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United States

Top News

July 27, 2015

An Obama administration assessment of the Iran nuclear deal provided to Congress has led a number of lawmakers to conclude the U.S. and world powers will never get to the bottom of the country’s alleged efforts to build an atomic weapon, and that Tehran won’t be pressed to fully explain its past.

Obama, African Leaders to Hold Talks on South Sudan Crisis

By Julie Pace | The Associated Press

U.S. officials voiced pessimism Sunday about the prospect of a peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan as President Barack Obama prepared to hold talks on the crisis with African leaders.

Chinese State Media Snipe at Obama's Africa Trip

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

China's state media are pouring cold water on President Barack Obama's visit to Africa, saying U.S. attention to the continent is largely due to concern over China's booming influence there.

Opinion

July 27, 2015

The Americas

Top News

July 27, 2015

Mexico Search for Missing Students Turns up 129 Bodies

By Maria Verza | The Associated Press

The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says.

Colombia Unearths Landfill Looking for Scores of Disappeared

By Joshua Goodman | The Associated Press

The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.

Off the Radar

July 27, 2015

Europe

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July 27, 2015

Opinion

July 27, 2015

The Origins of Putin's Foreign Policy

By S. Elliott Estebo | The Moscow Times

In September 2004, in the aftermath of bombings in the Moscow metro and the horrific school seizure in Beslan that left 334 dead, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his plan to radically restructure Russia's political system by ending popular elections for governors.

Off the Radar

July 27, 2015

Russia Revises Navy Doctrine

By AFP | Defense News

Russia aims to boost the strategic positions of its navy on the Black Sea and seeks to maintain an Atlantic and Mediterranean presence, according its latest naval doctrine which has been revised over NATO's "inadmissible" expansion.

Africa

Top News

July 27, 2015

Somali police say the toll for the massive truck bomb attack on the capital's premier hotel has risen to 15, including a Kenya diplomat, a Chinese embassy guard and three journalists.

Middle East

Top News

July 27, 2015

Turkish Troops Target Kurdish Fighters in Northern Syria

By Bassem Mroue and Suzan Fraser | The Associated Press

Turkish troops have shelled a Syrian village near the border, targeting Kurdish fighters who have been battling the Islamic State group with the aid of U.S.-led airstrikes, Syria's main Kurdish militia and an activist group said Monday.

Opinion

July 27, 2015

ISIS’s Rebellion Against Ankara

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Alawsat

The official Turkish version is reasonable, despite what skeptics might believe. IS was most likely behind the suicide attack in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruç last week, which left more than 30 people dead.

The AKP’s Horrible Twist in Syria

By Haluk Özdalga | Today's Zaman

The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Syria policy is based on the premise that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be toppled, regardless of the consequences. Especially for such a complex issue as Syria, it is quite difficult to call this a genuine strategy, as it is rather an obsession.

The War Over Blasphemy

By Maikel Nabil Sanad | Foreign Policy in Focus

Some countries like Iceland are getting rid of outdated blasphemy laws, while others like Saudi Arabia are increasing persecutions under such laws.

Off the Radar

July 27, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Kuwait on Sunday to begin a three-nation regional tour aimed at deepening ties with Arab neighbors following the conclusion of the Islamic Republic’s historic nuclear deal with world powers.

Tunisia, Egypt Boost Libyan Border Security

By Oscar Nkala | Defense News

The Tunisian government is erecting a fortified security fence that will cover 140 miles of its 285-mile border with Libya to prevent the free flow of fighters, weapons and goods trafficked from the war-torn neighboring country.

Asia / Pacific

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July 27, 2015

Indian security forces are battling gunmen who stormed a police station in northern Punjab state, close to the border with Pakistan. The attackers first hijacked a car, then opened fire at a bus station before entering a police station in Gurdaspur district, officials said.

The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iranian-Pakistani border, said a top Pakistani diplomat, expressing his nation's deep hope that the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible.

Opinion

July 27, 2015

The Ad That Cracked China's Infertility Taboo

By Adam Minter | Bloomberg View

In China, where public discussion of sex remains tightly controlled by the government, the pitch was the equivalent of a cry for help. The country's infertility rates are rising rapidly among couples of child-bearing age, reaching 12.5 percent in 2012, compared with 3 percent in 1992, according to a government study.

