ISP Headlines from 1 to 15 August 2015

ISP Headlines from 1 to 15 August 2015 (* for noteworthy news)
1 AUGUST 2015

Three members of bin Laden family killed in UK jet crash: police
*New Taliban leader purportedly rejects peace process ‘propaganda’
*Iraqi Kurds warn PKK [to leave civilian areas] amid Turkey air strikes
Scorching ‘heat dome’ over Middle East sees temperatures soar to 165F [66C] in Iran
Wing flap possibly linked to missing MH370 arrives in France
Lion Cecil’s Killing Sparks ‘Canned Hunting’ Debate in S. Africa
*Palestinians to haul Israel before ICC in wake of arson attack, Abbas says
Syrian Rebel Group Leaves Their HQ After Clash With Al-Qaida
Exiled Yemen prime minister returns to war-torn city of Aden
With Star Wars relaunch, the Force is with Electronic Arts
Naomi Campbell convicted of paparazzo attack in Italy
*Harriet Harman: France should compensate British hauliers and holidaymakers [for migrant troubles in Calais]
*Vladimir Putin responsible for Alexander Litvinenko’s murder, [UK] inquiry hears
Hillary Clinton’s disclosure day [State Dept email dump]
Merkel to run for fourth term in 2017: Der Spiegel
Modi’s Bangladesh Border [agreement] Breakthrough Bodes Well
Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach
Kiska [Slovak president] criticizes Russian veto of MH17 tribunal
Plane crash at CarFest in Oulton Park, Cheshire – live
Man accused of attacking Jerusalem gay pride parade to remain in custody
Rivals of ISIS Attack U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebel Group
A memorial for Samuel DuBose, who was killed on July 19 – Samuel DuBose’s Death in Cincinnati Points to Off-Campus Power of College Police
*Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush First, and Hard, in Speech on Race
*Israel – Jewish Arsonists Suspected in West Bank Attack That Killed Palestinian Toddler
Greek Debt Crisis Adds to a Spike in Burglaries and Robberies
*US Decides to Retaliate Against China’s Hacking
*St. Louis County Biased Against Black Juveniles, Justice Department Finds
Key Voting Rights Test Now in Federal Judge’s Hands [Winston-Salem, N.C.]
Dylann Roof, Suspect in Charleston Killings, Indicates Desire to Plead Guilty [to avoid death penalty]
*Super PACs supporting Jeb Bush have raised over $108 million dollars.
Emails Expand on Mosaic of Hillary Clinton’s Days as Secretary of State
Donald Trump’s Instinct for Racially Charged Rhetoric, Before His Presidential Bid
*Perdue Sharply Cuts Antibiotic Use in Chickens and Jabs at Its Rivals
Talks for Pacific Trade Deal Stumble

2 AUGUST 2015

MH370 search: New debris on Reunion investigated
Suicide Attack by Kurdish Militants in Turkey Kills 2 Soldiers
Osama’s sister, stepmother were on holiday during plane crash
Egypt court postpones Al-Jazeera English verdict to Aug. 29
Kerry says United States, Egypt return to ‘stronger base’ in relationship
New leader of Afghan Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mansour calls for unity
Germany’s Merkel has chance of absolute majority, poll shows
Zimbabwe alleges a 2nd American killed a lion with bow and arrow in illegal hunt
*Calais migrant crisis: David Cameron accused of ‘playing politics’
Rabbi, wife investigated over ties with Israeli gay pride attacker
UK – CarFest crash: Oulton Park event resumes after pilot’s death
Flooding Kills 27 in Myanmar
*Burundi’s former intelligence chief, president’s ally, killed: official
Australia’s speaker exits over ‘choppergate’ expenses scandal
India – Over 20 killed in Manipur Landslide
*Indonesia – National scene: Rachmawati sings praises of Kim Jong
25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight
UAE Accuses 41 of Forming Terrorist Organization, Planning Terror Attacks
Canada election 2015: Stephen Harper set to meet Governor General for election [campaign kick off]
*India – Gudaspur attack: Terrorist was wearing gloves with the label ‘Made in Pakistan’
Joe Biden Said to Be Taking New Look at Presidential Run
The Parched West – Dry Days Bring Ferocious Start to Fire Season
*Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later [psychologist William Lewinski]
Taliban’s New Leader Urges Unity, Playing Down Peace Talk [Akhtar Muhammad Mansour]
Protesters in Baghdad on Friday – 120 Degrees and No Relief? ISIS Takes Back Seat for Iraqis
After Deal, Europeans Are Eager to Do Business in Iran
Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan With His Legacy in Mind
New Orleans Hospital Is Replaced, With Hope of Preserving Its Mission [Charity Hospital]
Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges
*Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving [does the “small pool of rich” have anything to do with the 1%]
Preparing for Debate, Republicans Test Themselves Against Donald Trump
Inquiry [on State Dept emails] Faults Huma Abedin, Close Aide to Hillary Clinton
Mark Karpeles, Chief of Bankrupt Bitcoin Exchange, Is Arrested in Tokyo

