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News roundup – 25 August 2014

August 25, 2014

Why don’t the US and UK ever pay ransoms for hostages? 

Colombia’s military meets face-to-face with rebel leaders at peace negotiations in Havana. 

ISIS tightens its grip with seizure of airbase in Syria. 

Syria could work with West against ‘terror’. 

Qatar denies backing Islamic State group. 

Strife in Libya could presage long civil war. 

Nigeria rejects Boko Haram ‘caliphate’ claim. 

Boko Haram declares Islamic State in northern Nigeria. 

Summary executions in Somalia. 

Rebel held mine collapses in CAR killing 25. 

Prime minister of CAR names cabinet with representatives of rebel groups. 

Russia to send new Ukraine convoy. 

In Eastern Ukraine, rebel mockery amidst independence celebration. 

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