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April 28, 2017

Trump, Reversing Obama, Will Push to Expand Drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic

By Juliet Eilperin & Brady Dennis | The Washington Post

President Trump will take a major step Friday to expand oil and gas drilling off U.S. shores, directing the Interior Department to lift restrictions that President Barack Obama imposed in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. But local political considerations and the global energy market are likely to influence future exploration far more than an executive order in Washington.

Trump Complains Saudis Not Paying Fair Share for U.S. Defense

By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason & Steve Holland | Reuters

President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

A sort of pragmatism—or inconsistency, if that’s what you want to call it—is what reassures investors and others that Trump’s Presidency won’t upend the global trading system. But the fact that he seriously considered signing the NAFTA executive order, and the flip manner in which he reversed course, demonstrates that nothing is set in stone. With Trump, you never know for sure.

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Well Underway

By Ted Hesson & Seung Min Kim | Politico

The president has engineered a major shakeup during his first 100 days in office — by combining a quick stroke of the pen and his forceful rhetoric.

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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

Does Trump Have a Plan for Colombia?

By Richard G. Miles | Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump’s decision to meet secretly with two former Colombian presidents this month at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — without having met first with current President Juan Manuel Santos — raised some serious questions.

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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

How Macron Would Fix the French Economy

By Ruchir Sharma | The New York Times

Most strikingly, Mr. Macron would work to slim down one of the world’s fattest welfare states, rather than build it up as Ms. Le Pen would do.

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April 27, 2017

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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

Pope Francis Arrives in Cairo, Bearing Message of Peace

By Jason Horowitz & Declan Walsh | The New York Times

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation. The country is under a state of emergency after suicide bombings, attributed to Islamic State militants, killed at least 44 people in Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

Is Turkey Trying to Disrupt Raqqa Operation?

By Fehim Tastekin | Al-Monitor

In the lead-up to President Erdogan's Washington visit next month, Turkey's recent air attacks in Syria and Iraq might be a message that Turkey intends to play a more involved role in those countries.

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

By Behnam Ben Taleblu | War on the Rocks

The Islamic Republic’s diverse missile arsenal has enabled it to engage in belligerence and subversion abroad for over three decades. That’s why no munition has meant more to Tehran’s security planners than ballistic missiles. Accordingly, Iran’s missile capabilities deserve more attention than the previous administration was willing to give.

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April 27, 2017

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April 28, 2017

Alarm Over North Korea, Sea Feud Under ASEAN Summit Spotlight

By Teresa Cerojano & Jim Gomez | Associated Press

Alarm over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and its intensifying standoff with the United States, and tensions over China's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea are under the spotlight at an annual summit of Southeast Asian nations in Manila.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

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April 27, 2017

United States

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April 28, 2017

Trump, Reversing Obama, Will Push to Expand Drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic

By Juliet Eilperin & Brady Dennis | The Washington Post

President Trump will take a major step Friday to expand oil and gas drilling off U.S. shores, directing the Interior Department to lift restrictions that President Barack Obama imposed in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. But local political considerations and the global energy market are likely to influence future exploration far more than an executive order in Washington.

Trump Complains Saudis Not Paying Fair Share for U.S. Defense

By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason & Steve Holland | Reuters

President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is opposed to a push to help Puerto Rico resolve its $70 billion debt load as the U.S. territory faces looming austerity measures amid a deep economic crisis.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

A sort of pragmatism—or inconsistency, if that’s what you want to call it—is what reassures investors and others that Trump’s Presidency won’t upend the global trading system. But the fact that he seriously considered signing the NAFTA executive order, and the flip manner in which he reversed course, demonstrates that nothing is set in stone. With Trump, you never know for sure.

Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Is Well Underway

By Ted Hesson & Seung Min Kim | Politico

The president has engineered a major shakeup during his first 100 days in office — by combining a quick stroke of the pen and his forceful rhetoric.

Does Trump Have a Plan for Colombia?

By Richard G. Miles | Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump’s decision to meet secretly with two former Colombian presidents this month at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — without having met first with current President Juan Manuel Santos — raised some serious questions.

