News Alert No.55: Brazil Presidential Poll: Dilma Rouseff to face Aécio Neves in election runoff, on October 26

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On October 5, Brazilians casted their vote to choose the country’s next president. Incumbent Dilma Rousseff (Workers Party) took 41.1% in this first round, and Aécio Neves (Social Democratic Party) 34.2%. This means that, in terms of foreign policy, two significantly different approaches will compete in election runoff. Brazil’s “way towards the Exterior passes through […]

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News Alert No.54: Somali and African Union forces take control of Baraawe, a strategic al-Shabaab stronghold

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On October 5, Somali troops, backed by the African Union Mission is Somalia (Amisom) have taken control of Baraawe, “a port town used by al Shabaab to bring in arms and fighters from abroad, after the al Qaeda-linked militants fled without a fight”[1]. According to an Amisom press release, the city of Baraawe “is located […]

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News Alert No.53 : Islamic State (ISIL) plans to grab Iranian ‘nuclear secrets’

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The Islamic State (ISIL) “is urging its members to plan for war with Iran and has ambitions to seize Tehran’s nuclear secrets, according to a manifesto attributed to one of its most senior members”, The Sunday Times reports on October 5[1]. The British newspaper also says that “the document, typed on perforated sheets, is believed […]

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News Alert No.52: North Korea has finished upgrading the Sohae Satellite Launching Station

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On October 2, The New York Times reports that “recent commercial satellite imagery” are proof “North Korea has completed a yearlong project to upgrade its main satellite launching station, which is widely believed to be a test site for its intercontinental ballistic missile program”. The same source mentions that the upgrade process included “modifying the […]

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News Alert No.51 : Iraqi pilots mistakenly dropped supplies and weapons to ISIL

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On October 1, Al Arabiya reported that Iraqi military pilots “mistakenly dropped food, water and arms to ISIS militants last month”. Hakim Al-Zamili, one of the members of the Iraqi Parliament’s security and defense committee, told Al Arabiya News that “some pilots transporting aid – arms and food – did not drop the relief to […]

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News Alert No.50: Reactions to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the UN indicate that Israeli and U.S. opinions on globally important geo-strategic issues are openly colliding

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USA Today reported on September 30 that “President Obama renews his sometimes-tense relationship with Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday [October 1], meeting with the Israeli leader at the White House”, and that “while Obama and Netanyahu have sometimes been at odds over peace talks with the Palestinians, a main topic of this session will be Obama’s […]

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News Alert No.49: Islamic extremist groups in the Greater Middle East: Islamic State loses strategic border crossing. Taliban twin suicide attack in Kabul

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On September 30, Iraqi Kurdish fighters drove the Islamic State (ISIL) from a major border crossing with Syria: according to The New York Times, “in a predawn push, […] forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government fought their way into the Rabia district, near the Syrian border, seizing control of two villages by late morning and, […]

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