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News Roundup – 15-23 August 2015

August 23, 2015

There’s been an ominous spike in violence in northern Mali

Militia in northern Mali battles Tuaregs in threat to peace talks

U.N. deploys troops around northern Mali town after clashes

Tobruk-based Libya government calls for airstrikes on IS-held city

IS ‘beheads’ 12 in battle for Libya’s Sirte

At the ICC, Congolese warlord Lubanga denies witness tampering, wants sentence cut

Sudan Forces Kill, Rape With Impunity In Darfur, UN Warns

Al Bashir Said to Offer Ceasefire and Amnesty for Rebels in Sudan’s Dialogue

South Sudan Says It Won’t Sign Peace Accord With Rebel Group

Rebel-held Ukraine overhauls education system as it aligns itself with Russia

Red Cross Offers Workshops in International Law to Hamas

Op-ED Washington Post: ‘A new episode in the Turkish civil war?’

Human Rights Watch: Impose Arms Embargo on Syria Following Deadly Airstrikes

Syria rebels repel ISIL advances along Turkey border

Over 50 people killed in Syrian missile strikes at rebel areas near Damascus

‘Horrified’ by immense human suffering in Syria, UN relief chief urges all parties to protect civilians

“What Happens if American-Trained Rebels Commit War Crimes?” on Just Security

Syrian rebel group says ceasefire over, talks collapse

ISIL kills scores of Iraqi soldiers in Anbar ambushes

UXOs and land mines left behind by retreating Houthi rebels in Yemen

Yemen’s President Calls for Cease-Fire and Rebel Withdrawal

EU Urges Restraint In Yemen, Refrain From Targeting Civilian Infrastructure

UN: War-torn Yemen on brink of famine as coalition bombs port

Amnesty marks World Humanitarian Day with disturbing report into cost of air strikes in Yemen. See here for report called “‘Nowhere Safe for Civilians’: Airstrikes and Ground Attacks in Yemen”

Civilian and Policeman Killed in Rebel Attack in Indian Kashmir

One last block for ceasefire talks in Myanmar

4 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar willing to sign cease-fire accord with government

3 US contractors among 12 killed in car bombing targeting foreign convoy in Kabul

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