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United States

Top News

September 2, 2015

The CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

Two more key Democratic senators announced their support Tuesday for the Iran nuclear deal, all but ensuring that President Obama will have enough votes to uphold the polarizing accord despite almost unanimous opposition from Republicans.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

The Real Arctic Threat

By John McCain | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Obama focuses on global warming while Putin’s neo-imperialist dreams continue to spread north.

King Salman Comes to Washington

By Philip Gordon | Politico Magazine

One visit will not bridge the real gaps between the United States and Saudi Arabia. But it might help.

Our Radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

The greatest purveyors of radical Islam aren’t the Iranians, as a general says. The Saudis win that title hands down.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

The Americas

Top News

September 2, 2015

Immunity Lifted, Prosecutors Close in on Guatemala President

By Sonia Perez D. and Alberto Arce | Associated Press

Guatemalan prosecutors wasted no time in pressing their corruption investigation of President Otto Perez Molina, persuading a judge to bar him from leaving the country just hours after a historic congressional vote to strip his immunity from prosecution.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Report: Colombia Collecting Bulk Data Without Warrants

By Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

Peruvian first lady Nadine Heredia rejected the conclusions of a report by Peruvian lawmakers, released Monday, recommending that she be investigated for her involvement in a corruption scheme carried out by Peruvian businessperson Martin Belaunde Lossio

Europe

Top News

September 2, 2015

World on Track for Warming 'Far Above' 2C Target: Analysts

By Mariette Le Roux | Agence France-Presse

Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

Escaping the Refugee Crisis

By Peter Siner | Project Syndicate

If those who claim asylum in a nearby country were sent to a refugee camp, safe from persecution, and supported financially by aid from affluent countries, people smuggling — and deaths in transit — would be eliminated. That may not be the best solution, but it may be the most workable.

Will Data Law Isolate Russia Further?

By Georgy Bovt | The Moscow Times

If Russia decides to enforce its law on personal data, the Kremlin will have only succeeded in further isolating the country from the rest of the world.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Azerbaijan on Tuesday sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said.

Africa

Top News

September 2, 2015

Congo Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Goes on Trial at ICC

By Mike Corder | Associated Press

A Congo militia leader known as The Terminator pleaded innocent Wednesday to 18 charges, including murder, rape and sexual slavery, as his long-awaited trial started at the International Criminal Court.

Africa's Deadwood: The Gold Rush Is on in Uganda

By Rodney Muhumuza | Associated Press

The hunt for gold takes the men 100 meters (yards) underground, past contraptions of wood and rope rigged to function like pulleys, past hard rock that they attack day and night with demolition hammers. When they emerge at the end of a shift, the miners carry stone samples that will be examined for the dark veins that suggest presence of gold.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

 The transitional council in Central African Republic has adopted a constitution designed to form the base of a new government as the country attempts to turn a page on years of violence, government officials said on Monday

Middle East

Top News

September 2, 2015

Masked Men Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Suzan Fraser | Associated Press

Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials said.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

Asia / Pacific

Top News

September 2, 2015

Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.

Police Say Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Believed to Be Uighur

By James Hookway | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

Who Crashed China's Stock Market?

By Heather Timmons and Zheping Huang | The Atlantic

Beijing’s top five scapegoats, from journalists to hedge funds to the U.S. federal reserve.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

United States

Top News

September 2, 2015

The CIA and U.S. Special Operations forces have launched a secret campaign to hunt terrorism suspects in Syria as part of a targeted killing program that is run separately from the broader U.S. military offensive against the Islamic State, U.S. officials said.

Two more key Democratic senators announced their support Tuesday for the Iran nuclear deal, all but ensuring that President Obama will have enough votes to uphold the polarizing accord despite almost unanimous opposition from Republicans.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

The Real Arctic Threat

By John McCain | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Obama focuses on global warming while Putin’s neo-imperialist dreams continue to spread north.

King Salman Comes to Washington

By Philip Gordon | Politico Magazine

One visit will not bridge the real gaps between the United States and Saudi Arabia. But it might help.

Our Radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

The greatest purveyors of radical Islam aren’t the Iranians, as a general says. The Saudis win that title hands down.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

The Americas

Top News

September 2, 2015

Immunity Lifted, Prosecutors Close in on Guatemala President

By Sonia Perez D. and Alberto Arce | Associated Press

Guatemalan prosecutors wasted no time in pressing their corruption investigation of President Otto Perez Molina, persuading a judge to bar him from leaving the country just hours after a historic congressional vote to strip his immunity from prosecution.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Report: Colombia Collecting Bulk Data Without Warrants

By Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

Peruvian first lady Nadine Heredia rejected the conclusions of a report by Peruvian lawmakers, released Monday, recommending that she be investigated for her involvement in a corruption scheme carried out by Peruvian businessperson Martin Belaunde Lossio

Europe

Top News

September 2, 2015

World on Track for Warming 'Far Above' 2C Target: Analysts

By Mariette Le Roux | Agence France-Presse

Inadequate national targets for curbing climate-altering greenhouse gases meant emissions would be "far above" the level required to stave off disastrous global warming, analysts warned Wednesday.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

Escaping the Refugee Crisis

By Peter Siner | Project Syndicate

If those who claim asylum in a nearby country were sent to a refugee camp, safe from persecution, and supported financially by aid from affluent countries, people smuggling — and deaths in transit — would be eliminated. That may not be the best solution, but it may be the most workable.

Will Data Law Isolate Russia Further?

By Georgy Bovt | The Moscow Times

If Russia decides to enforce its law on personal data, the Kremlin will have only succeeded in further isolating the country from the rest of the world.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

Azerbaijan on Tuesday sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said.

Africa

Top News

September 2, 2015

Congo Warlord Bosco Ntaganda Goes on Trial at ICC

By Mike Corder | Associated Press

A Congo militia leader known as The Terminator pleaded innocent Wednesday to 18 charges, including murder, rape and sexual slavery, as his long-awaited trial started at the International Criminal Court.

Africa's Deadwood: The Gold Rush Is on in Uganda

By Rodney Muhumuza | Associated Press

The hunt for gold takes the men 100 meters (yards) underground, past contraptions of wood and rope rigged to function like pulleys, past hard rock that they attack day and night with demolition hammers. When they emerge at the end of a shift, the miners carry stone samples that will be examined for the dark veins that suggest presence of gold.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

 The transitional council in Central African Republic has adopted a constitution designed to form the base of a new government as the country attempts to turn a page on years of violence, government officials said on Monday

Middle East

Top News

September 2, 2015

Masked Men Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Suzan Fraser | Associated Press

Masked men in military uniforms kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad early Wednesday, bundling them into several SUVs and speeding away, Iraqi and Turkish officials said.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

Asia / Pacific

Top News

September 2, 2015

Russia staged a military parade on Wednesday to commemorate seizing a group of Pacific islands from Japan at the end of World War Two, a move likely to inflame tensions over a long-running territorial dispute with Tokyo.

Police Say Main Bangkok Bombing Suspect Believed to Be Uighur

By James Hookway | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A senior Thai police investigator said for the first time that the main suspect in the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine last month is believed to be a member of China’s Uighur ethnic minority.

Opinion

September 2, 2015

Who Crashed China's Stock Market?

By Heather Timmons and Zheping Huang | The Atlantic

Beijing’s top five scapegoats, from journalists to hedge funds to the U.S. federal reserve.

Off the Radar

September 1, 2015

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