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Islamic State of Northern Nigeria

Boko Haram may be working to reestablish a centuries-old caliphate that once ruled over territory in Nigeria and its neighbors.

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Nigeria Struggles to Keep It Together

Nigeria is facing down a triumphant Boko Haram that grows ever more powerful. Is it now fighting not only for its sovereign territory but for its future as a state?

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Ethnic Violence Kills Hundreds in South Sudan

Hundreds of civilians are being killed in South Sudan in an upsurge of ethnic violence. The same ethnic tensions that ripped South Sudan away from the north are now tearing it apart as well.

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South Sudan Teeters

South Sudan was never stable. It was never on a trajectory toward becoming a normal Westphalian state, no matter what foreign observers hoped and wished.

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Trouble in Brussels

After threatening Putin with new sanctions over Syria, European leaders discover they lack the political will to deliver.

The United States is now going to have to figure out how to help Venezuela avoid completely melting down, with the Venezuelan strongman still at the helm.

Fear the Airpocalypse

Companies are defying orders to cut back on air pollution.

Asia's Game of Thrones

Philippine officials sought to clarify Duterte’s comments on separating from the U.S., but the situation is still murky.

Reefer Madness

Is it Gary Johnson’s world? Not necessarily.


Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin thinks Moscow can add 4 million barrels per day in the coming years.

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