3 AUGUST 2015

Greek stocks plunge, banks hammered, after five-week crisis shut down
Why Obama is doubling down on new climate change plan
MH370 Search: Storm Could Wash More Debris Onto Reunion Beaches
Plane crash and airstrikes in residential area kill at least 27 in Syria
Following death of Cecil, Zimbabwe authorities ID 2nd American who killed lion
UK – Heath abuse claims: Police appeal for any victims or witnesses
Mullah Omar’s Death Leaves Taliban Locked in Leadership Struggle
Yemen conflict: President Hadi loyalists storm key air base
Report: US-Led Strikes in Iraq, Syria Killed 459 Civilians
Shanghai man loses foot in escalator accident
Iranian censors act against critics of nuclear deal -ISNA
India – Modi govt signs historic peace accord with Nagaland’s NSCN(IM)
India retains June-Sept monsoon rainfall forecast in likely drought year
Soldiers in Hungary Begin Building Fence to Stop Migrants
UN states set goal to end poverty, hunger in next 15 years
*Nigerian Troops Rescue 178 People From Boko Haram
Trump Fires Aide Over Racist Facebook Posts [Sam Nunberg]
*American voters oppose Iran deal 2-1 [avoiding war is always an up-hill battle]
Malaysia Agency Says Money in Razak’s Personal Account Isn’t From 1MDB
US jets extend their mission to defend favoured rebels against Assad in Syria
Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion Could Be Extradited To Zimbabwe
*Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel
Puerto Ricans Brace for Crisis in Health Care
Probation May Sound Light, but Punishments Can Land Hard
Rohingya Women Flee Violence Only to Be Sold Into Marriage
Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King
*Israeli Justice Is Seen to Be Often Uneven Among Palestinian Cases
Kerry Warns Egypt Human Rights Abuses Can Hurt Fight Against Terrorism
*A Maryland Town Fires Its Black Police Chief, Exposing a Racial Rift
Officer Sean Bolton – Memphis Police Seek Man in Death of Officer
Bigger May Be Better for Health Insurers, but Doubts Remain for Consumers
Obama Policy Could Force Robust Climate Discussion From 2016 Candidates
Jeb Bush’s Camp Sees an Upside to Donald Trump’s Surge in the G.O.P.
*Donald Trump Attacks as Republican Rivals Court Donors at Koch Retreat
Onetime Allies on Wall Street Have Uneasy Prison Reunion After Insider Trading Trials
Media companies like Viacom and Tumblr pair brands with social media sensations like Todrick Hall, a YouTube star.
Greece’s Market Reopens, European Banks Report Results, and Tesla Announces Earnings
UN decries death of peacekeeper in CAR
Nigerian army frees 178 who were held by Boko Haram
Syrian military plane crashes, with at least 27 killed
Rocket attack on car kills Burundi general

4 AUGUST 2015

UK – Edward Heath abuse claims: Three forces investigating ex-PM
Zimbabwean hunter says he did nothing wrong in luring Cecil the lion to his death
Anti-Houthi fighters score more gains in south Yemen
*Two shot dead in Toronto after Drake music festival party [has Canada becomes just like the US]
Shafqat Hussain: Family’s despair after Pakistan convict hanged
*Seven killed, about 20 taken in suspected Boko Haram attack in Cameroon
*Tensions in Taliban ranks as head of militant group’s Qatar office resigns
*EU, US Call for Turkish Restraint Against Kurds
John Leslie Munro, the Last of the World War II ‘Dambuster’ Pilots, Dies at 96
‘Miracle’ no-one injured when Netherlands cranes collapsed
Corruption Case Against Julius Malema, South African Opposition Leader, Is Dismissed
Picasso ‘national treasure’ seized by French customs
Malaysia – Najib Razak and 1MDB ‘cleared’ over funds in PM’s account
Russia Seeks Coalition Against Islamic State While Backing Assad
Who killed hitchBOT? Video adds new chapter to murky Philadelphia murder mystery
*Trillions of Dollars Needed For Anti-Poverty Plan, Says UN
South China Sea tensions at ASEAN talks
Australia’s speaker exits over ‘choppergate’ expenses scandal
India – 11 killed in Thane building collapse
*Russia expels Swedish diplomat in what it says is a tit-for-tat move
China Seeks Businessman [Ling Wancheng] Said to Have Fled to U.S., Further Straining Ties
Effective Ovarian Cancer Treatment Is Underused, Study Finds
Move to Fight Obama’s Climate Plan Started Early
Fragile Burundi Casts a Wary Eye on Rwanda
*Vigilante Effort After a Child’s Death Underlines Stark Change in West Bank
John Kerry Wins Gulf States’ Cautious Support for Iran Deal
Cleaning Up a Legacy of Pollution on an Alaskan Island
*Planned Parenthood Leader Defends Group as Senate Blocks Bill to End Its Funding
*ACLU Sues Over Handcuffing of Boy, 8, and Girl, 9, in Kentucky School
Uneven Performances in Trump-less Republican Forum
Democrats Unveil a Plan to Fight Gerrymandering
Obama Administration Urges States to Cut Health Insurers’ Requests for Big Rate Increases
*Puerto Rico Defaults on Bond Payment
Alpha Natural Resources, a Onetime Coal Giant, Files for Bankruptcy Protecton
Trans-Pacific Partnership Session Ends With Heels Dug In

5 AUGUST 2015

*Fears for migrants after boat capsizes in Mediterranean
Senate sets Iran debate for September after five-week break
Zim hunter who lured Cecil has case postponed
UK – Anjem Choudary protests innocence as charged with terror offence
World Record Holder: Free Diving Can Be Addicting and Liberating [Natalia Molchanova]
Embrace divorcees, pope asks church
*Israel in ordeal over rising Jewish extremism [the  normal consequence of successive far-right governments]
2 atomic bombs, a surrender: Reports from Japan’s 9 dark days
Saipan has no water, electricity in aftermath of typhoon
EA, Sony Predict Gaming Growth Fueled by Star Wars Battlefront
Two children die after boat capsizes on Lake Victoria
IS Egypt affiliate threatens to kill Croatian hostage in 48 hours
*Iran calls military intervention in Syria ‘unacceptable’
Mistral warships: Russia and France agree compensation deal
*Italy invites (Iranian President) Rouhani for official visit to Rome
*Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit highest number since 2009, UN says
HitchBot returning to Canada for possible rebuild
The Times Diary (TMS): Edward Heath’s reactions and Jeremy Corbyn’s closet
India – Congress charges Modi govt with being ‘soft’ on terror
EU-Vietnam deal paves way for major trade boost
*Israel struggles with racist underground [it’s hardly “underground” at all and more likely condoned by many senior officials]
ISIS or Al Qaeda? American Officials Split Over Top Terror Threat
Friends of Joe Biden Worry a Run for President Could Bruise His Legacy
A Belated Look at New York’s Cooling Towers, Prime Suspect in Legionnaires’ Outbreak
*Mohammod Abdulazeez – Chattanooga Gunman a Solitary Visitor in Jordan
*Israel Detains Meir Kahane’s Grandson, a Scion of Jewish Militancy
On Island of Lesbos, a Microcosm of Greece’s Other Crisis: Migrants
A Taste of Basque Paella Amid Idaho’s Potatoes
*Sandra Bland’s Mother Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit [death in a Texas jail cell called suicide]
Article on Darren Wilson Offers Window on His Life After Ferguson Shooting [unarmed black teenager Michael Brown]
John Kasich Is In, Rick Perry Is Out in First Republican Debate
As Republicans Debate, Campaigns Will Serve Up Instant Spin Online
Obama Begins Campaign in Congress for Iran Nuclear Deal
Puerto Rico Has Another Debt Worry on Horizon
UN: Afghanistan conflict sees more women, children as casualties
Group alleges war crimes by Sudanese forces
UN presses Burundi to probe human rights violations
Pro-government fighters regain 10 towns in Yemen
Boko Haram suspected in deadly raid, kidnappings in Cameroon

