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United States

Top News

February 5, 2016

The Obama administration escalated its demand that Russia halt its bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, a day after a major multinational push to hold peace talks aimed at ending Syria's 5-year-old civil war struggled to get off the ground.

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Kissinger’s Vision for U.S.-Russia Relations

By Henry A. Kissinger | The National Interest

From 2007 into 2009, Evgeny Primakov and I chaired a group composed of retired senior ministers, high officials and military leaders from Russia and the United States, including some of you present here today. Its purpose was to ease the adversarial aspects of the U.S.-Russian relationship and to consider opportunities for cooperative approaches.

The Islamic State Is Still on the Rise

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against the Islamic State.

The Americas

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

Minister of Food Industry of Cuba, María del Carmen Concepcion, arrived on an official visit to Namibia, where she will remain until Sunday, a diplomatic source said.

Europe

Top News

February 5, 2016

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Europe's Huddled Masses

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

From London to Athens Europe is questioned. Some people, mainly refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are dying to get into the European Union. Many British conservatives are fighting to get out of it. Others, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, plot to undermine it. Yet others are bored by it.

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

Africa

Top News

February 5, 2016

African Union forces who had held the port city for three-and-a-half years withdrew earlier on Friday morning. The loss is one of the biggest setbacks for the African Union force in its decade-long battle against al-Shabab, analysts say.

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

Drought-Stricken Zimbabwe Declares State of Disaster

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press

Thin like their owners, cattle wander in a parched riverbed. Desperate villagers barter a few fish for maize because there is no money for food. In this drought-stricken area of Zimbabwe, some people allege that who you know determines whether you'll get state food aid, with those out of favor with local officials going hungry.

The EU support program for Mozambique, which includes funding of 734 million euros by 2020, will help strengthen the rule of law and the quality of public finance, said ambassador Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.

Middle East

Top News

February 5, 2016

The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, on Friday pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

The Moroccan cabinet on Wednesday approved the $ 517.5 Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact, reached by Moroccan and American governments last November.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 5, 2016

U.S.-China Split Over North Korea Casts Pall on Ties

By Josh Chin and Farnaz Fassihi | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Conflict between China and the U.S. over how to confront North Korea’s nuclear arms program is spilling out into public view, undermining rare coordination between the two powers on an international trouble spot.

Local Residents Open Main Blocked India-Nepal Border Point

By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

Vehicles passed through the main border point between Nepal and India on Friday after frustrated local residents forcefully removed barriers set up by ethnic protesters who blockaded the border to demand changes in the new constitution.

China Governor Fired For 'Disloyalty' as Xi Tightens Grip

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

The governor of a major Chinese province has been accused of disloyalty to the ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have likened to a personality cult.

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Could Tobacco Sink the TPP?

By Thomas J. Bollyky | Council on Foreign Relations

Twelve nations have signed onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but a controversial provision on tobacco could complicate approval in the U.S. Congress, writes CFR's Thomas Bollyky in this expert brief.

United States

Top News

February 5, 2016

The Obama administration escalated its demand that Russia halt its bombing campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday, a day after a major multinational push to hold peace talks aimed at ending Syria's 5-year-old civil war struggled to get off the ground.

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Kissinger’s Vision for U.S.-Russia Relations

By Henry A. Kissinger | The National Interest

From 2007 into 2009, Evgeny Primakov and I chaired a group composed of retired senior ministers, high officials and military leaders from Russia and the United States, including some of you present here today. Its purpose was to ease the adversarial aspects of the U.S.-Russian relationship and to consider opportunities for cooperative approaches.

The Islamic State Is Still on the Rise

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Republican and Democratic presidential candidates should be able to agree on one stark foreign policy reality: The tide hasn’t turned in the war against the Islamic State.

The Americas

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

Minister of Food Industry of Cuba, María del Carmen Concepcion, arrived on an official visit to Namibia, where she will remain until Sunday, a diplomatic source said.

Europe

Top News

February 5, 2016

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Europe's Huddled Masses

By Roger Cohen | The New York Times

From London to Athens Europe is questioned. Some people, mainly refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are dying to get into the European Union. Many British conservatives are fighting to get out of it. Others, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, plot to undermine it. Yet others are bored by it.

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

Africa

Top News

February 5, 2016

African Union forces who had held the port city for three-and-a-half years withdrew earlier on Friday morning. The loss is one of the biggest setbacks for the African Union force in its decade-long battle against al-Shabab, analysts say.

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

Drought-Stricken Zimbabwe Declares State of Disaster

By Farai Mutsaka | Associated Press

Thin like their owners, cattle wander in a parched riverbed. Desperate villagers barter a few fish for maize because there is no money for food. In this drought-stricken area of Zimbabwe, some people allege that who you know determines whether you'll get state food aid, with those out of favor with local officials going hungry.

The EU support program for Mozambique, which includes funding of 734 million euros by 2020, will help strengthen the rule of law and the quality of public finance, said ambassador Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.

Middle East

Top News

February 5, 2016

The Syrian military and allied fighters, backed by Russian airstrikes, on Friday pushed ahead with a major offensive in the north of the country, capturing another village and moving a step closer to encircling contested Aleppo, Syria's largest city.

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Off the Radar

February 5, 2016

The Moroccan cabinet on Wednesday approved the $ 517.5 Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact, reached by Moroccan and American governments last November.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

February 5, 2016

U.S.-China Split Over North Korea Casts Pall on Ties

By Josh Chin and Farnaz Fassihi | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Conflict between China and the U.S. over how to confront North Korea’s nuclear arms program is spilling out into public view, undermining rare coordination between the two powers on an international trouble spot.

Local Residents Open Main Blocked India-Nepal Border Point

By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

Vehicles passed through the main border point between Nepal and India on Friday after frustrated local residents forcefully removed barriers set up by ethnic protesters who blockaded the border to demand changes in the new constitution.

China Governor Fired For 'Disloyalty' as Xi Tightens Grip

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

The governor of a major Chinese province has been accused of disloyalty to the ruling Communist Party and removed from his post, amid a growing consolidation of power by President Xi Jinping that some have likened to a personality cult.

Opinion

February 5, 2016

Could Tobacco Sink the TPP?

By Thomas J. Bollyky | Council on Foreign Relations

Twelve nations have signed onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but a controversial provision on tobacco could complicate approval in the U.S. Congress, writes CFR's Thomas Bollyky in this expert brief.

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