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A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) drives a truck as a convoy of SARC and United Nations' vehicles arrives in the rebel-held area of Harasta on the northeastern outskirts of the capital Damascus on August 29, 2016. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)

UN Awarded Millions in Contracts to Friends of Assad

“The UN has awarded contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to people closely associated with the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, as part of an aid program that critics fear is increasingly at the whim of the government in Damascus,” reported the UK Guardian on Monday.

IRAQ, Baghdad : Members of the "Golden Division", the special forces of the Iraqi counter-terrorism forces (ICTF), take part in a training under the command of international military instructors in Baghdad on March 20, 2016, as they preparare for a future operation aimed at retaking the northern city of Mosul, which is the Islamic State group’s last major stronghold in the country. / AFP PHOTO / SABAH ARAR

Top U.S. General: Iraq ‘on Track’ to Retake Mosul from Islamic State

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The top commander of America’s military efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria has predicted that the U.S.-backed Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are “on track” to recapture the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, considered to be the jihadist group’s largest remaining stronghold in the country, “by the end of the year.”

Supporters of suspendend president Dilma Rousseff holding a demonstration during her impeachment trial set trash bags on fire as police fire tear gas grenades at them, in Sao Paulo Brazil on August 29, 2016. 
Rousseff who testified for the first time at her trial urged the Senate to vote against impeaching her denying charges that she fiddled government accounts. / AFP / NELSON ALMEIDA        (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Photos: International Left Burns Brazil’s Cities to Protest Rousseff Impeachment

The Brazilian Senate officially impeached socialist Workers’ Party president Dilma Rousseff Wednesday, removing her from power permanently over a host of fiscal misrepresentations that severely damaged the nation’s economy. Even before the vote to oust her, however, an international coalition of leftist groups have been staging violent protests and attacking police nationwide.

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Activist Abducted in Venezuela Is Latest in String of Political Prisoners

The Popular Will Party is the largest opposition party in Venezuela and other party activists have been kidnapped by the government earlier this year. The kidnapping was first announced by David Smolansky, the mayor of El Hatillo, a municipality of Caracas, on Twitter: “[He] was kidnapped at 9:30 a.m. by an armed group. He’s missing!”

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Islamic State Propaganda Promotes Elderly Jihadi Executioners

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) has disseminated pictures of elderly jihadists shooting Kurdish prisoners soon after the terrorist group released a video showing indoctrinated children known as the “Cubs of the Caliphate” being ordered to carry out executions in similar manner.

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani

Islamic State Voice of Global Jihad Killed in Syria

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the official spokesman for the Islamic State (IS) group who gained notoriety for his frequent calls for jihad, has been killed in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, the militant group’s media outlet announced Tuesday.

Phan Phan-Gillis

China Charges American Woman with Spying After a Year in Detention

China has indicted 56-year-old American business consultant Phan “Sandy” Phan-Gillis on charges of spying for a foreign government, with a possible life sentence hanging in the balance. She is a naturalized American citizen of Chinese descent, who arrived in the United States as a refugee from Vietnam.