The relatively secure but unstable Kurdish and Turkish relations heightened over the weekend, after Turkish strikes on the Kurd PKK. Starting out against Iraqi Kurds, Turkey is now accused of attacking a Syrian Kurd village.
A buffer zone in northern Syria? It may be possible. The United States and Turkey are discussing, in their new relations over the fight against ISIS, to clear out Islamic State militants from the region for security, refugees, and the moderate opposition.
OVER THE WEEKEND… Yemen five-day humanitarian pause gets to rocky start — Burundi president wins disputed election for third term — Colombia stop strikes against FARC rebels after they declare ceasefire
In war and conflict… 21 people killed in a shootout at an Afghanistan wedding — 15 killed by a suicide blast in a Nigerian market — 13 killed in Somali hotel attack in Mogadishu — Young Palestinian died in arrest scuffle — Indian army now in battle with rebels after attack killed five
Search in Mexico finds 60 mass graves — Taliban overrun army base in Afghanistan — Iraqi forces take University of Anbar from Islamic State outside Ramadi — Air force and militia attack Darfur villages
In protest… Protesters and riot police clash before Philippines presidential address — Protesting French farmers continue to block border roads — Turkish police and Kurdish police clash — Clashes erupt at Jerusalem Al Aqsa Mosque
In foreign policy… World Bank appoints new vice president and treasurer — Trans-Pacific Partnership deal close to an end, but still a few things to tackle — Taiwan frustrated with lack of progress with China — NATO to hold a meeting on Turkish security
Obama in Africa… POTUS in Ethiopia — Obama calls on the youth of Africa for its future — Obama says no to tribalism, pushes civil society — Kenya’s Nairobi gets back to normal — Will South Sudan’s conflict be addressed?
World security… Indian security forces now on high alert after rebels pull off deadly attack on police station — Turkey’s strikes on ISIS and PKK militants could “change game” in Iraq and Syria — Russia sees Arctic as a priority in new security aims — Egypt extends state of emergency in Sinai