6 AUGUST 2015

Hiroshima marks atomic bombing, worries about steps toward war
MH370: Malaysians say parts of windows, seat cushions have washed up
Deadly suicide blast strikes Saudi security forces at mosque near Yemen
4 Palestinians Die in Blast From Ordnance Found in Gaza War’s Rubble
*200 migrants feared dead after fishing boat capsizes in Mediterranean
Afghan Air Force Helicopter Crashes, Killing 15 Soldiers, Two Crew
Thousands Evacuated as Taiwan Readies for Biggest Typhoon of 2015
Poland swears in opposition-backed conservative as president
Africa – See the Farms Where Lions Are Bred to be Hunted
UK – Tube strike today: Latest updates on Thursday afternoon as union calls for pay [increase]
Will Obama’s attacks on Iran deal opponents hurt his cause?
Watchdog: “Renewed activity,” at possible Iran nuclear site
*UK – Kids Company: ‘£3m donation withdrawn amid police probe’
Negotiators hope to wrap up Trans-Pacific Partnership talks this month
Legendary Russian freediver feared dead after disappearing off Spain
Iran, Turkey must work together to fight IS: Rouhani
IS Egypt affiliate threatens to kill Croatian hostage in 48 hours
Japan PM Shinzo Abe says he will express ‘remorse’ over World War II
Pope slams ‘atrocious, inhuman’ persecution of Christians
UK – Pippa a family gal [Pippa Middleton]
It’s Either Iran Nuclear Deal or ‘Some Sort of War,’ Obama Warns
Turkey’s Push Into War Is Seen as Erdogan’s Political Strategy
Reunion Debris Is Almost Surely From Flight 370, Officials Say
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivors Pass Their Stories to a New Generation
Money, Lust and Kung Fu: Shaolin’s ‘C.E.O. Monk’ Is Under Fire
Much of China is transfixed by allegations that the abbot of the famed Shaolin Temple, now a commercial empire, is a swindler and serial philanderer
Texas ID Law Called Breach of Voting Rights Act
California Fire, Aided by Drought, Defies Tactics to Defeat It
Obama Drafts Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors
Fox News Moderators Look for Ways to Keep 10 Candidates on Their Toes
Seeing Likely Nominee, Hillary Clinton Hits Jeb Bush Hard
Liquefied Natural Gas Makes Qatar an Energy Giant
*SEC Approves Rule on CEO Pay Ratio
How Much Is a C.E.O. Worth? America’s Confused Approach to Pay

7 AUGUST 2015

Islamic State Seizes Dozens of Syrian Christians in Homs Province
Typhoon Soudelor: From Saipan to Taiwan, Follow the Monster Storm’s Path
France steps up search for debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
North Korea Is Creating Its Very Own Time Zone Today
Iran nuclear deal opens diplomatic channels for Syria
*Another Secular Blogger in Bangladesh Is Killed
*Suicide bomber targets Kabul police academy, casualties reported
Officials Suspect Russia in Pentagon Email Attack
Three Russian pilots kidnapped in Mali hotel attack: army
Nigeria’s President Buhari announces weapons production plan
$8.5 billion Suez Canal extension opens in Cairo
Migrants arriving on Greek island of Kos hope for new life
Sister of Jailed Egypt Activist Urges IS Not to Kill Croat
In flooded Myanmar, government clears path for aid workers
*Squalid, crowded migrant camp in Calais takes on air of permanence
Kids Company rally at Downing Street comes as Cameron defends £3m grant
Labour front-runner Corbyn refuses to condemn the IRA
Jeremy Corbyn A woman, carrying her baby, prays in front of the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan
Climbers’ remains found decades after disappearance in Swiss Alps
CNN  – ?38 minutes ago?
#NotAllMuslims Execute 19 Women For Refusing Sex Slavery
French Hostage Isabelle Prime to Return Home From Yemen
Rivals Jab at Donald Trump as Republican Debate Becomes Testy
Before Main Republican Debate, Bottom 7 Contenders Put On Brave Faces
Chuck Schumer Opposes Iran Nuclear Deal, Shaking Democratic Firewall
*Soul-Searching in Israel After Bias Attacks on Gays and Arabs
Mexicans Aren’t Buying Official Account of ‘El Chapo’ Escape
Cuban Youth See New U.S. Embassy, but Same Old Drab Life
Descendants Keep Alive Legacy of 1877 Black Settlement in Kansas
Texas Watchdog Group Calls Another Political Titan to Account
Pennsylvania Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, Charged in Leak Case
Marco Rubio was one of the winners of the evening – Bush and Trump Aren’t Among the G.O.P. Debate Winners
The Most Important Audience in the G.O.P. Debate? It’s Not the Voters
Coal Industry Wobbles as Market Forces Slug Away
As China Reduces Local Spending, Cities Woo Private Investors
The Tale of an Anxious Economic Recovery, Told by a Revived Textile Mill
Libyan peace talks will restart next week
Visit by Syrian official to Oman may show interest in peace negotiations
*UN envoy: Burundi violence is threat to region
South Sudan peace talks resume
Islamic State seizes Syrian town, kidnaps Christian families

