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United States

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September 4, 2015

U.S. Response to Refugee Crisis Is Nowhere Near That of Europe

By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times

As European leaders engage in a blame game over which nations have done too little to ease the plight of refugees from the world's deadliest conflicts, the U.S. response has come in for scrutiny and been found sorely wanting by human rights advocates.

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters

By Jeremy Page and Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Pentagon officials said for the first time that five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska came within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast, entering U.S. territorial waters, but they complied with international law.

The two intelligence officials said the compound hit late Tuesday in the Shawal area of North Waziristan belonged to Islamic militants loyal to an Afghan warlord and was also frequented by Uzbek fighters. The officials say the identity of those killed has not yet been determined.

President Obama is set to receive an official, albeit reluctant nod of approval for the Iran nuclear deal when Saudi Arabia's new king visits the White House for the first time Friday, but analysts say it will come at a price as Riyadh seeks Washington's support for its increasingly anti-Iran foreign policy in the Middle East.

Opinion

September 4, 2015

The Curse of the Obama Doctrine

By David Rothkopf | Foreign Policy

Take each of the Middle East’s crises—they will all get worse before they get better.

Iran: The Obamacare of Foreign Policy

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

A disaster has been averted now that the Iran nuclear deal is unstoppable. But the disaster of implacable Republican hostility persists.

The Americas

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September 4, 2015

While the photograph of a 3-year-old Syrian boy’s body quickly focused the world’s attention on the migrant crisis in the Middle East and Africa, it has taken on a particular resonance in Canada with the discovery that the boy’s family had been unable to obtain immigration visas.

Guatemala Swears in New President After Perez Molina Resigns

By Sonia Perez D. and Alberto Arce | Associated Press

Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Europe

Top News

September 4, 2015

Migrant Chaos Mounts While Divided Europe Stumbles for Response

By Steven Erlanger and Dan Bilefsky | The New York Times

The struggle among European leaders to develop a coherent response to the spiraling migrant crisis intensified on Thursday as fresh calls for a blocwide plan were met with recriminations about the continent being swamped with Muslims.

Angry French Farmers Drive 1,000 Tractors Into Paris

By Lucie Aubourg and Pierre Longeray | Vice News

Disgruntled French farmers converged on Paris Thursday to protest the government's perceived inaction in the face of the agricultural crisis many farmers say is pushing them out of business.

Opinion

September 4, 2015

Responding to Europe’s Migration Crisis

By Stewart Patrick and Theresa Lou | Council on Foreign Relations

Nations of the world need a more robust multilateral mechanism to develop and promote standards for the processing of migrants and refugees.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Africa

Top News

September 4, 2015

The wealth declaration of Nigeria's new president shows he has been living "an austere and Spartan lifestyle," with $150,000 in his personal account, contrary to what many might expect of one who has held a number of top government positions, an official said Thursday.

Middle East

Top News

September 4, 2015

The Battle to Retake Ramadi Is Going Nowhere

By Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces­ are struggling to make headway in their battle to retake the western city of Ramadi, highlighting shortcomings in Washington’s strategy to counter Islamic State militants.

Opinion

September 4, 2015

A New Awakening: Fighting ISIS Means Galvanizing Its Resistance

By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas A. Heras and Bassam Barabandi | Foreign Affairs

The U.S. campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is unlikely to succeed without a clear strategy for taking the fight the group in eastern Syria by convincing local tribal leaders there to join the battle.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Asia / Pacific

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September 4, 2015

Opinion

September 4, 2015

Why Not to Worry About China (Too Much)

By William Pesek | Bloomberg View

This week's holiday to commemorate the end of World War II couldn't have come at a better time. For a global financial system traumatized by recent gyrations in China, the closure of mainland markets is a chance to take a breath and remember that the world is most likely not on the verge of another crisis.

Fed up with years of alleged corruption, Malaysian activists escalated their protests, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak and the overhaul of a political system its critics argue is racist and favors the few who are political connected.

China Prepares for Modern Warfare

By Lauren Dickey | Council on Foreign Relations

President Xi Jinping is committed to an overhaul of the military that China hopes will be capable of the same networked warfare practiced by the U.S. and its allies.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Authorities in Tajikistan say armed groups led by a disaffected deputy defense minister have mounted attacks that have left at least eight police officers and nine militants dead.

Officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations gathered in the Afghan capital Thursday for a regional economic conference to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years of war.

Both Japan and China were left stranded on the platform Friday after Indonesia examined their two bids to build a high-speed rail link and nixed the project, saying it would build a medium-speed line instead. The line will link Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung.

United States

Top News

September 4, 2015

U.S. Response to Refugee Crisis Is Nowhere Near That of Europe

By Carol J. Williams | Los Angeles Times

As European leaders engage in a blame game over which nations have done too little to ease the plight of refugees from the world's deadliest conflicts, the U.S. response has come in for scrutiny and been found sorely wanting by human rights advocates.

