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United States

Top News

July 25, 2016

Kerry Meets Southeast Asia Ministers After Chinese Win

By Matthew Lee | Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday stressed the importance of complying with a rules-based international system in a meeting with his counterparts from South East Asia shortly after they were unable to agree on a statement criticizing China for territorial expansion in the South China Sea.

A California man who aspired to join the Islamic State group in Syria and lied to get a replacement American passport to head overseas could face two decades in prison Monday when he is set to be sentenced.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

U.S. Must Remain Committed to Democracy in Turkey

By Eduardo Garmarra | Miami Herald

At first glance, the U.S. response to the attempted coup in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — after a brief period of hesitation — was correct: Washington should endorse no military coup against an elected president anywhere in the world.

The Americas

Top News

July 25, 2016

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

El Salvador's president says he has begun talks with political parties on a new "national reconciliation" law after the Supreme Court overturned an amnesty covering crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war.

Colombia Truckers’ Strike Ends After 45 Days

Latin American Herald Tribune

Colombia’s government and truckers’ representatives reached an agreement early Friday to bring an end to a 45-day strike that had led to roadblock-triggered supply shortages and left one dead and several injured.

Europe

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July 25, 2016

Germany: Syrian Asylum Seeker Blows Himself Up, Wounding 12

By Tomislav Skaro and Kirsten Grieshaber | Associated Press

A failed asylum-seeker from Syria blew himself up and wounded 12 people after being turned away from an open-air music festival in southern Germany, authorities said Monday. It was the fourth attack to shake Germany in a week — three of them carried out by recent immigrants.

G-20 Ministers Vow to Promote Growth After Brexit Shock

By Ian Talley and Mark Magnier | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Global finance ministers redoubled their commitments to use all available policy tools to boost economic growth, wary that myriad headwinds risk pushing the world economy into a low-growth rut.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

Tweeters, journalists, politicians, even the security forces in Germany responded on Friday to an “extremist terror” attack in Munich, fearing it was inspired by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), only to discover later that the attacker—18-year-old Ali David Sonboly, born in Germany to Iranian parents—was a psychologically disturbed individual with no apparent ties to Islamic extremism.

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

Africa

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

At least 16 people were killed and 17 wounded in northern Mali in fighting that ended Friday morning between rival Tuareg groups, according to an officer in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

July 25, 2016

Suicide Bomber Kills 14 at Iraq Checkpoint; 9 Die in Baghdad

By Sinan Salaheddin | Associated Press

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said, while a string of bombings in the Iraqi capital killed nine more people.

Report: Turkey Issues Warrants For 42 Journalists

By Suzan Fraser | Associated Press

Turkish authorities issued warrants on Monday for the detention of 42 journalists and detained 31 academics, official media reported, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown against people allegedly linked to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric following a failed coup.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

The Myth of Saudi Support For Terrorism

By Nawaf Obaid | The Washington Times

Some American pundits may continue to link Saudi Arabia and 9/11 in their minds, perhaps because 15 of the 19 terrorists came from the kingdom. However, in order to understand why Saudi Arabia has always been heavily invested in the war on extremist Islamic terror, three perspectives are needed: religious, historical and martial.

Will Sadrists Target U.S. Troops in Iraq?

By Mustafa Saadoun | Al-Monitor

Alaa Abboud, the spokesman for the Peace Brigades, the armed faction of the Sadrist movement, said in a TV interview with a local Iraqi channel July 20, “We will target the US forces anywhere they are in Iraq. We are not only keen on targeting them, but thirsty for their blood.”

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

Arab leaders and top officials gathered in the Mauritanian capital to attend the opening of the Arab League Summit, where delegates aim to give a new push to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Asia-Pacific

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July 25, 2016

A 25-year-old Israeli woman has been allegedly gang raped in a moving car in India's Himachal Pradesh state. Police said the woman mistook the car for a taxi and boarded it on Sunday morning in the popular town of Manali to go to a neighbouring district.

Asian Bloc Finds Unity on South China Sea Dispute

By Ben Otto | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Southeast Asian nations found common ground on the South China Sea dispute after weeks of division, but maneuvering by China kept the 10-member bloc from mentioning a recent legal ruling against Beijing’s sweeping claims in the strategic waters.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effectively immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly violence and foster the resumption of peace talks.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

Mirage of a Rules-Based Order

By Brahma Chellaney | The Japan Times

As demonstrated by China's response to The Hague's South China Sea decision, international law is powerful against the powerless, but powerless against the powerful.