8 AUGUST 2015

Hostages killed in Mali hotel siege from South Africa, Russia, Ukraine
*Father of Palestinian Toddler Killed in West Bank Arson Attack Dies in Hospital
Typhoon Soudelor Sweeps Taiwan, Moving Towards Mainland China
*Bangladesh blogger Niloy Neel hacked to death in Dhaka
Palace on China’s ‘PH-Japan teamup’ claim: We have right to do so
Zimbabwe wants Cecil’s killer extradited from US
Boko Haram fears increase in Cameroon
Iran deal no quick windfall for oil companies
In Philadelphia, pope to use podium where Lincoln gave famed address
North Korea establishes its own time zone by pushing the clock back 30 minutes
India – Five women accused of practising witchcraft beaten to death by villagers
The ‘second Suez Canal’ battle
Calais migrants bemused by demo calling for Britain to ‘open its borders to all’
ISIS Vows More Attacks After Saudi Mosque Bombing
*Islamic State Executed ‘Unprecedented’ 2,070 Iraqis Around Mosul
India, Pakistan talks face new hurdles as expectations diverge
*Israel behind assassinations of Iran nuclear scientists, Ya’alon hints
*Syrian conflict ‘has killed quarter of a million people’
Singaporeans have ample reason to celebrate: PM Lee Hsien Loong
Fear That Debate Could Hurt G.O.P. in Women’s Eyes
*Life Sentence for James Holmes, Aurora Theater Gunman
*Fears of Lasting Rift as Obama Battles Pro-Israel Group on Iran
*In a First, a Sudanese Migrant Nearly Crosses the English Channel on Foot
*Waves of Suicide Attacks Shake Kabul on Its Deadliest Day of 2015
North Korea to Move 30 Minutes Backward to Create Its Own Time Zone
Most Railroads Won’t Meet Deadline for Safety Controls, Report Says
Army Ranger School a Test for Women in Combat Roles
Peace Activists Descend on Los Alamos, but Residents Remain Indifferent
Hillary Clinton Has Her Own Celebrity Moment After Debate
Republican Debate Draws 24 Million Viewers
Fox News Moderators Bring a Sharpened Edge to the Republican Debate Stage
Job Growth Steady in July, Possibly Easing Path for Fed Action
6 Strategies to Extend Savings Without Working Longer
Why a Boring Jobs Report Is Great News for the Fed

9 AUGUST 2015

On remembering Hiroshima, 70 years later
Iraq’s Premier, Facing Protests, Proposes Government Overhaul
Singapore turns 50, and celebrates with fanfare
Russian citizen held inside Mali hotel captured by militants – IFX cites embassy
*Nine suspected Jewish extremists arrested in wake of firebombing
Frontrunner to Lead UK’s Labour Party Endorses Nationalisation
Reports: 6 US F-16 fighter jets arrive at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base
Report: Typhoon Soudelor kills dozen in China
*UK Considers All Options to Block Migrants From Channel Tunnel
Iran military chief reportedly backs nuke deal despite concerns
Trump loses top adviser over sexism row [Roger Stone]
Pope Francis to use Lincoln’s Gettysburg lectern during speech in Philadelphia
Haitians go to the polls in delayed vote
Naqvi calls Congress destructive opposition
Cong terms Pakistan refusal to invite J&K speaker as dramatics
Back door diplomacy in Kashmir won’t improve Indo-Pak relations: Modi, Sharif
Deadline passes for Croat held by IS militants in Egypt
Final Hearing for Reporter Held in Iran Is Scheduled for Monday
Pope learns ravioli the secret to joy
Iran Quds chief visited Russia despite UN travel ban: Iran official
Hand-Wringing in G.O.P. After Donald Trump’s Remarks on Megyn Kelly
Pain of Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis Is Weighing on the Little Guy, Too
A Moscow of Dancing Feet, Under an Iron Fist
In Handling Barrage of Attacks, Afghan Forces Show Training Is Paying Off
29 U.S. Scientists Praise Iran Nuclear Deal in Letter to Obama
California Effort to Issue Driver’s Licenses to Immigrants Receives Surge of Applicants
A Year On, Ferguson Killing Is Recalled
Medicare, Reversing Itself, Will Pay More for an Expensive New Cancer Drug
Jeb Bush Gets Applause at Conservative Forum
Hillary Clinton Emails Take Long Path to Controversy
Did Roger Stone Jump, or Was He Pushed From Donald Trump’s Campaign?
Why Putting a Number to C.E.O. Pay Might Bring Change
Interactive Graphic: Highest-Paid Chiefs in 2014
S.E.C. Approves Rule on C.E.O. Pay Ratio
The Upshot: How Much Is a C.E.O. Worth? America’s Confused Approach to Pay
Companies See Benefits in Publicizing Pay Ratios
Petrobras Oil Scandal Leaves Brazilians Lamenting a Lost Dream
On the Defensive, the S.E.C. Quietly Pursues High-Profile Cases

10 AUGUST 2015

Attacks at Embassy, Police Station in Turkey
North Korea Accused of ‘Cowardly Act’ After Land Mines Injure 2
Reports: Zimbabwe lifts nationwide trophy hunting ban
*Peaceful rallies in Ferguson give way to violence, gunfire
Deadly car bomb explodes in Kabul stoking tension with Pakistan
India – Jharkhand temple stampede: DC, SP suspended
Jason Rezaian: End of Iran spy trial for US reporter
Child abuse scandal shocks Pakistan, families angry at police
Russian economy contracted by whopping 4.6 percent in Q2 after oil prices sank
Obama Defends Nuclear Deal to Youth in Iran, Israel
Typhoon batters China leaving 14 dead
*Israel releases ‘Jewish radicals’ detained in West Bank
Man dies after being gored while recording bull run on phone in Spain
Attacker Stabs 2 People to Death at Ikea Store in Sweden
Mazen Darwish, prominent Syria human rights activist, freed
*Migrant crisis alarms Britain — but fears clash with facts
Pope Francis on the anniversary of the bomb: ‘A lasting warning to humanity’
In Syria, deadly road-rage incident tars President Assad’s family
Pope sets up yearly Catholic Church day of care for environment
Tensions with Iran, oil in Iraq, the perpetual Islamic State problem
Shots Are Fired as Anniversary Is Marked in Ferguson
USA – Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)
Kurdish Role in Fighting ISIS in Syria Is Crucial to U.S., but Is Alarming Turkey
Widespread Child Sexual Abuse Case Rocks Pakistan
*Israel Continues Crackdown on Jewish Extremist Network
Iraq’s Premier, Facing Protests, Proposes Government Overhaul
Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets
Man Charged After 8 Members of Texas Family Are Found Dead
Harper Lee and Truman Capote: A Collaboration in Mischief
Donald Trump Remains Defiant on News Programs Amid G.O.P. Backlash
Similarities Aside, Bernie Sanders Isn’t Rerunning Howard Dean’s 2004 Race
Hillary Clinton to Offer Plan on Paying College Tuition Without Needing Loans
On the Defensive, the S.E.C. Quietly Pursues High-Profile Cases
Chobani’s Founder Sees Opportunity in a Coffee Insurgent
Berkshire Hathaway Is Said to Be Close to Deal to Buy Precision Castparts
UN adviser: Ending the South Sudan conflict hinges on accountability
4 UN peacekeepers killed in CAR
Mali siege is over, but not without fatalities
Taliban bombings continue in Afghanistan
2 women carry out attack on U.S. consulate in Turkey
Pro-government forces in Yemen take back central territory from Houthi rebels
Ukraine conflict continues despite cease-fire

