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United States

Top News

September 1, 2015

President Obama made an ever-more-urgent plea for nations to take action to address climate change Monday, repeatedly telling representatives of Arctic nations meeting in Alaska that "we're not moving fast enough" to address the challenge.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

No to the Iran Deal Means No to U.S. Credibility

By George Bisharat and John V. Whitbeck | Los Angeles Times

A striking feature of the debate raging among American politicians over the Iran nuclear agreement is the virtual absence of references to international law.

There Are No Perfect Nuclear Deals

By Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar | Politico Magazine

During the Cold War both Republican and Democratic presidents accepted less-than-perfect arms pacts with the Soviets. We need to do the same with Iran.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

The Americas

Top News

September 1, 2015

Venezuelan Leader Says Colombia Plotting His Assassination

By Llibardo Cardona | Associated Press

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused Colombia's government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

Ecuador’s Political Eruption

By Martin Pallares | The New York Times

Ecuadoreans have had enough of President Rafael Correa's abuse of power and trampling of free speech.

The Scandal That May Save Guatemala

By Mac Margolis | Bloomberg View

For the last 20 Saturdays, Guatemalans have streaked their faces in blue and white, grabbed their vuvuzelas and flooded the central plaza of Guatemala City.

How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics

By Aldo Orellana López and Sian Cowman | Foreign Policy in Focus

Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Report: Colombia Collecting Bulk Data Without Warrants

By Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

Peruvian first lady Nadine Heredia rejected the conclusions of a report by Peruvian lawmakers, released Monday, recommending that she be investigated for her involvement in a corruption scheme carried out by Peruvian businessperson Martin Belaunde Lossio

Europe

Top News

September 1, 2015

Death Toll From Violent Protest in Ukraine Rises to 3

By Efem Lukatsky and Yuras Karmanau | Associated Press

The death toll from violent protests in Ukraine rose to three on Tuesday when two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, officials said.

Migrants Protest as Hungary Closes Main Station to Northern Europe

By Margit Feher and Ruth Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Hungarian authorities on Tuesday cleared hundreds of people from the country’s main international railway station in Budapest, prompting noisy protests by migrants who have crowded the building in a push to get to Austria and Germany.

EU Struggles for Answers as Migrant Influx Raises Tensions

By Lorne Cook and Pablo Gorondi | Associated Press

French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck.

Russian Economy, Shoppers Hit By Falling Global Oil Prices

By Marc Bennetts | The Washington Times

Oil and gas form the backbone of Russia's economy, accounting for 75 percent of exports and over half of the revenue for government coffers. For every dollar the oil price falls, Russia loses out on $2 billion a year in revenue, analysts say.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

The Price of European Indifference

By Bernard-Henri Lévy | Project Syndicate

Europe’s migration debate has taken a disturbing turn, propelled by a multitude of myths, manipulations, and blatant lies. The consequences will be devastating, not only for the people desperately trying to escape oppression, terror, and massacre, but also for Europe itself.

NATO’s Circle of Ice and Fire

By James Stavridis | Foreign Policy

The Western alliance may still sit on the Iron Throne, but the key to keeping power is bringing new friends into its orbit.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Azerbaijan on Tuesday sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said.

Africa

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

 The transitional council in Central African Republic has adopted a constitution designed to form the base of a new government as the country attempts to turn a page on years of violence, government officials said on Monday

Middle East

Top News

September 1, 2015

Clash Erupts During Raid by Israelis in West Bank

By Diaa Hadid and Rami Nazzal | The New York Times

Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian gunmen in one of the West Bank’s toughest refugee camps overnight Tuesday, as a raid that appeared to be aimed at arresting people suspected as Palestinian militants turned into an armed confrontation.

A Turkish court has charged three journalists working with Vice News with “aiding a terrorist organisation” and ordered their arrest pending trial in a move that has caused indignation and outrage amongst journalists and international human rights groups.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

Asia / Pacific

Top News

September 1, 2015

Thai Prime Minister Says Bombing Suspect Arrested at Border

By Grant Peck and Nattasuda Anusondisai | Associated Press

Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

United States

Top News

September 1, 2015

President Obama made an ever-more-urgent plea for nations to take action to address climate change Monday, repeatedly telling representatives of Arctic nations meeting in Alaska that "we're not moving fast enough" to address the challenge.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

No to the Iran Deal Means No to U.S. Credibility

By George Bisharat and John V. Whitbeck | Los Angeles Times

A striking feature of the debate raging among American politicians over the Iran nuclear agreement is the virtual absence of references to international law.

