Mexican educators’ protests delaying distribution of food: Bitter over being blamed for low-performing students in Mexican schools, striking teachers with Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (CNTE) in Mexico’s Oaxaca administrative division have resorted to blocking overland transportation routes to the area until Mexico City repeals education reforms.
The Mexican military is conducting an aerial re-supply of goods to the region.
Responding to Mexico’s airlift, CNTE officials are said to be strengthening current blockades and expanding the obstruction of other roads into the region.
Negotiations with the CNTE resumed recently after nine were killed in clashes with Mexican police at a roadblock near Nochixtlán.
Canadian court overturns approval of Northern Gateway pipeline: A Canadian federal court of appeal overturned a 2014 approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline which, according to original plans, would have transported petroleum from the Alberta Athabasca oil sands to Kitimat, British Columbia.
The approval drew sharp protests from aboriginal groups and environmentalists.
In a 2-1 ruling, the panel judged the previous government under PM Stephen Harper did not adequately consult with aboriginal groups (First Nations) and the government failed to heed their concerns over the pipeline’s construction.
Enbridge Incorporated, the firm which had planned to begin construction of the pipeline, said it was reviewing the court’s decision.
UN peacekeeping force leaves Liberia: After a 13-year presence in Liberia, a 15,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping force ended its mission on June 30.
Sent to the West African nation in 2003 to bring order after two devastating civil wars, the UN force dwindled to under 2,000 personnel, most of which is a small military force and approximately 600 policemen, all of whom exist for emergency purposes only.
The withdraw is seen as a test for Liberian police and security forces in a country which is slowly emerging from decades of turmoil only to face an increase of Islamist terror attacks from Boko Haram militants in neighboring countries.
Airstrike kills 250 ISIS militants: The Pentagon claimed a string of U.S. airstrikes killed approximately 250 ISIS militants and destroyed over 40 of the terror group’s vehicles near Falluja, Iraq.
Combat footage of the attack released illustrates destroyed truck, jeeps and SUVs which were carrying light and heavy weapons, fuel and ammunition.
Conflicting reports emerged after the attack suggesting it was not a U.S. airstrike, but Iraqi air force aircraft which carried out the attack.
Kremlin agrees to eventual Assad departure: Sources familiar with Russia say Moscow is likely to assent to the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad only with assurances Assad is not replaced with an Islamist government or the political situation in Syria is not hostile to the Kremlin’s interests.
The Kremlin hinted at possible asylum for Assad early this year.
Although no timetable was estimated, Russian experts view the Kremlin’s support tends to favor Syria, not Assad, and their continued support for the Syrian strongman rests with the fear a premature removal would create utter chaos from the fragile peace negotiated in May.
Experts also suggest Russia is likely to be scouring opposition groups for suitable leaders to weave into any post-Assad government.
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