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U.S., Philippines Start Combat Drills Amid China Reclamations

By Jim Gomez | The Associated Press

More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat readiness exercises Monday amid growing alarm over massive land reclamations by China in disputed South China Sea territories.

Opinion

Robert White—The Diplomat Who Wouldn’t Lie

By Raymond Bonner | Politico Magazine

“An ambassador is a gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” It was an English poet, as well as diplomat, Sir Henry Wooten, who coined this aphorism, over 400 years ago.

The Americas

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Mexican Police Capture Leader of Juarez Cartel

By Elisabeth Malkin | The New York Times

Mexican officials said Sunday that they had captured Jesus Salas Aguayo, who ran the gang’s operations in Ciudad Juarez during the city’s most murderous periods.

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Europe

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Greece’s Far-Right Leader, Lawmakers Go on Trial

By Fanis Karabatzakis and Derek Gatopoulos | The Associated Press

Leaders of Greece’s third-largest political party, the extreme right Golden Dawn, went on trial Monday on charges of operating as a criminal organization that allegedly carried out a campaign of violence against immigrants and left-wing opponents.

Opinion

Greece on the Brink

By Paul Krugman | The New York Times

Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.

What the West Owes Ukraine

By Anders Åslund | Project Syndicate

Ukraine may not be grabbing as many headlines now as it did a year ago, but the crisis there is far from over. Ultimately, what Ukraine needs is to escape the old Soviet order—and, for that, it needs significantly more Western help than it is getting.

Europe Braces for Messy Greek Endgame

By Simon Nixon | The Wall Street Journal

It’s still possible that Greece can remain in the eurozone—though that is no longer the base case for many policymakers.

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Africa

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Al-Shabab Bombs U.N. Van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF Workers Killed

By Abdi Guled | The Associated Press

A bomb exploded Monday on a van carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police and U.N. officials said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Kenya Names New Army Chief as Predecessor Retires

By Reuters | defenceWeb

Kenya’s president announced the appointment of a new defense forces chief on Friday after the retirement of Gen. Julius Karangi, who drew public criticism for the army’s handling of a militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013.

Middle East

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Large Explosions From Airstrikes Rock Yemeni Capital

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Saudi-led airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed a local TV presenter.

Houthi Militant Leader Vows No Surrender

By Hakim Almasmari, Asa Fitch and Ahmed Al Omran | The Wall Street Journal

Abdul Malik Al Houthi, leader of Yemen’s ruling Houthi militants under siege from a Saudi-led effort to unseat him, vowed Sunday he would continue to resist an air campaign and naval blockade that has deepened turmoil in his country.

Opinion

Can Armenia Move Past Its Hatred of Turkey?

By Arman Grigoryan | The Washington Post

Next Friday Armenians in this country and around the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most calamitous event of their history—the mass murder of their ancestors in the Ottoman Empire.

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Asia / Pacific

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Opinion

Beijing’s Fait Accompli in the South China Sea

By Koh Swee Lean Collin | The Diplomat

Unprecedented? Or perhaps even refreshing? For the first time, Beijing has offered a more elaborate clarification about its recent activities in the South China Sea.

China’s Road Rules: Beijing Looks West Toward Eurasian Integration

By Jacob Stokes | Foreign Affairs

While the world focuses on China’s aggression in the seas to its east, China’s leaders are looking west with their “One Belt, One Road” strategy. If successful, the ambitious program would make China a principal economic and diplomatic force in Eurasian integration.

Off the Radar

Top News

U.S., Philippines Start Combat Drills Amid China Reclamations

By Jim Gomez | The Associated Press

More than 11,500 American and Filipino military personnel launched one of their largest annual combat readiness exercises Monday amid growing alarm over massive land reclamations by China in disputed South China Sea territories.

Opinion

Robert White—The Diplomat Who Wouldn’t Lie

By Raymond Bonner | Politico Magazine

“An ambassador is a gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.” It was an English poet, as well as diplomat, Sir Henry Wooten, who coined this aphorism, over 400 years ago.

Top News

Mexican Police Capture Leader of Juarez Cartel

By Elisabeth Malkin | The New York Times

Mexican officials said Sunday that they had captured Jesus Salas Aguayo, who ran the gang’s operations in Ciudad Juarez during the city’s most murderous periods.

Off the Radar

Top News

Greece’s Far-Right Leader, Lawmakers Go on Trial

By Fanis Karabatzakis and Derek Gatopoulos | The Associated Press

Leaders of Greece’s third-largest political party, the extreme right Golden Dawn, went on trial Monday on charges of operating as a criminal organization that allegedly carried out a campaign of violence against immigrants and left-wing opponents.

Opinion

Greece on the Brink

By Paul Krugman | The New York Times

Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.

What the West Owes Ukraine

By Anders Åslund | Project Syndicate

Ukraine may not be grabbing as many headlines now as it did a year ago, but the crisis there is far from over. Ultimately, what Ukraine needs is to escape the old Soviet order—and, for that, it needs significantly more Western help than it is getting.

Europe Braces for Messy Greek Endgame

By Simon Nixon | The Wall Street Journal

It’s still possible that Greece can remain in the eurozone—though that is no longer the base case for many policymakers.

Off the Radar

Top News

Al-Shabab Bombs U.N. Van in Somalia, 4 UNICEF Workers Killed

By Abdi Guled | The Associated Press

A bomb exploded Monday on a van carrying U.N. employees in northern Somalia, killing at least seven people and wounding several others, police and U.N. officials said. Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.

Off the Radar

Kenya Names New Army Chief as Predecessor Retires

By Reuters | defenceWeb

Kenya’s president announced the appointment of a new defense forces chief on Friday after the retirement of Gen. Julius Karangi, who drew public criticism for the army’s handling of a militant attack on a Nairobi shopping mall in 2013.

Top News

Large Explosions From Airstrikes Rock Yemeni Capital

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Saudi-led airstrikes on weapons caches in Yemen’s rebel-held capital on Monday caused massive explosions that shattered windows, sent residents scrambling for shelter and killed a local TV presenter.

Houthi Militant Leader Vows No Surrender

By Hakim Almasmari, Asa Fitch and Ahmed Al Omran | The Wall Street Journal

Abdul Malik Al Houthi, leader of Yemen’s ruling Houthi militants under siege from a Saudi-led effort to unseat him, vowed Sunday he would continue to resist an air campaign and naval blockade that has deepened turmoil in his country.

Opinion

Can Armenia Move Past Its Hatred of Turkey?

By Arman Grigoryan | The Washington Post

Next Friday Armenians in this country and around the world will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the most calamitous event of their history—the mass murder of their ancestors in the Ottoman Empire.

Off the Radar

Top News

Opinion

Beijing’s Fait Accompli in the South China Sea

By Koh Swee Lean Collin | The Diplomat

Unprecedented? Or perhaps even refreshing? For the first time, Beijing has offered a more elaborate clarification about its recent activities in the South China Sea.

China’s Road Rules: Beijing Looks West Toward Eurasian Integration

By Jacob Stokes | Foreign Affairs

While the world focuses on China’s aggression in the seas to its east, China’s leaders are looking west with their “One Belt, One Road” strategy. If successful, the ambitious program would make China a principal economic and diplomatic force in Eurasian integration.

Off the Radar