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United States

Opinion

February 8, 2016

America’s Syrian Shame

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

Putin’s policy is hard to distinguish from Obama’s. America’s capitulation is complete, with appalling results.

Can Obama Let Go of His Wished-For Legacy?

By Jackson Diehl | The Washington Post

“The tide of war is receding,” Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality.

The Americas

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February 8, 2016

Zika Prompts Urgent Debate About Abortion in Latin America

By Dom Phillips, Nick Miroff and Julia Symmes Cobb | The Washington Post

Across Latin America, in countries with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, thousands of pregnant women have been infected with the Zika virus, potentially exposing their offspring to devastating birth defects.

Migrant Group’s Desperate March Through Mexico

By Azam Ahmed | The New York Times

The police truck appeared suddenly, a glint of metal and glass. The migrants broke into a sprint, tripping over cracked pavement as an older woman sweeping her stoop urged them to hurry.

President Michel Martelly made his farewell speech to Haiti as he departed office Sunday with no successor yet chosen because a runoff election was delayed for a second time last month amid violent protests and deep suspicions about vote rigging.

Off the Radar

February 8, 2016

Ecuadorian President Ousts Military Chiefs

Latin American Herald Tribune

President Rafael Correa announced Friday the dismissal of Ecuador’s military brass in response to their criticism of an order for the armed forces pension fund to refund $41 million to the Environment Ministry in connection with a land transaction.

Europe

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February 8, 2016

Protests Escalate Against Greek Plans to Build Migrant Camps

By Nektaria Stamouli | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Protests against Greek government plans to build camps for refugees and other migrants have escalated, raising doubts about whether Greece can assure the European Union quickly that it is doing enough to control the massive inflow of people into Europe via the Aegean Sea.

European officials knew that Volkswagen diesels fell short of pollution limits years before the company became engulfed in an emissions cheating scandal, records show. And they also knew that diesels across the industry had problems that were similar, if not worse.

An international human rights commission began two days of meetings with Polish officials Monday to determine whether recent legal changes to Poland's Constitutional Tribunal are in line with democratic standards.

Middle East

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February 8, 2016

Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.

Opinion

February 8, 2016

The Steady Trickle of Refugees Deaths in the Mediterranean

By Krishnadev Calamur | The Atlantic

Already this year, 374 people have died or are missing, as of February 5, while crossing the Mediterranean, according to data compiled by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Additionally, IOM notes, 74,676 people arrived in Italy and Greece between January 1 and February 5 to seek asylum in Europe.

Off the Radar

February 8, 2016

Turkish Drone Anka Makes Debut Flight

By Burak Ege Bekdil | Defense News

The Anka, a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone developed by Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) made its debut missionary flight, Turkish aerospace officials said.

Asia / Pacific

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February 8, 2016

North Korea defied international warnings Sunday by launching a new long-range rocket — prompting swift condemnation from the United Nations and frustration in Washington and Seoul, which will now formalize long-anticipated talks toward deploying an advanced U.S. missile shield in South Korea despite opposition from China.

Philippines’ Raucous Election Season Gets Underway

By Karl Malakunas | Agence France-Presse

The Philippines' raucous democracy cranks into top gear this week as campaigning begins for national elections, with familiar themes of corruption, dictatorship and celebrity star-power to dominate.

Name of Myanmar's Next President to Be Known March 17

By Htsuan Esther | Associated Press

The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

Opinion

February 8, 2016

China in the Caucasus

By Emil Sanamyan | The Diplomat

For Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, China is an important investor and possible regional stabilizer.

Off the Radar

February 8, 2016

United States

Opinion

February 8, 2016

America’s Syrian Shame

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

Putin’s policy is hard to distinguish from Obama’s. America’s capitulation is complete, with appalling results.

Can Obama Let Go of His Wished-For Legacy?

By Jackson Diehl | The Washington Post

“The tide of war is receding,” Barack Obama tirelessly insisted four years ago as he campaigned for reelection. Even then, the slogan seemed untethered from reality.

The Americas

Top News

February 8, 2016

Zika Prompts Urgent Debate About Abortion in Latin America

By Dom Phillips, Nick Miroff and Julia Symmes Cobb | The Washington Post

Across Latin America, in countries with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world, thousands of pregnant women have been infected with the Zika virus, potentially exposing their offspring to devastating birth defects.

Migrant Group’s Desperate March Through Mexico

By Azam Ahmed | The New York Times

The police truck appeared suddenly, a glint of metal and glass. The migrants broke into a sprint, tripping over cracked pavement as an older woman sweeping her stoop urged them to hurry.

President Michel Martelly made his farewell speech to Haiti as he departed office Sunday with no successor yet chosen because a runoff election was delayed for a second time last month amid violent protests and deep suspicions about vote rigging.

Off the Radar

February 8, 2016

Ecuadorian President Ousts Military Chiefs

Latin American Herald Tribune

President Rafael Correa announced Friday the dismissal of Ecuador’s military brass in response to their criticism of an order for the armed forces pension fund to refund $41 million to the Environment Ministry in connection with a land transaction.

Europe

Top News

February 8, 2016

Protests Escalate Against Greek Plans to Build Migrant Camps

By Nektaria Stamouli | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Protests against Greek government plans to build camps for refugees and other migrants have escalated, raising doubts about whether Greece can assure the European Union quickly that it is doing enough to control the massive inflow of people into Europe via the Aegean Sea.

European officials knew that Volkswagen diesels fell short of pollution limits years before the company became engulfed in an emissions cheating scandal, records show. And they also knew that diesels across the industry had problems that were similar, if not worse.

An international human rights commission began two days of meetings with Polish officials Monday to determine whether recent legal changes to Poland's Constitutional Tribunal are in line with democratic standards.

Africa

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Middle East

Top News

February 8, 2016

Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.

Opinion

February 8, 2016

The Steady Trickle of Refugees Deaths in the Mediterranean

By Krishnadev Calamur | The Atlantic

Already this year, 374 people have died or are missing, as of February 5, while crossing the Mediterranean, according to data compiled by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Additionally, IOM notes, 74,676 people arrived in Italy and Greece between January 1 and February 5 to seek asylum in Europe.

Off the Radar

February 8, 2016

Turkish Drone Anka Makes Debut Flight

By Burak Ege Bekdil | Defense News

The Anka, a medium-altitude, long-endurance drone developed by Tusas Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) made its debut missionary flight, Turkish aerospace officials said.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 8, 2016

North Korea defied international warnings Sunday by launching a new long-range rocket — prompting swift condemnation from the United Nations and frustration in Washington and Seoul, which will now formalize long-anticipated talks toward deploying an advanced U.S. missile shield in South Korea despite opposition from China.

Philippines’ Raucous Election Season Gets Underway

By Karl Malakunas | Agence France-Presse

The Philippines' raucous democracy cranks into top gear this week as campaigning begins for national elections, with familiar themes of corruption, dictatorship and celebrity star-power to dominate.

Name of Myanmar's Next President to Be Known March 17

By Htsuan Esther | Associated Press

The names of Myanmar's next president and two vice presidents will be revealed on March 17, an official said Monday, setting a clear timeline for the transition of power from a military-controlled government to democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's party.

Opinion

February 8, 2016

China in the Caucasus

By Emil Sanamyan | The Diplomat

For Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, China is an important investor and possible regional stabilizer.

Off the Radar

February 8, 2016

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