11 AUGUST 2015

*Japan restarts nuclear reactor, 4 years after Fukushima. What’s at stake?
Suspected Russian missile parts found at MH17 crash site in Ukraine
Donald Trump is OK with ‘whining.’ Is it his superpower?
Iraqi parliament unanimously approves anti-corruption reforms
Disney apologizes over tweet on Nagasaki A-bomb anniversary
Blast kills around 50 in Nigeria’s Borno state
91-year-old Sydney man charged with importing cocaine
Australia slammed as climate change ‘foot-dragger’ after cuts rollback
Killing of Lion Spurs Zimbabwe to Boost Wildlife Protection
Iranian Foreign Minister Visits Lebanon on His Way to Syria
Russia, Saudis fail in talks to agree on fate of Syria’s Assad
Turkey PM: Syria no-fly zone needed
UK – What is the Tube strike row about?
Haiti’s first election in four years marred by sporadic violence
US F-16 crashes in Germany; pilot safe
Kurdish Militants Claim Deadly Attack on Turkish Police Station
Trial ends for US journalist held in Iran on spying charges
Cameroon forces kill 10 Boko Haram fighters, arrest several
At Least 40 Die in 2 Days in Egypt Over Sweltering Heatwave
A rare glimpse into Princess Diana’s day at royal wedding
*Emergency Declared in Ferguson After Shooting
Watts, 50 Years On, Stands in Contrast to Today’s Conflicts
Google to Reorganize in Move to Keep Its Lead as an Innovator
For Many in Spain, a Heralded Economic Recovery Feels Like a Bust
Japan Restarts Reactor, Lifting 2-Year Ban on Nuclear Power
A French Couple’s Love for the American West Ends in Tragedy
Environmental Agency Uncorks Its Own Toxic Water Spill at Colorado Mine
Want a Real Old White House Memento? Warning: It Won’t Be Cheap
Housing for Homeless Veterans Is Planned for Ex-Walter Reed Site
Megyn Kelly Says She Won’t Be Cowed by Donald Trump
A Republican Agitator in the Senate Makes Friends Across the Aisle
Lawrence Lessig to Explore a Run for President as a Democrat
*China Devalues Its Currency as Economic Slowdown Raises Concerns
Stock Buybacks Draw Scrutiny From Politicians
Anti-Gay Clerk Ignores Court Order, Still Refuses To Do Her Job
*American Schools Are More Segregated Now Than They Were In 1968, And The Supreme Court Doesn’t Care
*White Militiamen, Openly Carrying Large Guns, Descend On Ferguson
*Why No One Ignores The Boycott Israel Movement Anymore
Why Ohio Shut Down Judges Who Want To Get Out Of Performing Same-Sex Marriages

12 AUGUST 2015

Croatian ISIS captive reportedly beheaded
South Korean Man, 80, Sets Self on Fire at Anti-Japan Rally
6 injured after US military helicopter crashes off coast of Japanese island
Syrian air strikes kill 31, rebels bombard Damascus: monitor
*Refugees stream into Greek island [Kos], meet wretched conditions
Zarif says Berri’s ‘wisdom’ helps protect Lebanon
Afghan Intel Claims Pakistan Implicated in Kabul Attacks
*Sweden and Ecuador in talks as timer runs down on sex allegations against Julian Assange [Sweden doing US bidding for “strategic reasons”]
52 migrants rescued by Italian navy
Malaysian opposition party sues PM Najib for alleged election offenses
Iraq parliament votes to transform ruling system in boost for Abadi
Bush on ISIL: US may need more troops
Japan – Abe urged to atone for past
Missile parts found at crash site of flight MH17 in Ukraine
Indonesia President Widodo Reshuffles His Cabinet
Archaeologist Says He May Have Found Nefertiti’s Tomb
Truce Between Hezbollah Fighters, Militants Starts in Syria
North Korean Vice Premier Executed
*Why America Should Aim To Contain — Rather Than Destroy — ISIS
*Amnesty International approves policy to decriminalize sex trade
Currency Move by China Clouds Its Policy Goals
*Jeb Bush Blames Hillary Clinton and Obama for Iraq’s Decline
*After 2 Killers Fled, New York Prisoners Say, Beatings Were Next
A Milestone in Africa: No Polio Cases in a Year
Iraqi Parliament Backs Overhaul of Government
El Salvador Cracks Down on Crime, but Gangs Remain Unbowed
*Officer Brad Miller – Arlington, Tex., Officer Is Fired in Fatal Shooting of Christian Taylor
*Data on Use of Force by Police Across U.S. Proves Almost Useless [because authorities didn’t demande that data on police action be taken seriously, just “get the job done”]
USA – Newlyweds Are Accused of Planning to Join ISIS
House Republicans, Seizing on Health Law, Challenge Executive Branch
State by State, Democratic Party Is Erasing Ties to Jefferson and Jackson
*Number of Uninsured Has Declined by 15 Million Since 2013, Administration Says
Handling of Trump Puts Fox on the Spot – From left, Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier at the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday
Why Did China Devalue Its Currency? Two Big Reasons
Nine Charged in Insider Trading Case Tied to Hackers
WHO: With Africa clear, polio fight focuses on Pakistan, Afghanistan
48-hour cease-fire allows aid distribution in 3 Syrian towns
UN mission in CAR to investigate peacekeeper’s alleged rape of child
Dozens killed by bomb set off in Nigerian market

13 AUGUST 2015

Apocalyptic Aftermath: The Devastating Images After Tianjin, China, Explosion
Fidel Castro turns 89; says US has hefty debt to Cuba
Blast in busy Baghdad market kills at least 60
*Al-Qaeda leader purportedly pledges allegiance to Taliban
*Assange reaffirms innocence as sex assault case dropped [the US wanted Assange and reportedly forced Sweden to pursue him or have American jet engins for Sweden’s well-selling Gripen fighter jet denied, so Sweden caved in to US pressure]
Second term beckons for Myanmar president after rival ousted
Turkish Coalition Talks End Fruitlessly, Making New Elections Likely
Croatia says 2 groups were involved in hostage’s abduction
Beijing Police: Man Fatally Stabs Woman, Injures French Man
*Turkey, Iran help broker rare truce in Syria
Greek Island of Kos, Overwhelmed With Migrants, Tries to Move Them Along
UK – Yvette Cooper: Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policies ‘not credible’
ISIS Hackers Released Details About 1400 Americans, Urge Attacks
Netanyahu: Gas arrangements will lower cost of living
The Syrian Catastrophe And The World’s Deafening Silence
USA – An ugly fight on Iran
Rescuers pull 2 bodies from lagoon in Nigeria chopper crash
Pakistan awards death to 6 for Peshawar school attack
Head of scandal-hit UN Central Africa force resigns: UN chief
Retiring Army chief suggests US forces return to Iraq – to help fight ISIS
Devaluation Hints at China’s Rising Distress Over Economy
Facial Recognition Software Moves From Overseas Wars to Local Police
Former President Jimmy Carter – Jimmy Carter Says He Has Cancer
Deadly Explosions Hit China’s Port of Tianjin
Scandals in Brazil Prompt Fears of a Return to Turmoil
As Drug Kingpins Fall in Mexico, Cartels Fracture and Violence Surges
Mississippi Ban on Adoptions by Same-Sex Couples Is Challenged
*Officer Brad Miller – Texas Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man Made Mistakes, Police Experts Say [the real news is that “police experts” are the ones saying that mistakes were made]
*NSA Used Phone Records Program to Seek Iran Operatives [AT&T & Sprint involved in generalized spying]
Carly Fiorina Emerges as a G.O.P. Weapon Against ‘War on Women’ Charge
*Scott Walker Approves Public Funding of Basketball Arena [and possible charges of “charges of corporate welfare”]
Evoking Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Grabs for the Limelight During Southern Tour
Alibaba Revenue Misses Expectations; $4 Billion Stock Buyback Is Planned
The Perils of Ever-Changing Work Schedules Extend to Children’s Well-Being
A Less Defiant Germany Seems Prepared to Clear a Path for a Third Greek Bailout
Jeb Bush Supporters Taunt Black Protesters: ‘White Lives Matter’

14 AUGUST 2015

Kerry marks opening of US Embassy in Havana, critics rip ‘diplomacy for show’
Shinzo Abe Echoes Japan’s Past WWII Apologies but Adds None of His Own
Prince George: Why paparazzi present problem for royals
Europe’s Migration Wave: Latest Developments
Islamic State uses theology to justify rape, enslavement of Yazidi women
*Massive Explosions Rocks Tianjin, China
Islamic Jihad: If Hunger Striker Dies, We’ll Hold Israel Responsible
Cecil the Lion: Friend of Beloved Animal’s Killer Speaks Out
*11-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion gives birth in Paraguay
Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman greeted with cheers as he walks out of prison in Indonesia [accusations of child sexual abuse]
Iraqi Kurds say Islamic State attacked them with chemical weapons
*Eurozone Finance Ministers Signal Greek Bailout Deal Is Closer
Bangladesh police arrest two over blogger murder
*Pakistan raises Kashmir in Independence Day speech
One killed in clashes in Turkey`s restive southeast
*Hawkish parliamentarian named as Israel’s UN ambassador [more to come from the “international spoiled brat”]
Police disperse Cairo mass killing anniversary demos
Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric calls for reforms to start with judiciary
*Jeb Bush Says His Brother’s Security ‘Mission Was Accomplished’ in Iraq [you can’t throw your big brother to the wolves and expect to keep his friends and backers, so you assume his disasterous calls]
Putin’s False Account of NATO Frontline Troops
ISIS Enshrines a Theology of Rape
A Secretive Path to Raising U.S. Flag in Cuba
John Kasich’s Appeal to Moderates Gains Traction in New Hampshire
As Fire Smolders in Tianjin, Officials Rush to Stanch Criticism
Shinzo Abe’s Bid to Redefine Japan and Its Military Has Echoes of Family History
Bomb Claimed by ISIS Kills Dozens in Baghdad
*A Police Rookie in Texas at 49, Seeking a Niche in Life
Love for Jimmy Carter in Plains, Ga., Where He Stands Tall
Kentucky Clerk Defies Court on Marriage Licenses for Gay Couples
With $350 Billion Plan, Hillary Clinton Prods Rivals on Student Debt
Joe Biden Wades Further Into ’16 Bid
Marco Rubio Frustrates Those Taking a Zero-Abortion Stand
China’s Renminbi Devaluation May Initiate New Phase in Global Currency War
*China Seeks to Calm Markets as It Devalues Currency for 3rd Consecutive Day
In Good Times or Bad, Brazil Banks Profit
Ban moves quickly to curb sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers
U.S. launches inquiry into chemical weapons use by Islamic State
Cease-fire extended for 3 Syrian towns
Nigeria’s president sets 3-month deadline for eradicating Boko Haram
Russian-led talks focus on creating Syrian transitional government
Warring South Sudan parties given ultimatum on reaching peace deal
Security Council presses Guinea-Bissau officials to resume talks
Bomb attack at busy Iraqi market kills 54