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

United States

Top News

July 25, 2016

Kerry Meets Southeast Asia Ministers After Chinese Win

By Matthew Lee | Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday stressed the importance of complying with a rules-based international system in a meeting with his counterparts from South East Asia shortly after they were unable to agree on a statement criticizing China for territorial expansion in the South China Sea.

A California man who aspired to join the Islamic State group in Syria and lied to get a replacement American passport to head overseas could face two decades in prison Monday when he is set to be sentenced.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

U.S. Must Remain Committed to Democracy in Turkey

By Eduardo Garmarra | Miami Herald

At first glance, the U.S. response to the attempted coup in Turkey against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — after a brief period of hesitation — was correct: Washington should endorse no military coup against an elected president anywhere in the world.

The Americas

Top News

July 25, 2016

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

El Salvador's president says he has begun talks with political parties on a new "national reconciliation" law after the Supreme Court overturned an amnesty covering crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war.

Colombia Truckers’ Strike Ends After 45 Days

Latin American Herald Tribune

Colombia’s government and truckers’ representatives reached an agreement early Friday to bring an end to a 45-day strike that had led to roadblock-triggered supply shortages and left one dead and several injured.

Europe

Top News

July 25, 2016

Germany: Syrian Asylum Seeker Blows Himself Up, Wounding 12

By Tomislav Skaro and Kirsten Grieshaber | Associated Press

A failed asylum-seeker from Syria blew himself up and wounded 12 people after being turned away from an open-air music festival in southern Germany, authorities said Monday. It was the fourth attack to shake Germany in a week — three of them carried out by recent immigrants.

G-20 Ministers Vow to Promote Growth After Brexit Shock

By Ian Talley and Mark Magnier | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Global finance ministers redoubled their commitments to use all available policy tools to boost economic growth, wary that myriad headwinds risk pushing the world economy into a low-growth rut.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

Tweeters, journalists, politicians, even the security forces in Germany responded on Friday to an “extremist terror” attack in Munich, fearing it was inspired by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), only to discover later that the attacker—18-year-old Ali David Sonboly, born in Germany to Iranian parents—was a psychologically disturbed individual with no apparent ties to Islamic extremism.

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

Africa

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

At least 16 people were killed and 17 wounded in northern Mali in fighting that ended Friday morning between rival Tuareg groups, according to an officer in the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the West African country.

Middle East & North Africa

Top News

July 25, 2016

Suicide Bomber Kills 14 at Iraq Checkpoint; 9 Die in Baghdad

By Sinan Salaheddin | Associated Press

A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a checkpoint outside a Shiite town north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said, while a string of bombings in the Iraqi capital killed nine more people.

Report: Turkey Issues Warrants For 42 Journalists

By Suzan Fraser | Associated Press

Turkish authorities issued warrants on Monday for the detention of 42 journalists and detained 31 academics, official media reported, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown against people allegedly linked to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric following a failed coup.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

The Myth of Saudi Support For Terrorism

By Nawaf Obaid | The Washington Times

Some American pundits may continue to link Saudi Arabia and 9/11 in their minds, perhaps because 15 of the 19 terrorists came from the kingdom. However, in order to understand why Saudi Arabia has always been heavily invested in the war on extremist Islamic terror, three perspectives are needed: religious, historical and martial.

Will Sadrists Target U.S. Troops in Iraq?

By Mustafa Saadoun | Al-Monitor

Alaa Abboud, the spokesman for the Peace Brigades, the armed faction of the Sadrist movement, said in a TV interview with a local Iraqi channel July 20, “We will target the US forces anywhere they are in Iraq. We are not only keen on targeting them, but thirsty for their blood.”

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

Arab leaders and top officials gathered in the Mauritanian capital to attend the opening of the Arab League Summit, where delegates aim to give a new push to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Asia-Pacific

Top News

July 25, 2016

A 25-year-old Israeli woman has been allegedly gang raped in a moving car in India's Himachal Pradesh state. Police said the woman mistook the car for a taxi and boarded it on Sunday morning in the popular town of Manali to go to a neighbouring district.

Asian Bloc Finds Unity on South China Sea Dispute

By Ben Otto | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Southeast Asian nations found common ground on the South China Sea dispute after weeks of division, but maneuvering by China kept the 10-member bloc from mentioning a recent legal ruling against Beijing’s sweeping claims in the strategic waters.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared a unilateral cease-fire with communist guerrillas effectively immediately Monday and asked the rebels to do the same to end decades of deadly violence and foster the resumption of peace talks.

Opinion

July 25, 2016

Mirage of a Rules-Based Order

By Brahma Chellaney | The Japan Times

As demonstrated by China's response to The Hague's South China Sea decision, international law is powerful against the powerless, but powerless against the powerful.

Off the Radar

July 25, 2016

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