Media Roundup

United States

F.B.I. Informant Is Tied to Cyberattacks Abroad

By Mark Mazzetti | The New York Times

While it is unclear whether the F.B.I. ordered the attacks by Hector Xavier Monsegur, the agency may have used hackers to gather intelligence even as investigators were trying to dismantle hacking groups.

Latin America

Argentina Approves Repsol Payment

BBC

Argentina's congress approves $5bn (£3bn) of compensation for the Spanish oil firm Repsol over the expropriation of its share in the oil firm YPF.

Asia-Pacific

Pirates Pilfer Fuel From Thai Tanker off Malaysia

The Associated Press

Pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker off Malaysia's east coast, making two attacks in a week and raising concerns of a rising threat to shipping, a maritime watchdog said Thursday.

China Discussing Naval Code of Conduct

By Jeremy Page | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

China won't necessarily observe a new code of conduct for naval encounters when its ships meet foreign ones in disputed areas of the East and South China seas.

Afghan Officer Kills 3 U.S. Doctors

By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali | Los Angeles Times

Three American doctors were killed Thursday when an Afghan police officer opened fire inside one of Kabul’s leading hospitals in the latest deadly attack aimed at foreigners in Afghanistan.

Africa

S. Sudan President Sacks Army Chief

BBC

South Sudan's president sacks the head of the national army amid reports of military setbacks - including rebels seizing the oil hub of Bentiu.

Persecution of Uganda’s Gays Intensifies as Rights Groups Go Underground

By Amy Fallon | Inter Press Service

As she sits in a Kampala hotel holding a mobile phone that rings frequently, Sandra Ntebi tells IPS: “I’m really exhausted. I don’t know where to start. We have many cases pending.” Ntebi manages a hotline and is helping Uganda’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community find alternative, safe accommodation after they have faced harassment.

Europe

Ukraine Says Up to 5 Militants Killed in East

By Lukas I. Alpert | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Ukrainian authorities said that up to five pro-Russian militants were killed and three roadblocks overrun outside an eastern city at the heart of a local insurgency, as Kiev restarted a military operation to regain control in the region.

Ukraine Again Confronts Separatists in East

By C.J. Chivers, Andrew Higgins and Alan Cowell | The New York Times

Action by Ukrainian forces appeared to be centered on the city of Slovyansk, above, a militant stronghold. The Interior Ministry said fighting near checkpoints had turned deadly.

Kyrgyzstan: Russian ’Information Wars’ Heating Up

By Chris Rickleton | Inter Press Service

Relative to other Central Asian states, Kyrgyzstan has a fairly free and perennially noisy domestic media scene. Even so, Kyrgyz outlets tend to be no match for Russian state-controlled media when it comes to establishing narratives for current events.

Middle East

Chemical Weapons Watchdog Weighs Chlorine Attack Probe: Sources

By Anthony Deutsch | Reuters

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog overseeing the destruction of Syria's toxic stockpile is considering launching a fact-finding mission there to investigate reports of attacks with chlorine gas, sources said.

Rival Palestinian’s Unity Deal a Blow to Struggling Mideast Peace Process

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

U.S. and Israeli officials slammed the unity agreement announced Wednesday by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, saying it would strain whatever thread of hope was left in the ailing Israeli-Palestinian peace process that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has sought to foster over the past nine months.

United States

Whatever Happened to Deterrence?

By Eyad Abu Shakra | Asharq Al-Awsat

We have grown accustomed to the deterrence theory formulated as the Cold War began. The concept covers “nuclear deterrence” down to the last detail. Nuclear deterrence -- or, more accurately, the “balance of terror” and mutually assured destruction theory -- constituted a key element of the Cold War and gave rise to several important results.

Asia-Pacific

How Suicide and Politics Mix in India

By Sonora Jha | The New York Times

An unexpected protest is rumbling from what was once one of the country's most placid voter blocs: its farmers.

Bangladesh’s Chance to Get It Right

By Amy Yee | The New York Times

Amid the efforts to improve garment-factory safety after the Rana Plaza collapse, some lessons from a shipbuilding company.

China Belongs in the Pacific Trade Pact

By Bernard Gordon | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

Its leaders say they want to better connect with the global economy, and that 'the market will be decisive.'

Africa

Africa’s Path to Prosperity

By Murithi Mutiga | The New York Times

More trade among African nations is the most promising route to transforming the continent’s fortunes.

A Return to Nigeria

By Enuma Okoro | The New York Times

What was I doing in America, when there was another land and a people that rightfully claimed me?

Europe

The Road to Slovyansk

By Yuriko Koike | Project Syndicate

The Ukraine crisis has demonstrated that one person alone can endanger world peace. And, given the weakness of the US response so far, that one person might not be only Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Middle East

Will the Hamas-Fatah Agreement Last?

By Robert Danin | Council on Foreign Relations

There is little reason to believe that the agreement reached today stands a better chance than previous attempts to form a unity government.

Latin America

Bolivia Approves Downing of Drug-Smuggling Planes

By Carlos Valdez/AP | Houston Chronicle

A new Bolivian law authorizes the country's military to shoot down planes suspected of smuggling cocaine, though it cannot yet be put into practice because it doesn't have sufficient radar coverage.

Argentina, China Sign Trade Deals

Buenos Aires Herald

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner met visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Bueno Aires to sign several trade agreements.

Asia-Pacific

Taiwan War Games to Focus on Chinese Invasion

By Rich Chang | Taipei Times

The computer-aided war-games portion of Taiwan's annual Han Kuang military exercises will be held next month and the drill will focus on a simulation of a battle group of the Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, attacking Taiwan’s east coast, the Ministry of National Defense said yesterday.

Africa

Europe

France Unveils Plan to Stop Youths Joining Jihad

By Elaine Ganley | Associated Press

France wants to deter youths from joining the ranks of Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees.

Middle East

German Defense Minister in Lebanon for Talks

The Daily Star

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen held talks with Lebanese officials Thursday to discuss her country’s support for the Lebanese Army and Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon.