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United States

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July 29, 2015

Opinion

July 29, 2015

Will Turkey Draw U.S. Into Quagmire?

By Steven A. Cook | Council on Foreign Relations

Turkey's offer of U.S. access to an airbase in exchange for establishing a safe zone in northwestern Syria has more to do with containing the Kurds than fighting the Islamic State.

The Americas

Top News

July 29, 2015

Peruvian Army Rescues Shining Path Kidnap Victims After 25 Years' Captivity

By Naomi Mapstone and Jonathan Watts | The Guardian

A Peruvian military operation has secured the release of more than a dozen people who were kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group up to 25 years ago. After being used as slaves in remote mountain communities, the 13 adults and 26 children were evacuated by helicopters, an army spokesman said.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

Uruguay had a day of protests Tuesday during which thousands of workers in education, the state oil company, the power utility and the banking sector are staging a number of demonstrations as a lead-up to the general strike planned for Aug. 6.

Europe

Top News

July 29, 2015

On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November, Iranian media said.

Cut Off From Ukraine, Rebel East Turns to Russia

By James Marson | The Wall Street Journal

The preponderance of Russian currency and products in rebel-held areas is deepening separation from the rest of Ukraine and muddying the prospects for a European-brokered peace plan.

Opinion

July 29, 2015

Russia’s newest anti-NGO law, under which the National Endowment for Democracy on Tuesday was declared an “undesirable organization” prohibited from operating in Russia, is the latest evidence that the regime of President Vladimir Putin faces a worsening crisis of political legitimacy.

Greece’s Relentless Exodus

By James Angelos | The New York Times

Greeks are taking advantage of the European Union’s free movement of labor, and Germany is one of the main destinations.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

French and German armored vehicle makers Nexter and KMW will seal their long-planned merger Wednesday, the French defense ministry said, combining the Leclerc and Leopard tank brands in what could be a blueprint for more European defense consolidation.

Africa

Top News

July 29, 2015

Obama Delivers Frank Words About Africa's Problems

By Julie Pace | The Associated Press

President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

Middle East

Top News

July 29, 2015

Israel OKs Settlement Building Amid Standoff With Settlers

By Daniel Estrin | The Associated Press

The Israeli Prime Minister's office said Wednesday it has approved the "immediate construction" of 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El and has advanced plans for 504 new housing units in Israeli settlement areas in east Jerusalem.

Official: Turkish Jets Pound PKK Positions in Iraq

By Suzan Fraser and Desmond Butler | The Associated Press

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a new raid against the separatist group, authorities said Wednesday, as Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party called for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.

Opinion

July 29, 2015

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

Iran, France Talk of 'New Era' in Ties After Nuclear Deal

By Ali Akbar Dareini | The Associated Press

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared Wednesday during a landmark visit to Iran that the time has come for the two nations' relations to improve, calling his visit "an important trip" in the wake of a key nuclear deal reached with Tehran earlier this month.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 29, 2015

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim. The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released.

Pakistan Police Kill Feared Sunni Militant Leader, 13 Others

By Asim Tanveer and Munir Ahmed | The Associated Press

Pakistani police gunned down one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites.

Students at Hong Kong's most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year's pro-democracy protests.

Opinion

July 29, 2015

India’s 2 Percent Solution

By Rupa Subramanya | Foreign Policy

By mandating corporate social responsibility, Narendra Modi is helping the government shirk its most basic obligations.

The Real Problem With China's Murky Markets

By William Pesek | Bloomberg View

The world is fixated on China's macro story: Worsening fundamentals made the 68 percent surge in Shanghai over the last 12 months look completely unsustainable. Growth is slowing, debt risks are soaring and deflation is looming.

How to Smuggle $1,000 Into North Korea

By Jieun Baek | Politico Magazine

Kevin has been using a sophisticated and illegal network of foreign organizations, defectors, smugglers, middlemen and North Korean soldiers who turn a blind eye with bribes to pass goods, money and information to his family in North Korea for the past 15 years. He is just one of the thousands like him who do the same.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

United States

Top News

July 29, 2015

Opinion

July 29, 2015

Will Turkey Draw U.S. Into Quagmire?

By Steven A. Cook | Council on Foreign Relations

Turkey's offer of U.S. access to an airbase in exchange for establishing a safe zone in northwestern Syria has more to do with containing the Kurds than fighting the Islamic State.

The Americas

Top News

July 29, 2015

Peruvian Army Rescues Shining Path Kidnap Victims After 25 Years' Captivity

By Naomi Mapstone and Jonathan Watts | The Guardian

A Peruvian military operation has secured the release of more than a dozen people who were kidnapped by the Shining Path rebel group up to 25 years ago. After being used as slaves in remote mountain communities, the 13 adults and 26 children were evacuated by helicopters, an army spokesman said.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

Uruguay had a day of protests Tuesday during which thousands of workers in education, the state oil company, the power utility and the banking sector are staging a number of demonstrations as a lead-up to the general strike planned for Aug. 6.

Europe

Top News

July 29, 2015

On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November, Iranian media said.

Cut Off From Ukraine, Rebel East Turns to Russia

By James Marson | The Wall Street Journal

The preponderance of Russian currency and products in rebel-held areas is deepening separation from the rest of Ukraine and muddying the prospects for a European-brokered peace plan.

Opinion

July 29, 2015

Russia’s newest anti-NGO law, under which the National Endowment for Democracy on Tuesday was declared an “undesirable organization” prohibited from operating in Russia, is the latest evidence that the regime of President Vladimir Putin faces a worsening crisis of political legitimacy.

Greece’s Relentless Exodus

By James Angelos | The New York Times

Greeks are taking advantage of the European Union’s free movement of labor, and Germany is one of the main destinations.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

French and German armored vehicle makers Nexter and KMW will seal their long-planned merger Wednesday, the French defense ministry said, combining the Leclerc and Leopard tank brands in what could be a blueprint for more European defense consolidation.

Africa

Top News

July 29, 2015

Obama Delivers Frank Words About Africa's Problems

By Julie Pace | The Associated Press

President Barack Obama arrived in East Africa with no big American aid packages, no ramped up U.S. military resources for fighting terror groups and no new initiatives with billions in government backing.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

Middle East

Top News

July 29, 2015

Israel OKs Settlement Building Amid Standoff With Settlers

By Daniel Estrin | The Associated Press

The Israeli Prime Minister's office said Wednesday it has approved the "immediate construction" of 300 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Beit El and has advanced plans for 504 new housing units in Israeli settlement areas in east Jerusalem.

Official: Turkish Jets Pound PKK Positions in Iraq

By Suzan Fraser and Desmond Butler | The Associated Press

Turkish jets hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq in a new raid against the separatist group, authorities said Wednesday, as Turkey's opposition pro-Kurdish party called for an immediate end to the violence and the resumption of peace efforts.

Opinion

July 29, 2015

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

Iran, France Talk of 'New Era' in Ties After Nuclear Deal

By Ali Akbar Dareini | The Associated Press

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius declared Wednesday during a landmark visit to Iran that the time has come for the two nations' relations to improve, calling his visit "an important trip" in the wake of a key nuclear deal reached with Tehran earlier this month.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 29, 2015

The leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has died, Afghan officials say, but the militant group has not commented on the claim. The reclusive leader died two to three years ago, Afghan government and intelligence sources said. No further details were released.

Pakistan Police Kill Feared Sunni Militant Leader, 13 Others

By Asim Tanveer and Munir Ahmed | The Associated Press

Pakistani police gunned down one of the country's most-feared Sunni militant leaders and 13 followers in a mysterious pre-dawn shootout Wednesday, killing a man believed to behind the slaughter of hundreds of the nation's minority Shiites.

Students at Hong Kong's most prestigious university say its academic freedom is under attack in what they maintain is the politically motivated stalling of the appointment of an administrator who supported last year's pro-democracy protests.

Opinion

July 29, 2015

India’s 2 Percent Solution

By Rupa Subramanya | Foreign Policy

By mandating corporate social responsibility, Narendra Modi is helping the government shirk its most basic obligations.

The Real Problem With China's Murky Markets

By William Pesek | Bloomberg View

The world is fixated on China's macro story: Worsening fundamentals made the 68 percent surge in Shanghai over the last 12 months look completely unsustainable. Growth is slowing, debt risks are soaring and deflation is looming.

How to Smuggle $1,000 Into North Korea

By Jieun Baek | Politico Magazine

Kevin has been using a sophisticated and illegal network of foreign organizations, defectors, smugglers, middlemen and North Korean soldiers who turn a blind eye with bribes to pass goods, money and information to his family in North Korea for the past 15 years. He is just one of the thousands like him who do the same.

Off the Radar

July 29, 2015

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