News

April 27, 2017

Trump Tells Foreign Leaders That NAFTA Can Stay for Now

By Mark Landler & Binyamin Appelbaum | The New York Times

President Trump told the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Wednesday that he would not immediately move to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, only hours after an administration official said he was likely to sign an order that would begin the process of pulling the United States out of the deal.

More from WPR: Trump May Threaten a Trade War Over NAFTA, but His Options Are Limited

President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri and first lady Juliana Awada are on their way to the U.S. for an official visit that will include a meeting with President Donald Trump, officials said.

Opinion

April 27, 2017

There is no foreign policy doctrine, but there is a structure for how foreign policy is being developed in the Trump administration. The emerging pattern shows how President Trump’s campaign statements are being transformed into policy, senior White House officials tell me — and Trump himself is intimately involved.

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April 26, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday will order a review of national monuments created over the past 20 years with an aim toward rescinding or resizing some of them - part of a broader push to reopen areas to drilling, mining and other development.

The Americas

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April 28, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he is opposed to a push to help Puerto Rico resolve its $70 billion debt load as the U.S. territory faces looming austerity measures amid a deep economic crisis.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

Does Trump Have a Plan for Colombia?

By Richard G. Miles | Foreign Policy

President Donald Trump’s decision to meet secretly with two former Colombian presidents this month at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — without having met first with current President Juan Manuel Santos — raised some serious questions.

News

April 27, 2017

Trump Tells Foreign Leaders That NAFTA Can Stay for Now

By Mark Landler & Binyamin Appelbaum | The New York Times

President Trump told the leaders of Mexico and Canada on Wednesday that he would not immediately move to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, only hours after an administration official said he was likely to sign an order that would begin the process of pulling the United States out of the deal.

More from WPR: Trump May Threaten a Trade War Over NAFTA, but His Options Are Limited

A prison riot in Venezuela's eastern state of Anzoategui has left at least 12 people dead and 11 wounded, a spokesman at the Prisons Ministry said on Wednesday, the latest incident in the crisis-hit country's overcrowded and violent jail system.

Brazil's lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved the main text of a bill to relax the country's restrictive labor laws, a main plank of President Michel Temer's efforts to bolster investment and pull the economy out of its worst recession ever.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri and first lady Juliana Awada are on their way to the U.S. for an official visit that will include a meeting with President Donald Trump, officials said.

Paraguay's Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for presidential re-election, voting nearly four weeks after a secret Senate ballot to approve the measure set off riots in which protesters burned furniture in Congress.

Uruguayan and Spanish export and investment promotion agencies Uruguay XXI and ICEX signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation Wednesday aimed at improving knowledge about their respective markets and boosting exports.

Opinion

April 27, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Two people missing, 14,796 displaced and more than 2,900 homes damaged or destroyed is the total to date from the intense rains and flooding over the past week in the Dominican Republic, where 25 of the country’s 32 provinces have been placed on alert, authorities said on Tuesday.

Europe

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April 28, 2017

European Union leaders at a Brexit summit on Saturday should give a formal undertaking to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland in the EU if a referendum unites the island, diplomats said on Friday.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

How Macron Would Fix the French Economy

By Ruchir Sharma | The New York Times

Most strikingly, Mr. Macron would work to slim down one of the world’s fattest welfare states, rather than build it up as Ms. Le Pen would do.

News

April 27, 2017

Ahead of a meeting of the 27 remaining European Union nations in Brussels on Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel briefed the German parliament, the Bundestag, about Germany's strategy vis-a-vis Brexit. But at least in part her message was aimed across the English Channel.

Uruguayan and Spanish export and investment promotion agencies Uruguay XXI and ICEX signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation Wednesday aimed at improving knowledge about their respective markets and boosting exports.

Russia Bans Group Led by a Kremlin Critic as More Protests Loom

By Neil MacFarquhar | The New York Times

The Russian government moved on Wednesday to defang efforts to stage antigovernment rallies this weekend by blacklisting the coordinator, Open Russia, an organization founded by the Kremlin critic Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky.

Opinion

April 27, 2017

Russia’s Neo-Feudal Capitalism

By Anders Åslund | Project Syndicate

Vladimir Putin's model of crony capitalism seems to be a deliberate effort to emulate the success of Russia’s old feudal system – a system that, after all, lasted for centuries. But in today’s world, such a system not only seems outdated; it also poses a genuine threat to social and political stability.

