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Haftar Offensive Grinds to a Halt in Tripoli Outskirts

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General Haftar’s forces are stalled in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, and despite impressive early gains for the LNA on the battlefield, the long game favors the UN-recognized GNA in Tripoli owing to economic factors.

New Elections Loom as Austria Government Implodes

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A scandal involving the far-right has caused the Kurz government to implode. But reports of the FPO’s death are greatly exaggerated.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

Ebola Cases Spiking in DRC

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Now officially the second-largest in history, the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be spiraling out of control.

Battle of Tripoli

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Zac and Nick discuss General Haftar's offensive on Tripoli and what it means for Libya's protracted civil war.

US-Iran Tensions

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Zac and Nick discuss mounting tensions between the United States and Iran - what's causing them, and whether or not they could lead to a new US war in the Middle East. Recorded on May 14, 2019.

US-Iran Tensions: Saudi Sabotage Rattles Oil Markets

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Two instances of sabotage on Saudi oil infrastructure suggest the possibility of Iranian blowback from mounting tensions with the United States.

Global Forecast: EU Parliament Election Round-Up

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Europeans will soon head to the polls in what are likely the most important European Parliament elections ever.

Gwadar Attack Highlights Risks to Belt and Road’s CPEC

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An attack on a luxury hotel by Baloch separatists has brought the risks imperiling the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into sharp relief.

Backgrounder: The Battle of Tripoli (2019)

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Tired of a fractured and divided Libya, some foreign backers are throwing their support against the one candidate who they believe can unite the country. Yet General Haftar might have overplayed his hand in the LNA’s ongoing assault on Tripoli.

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