duterte's war on drugs in killing many?] [largely domestic-internal but some foreigners bound to be caught up in war] [*]
MANILA -- Killings by the police and vigilantes in the Philippines' war on drugs have soared to nearly 1,800 in the seven weeks since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office, the nation's top police official told a Senate hearing on Monday.
Islamic Extremist Pleads Guilty to Destroying Holy Sites in Timbuktu
By MARLISE SIMONS
AUG. 22, 2016 [dateline, france] [ICC tries Islamic extremist who destroyed heritage sites in Mali] [*]
PARIS -- An Islamic extremist pleaded guilty on Monday at the International Criminal Court to destroying shrines and damaging a mosque in the ancient city of Timbuktu, Mali, in the court's first prosecution of the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime.
Suicide Bombing Kills at Least 20 in Somalia
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and HUSSEIN MOHAMED
AUG. 21, 2016 [dateline, Kenya] [Somalia] [Mogadishu] [Eastern Africa, Horn of Africa] [we have read about clashes between Kenya and Somaila many times over the years since Somalia became failed state (1991)] [in fact, Kenya has gone into Somalia with military force a couple of time in the past 6-7 years] [use psci 350, 355-455, 463] [followup, Aug 16] [suicide attack in central Somalia] [*]
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A suicide bomb rocked the Somali town of Galkayo on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and showing that Islamist militants, despite recent setbacks, can still plan and execute deadly attacks anywhere in the country.
Iraq Executes Dozens for 2014 Massacre by ISIS
By OMAR AL-JAWOSHY and TIM ARANGO
AUG. 21, 2016 [-ir] [Baghdad] [Iraq and Syria in civil wars, basically, that are sectarian] [no greater example of the Sunni-Shi'a sectarian faultline than that that runs through Iraq and Syria] [use 350, 355-455, 463] [followup, Jul 31] [Iraq executes three dozen ISIL members who'd killed Iraqi Shi'a] [*]
BAGHDAD -- Hatam Kareem received the telephone call on Sunday that he had been waiting for, saying the men who killed his brother had been executed by hanging.
"It was the happiest call I have ever received," he said.