15 AUGUST 2015

At least 40 migrants suffocated, died aboard boat in Mediterranean Sea
Tianjin Blast Destruction from Above
N. Korea threatens Seoul with war over military exercises with US
Japan emperor offers ‘remorse’ on WWII surrender anniversary
Syria ceasefire ends, fighting resumes
Queen Elizabeth II leads ceremonies in Britain for VJ Day
Hundreds of Troops, Tanks, Aircraft in Polish Army Parade
In second speech at Red Fort, PM Narendra Modi calls for Start-up India
At least 40 migrants found dead at sea in smuggling boat near Libya, another …
PM Nawaz, Modi exchange Independence Day felicitations
*Report: Fearing riots, prisons locked down amid deterioration of Palestinian [hunger striker]
Yemen rebels withdraw from capital of a province in the south, as anti-rebel [progress]
VJ Day: Surviving Burma veterans mark anniversary
3 soldiers killed in bomb attack in eastern Turkey
New Taliban chief welcomes Al Qaeda’s pledge of loyalty
Japan marks 70 years since its World War II surrender
Defence appeals death sentence for Egypt’s Morsi
Lebanese Security Forces Arrest Fugitive Hard-Line Cleric
Brazilian police under investigation over Sao Paulo killing spree
The Swedish sex-work model is a success [but kept Assange under sex accusation as long as possible]
Jaelyn Young and Muhammad Dakhlalla – Young Mississippi Couple Linked to ISIS, Perplexing All
Taliban Present Gentler Face but Wield Iron Fist in Afghan District
Bernie Sanders, an Outlier? The Senator Begs to Differ
Shinzo Abe Echoes Japan’s Past World War II Apologies but Adds None
Death Toll in Chinese Fire Rises, Along With Anger at Apparent Safety Lapses
As Greek Bailout Deal Passes, Alexis Tsipras Faces Rebellion
Kerry Strikes Delicate Balance in Havana Trip for Embassy Flag-Raising
Decades After Pearl Harbor, a Mission to Honor ‘the Unknowns’ Gains Urgency
Mystery of ‘Baby Doe’ Troubles Massachusetts Investigators
At Iowa’s State Fair, Candidates Brave Cholesterol and Hecklers
*FBI Tracking Path of Classified Email From State Dept. to Hillary Clinton
President Obama played golf Wednesday during his summer vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.
Low Oil Prices Pose Threat to Texas Fracking Bonanza
Airbnb Horror Story Points to Need for Precautions
Betting on a Smooth Ride, Investors Flock to Tesla


Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 655, 31 July 2015

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 655, 31 July 2015

The leading topics of July 2015 were: AFRICA – Boko Haram, Burundi, Rwanda & Obama; ISRAEL – More and more extremist & anti-everything, including Iran; US POLITICS – Trump, the Popo & gay Boy Scouts; WESTERN EUROPE – Migrant troubles & UK politics; IRAN – Deal made while Israel screams; MIDDLE EAST – ISIS, Taliban & Al-Qaida; US COPS – NYC, Baltimore, Cincinnati & Texas; ASIA – China crash, Myanmar & Japan; GREECE – Debt relief & bailout; US GUNS – Roof, Chattanooga & Lafayette; NSA – Still spying on everybody, including Germany & Japan; CONFEDERATE FLAG – Comes down in South Carolina after church massacre; CIA – Psychologists, torture & hackings; LATIN AMERICA – Cuba, USA & Colombia; and DIVERS – BP, WHO, Ebola & Ukraine.

Last month’s leading topics were: ISRAEL/PALESTINE – Israel Plays Tough, UN Investigates Gaza War; US POLITICS – GOP Presidentals Everywhere, Obamacare Survives, Same-Sex Marriage OK; MIDDLE EAST – ISIS War, Saudi-Yemen War, Turkey Vote Down Erdogan; US COPS – More Unarmed Deaths, Trials of Cops Begin; WESTERN EUROPE – FIFA, Migrants, Child Sex & Vatican; US SPYING – NSA Bill, Cyber Attacks, Spies in UK, France, China & Russia; AFRICA – Bashir Excapes, Tunisian Terror Attack; US EXTREMISM – Charleston Massacre, Confederate Flag; ASIA – China Island-Building; IRAN – No Nuclear Agreement Yet; GREECE – No Debt Solution Yet; PAKISTAN/AFGHANISTAN – Several Militant Groups, Several Attacks; CLIMATE CHANGE – Pope & Global Warming; EASTERN EUROPE – More Sanctions, Russia-Ukraine Conflict Continues; and DIVERS.


AFRICA – Boko Haram, Burundi, Rwanda & Obama
03 *Boko Haram kills nearly 200 in two days
03 *UN declares Burundi elections not free or credible
05 *Tunisia declares state of emergency
06 *Burundi coup general says force only way to oust president
06 *Nigerian military frees 180 Boko Haram suspects held for months, including women
12 *Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria and Chad kill at least 17 people
14 *Nigeria Military Leaders, Faulted in Fighting Militants, Are Fired [it’s taken a very long time and thousands of deaths to arrive at this rather obviously necessary action]
14 *Rwanda MPs back scrapping presidential term limits [another Africa nation does away with democratic checks and balances]
26 *Obama Defends Gay Rights on Kenya Trip
28 *’Nobody Should Be President for Life,’ Obama Tells Africa

ISRAEL – More and more extremist & anti-everything, including Iran
03 *UN body calls for Gaza war crimes trials
23 *Israel’s ambassador to the United States met with the most conservative House Republicans to urge them to “leave everything on the field” to derail the accord
22 *Netanyahu Is the Horseman of the Jewish Apocalypse – Huffington Post
28 *Netanyahu approves more West Bank construction despite demolition ruling
29 *An Attack on Gay Pride in Israel
29 *Israel passes law allowing force feeding of prisoners
31 *Israel – Jewish Arsonists Suspected in West Bank Attack That Killed Palestinian Toddler
31 *Israel – Repeat attacker stabs 6 at Jerusalem gay pride parade, police say
31 *Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Stabs 6 at a Gay Pride Parade for Second Time, Police Say

