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United States

Top News

January 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as early as Monday intended to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, NBC News reported, citing an unidentified White House official. The new Republican president also intends to sign an executive order pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NBC reported.

More from WPR: The Dawn of the Trump Era

The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented "alternative facts" to counter low inauguration crowd estimates.

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Years from now, Americans and people around the world may look back on Trump’s inaugural as the prelude to withdrawal and catastrophe — the moment when the United States indeed vacated the position of leader of the free world. But there is another possibility.

The Americas

Top News

January 23, 2017

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Peru's government is targeting the illegal gold trade by declaring illegal mining an organized crime activity while launching a new formalization program for miners, in a carrot and stick strategy that history suggests will be difficult to implement.

Europe

Top News

January 23, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she plans to discuss free trade and the importance of the NATO military alliance when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington. The White House's invitation for May to meet with Trump on Friday was seen in Britain as affirmation that Trump values the vaunted "special relationship."

Opinion

January 23, 2017

A New Deal to Save Europe

By Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate

In the wake of the euro crisis, Europeans shudder at the thought of giving the EU more power over their lives and communities. That's why an alternative to EU leaders' push for European federalism must be found.

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Africa

Top News

January 23, 2017

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

January 23, 2017

Syria Talks May Signal Shift in Conflict Dynamics

By Sarah El Deeb & Zeina Karam | Associated Press

Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war.

Just two days old, the presidency of Donald J. Trump is already reshaping the politics between Israelis and Palestinians, on issues from the location of the American Embassy to possible annexation of a major settlement bloc to whether Palestinians are on the edge of a renewed revolt.

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Iran’s Play for Middle Eastern Leadership

By Tarek Osman | Foreign Affairs (subscription required)

For the first time since the demise of the Qajar dynasty in the early twentieth century, Iran is extending its political and military reach to what it considers its rightful sphere of influence: Mesopotamia and the areas of the eastern Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula with sizeable Shiite communities.

Trump, Iran, and Stability in the Middle East

By Javier Solana | Project Syndicate

The best that can be said about Libya today is that its civil war is not as bloody as the one in Syria. Still, an ominous similarity between the two conflicts is taking shape.

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry is set to travel to Tunisia on Tuesday and meet with Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi. Shoukry will also meet with Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui to discuss the two countries’ vision on ending the crisis in Libya, sources speaking on condition of anonymity said.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

January 23, 2017

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Abenomics Still Lives

By Anthony Fensom | The National Interest

Critics have been eager to stick the knife into Japan’s Abenomics over its slow progress on reforms and sluggish growth rate. But eyeing an extended term in office, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is pressing ahead. He could even see an inflation revival in 2017 in the world’s third-biggest economy.

United States

Top News

January 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump could sign an executive order as early as Monday intended to renegotiate the free trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, NBC News reported, citing an unidentified White House official. The new Republican president also intends to sign an executive order pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), NBC reported.

More from WPR: The Dawn of the Trump Era

The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media "tooth and nail" over what it sees as unfair attacks, with a top adviser saying the Trump administration had presented "alternative facts" to counter low inauguration crowd estimates.

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Years from now, Americans and people around the world may look back on Trump’s inaugural as the prelude to withdrawal and catastrophe — the moment when the United States indeed vacated the position of leader of the free world. But there is another possibility.

The Americas

Top News

January 23, 2017

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Peru's government is targeting the illegal gold trade by declaring illegal mining an organized crime activity while launching a new formalization program for miners, in a carrot and stick strategy that history suggests will be difficult to implement.

Europe

Top News

January 23, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she plans to discuss free trade and the importance of the NATO military alliance when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington. The White House's invitation for May to meet with Trump on Friday was seen in Britain as affirmation that Trump values the vaunted "special relationship."

Opinion

January 23, 2017

A New Deal to Save Europe

By Yanis Varoufakis | Project Syndicate

In the wake of the euro crisis, Europeans shudder at the thought of giving the EU more power over their lives and communities. That's why an alternative to EU leaders' push for European federalism must be found.

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Africa

Top News

January 23, 2017

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

January 23, 2017

Syria Talks May Signal Shift in Conflict Dynamics

By Sarah El Deeb & Zeina Karam | Associated Press

Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war.

Just two days old, the presidency of Donald J. Trump is already reshaping the politics between Israelis and Palestinians, on issues from the location of the American Embassy to possible annexation of a major settlement bloc to whether Palestinians are on the edge of a renewed revolt.

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Iran’s Play for Middle Eastern Leadership

By Tarek Osman | Foreign Affairs (subscription required)

For the first time since the demise of the Qajar dynasty in the early twentieth century, Iran is extending its political and military reach to what it considers its rightful sphere of influence: Mesopotamia and the areas of the eastern Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsula with sizeable Shiite communities.

Trump, Iran, and Stability in the Middle East

By Javier Solana | Project Syndicate

The best that can be said about Libya today is that its civil war is not as bloody as the one in Syria. Still, an ominous similarity between the two conflicts is taking shape.

Off the Radar

January 23, 2017

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry is set to travel to Tunisia on Tuesday and meet with Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi. Shoukry will also meet with Tunisian Foreign Affairs Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui to discuss the two countries’ vision on ending the crisis in Libya, sources speaking on condition of anonymity said.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

January 23, 2017

Opinion

January 23, 2017

Abenomics Still Lives

By Anthony Fensom | The National Interest

Critics have been eager to stick the knife into Japan’s Abenomics over its slow progress on reforms and sluggish growth rate. But eyeing an extended term in office, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is pressing ahead. He could even see an inflation revival in 2017 in the world’s third-biggest economy.

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