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Al Jazeera 8 Aug 2020

Why Russian mercenaries seized control of key oilfield in Libya


Russian mercenary groups have enabled renegade military commander Khalifa Hafter, who is based in eastern Libya, to blockade the country's oil exports, starving the country of much-needed money.

Moscow's backing of Haftar, a former CIA asset, has increased tensions with the United States. Russian private military contractors are active in 16 African nations. How is the country paying for its overseas wars?

Also on Counting the Cost: Currency crisis, debt default, hyperinflation and poverty - Lebanon was in economic and political paralysis long before the devastating explosion in Beirut. With corruption rife, is it time for a Marshall Fund?

Plus, we discuss weaponising data and disinformation to manipulate elections. Hostile nations are using artificial intelligence to get past social media defences.

Chinese authorities took control of the former U.S. consulate in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu on Monday after it was ordered closed amid rising tensions between the global powers. China ordered the mission to be shut in retaliation for a U.S. order to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston, Texas. (27 July)
Drought-hit farmers in the Mexican state of Chihuahua have seized control of La Boquilla dam, saying they want to prevent a water payment being made to the United States.
Under a 1944 treaty, Mexico and the US are obligated to share water found along the border between the two nations.
But farmers say they need the resource for their crops.

Al Jazeera's Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City.
A leading scientist has warned that the UK is "on the edge of losing control" of coronavirus, as the number of infections rise.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, a member of the government's SAGE advisory committee, said people need to limit their socialising to ensure children can remain at school, and students at university.

It came as around 3,500 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK, for the second day running.

Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting from health correspondent Lauren Moss.
The Trump administration says the U.S. has regained control of Covid-19 as the confirmed death toll tops 200,000 people. We discuss that with Ashley Parker of The Washington Post. Aired on 09/21/2020.

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