Progress Report for June 23, 2016

A coffee-break update for humanitarians, journalists and others striving for a perfect world


>>One war down
Colombia’s government and leftist FARC rebels said on Wednesday they had agreed to end hostilities with a definitive ceasefire that leaves the two sides just a step away from resolving the longest-running conflict in the Western Hemisphere. Reuters


>>Remain looking good
With numerous polls giving conflicting results about whether Britain will vote to stay in or leave the E.U., there’s good reason to believe the “remain” camp will win. Quartz

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>>Saudi strong-arm
Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful deputy crown prince ofSaudi Arabia, came with an eight-member delegation to discuss, among other things, Ban’s decision to cite the Saudi-led military coalition inYemen for violating the rights of children during the conflict there. The New York Times


>>Right-wingers lied
Authorities in Idaho are refuting numerous, conflicting reports on far-right websites that a little girl in the town of Twin Falls was raped at knifepoint by a gang of Syrian refugees. Jezebel


>>Out of the fire
Thousands of Boko Haram victims are on the verge of starvation in northeastern Nigeria, months after being rescued from the radical Islamist group, the aid group Doctors Without Borders said on Wednesday. The Washington Post


>>Sneaky Russia
The commander said that five years into a war that has killed some 400,000 people and created nearly 5 million refugees, Russia is recruiting current and former U.S. allies to its side. His revelation was confirmed by four people who said they, too, had been approached with offers from Russia and by two Syrian middlemen who said they delivered them. BuzzFeed


>>Kim has new missiles
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said after supervising the test launch of a “medium long-range strategic ballistic missile” that the country now has the capability to attack U.S. interests in the Pacific, official media reported on Thursday. Reuters


>>Retaking Fallujah
Iraqi forces are now clearing the city of ISIS fighters, holed up in several remaining neighborhoods after Baghdad reclaimed the central government building last week. The offensive is reigniting the hopes of relatives and survivors of U.S. military involvement that the American sacrifices made in the city were not in vain. Newsweek


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