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Libyan Unity Government Struggles to Impose Itself on Islamic State, Rebels

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) – the much-touted “unity” government supported by the United Nations – is slowly taking control of government agencies. On Monday, the GNA took over the office of foreign affairs. Additionally, “transport, social affairs, environment, and youth and sports ministries have likewise been transferred to the new government.”

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - APRIL 28: Vice President of US Joe Biden meets Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (R) during his official visit in Baghdad, Iraq on April 28, 2016. (Photo by Pool / Iraq Prime Ministry Office/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Joe Biden Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq on Thursday, the first in nearly five years, in an effort to bolster the American-led coalition fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro flashes a thumbs up sitting next to Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz during a ceremony marking the 206th anniversary of the call for independence from Spain, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Opposition members are calling for Venezuelans to demonstrate across the country Tuesday to pressure Maduro to leave office. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Venezuela’s National Bank Leaves Congressmen Without Pay

The government of Venezuela will not be paying employees of the National Assembly, including the legislators who work there. The socialist government has refused to appropriate funds for their salaries since the pro-democracy opposition swept legislative elections in December.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin arrive for a press conference following the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit in Tehran on November 23, 2015.

Report: Iran-Russia Alliance Shaky Because ‘Rouhani and Putin Don’t Get Along’

Reuters took a long look at the rocky relationship between Russia and Iran this week, noting that a stronger alliance between the two nations always seems to fall apart for one reason or another. For example, one Iranian diplomat described personality clashes between the Iranian and Russian leaders by saying, “Rouhani and Putin don’t get along that great.”

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Brazil Nears 100,000 Zika Cases Less Than 100 Days from Olympics

Brazil confirms this week it has documented a staggering 91,387 cases of Zika in 2016, with more than 7,000 cases being pregnant women. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the number of Zika cases globally is set to increase, though cooling temperatures may finally lower the rates of infection in Brazil itself.

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Highest Military Court to Rule on Religious Liberty

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement and First Liberty Institute argued Wednesday before the military’s highest court on behalf of Monifa Sterling, who was court-martialed in part for posting Bible verses in her personal workspace.

Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning (C) leaves the court after the start of his trial in Detmold, western Germany, on February 11, 2016.

Former SS Auschwitz Guard Apologizes At Trial In Germany

DETMOLD, Germany (AP) — A 94-year-old former SS sergeant admitted in court Friday that he had served as an Auschwitz death camp guard, apologizing to Nazi Holocaust survivors looking on in a German courtroom that even though he was aware Jews were being gassed and their corpses burned, he did nothing to try to stop it.

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British Foreign Secretary In Cuba, A First Since 1959

Britain’s foreign secretary met Cuban officials on the first such visit to the island since 1959, for talks on boosting trade and tourism ties with the communist state. Philip Hammond’s trip comes a month after US President Barack Obama’s historic