There Are No Perfect Nuclear Deals

By Sam Nunn and Richard Lugar | Politico Magazine

During the Cold War both Republican and Democratic presidents accepted less-than-perfect arms pacts with the Soviets. We need to do the same with Iran.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

The Americas

Top News

September 1, 2015

Venezuelan Leader Says Colombia Plotting His Assassination

By Llibardo Cardona | Associated Press

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday accused Colombia's government of giving its consent to a plan to assassinate him as both countries try to rally regional support in a border dispute exacerbating tensions between the two neighbors.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

Ecuador’s Political Eruption

By Martin Pallares | The New York Times

Ecuadoreans have had enough of President Rafael Correa's abuse of power and trampling of free speech.

The Scandal That May Save Guatemala

By Mac Margolis | Bloomberg View

For the last 20 Saturdays, Guatemalans have streaked their faces in blue and white, grabbed their vuvuzelas and flooded the central plaza of Guatemala City.

How Extreme Energy Leads to Extreme Politics

By Aldo Orellana López and Sian Cowman | Foreign Policy in Focus

Authorities in Argentina and beyond are cracking down on indigenous communities that protest resource extraction — while re-writing laws to promote fossil fuels.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Report: Colombia Collecting Bulk Data Without Warrants

By Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

Peruvian first lady Nadine Heredia rejected the conclusions of a report by Peruvian lawmakers, released Monday, recommending that she be investigated for her involvement in a corruption scheme carried out by Peruvian businessperson Martin Belaunde Lossio

Europe

Top News

September 1, 2015

Death Toll From Violent Protest in Ukraine Rises to 3

By Efem Lukatsky and Yuras Karmanau | Associated Press

The death toll from violent protests in Ukraine rose to three on Tuesday when two more National Guard officers died from injuries suffered in a grenade explosion, officials said.

Migrants Protest as Hungary Closes Main Station to Northern Europe

By Margit Feher and Ruth Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Hungarian authorities on Tuesday cleared hundreds of people from the country’s main international railway station in Budapest, prompting noisy protests by migrants who have crowded the building in a push to get to Austria and Germany.

EU Struggles for Answers as Migrant Influx Raises Tensions

By Lorne Cook and Pablo Gorondi | Associated Press

French and German leaders reminded other European countries Monday of their shared responsibility toward refugees, as one official blamed harsh government policy for the deaths of dozens of migrants crammed into a truck.

Russian Economy, Shoppers Hit By Falling Global Oil Prices

By Marc Bennetts | The Washington Times

Oil and gas form the backbone of Russia's economy, accounting for 75 percent of exports and over half of the revenue for government coffers. For every dollar the oil price falls, Russia loses out on $2 billion a year in revenue, analysts say.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

The Price of European Indifference

By Bernard-Henri Lévy | Project Syndicate

Europe’s migration debate has taken a disturbing turn, propelled by a multitude of myths, manipulations, and blatant lies. The consequences will be devastating, not only for the people desperately trying to escape oppression, terror, and massacre, but also for Europe itself.

NATO’s Circle of Ice and Fire

By James Stavridis | Foreign Policy

The Western alliance may still sit on the Iron Throne, but the key to keeping power is bringing new friends into its orbit.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Azerbaijan on Tuesday sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said.

Africa

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

 The transitional council in Central African Republic has adopted a constitution designed to form the base of a new government as the country attempts to turn a page on years of violence, government officials said on Monday

Middle East

Top News

September 1, 2015

Clash Erupts During Raid by Israelis in West Bank

By Diaa Hadid and Rami Nazzal | The New York Times

Israeli soldiers clashed with Palestinian gunmen in one of the West Bank’s toughest refugee camps overnight Tuesday, as a raid that appeared to be aimed at arresting people suspected as Palestinian militants turned into an armed confrontation.

A Turkish court has charged three journalists working with Vice News with “aiding a terrorist organisation” and ordered their arrest pending trial in a move that has caused indignation and outrage amongst journalists and international human rights groups.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

Asia / Pacific

Top News

September 1, 2015

Thai Prime Minister Says Bombing Suspect Arrested at Border

By Grant Peck and Nattasuda Anusondisai | Associated Press

Thai authorities arrested a man they believe is part of a group responsible for a bombing at a shrine in central Bangkok two weeks ago, the prime minister announced Tuesday. He said the suspect resembles a yellow-shirted man in a surveillance video who police say planted the bomb.

Opinion

September 1, 2015

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

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