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U.S., Regional Leaders Convene over Migration Crisis

By Julia Hotz | Inter Press Service

As the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala prepare to meet with President Barack Obama Friday, more than 40 organisations issued a petition urging U.S. lawmakers to meet their “moral and legal obligations” by providing emergency aid to Central American children and families.

Asia-Pacific

McDonald's Calls Foul on China Chicken

By Megumi Fujikawa | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

McDonald's Japan said it has decided to stop selling all chicken products produced in China after reports earlier this week that a Chinese food supplier may have shipped expired meat.

Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge

By Amantha Perera | Inter Press Service

Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed.

Africa

Europe

Berlin to Boost Counter-Intelligence Against U.S.

By Stefan Wagstyl | Financial Times

The move comes after Berlin this month expelled the head of US intelligence in Germany and launched investigations into two German officials it suspects of spying for Washington.

Ukraine Disaster in Search of Investigation

By Sabrina Tavernise and Thomas Erdbrink | The New York Times

For all of the diplomatic frenzy that has followed the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, there is no sign of an investigation at the crash site.

Poland Facilitated CIA Torture but Wants to Forget About It

By Hanna Kozlowska | Foreign Policy

In a damning decision for Poland, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Wednesday that the country broke the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to detain and torture two terror suspects on its territory.

U.S. Says Russia Firing Into Ukraine

By Julian E. Barnes and William Mauldin | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The U.S. believes Russia is firing artillery across its border at Ukrainian military positions, the State Department said, an assertion that Moscow is playing a more direct role in the conflict.

Middle East

Crunch Time for Gaza Truce Talks as Death Toll Passes 800

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams | Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to nail down a Gaza ceasefire on Friday as the civilian death toll soared, and further violence loomed between Israelis and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.

Israeli Strike Kills a Leader of Islamic Jihad

By Jodi Rudoren | The New York Times

Islamic Jihad said that Salah Abu Hassanein -- a spokesman for its militia, Al-Quds Brigades -- and his sons, aged 15 and 12, were killed at their home in the southern city of Rafah.

U.N. Now Says at Least 16 Dead in Gaza School Blasts

By Joel Greenberg | McClatchy Newspapers

At least 15 Palestinians were killed and scores were wounded on Thursday when explosions ripped through the courtyard of a United Nations school where hundreds of people who had fled fighting in the Gaza Strip had taken shelter, local health officials said.

United States

Historians Will Recall Our Leaders’ Inaction

By Ann McFeatters | Miami Herald

When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Gaza and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.

Latin America

The Real Failure in Central America

By Jose Miguel Cruz | Miami Herald

The failure to manage the crisis of Central American child refugees at the Mexican border is not only about the inability to enact a comprehensive immigration policy reform. The real problem is the failure to build transparent and competent criminal justice institutions in Central America.

Asia-Pacific

Hatred as Politics in Myanmar

By Kyaw Win | Asia Times

Deadly anti-Muslim attacks in Mandalay have again revealed that dark forces loom large over Myanmar.

India’s Space Diplomacy

By Vidya Sagar Reddy Avuthu | The Diplomat

The country’s burgeoning space sector could be a useful foreign policy tool.

Africa

Why the Central African Republic Has Many Peacekepers, But No Peace

By Angela Meyer and Martin Welz | Foreign Affairs

The history of the Central African Republic over the past 20 years is linked to a dizzying number of peacekeeping acronyms. The latest mission, to be led by the UN, seems fated to repeat mistakes of its predecessors.

One Hundred Days of Servitude

By Gordon Brown | Project Syndicate

Education campaigners and activists for girls’ rights held vigils around the world this week to mark the 100th day since more than 200 Nigerian girls were abducted from their school in Chibok. The “Bring Back Our Girls” campaign has spurred a global movement for recognition of girls’ rights -- a movement led by girls themselves.

Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations

By Sucharita S.K. Varanasi | Inter Press Service

Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station to report the crime, or to a hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained during the violence.

Europe

Europe Must Confront Putin

By Artis Pabriks | The New York Times

If America and the E.U. don’t stand up to Russia, they’ll cease to be relevant global players.

The E.U. Is the World’s Great No-Show

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

The Ukraine crisis has shone a spotlight on one of the glaring gaps in the world: the lack of a strategic and purposeful Europe.

A vote for Scotland's Independence Could Reverberate Through NATO

By J.K. Rowling | Los Angeles Times

Novelist and longtime Scotland resident J.K. Rowling did not mention national security issues when she recently donated 1 million pounds ($1.71 million) to the Better Together Campaign, which wants Scottish voters to reject the independence option in the Sept. 18 referendum.

Middle East

Let Israel Crush Hamas

By Michael Oren | The Washington Post

The cycle can end, now and decisively. As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week , responsible world leaders can give Israel the time and the leverage it needs to alter Hamas’s calculus.

The Moral Chasm Between Israel and Hamas

By James T. Conway | The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required)

The 3-mile-long tunnel from Gaza was designed for launching murder and kidnapping raids.

Gaza and the Curse of Half-Finished Wars

By Amir Taheri | Asharq Al-Awsat

It took the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon two weeks to come out with a call for a ceasefire in Gaza. A diplomatic gesture of the lowest order, the Secretary-General’s meek move reflected the unwillingness, not to say inability, of the international community to address the real causes of the bloody conflict.

ISIS Is Getting Stronger

By Janine Davidson | Council on Foreign Relations

If ISIS continues to consolidate and expand, this terrorist “army” will eventually be able to exert a destabilizing influence far beyond its immediate strongholds.

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South Korea's Park Rejects Summit Call From Japan's Abe

By Kang Seung-woo | The Korea Times

South Korean President Park Geun-hye rebuffed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposal for a set of measures designed to mend relations between the two countries, including a summit meeting, on Friday.

Saudi Arabia Will Always Stand by Pakistan

By Associated Press of Pakistan | The Express Tribune

In a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, King Shah Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz assured that Saudi Arabia would always stand by Pakistan.

Vietnam, Czech Republic Cow to Promote Economic Bond

Viet Nam News

Vietnam and the Czech Republic have agree to enhance the operation of their intergovernmental economic cooperation committee while facilitating and encouraging their firms' investment in an effort to boost their two-way trade and partnership.

Africa

Rwanda's Kagame Swears in New Cabinet

Daily Monitor

Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Thursday swore in the new Prime Minister Anasatse Murekezi, cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries.

Sudan’s Parties Agree on Roadmap for National Dialogue

Sudan Tribune

Sudanese presidential assistant, Ibrahim Ghandour, said that the ruling National Congress Party and opposition parties participating in the national dialogue endorsed a roadmap and a timeframe to conduct the process.

Middle East

Russia Delivering Weapons to Iraq

By AFP | Defense News

Russia has begun supplying military helicopters and fighter jets to Iraq, a report said Thursday, as Iraq’s defense minister visited Moscow to press for equipment to thwart a jihadist offensive.

Iraqi Kurdish Oil Nears U.S. Port Despite Concern in Washington

By Reuters | Hurriyet Daily News

A tanker carrying crude oil from Iraqi Kurdistan is just two days away from arriving at a U.S. port, according to ship-tracking satellites, despite Washington’s long-standing concern over independent oil sales from the autonomous region.