United States

Top News

July 27, 2015

An Obama administration assessment of the Iran nuclear deal provided to Congress has led a number of lawmakers to conclude the U.S. and world powers will never get to the bottom of the country’s alleged efforts to build an atomic weapon, and that Tehran won’t be pressed to fully explain its past.

Obama, African Leaders to Hold Talks on South Sudan Crisis

By Julie Pace | The Associated Press

U.S. officials voiced pessimism Sunday about the prospect of a peace and power-sharing agreement in South Sudan as President Barack Obama prepared to hold talks on the crisis with African leaders.

Chinese State Media Snipe at Obama's Africa Trip

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

China's state media are pouring cold water on President Barack Obama's visit to Africa, saying U.S. attention to the continent is largely due to concern over China's booming influence there.

Opinion

July 27, 2015

The Americas

Top News

July 27, 2015

Mexico Search for Missing Students Turns up 129 Bodies

By Maria Verza | The Associated Press

The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says.

Colombia Unearths Landfill Looking for Scores of Disappeared

By Joshua Goodman | The Associated Press

The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.

Off the Radar

July 27, 2015

Europe

Top News

July 27, 2015

Opinion

July 27, 2015

The Origins of Putin's Foreign Policy

By S. Elliott Estebo | The Moscow Times

In September 2004, in the aftermath of bombings in the Moscow metro and the horrific school seizure in Beslan that left 334 dead, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his plan to radically restructure Russia's political system by ending popular elections for governors.

Off the Radar

July 27, 2015

Russia Revises Navy Doctrine

By AFP | Defense News

Russia aims to boost the strategic positions of its navy on the Black Sea and seeks to maintain an Atlantic and Mediterranean presence, according its latest naval doctrine which has been revised over NATO's "inadmissible" expansion.

Africa

Top News

July 27, 2015

Somali police say the toll for the massive truck bomb attack on the capital's premier hotel has risen to 15, including a Kenya diplomat, a Chinese embassy guard and three journalists.

Middle East

Top News

July 27, 2015

Turkish Troops Target Kurdish Fighters in Northern Syria

By Bassem Mroue and Suzan Fraser | The Associated Press

Turkish troops have shelled a Syrian village near the border, targeting Kurdish fighters who have been battling the Islamic State group with the aid of U.S.-led airstrikes, Syria's main Kurdish militia and an activist group said Monday.

Opinion

July 27, 2015

ISIS’s Rebellion Against Ankara

By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed | Asharq Alawsat

The official Turkish version is reasonable, despite what skeptics might believe. IS was most likely behind the suicide attack in the southeastern Turkish town of Suruç last week, which left more than 30 people dead.

The AKP’s Horrible Twist in Syria

By Haluk Özdalga | Today's Zaman

The ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Syria policy is based on the premise that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be toppled, regardless of the consequences. Especially for such a complex issue as Syria, it is quite difficult to call this a genuine strategy, as it is rather an obsession.

The War Over Blasphemy

By Maikel Nabil Sanad | Foreign Policy in Focus

Some countries like Iceland are getting rid of outdated blasphemy laws, while others like Saudi Arabia are increasing persecutions under such laws.

Off the Radar

July 27, 2015

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Kuwait on Sunday to begin a three-nation regional tour aimed at deepening ties with Arab neighbors following the conclusion of the Islamic Republic’s historic nuclear deal with world powers.

Tunisia, Egypt Boost Libyan Border Security

By Oscar Nkala | Defense News

The Tunisian government is erecting a fortified security fence that will cover 140 miles of its 285-mile border with Libya to prevent the free flow of fighters, weapons and goods trafficked from the war-torn neighboring country.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 27, 2015

Indian security forces are battling gunmen who stormed a police station in northern Punjab state, close to the border with Pakistan. The attackers first hijacked a car, then opened fire at a bus station before entering a police station in Gurdaspur district, officials said.

The lifting of economic sanctions on Iran will open "massive trade" opportunities for Pakistan and could effectively transform the energy markets of South Asia by paving the way for a long-awaited gas pipeline across the Iranian-Pakistani border, said a top Pakistani diplomat, expressing his nation's deep hope that the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect as soon as possible.

Opinion

July 27, 2015

The Ad That Cracked China's Infertility Taboo

By Adam Minter | Bloomberg View

In China, where public discussion of sex remains tightly controlled by the government, the pitch was the equivalent of a cry for help. The country's infertility rates are rising rapidly among couples of child-bearing age, reaching 12.5 percent in 2012, compared with 3 percent in 1992, according to a government study.

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