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This post was compiled by WOLA Intern Michael Pelzer.

Entire Region, Colombia

  • The 54th annual edition of “UNITAS,” a U.S. - South American sponsored naval exercise, kicked off on September 9th. “Operating in the Caribbean
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  • According to Amnesty International, the Iraqi government executed 42 individuals in two days last week because they were convicted under an Anti Terrorism Law adopted in 2005. In response to these executions, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) urged the Iraqi government to immediately stop all future executions, describing them as "obscene and inhumane." The United Nation’s Assistance Mission in Iraq
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This post was written by Sarah Kinosian and CIP intern Benjamin Fagan.

The following is a round-up of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the region over the past week.

United States Policy

Colombia

  • On Thursday, the United States Congress held a hearing, “Creating Peace and Finding
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  • The Commander of AFRICOM General David M. Rodriguez and the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield held a press briefing for African journalists this week to discuss U.S. foreign policy and security cooperation in the Sub-Saharan Africa (Transcript) General Rodriguez lauded AFRICOM’s regional partners’ progress against the Lord Resistance Army in Central Africa, against piracy in East Africa, and in humanitarian response across Africa. Regarding the recent al Shabab Westgate mall attack in
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Below is a roundup of some of the top articles and news highlights from around the Middle East and North Africa over the last week:

Egypt:

  • Egyptian police arrested 55 students from al-Azhar University as anti-military protestors clashed with security forces at the university on Sunday. Reuters 
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