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United States

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July 28, 2016

U.S. Secures Vast New Trove of Intelligence on ISIS

By Eric Schmitt | The New York Times

Officials say the information, seized by American-backed militias in Syria, could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent fighters from slipping into Europe.

The Roots of the Hostility Between Putin and Clinton

By Will Englund | The Washington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly accused Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state of interfering in Moscow’s affairs — and if Russian security was behind last week’s release through WikiLeaks of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, it would look a lot like Kremlin payback.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

Trump the Traitor

By Bernard-Henri Lévy | Project Syndicate

Were Donald Trump elected US President in November, the implications would be more terrifying than anyone thought. The problem would no longer be his vulgarity, sexism, racism, and defiant ignorance; it would be his possible infidelity to America itself.

The Americas

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July 28, 2016

Peru's New President Sworn in Surrounded By Ivy League Aides

By Franklin Briceno | Associated Press

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski assumes Peru's presidency Thursday with a Cabinet that shares his Ivy League, pro-business pedigree — a reliance on technocrats that could become a liability as he deals with an unfriendly congress and a resurgent left.

Off the Radar

July 28, 2016

The start of an immigrant repatriation program was announced Tuesday by Director for Colombian Migration Christian Krüger. More than 300 Immigrants from Cuba and other countries have entered Colombia in 2016.

A Guatemalan judge formally ordered prosecutors Wednesday to investigate former president Otto Perez Molina and his ex-vice president Roxanna Baldetti in another corruption case. It's the second corruption case against Perez Molina, 65, and the third against Baldetti, 54, both of whom are currently jailed.

Europe

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July 28, 2016

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev accepted Thursday the resignation of the head of the customs agency, several days after investigators searched his home and founds hundreds of thousand dollars stashed in shoe boxes.

Merkel Stands Firm on Migrant Policy After Terrorist Attacks

By Anton Troianovski and Ruth Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure after two terror attacks by asylum seekers in the space of a week, said she was still convinced that Germany could handle the influx of migrants and refugees.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

Let Europe Pay for Italy’s Bank Bailout

By Harald Benink | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Matteo Renzi’s plan to inject money from the Italian government would destabilize the economy.

Germany, Caught Between Two Violent Extremes

By Anna Sauerbrey | The New York Times

After Munich, we’re asking what kind of violence poses the greater danger to our self-identity: the Islamic State, or the German far right?

Africa

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July 28, 2016

Zimbabwe Police Detain Spokesman of Former Loyalist Group

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press

Zimbabwe police have detained the spokesman of the veterans association that turned on President Robert Mugabe last week and called him dictatorial, raising concerns that a crackdown on what had been the president's most loyal supporters has begun.

Millions of Kenyans’ livelihoods are at risk after Tanzania and Uganda refused to sign a proposed regional trade deal with the EU over concerns about Brexit and the impact the agreement might have on east African economies, industry associations in Kenya have warned.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

In a lengthy letter to a recent African Union summit in Rwanda, King Mohammed VI of Morocco declared his country’s intention to once again become a member of the union. Morocco withdrew from the AU’s predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, 32 years ago in protest.

Middle East & North Africa

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July 28, 2016

ISIS Suicide Attack in Mostly Kurdish Syria Town Kills 44

By Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb | Associated Press

A suicide bomber riding an empty livestock truck laden with explosives blew himself up Wednesday in a crowded district in the predominantly Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria, causing massive destruction and killing 44 people in a new attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Why Syria's al-Qaida May Be Considering a Split

By Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

A Nusra Front official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the group's leader plans to announce a disassociation with al-Qaida soon. Speaking via text message from northern Syria, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, said Nusra will merge with other insurgent groups.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

The Right Target For the U.S. in Syria: Hezbollah

By Daniel Serwer | The Washington Post

Without some rebalancing now in favor of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the prospects for a satisfactory negotiated political transition are dim.

Arab Summits and Frivolous Governance

By Rami G. Khouri | The Daily Star

The sad spectacle of the truncated “summit” of Arab leaders in the Mauritanian capital Monday was even more embarrassing than usual for this recurring event.

Erdogan Should Look Across the Aegean

By Nikos Konstandaras | The New York Times

The Turkish leader would see the benefits of liberal democracy in Greece, another country with a long history of military coups.

Asia-Pacific

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July 28, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to withdraw a ceasefire order he gave three days ago after suspected communist rebels killed a government militiaman and wounded four others in an attack.