US POLITICS – Trump, the Popo & gay Boy Scouts
18 *Trump’s Appeal? GOP Is Puzzled, but His Fans Aren’t
19 *Donald Trump Says John McCain Is No War Hero, Setting Off Another Storm
19 *Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis
20 *For GOP, Pope Francis’s Visit to Congress Comes With Tensions [they prefer a representative of a hard rightwing government like that of Israel]
21 *Planned Parenthood accused abortion opponents of unlawfully infiltrating its clinics and making thousands of hours of surreptitious recordings that could be “deceptively” edited and released.
27 *Boy Scouts marched in the Gay Pride Parade in Manhattan last month. In 2013, the Scouts permitted the participation of gay youths, but not adults. That may change Monday.
28 *Bipartisan Push Builds to Relax Sentencing Laws
28 *Boy Scouts End Ban on Gay Leaders, Over Protests by Mormon Church

WESTERN EUROPE – Migrant troubles & UK politics
01 *Number of Migrants Reaching Europe Rises Sharply, UN Says
04 *Migrants disrupt cross-channel tunnel services at Calais
07 *Migrant dies in Channel Tunnel after jumping on UK-bound train
08 *UK – Tube strike: London Underground delays as strikes begin
09 *Underground rail strike brings London to standstill
27 *David Cameron replaces his entire business advisory board [UK businessmen do business with the EU and want to continue to do so, thus indecating that Cameron also leans that way]
29 *Man Dies as Migrants Storm Eurotunnel Terminal
31 *British leader pledges tougher line to block migrant crush across Channel

IRAN – Deal made while Israel screams
14 *Iran Nuclear Deal Is Reached After Long Negotiations
15 *Iran Deal Denounced by Netanyahu as ‘Historic Mistake’
16 *Iran’s conservatives take aim at nuclear deal [why don’t the ayatollahs join forces with the tea partyers]
18 *Ayatollah Khamenei, Backing Iran Negotiators, Endorses Nuclear Deal
19 *Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu to US Congress: Hold Out for Better Iran Deal
20 *UN Moves to Lift Sanctions on Iran After Nuclear Deal
20 *UN Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal Irks Congress [which proves that the current righ-wing Congress is completely out of step with the world]

MIDDLE EAST – ISIS, Taliban & Al-Qaida
02 *Jihadist Attacks on Egypt Grow Fiercer
12 *Islamic State leader killed by drone in Afghanistan
18 *ISIS Has Fired Chemical Mortar Shells, Evidence Indicates
23 *Afghan Security Forces Struggle Just to Maintain Stalemate
24 *Senior Al-Qaida Leader Killed by US Airstrike in Afghanistan
26 *Germany urges Turkey to respect proportionality in fight against PKK
29 *Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died in 2013, Afghans Declare

US COPS – NYC, Baltimore, Cincinnati & Texas
04 *Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders
09 *Baltimore Fires Police Chief in Wake of Unrest and Crime Surge
14 *NYC mayor notes police reforms since chokehold death of Eric Garner
22 *Officer Threatened Sandra Bland With Taser, Police Video Shows
27 *Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch – Lynch Says Death in Police Custody Highlights Fears Among Blacks
28 *Family of Sandra Bland Seeks Answers With Multiple Inquiries Into Case Underway
29 *University of Cincinnati Officer Indicted in Shooting Death of Samuel Dubose

ASIA – China crash, Myanmar & Japan
08 *How China’s Stock Market Crash Affects You
08 *Myanmar sets historic general election date
10 *Market Plunge in China Dents Communist Party’s Stature
16 *China issues stark warning to Japan over law that could see first troops …
17 *Japan Moves to Allow Military Combat for First Time in 70 Years
29 *Myanmar frees 7,000 political prisoners

GREECE – Debt relief & bailout
06 *Greeks Reject Bailout Terms in Rebuff to European Leaders
10 *Greek Plan Accepts Austerity to Get Debt Relief
11 *Greece’s Parliament Approves Prime Minister’s Bailout Plan
13 *Deal on Greek Debt Crisis Is Reached, but Long Road Remains
15 *IMF Demands Greece Debt Relief as Condition for Bailout

US GUNS – Roof, Chattanooga & Lafayette
11 *Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, FBI Says
17 *Gunman Kills 4 Marines at Military Site in Chattanooga
24 *Gunman kills 2, himself in Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater
25 *Lafayette Shooting Adds Another Angry Face in the Gunmen’s Gallery [just another angry right-winger with a gun]

NSA – Still spying on everybody, including Germany & Japan
01 *Surveillance Court Rules That NSA Can [temporarily] Resume Bulk Data Collection
02 *Berlin to meet US ambassador over spying reports: source
28 *NSA Will Not Be Allowed to Keep Old Phone Records
31 *Wikileaks says US spied on another ally — this time, Japan

CONFEDERATE FLAG – Comes down in South Carolina after church massacre
07 *South Carolina’s Senators Take Step to Remove the Confederate Flag
09 *Oratory on Confederate Flag in South Carolina Legislature Shows Deep Divisions
10 *Republicans Yield as Confederate Flag Issue Roils Congress
11 *Era Ends as South Carolina Lowers Confederate Flag

CIA – Psychologists, torture & hackings
10 *USA – Hacking of Government Computers Exposed 21.5 Million People
11 *A new report examines the collaboration between psychologists and officials at the CIA and the Pentagon – Psychologists Shielded US Torture Program, Report Finds
23 *White House finalizing plan to close Guantanamo prison
25 *US Fears Data Stolen by Chinese Hacker Could Identify Spies
31 *US Psychologists Urged to Curb Questioning Terror Suspects

LATIN AMERICA – Cuba, USA & Colombia
01 *US and Cuba Reach an Agreement to Reopen Embassies, Officials Say
12 *Drug lord Chapo Guzman tunnels out of maximum-security Mexico prison
13 *Colombia, FARC Rebels Reach Major De-Escalation Deal
21 *US and Cuba Reopen Long-Closed Embassies

DIVERS – BP, WHO, Ebola & Ukraine
03 *BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
08 *Panel Calls WHO Unfit to Handle a Crisis Like Ebola
16 *Ukraine Takes Steps Toward Greater Autonomy for Russian-Backed East [it looks like Ukraine is starting to realiwe that Western promises won’t solve its problems with Russia]