As Kenya goes to the polls tomorrow, some of our recent posts offer a brief background on the election –

We’ll continue to follow the case of Trinh Xuan Thanh, a high profile businessman from Vietnam who was seeking asylum in Germany when he was bundled into a car by armed men.

Venezuela continues to spiral closer to civil war.

Recommend reading this very interesting article from the New York Times examining the balance of power in Afghanistan and how Iran’s involvement has increased as the US has stepped back. Touches on the quiet instability in the West, the possibility of Iranian involvement in the training of some of the Taliban, and the waxing and waning of Pakistan’s influence.

In the wake of Papua New Guinea’s troubled election, this piece from the Economist offers some background and context.

Following the release of South African Stephen McGown last week, this series of tweets on ransom payments and AQIM hostage taking from New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi is an excellent read.

Other stories to watch

  • Airport delays for Brits across Europe, as increased border checks kick in.
  • Weather – European heatwave, storms, Typhoon Noru, Tropical Storm Franklin and more.
  • Health – Measles in Oz, salmonella from Papayas in New York, MERs warning, flesh-eating creatures, whooping cough outbreak and more.
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