United States

Top News

July 28, 2016

U.S. Secures Vast New Trove of Intelligence on ISIS

By Eric Schmitt | The New York Times

Officials say the information, seized by American-backed militias in Syria, could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent fighters from slipping into Europe.

The Roots of the Hostility Between Putin and Clinton

By Will Englund | The Washington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin repeatedly accused Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state of interfering in Moscow’s affairs — and if Russian security was behind last week’s release through WikiLeaks of the hacked Democratic National Committee emails, it would look a lot like Kremlin payback.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

Trump the Traitor

By Bernard-Henri Lévy | Project Syndicate

Were Donald Trump elected US President in November, the implications would be more terrifying than anyone thought. The problem would no longer be his vulgarity, sexism, racism, and defiant ignorance; it would be his possible infidelity to America itself.

The Americas

Top News

July 28, 2016

Peru's New President Sworn in Surrounded By Ivy League Aides

By Franklin Briceno | Associated Press

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski assumes Peru's presidency Thursday with a Cabinet that shares his Ivy League, pro-business pedigree — a reliance on technocrats that could become a liability as he deals with an unfriendly congress and a resurgent left.

Off the Radar

July 28, 2016

The start of an immigrant repatriation program was announced Tuesday by Director for Colombian Migration Christian Krüger. More than 300 Immigrants from Cuba and other countries have entered Colombia in 2016.

A Guatemalan judge formally ordered prosecutors Wednesday to investigate former president Otto Perez Molina and his ex-vice president Roxanna Baldetti in another corruption case. It's the second corruption case against Perez Molina, 65, and the third against Baldetti, 54, both of whom are currently jailed.

Europe

Top News

July 28, 2016

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev accepted Thursday the resignation of the head of the customs agency, several days after investigators searched his home and founds hundreds of thousand dollars stashed in shoe boxes.

Merkel Stands Firm on Migrant Policy After Terrorist Attacks

By Anton Troianovski and Ruth Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under pressure after two terror attacks by asylum seekers in the space of a week, said she was still convinced that Germany could handle the influx of migrants and refugees.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

Let Europe Pay for Italy’s Bank Bailout

By Harald Benink | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Matteo Renzi’s plan to inject money from the Italian government would destabilize the economy.

Germany, Caught Between Two Violent Extremes

By Anna Sauerbrey | The New York Times

After Munich, we’re asking what kind of violence poses the greater danger to our self-identity: the Islamic State, or the German far right?

Africa

Top News

July 28, 2016

Zimbabwe Police Detain Spokesman of Former Loyalist Group

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press

Zimbabwe police have detained the spokesman of the veterans association that turned on President Robert Mugabe last week and called him dictatorial, raising concerns that a crackdown on what had been the president's most loyal supporters has begun.

Millions of Kenyans’ livelihoods are at risk after Tanzania and Uganda refused to sign a proposed regional trade deal with the EU over concerns about Brexit and the impact the agreement might have on east African economies, industry associations in Kenya have warned.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

In a lengthy letter to a recent African Union summit in Rwanda, King Mohammed VI of Morocco declared his country’s intention to once again become a member of the union. Morocco withdrew from the AU’s predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, 32 years ago in protest.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

July 28, 2016

ISIS Suicide Attack in Mostly Kurdish Syria Town Kills 44

By Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb | Associated Press

A suicide bomber riding an empty livestock truck laden with explosives blew himself up Wednesday in a crowded district in the predominantly Kurdish town of Qamishli in northern Syria, causing massive destruction and killing 44 people in a new attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Why Syria's al-Qaida May Be Considering a Split

By Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

A Nusra Front official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the group's leader plans to announce a disassociation with al-Qaida soon. Speaking via text message from northern Syria, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue, said Nusra will merge with other insurgent groups.

Opinion

July 28, 2016

The Right Target For the U.S. in Syria: Hezbollah

By Daniel Serwer | The Washington Post

Without some rebalancing now in favor of the opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the prospects for a satisfactory negotiated political transition are dim.

Arab Summits and Frivolous Governance

By Rami G. Khouri | The Daily Star

The sad spectacle of the truncated “summit” of Arab leaders in the Mauritanian capital Monday was even more embarrassing than usual for this recurring event.

Erdogan Should Look Across the Aegean

By Nikos Konstandaras | The New York Times

The Turkish leader would see the benefits of liberal democracy in Greece, another country with a long history of military coups.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

July 28, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to withdraw a ceasefire order he gave three days ago after suspected communist rebels killed a government militiaman and wounded four others in an attack.

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