Zika may reach Europe this summer

BBC News reports the Zika virus could spread to Europe this summer, although the likelihood of an outbreak is low to moderate, the World Health Organization has said. Areas most at risk are those where Aedes mosquitoes may spread the virus, like the Black Sea coast of Russia and Georgia and the island of Madeira. Countries with…


Hackers spying on U.S. campaigns

The Associated Press reports the United States sees evidence that hackers, possibly working for foreign governments, are snooping on the presidential candidates, the nation’s intelligence chief said Wednesday.


Despite pledge to withdraw, Russian forces remain in Syria

The Washington Post reports despite pledging to withdraw the majority of its forces from Syria in March, the Russian military remains firmly entrenched throughout the country and is even continuing to expand in some areas, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State, told reporters Tuesday that…


Nigerians find one of 219 girls abducted by Boko Haram

Al Jazeera reports one of the 219 schoolgirls abducted in Chibok in northeast Nigeria has been found, the first breakthrough since their seizure by Boko Haram more than two years ago, according to the army and activists. Tsambido Hosea Abana, a Chibok community leader in Abuja from the BringBackOurGirls pressure group, said on Twitter on Wednesday that…


Afghanistan signs draft agreement with insurgent group

Reuters reports Afghanistan signed a draft agreement with the Hezb-e-Islami militant group on Wednesday in a move the government hopes could lead to a full peace accord with one of the most notorious warlords in the insurgency. Hezb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is a veteran of decades of Afghan war and rights groups have accused his group of…


Bombings in Baghdad kill more than 70

Al Jazeera reports three bombings in Baghdad have killed at least 70 people and wounded more than 100, police and medical sources say, continuing a deadly spate of attacks in the Iraqi capital. A suicide bombing on Tuesday in a marketplace in the northern, mainly Shia district of al-Shaab killed 38 people and wounded over 70, while…


Ex-CIA agent says Nelson Mandela arrested as a result of CIA tip-off

BBC News reports Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962 came as a result of a tip-off from an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a report says. The revelations, made in the Sunday Times newspaper, are based on an interview with ex-CIA agent Donald Rickard shortly before he died. Mandela served 27 years in jail for resisting…


British jets intercept Russian aircraft near Baltic States

Reuters reports British Typhoon fighter jets have intercepted three Russian military transport aircraft approaching the Baltic States, the defense ministry said on Thursday. The British fighters, scrambled from the Amari air base in Estonia, intercepted the Russian aircraft, which were not transmitting a recognized identification code and were unresponsive, the ministry said. “We were able to instantly…


FBI Director says investigation into Clinton’s e-mails will not be tied to election deadlines

Politico reports FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday he feels “pressure” to complete the federal investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server competently and quickly. However, Comey said the pressure is similar to other high-profile cases the bureau handles such as terrorism investigations. Comey indicated he’s not taking into account political events, including the…


U.S. gives go-ahead to U. N. peacekeepers to use force to protect civilians

The Associated Press reports the United States on Wednesday pledged to support a set of principles that give a green light for U.N. peacekeeping troops and police to use force to protect civilians in armed conflicts. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power made the announcement at a high-level U.N. meeting focusing on the responsibility to protect civilians facing violence,…