The global market for mercenaries and private military contractors is worth more than $100 billion, and the lines that differentiate the two are blurry.
President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi appointed Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed to replace Ahmed bin Dagher, who was to be investigated over the "negligence of his government."
The Syrian conflict has become a platform for Russia to demonstrate its new assertiveness across the Middle East. Moscow has also used the Syrian war to advertise its new weapon technology to the world’s arms market, experts say.
The UN has gotten scrutiny in recent years over claims of child rape and other sexual abuse by peacekeepers, and the four-year-old mission in Central African Republic has been confronted with a particularly high number of claims.
The violence earlier this week between the Berom, indigenous farmers, and the Fulani, nomadic cattle herders, took place in Jol, a community part of the Riyom local government area of Plateau state, said military spokesman Major Adam Umar.
Kurdish candidate Barham Saleh sweeps to the post of president of Iraq following which he instructs former vice president and veteran Shia politician Adel Abdel Mahdi to form a government.
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu says Moscow has delivered four S-300 launchers along with radars and support vehicles to Syria and that it will take three months to train Syrian personnel to operate the system.
Marches and strikes marking the beginning of the second intifada across Palestine coincide with increasing incursions by Israeli occupation forces in Palestine.
The purge of Algeria's military leadership continues unchecked as many are driven to wonder whether the latest moves come from Algeria's absent president or his brother.
President Beji Caid Essebsi announces breaking up of ties with coalition partner Ennhadha Party, at a time when a power shift is taking place with many parliamentarians changing loyalties.
Morocco's Minister of Youth and Sports Rachid Talbi Alami is facing calls to resign after he made offensive remarks towards Turkey and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a party congress in Marrakesh.
Under a tight blockade by Israel and Egypt, the people of Gaza are well acquainted with suffering. Now the Trump administration will be compounding their suffering by cutting much needed financial aid.
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