Coverage of Libya tends to focus these days on airstrikes, gun battles, and warring militias -- correctly enough, since these are also the things that tend to loom large in the lives of Libyans. Yet even amid the current chaos it's important to remember that the country still has institutions, and that their continued existence is crucial to the survival of the most basic mechanisms of modern life. One prime example is the central bank.
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Anna Nemtsova interviews Georgian President Giorgi Marvelashvili about his feud with Georgia Dream leader Bidzina Ivanishvili.
The Syrian conflict has made life extremely tough for Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The recent U.S. decision to lead a coalition into battle against the Islamic State has caught Turkey off balance. Ankara's reluctance to side with the international community has made its allies question Turkish loyalty. Some are suggesting that the country is no longer a reliable partner. They argue that it's stabbing its NATO allies in the back, and that Washington should send a strong message to Turkey by kicking it out of NATO. (Turkey has been a NATO member since 1952 and has the alliance's second-largest army.)
Two government officials in Cairo anonymously declared today that Egyptian warplanes have been bombing Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi. Shortly after that the spokesperson for the Egyptian presidency dismissed the reports as false. Just to make matters even more complicated, some reports are claiming that the planes in question are being flown by Libyan pilots.
Last week, a shootout took place between Venezuelan police and a government-sponsored paramilitary gang known as a "colectivo." The colectivos even managed to kidnap several police officers and held them for several hours until the police stormed the hostage-takers. When the smoke finally cleared, five people were dead. A number of others were wounded.