Chinese Navy Ships Passed Through U.S. Territorial Waters

By Jeremy Page and Gordon Lubold | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Pentagon officials said for the first time that five Chinese navy ships operating off Alaska came within 12 nautical miles of the U.S. coast, entering U.S. territorial waters, but they complied with international law.

The two intelligence officials said the compound hit late Tuesday in the Shawal area of North Waziristan belonged to Islamic militants loyal to an Afghan warlord and was also frequented by Uzbek fighters. The officials say the identity of those killed has not yet been determined.

President Obama is set to receive an official, albeit reluctant nod of approval for the Iran nuclear deal when Saudi Arabia's new king visits the White House for the first time Friday, but analysts say it will come at a price as Riyadh seeks Washington's support for its increasingly anti-Iran foreign policy in the Middle East.

Opinion

September 4, 2015

The Curse of the Obama Doctrine

By David Rothkopf | Foreign Policy

Take each of the Middle East’s crises—they will all get worse before they get better.

Iran: The Obamacare of Foreign Policy

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

A disaster has been averted now that the Iran nuclear deal is unstoppable. But the disaster of implacable Republican hostility persists.

The Americas

Top News

September 4, 2015

While the photograph of a 3-year-old Syrian boy’s body quickly focused the world’s attention on the migrant crisis in the Middle East and Africa, it has taken on a particular resonance in Canada with the discovery that the boy’s family had been unable to obtain immigration visas.

Guatemala Swears in New President After Perez Molina Resigns

By Sonia Perez D. and Alberto Arce | Associated Press

Guatemala's newly sworn-in president demanded that all top government officials submit their resignations and promised an honest and inclusive administration following the surprise resignation earlier Thursday of President Otto Perez Molina amid a widening fraud investigation.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Europe

Top News

September 4, 2015

Migrant Chaos Mounts While Divided Europe Stumbles for Response

By Steven Erlanger and Dan Bilefsky | The New York Times

The struggle among European leaders to develop a coherent response to the spiraling migrant crisis intensified on Thursday as fresh calls for a blocwide plan were met with recriminations about the continent being swamped with Muslims.

Angry French Farmers Drive 1,000 Tractors Into Paris

By Lucie Aubourg and Pierre Longeray | Vice News

Disgruntled French farmers converged on Paris Thursday to protest the government's perceived inaction in the face of the agricultural crisis many farmers say is pushing them out of business.

Opinion

September 4, 2015

Responding to Europe’s Migration Crisis

By Stewart Patrick and Theresa Lou | Council on Foreign Relations

Nations of the world need a more robust multilateral mechanism to develop and promote standards for the processing of migrants and refugees.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Africa

Top News

September 4, 2015

The wealth declaration of Nigeria's new president shows he has been living "an austere and Spartan lifestyle," with $150,000 in his personal account, contrary to what many might expect of one who has held a number of top government positions, an official said Thursday.

Middle East

Top News

September 4, 2015

The Battle to Retake Ramadi Is Going Nowhere

By Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces­ are struggling to make headway in their battle to retake the western city of Ramadi, highlighting shortcomings in Washington’s strategy to counter Islamic State militants.

Opinion

September 4, 2015

A New Awakening: Fighting ISIS Means Galvanizing Its Resistance

By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas A. Heras and Bassam Barabandi | Foreign Affairs

The U.S. campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is unlikely to succeed without a clear strategy for taking the fight the group in eastern Syria by convincing local tribal leaders there to join the battle.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Asia / Pacific

Top News

September 4, 2015

Opinion

September 4, 2015

Why Not to Worry About China (Too Much)

By William Pesek | Bloomberg View

This week's holiday to commemorate the end of World War II couldn't have come at a better time. For a global financial system traumatized by recent gyrations in China, the closure of mainland markets is a chance to take a breath and remember that the world is most likely not on the verge of another crisis.

Fed up with years of alleged corruption, Malaysian activists escalated their protests, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak and the overhaul of a political system its critics argue is racist and favors the few who are political connected.

China Prepares for Modern Warfare

By Lauren Dickey | Council on Foreign Relations

President Xi Jinping is committed to an overhaul of the military that China hopes will be capable of the same networked warfare practiced by the U.S. and its allies.

Off the Radar

September 4, 2015

Authorities in Tajikistan say armed groups led by a disaffected deputy defense minister have mounted attacks that have left at least eight police officers and nine militants dead.

Officials from more than 30 nations and 40 international organizations gathered in the Afghan capital Thursday for a regional economic conference to explore ways of rebuilding the country after more than 40 years of war.

Both Japan and China were left stranded on the platform Friday after Indonesia examined their two bids to build a high-speed rail link and nixed the project, saying it would build a medium-speed line instead. The line will link Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung.

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