Much Ado About Montenegro

By Ben Denison & Matthew Fay | War on the Rocks

Efforts to expand NATO have never lacked for controversy, and a recent debate in the U.S. Senate was particularly acrimonious with regard to Montenegro’s bid to join the alliance.

News

April 26, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute.

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.

Africa

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April 28, 2017

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April 28, 2017

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April 27, 2017

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April 27, 2017

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April 26, 2017

A South African court has ruled that the government plans to increase the country's reliance on nuclear power with help from Russia and other countries are unlawful.

Sudan’s parliament on Tuesday approved a number of constitutional amendments ostensibly intended to guarantee public freedoms. The so-called “Freedoms Bill,” however, ended up dropping several amendments proposed by the opposition that would have seen the power of the country’s security organs drastically reduced.

Middle East & North Africa

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April 28, 2017

Trump Complains Saudis Not Paying Fair Share for U.S. Defense

By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason & Steve Holland | Reuters

President Donald Trump complained on Thursday that U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was not treating the United States fairly and Washington was losing a “tremendous amount of money” defending the kingdom.

Pope Francis Arrives in Cairo, Bearing Message of Peace

By Jason Horowitz & Declan Walsh | The New York Times

Pope Francis has arrived in Egypt, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation. The country is under a state of emergency after suicide bombings, attributed to Islamic State militants, killed at least 44 people in Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ratified legal amendments that allow the president to make judicial appointments to its top courts, a move judges said would erode the independence of the judicial system.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

Is Turkey Trying to Disrupt Raqqa Operation?

By Fehim Tastekin | Al-Monitor

In the lead-up to President Erdogan's Washington visit next month, Turkey's recent air attacks in Syria and Iraq might be a message that Turkey intends to play a more involved role in those countries.

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

By Behnam Ben Taleblu | War on the Rocks

The Islamic Republic’s diverse missile arsenal has enabled it to engage in belligerence and subversion abroad for over three decades. That’s why no munition has meant more to Tehran’s security planners than ballistic missiles. Accordingly, Iran’s missile capabilities deserve more attention than the previous administration was willing to give.

News

April 27, 2017

President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White House to micro-manage battlefield decisions and ultimately obscured the real number of U.S. forces.

Israel Strikes Iran-Supplied Arms Depot Near Damascus Airport

By Suleiman Al-Khalidi & Angus McDowall | Reuters

Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.

Opinion

April 27, 2017

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April 26, 2017

Asia-Pacific

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April 28, 2017

Alarm Over North Korea, Sea Feud Under ASEAN Summit Spotlight

By Teresa Cerojano & Jim Gomez | Associated Press

Alarm over North Korea's nuclear ambitions and its intensifying standoff with the United States, and tensions over China's assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea are under the spotlight at an annual summit of Southeast Asian nations in Manila.

Opinion

April 28, 2017

News

April 27, 2017

The antimissile system that the United States deployed in South Korea over China’s objections is close to becoming operational, giving the two allies the capability to defend against missile attacks by the North, the South’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

Kashmir Shuts Down Social Networks for a Month

By Nida Najar | The New York Times

The government in India’s Jammu and Kashmir State ordered internet service providers in the restive Kashmir valley to block social networking services there on Wednesday, an unusually harsh measure to counteract escalating waves of protests and violence in the region.

Opinion

April 27, 2017

Kim Jong Un Is a Survivor, Not a Madman

By Andrei Lankov | Foreign Policy

North Korea's behavior might seem irrational to outsiders, but the Kim regime is just taking logical actions to survive.

News

April 26, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Moscow on Thursday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and pursue talks on joint economic projects aimed at a possible breakthrough in their decades-old island dispute.

New Zealand Has a New Defense Minister

By Nick Lee-Frampton | Defense News

Beginning May 2, New Zealand’s minister of defense will be Mark Mitchell, a former farmer, policeman and private security contractor. Mitchell replaces Gerry Brownlee, who will be the new foreign affairs minister.

Representatives of China and the European Space Agency are discussing potential collaboration on a human outpost on the moon and other possible joint endeavors, according to a spokesman for the European agency and Chinese media reports.

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