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Kerry Is Pushing For Agreement in Iran Nuclear Talks

By Michael R. Gordon | The New York Times

With so much at stake in the Iranian nuclear talks, Secretary of State John Kerry’s relentless negotiating style and repeated meetings with Iran’s foreign minister have become part of the debate.

Opinion

A Misguided Effort Against Islamic State

By J. Dana Stuster | Los Angeles Times

Since President Obama asked Congress in February for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force against Islamic State, the proposal has been under attack by hawkish members of Congress.

Don’t Expect Twitter Feeds to Tame Terrorism

By George Will | Japan Times

The Obama administration should stop the gaseous rhetoric about countering terrorism by elevating digital footprints. Twitter feeds from the State Department won’t tame terrorism.

Much Ado About the Wrong Israeli Controversy

By Steven Rosen | Washington Times

The brouhaha over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress is diverting attention from more important U.S.-Israel controversies that will escalate soon after this comparatively minor contretemps fizzles out.

The Americas

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El Salvador and ‘Las 17’

By Erika Guevara-Rosas | The New York Times

The exoneration of one of the women jailed for violating abortion laws is a victory, but much remains to be done.

Europe

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Opinion

Russia’s Army of Avengers

By Masha Gessen | The New York Times

  • People are being killed in the name of the Kremlin, against the backdrop of the Kremlin, simply for daring to oppose the Kremlin.

Counting the Cost of Nemtsov’s Death

By Georgy Bovt | Moscow Times

The murder of Boris Nemtsov takes Russian society one step further down the dangerous path that it started with the conflict in Ukraine.

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Africa

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Sudan to Host Tripartite Nile Basin Meeting

Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese capital of Khartoum will host on Tuesday the meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Water Resources of the three countries of the east Nile Basin countries which include Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia for discussions on outstanding issues related to the Ethiopian Renaissance dam project.

Uganda President Replaces Finance, Security Ministers

Reuters

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni replaced his finance, security and transport ministers in a reshuffle on Sunday, which analysts said was aimed at rewarding his allies ahead of an election due early next year.

Middle East

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Afghan Army Takes On Taliban In First Solo Offensive

By Lynne O’Donnell | Associated Press

The Afghan army is hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.

Saudi Consul Released After Three Years As Hostage in Yemen

By Angus McDowall | Reuters

A Saudi Arabian diplomat returned to Riyadh on Monday after being released by kidnappers in Yemen where he spent three years as a hostage, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

Iraq Launches Operation to Retake Tikrit From Islamic State

By Sinan Salaheddin | Associated Press

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

Opinion

ISIS’ Next Prize

By Geoffrey Howard | Foreign Affairs

  • ISIS is no longer just an Iraq and Syria problem. For months now, the terrorist group has been pushing into Libya as well.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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Pollution Documentary Attracts Huge Interest in China

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.

Opinion

Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

By Yuriko Koike | Project Syndicate

Vast differences between Japan and its developed counterparts in the West, mean that Piketty’s argument, like so many Western exports, has taken on unique characteristics.

Off the Radar

Kazakhstan, Iran Naval Forces to Strengthen Cooperation

AKIpress

Commander of the Iranian Navy Habibollah Sayyari is leading an Iranian delegation that met with the leadership of the Kazakh Defense Ministry and the Naval Forces command of Kazakhstan to discuss boosting ties, reports Kazinform.

Top News

Kerry Is Pushing For Agreement in Iran Nuclear Talks

By Michael R. Gordon | The New York Times

With so much at stake in the Iranian nuclear talks, Secretary of State John Kerry’s relentless negotiating style and repeated meetings with Iran’s foreign minister have become part of the debate.

Opinion

A Misguided Effort Against Islamic State

By J. Dana Stuster | Los Angeles Times

Since President Obama asked Congress in February for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force against Islamic State, the proposal has been under attack by hawkish members of Congress.

Don’t Expect Twitter Feeds to Tame Terrorism

By George Will | Japan Times

The Obama administration should stop the gaseous rhetoric about countering terrorism by elevating digital footprints. Twitter feeds from the State Department won’t tame terrorism.

Much Ado About the Wrong Israeli Controversy

By Steven Rosen | Washington Times

The brouhaha over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress is diverting attention from more important U.S.-Israel controversies that will escalate soon after this comparatively minor contretemps fizzles out.

Top News

Opinion

El Salvador and ‘Las 17’

By Erika Guevara-Rosas | The New York Times

The exoneration of one of the women jailed for violating abortion laws is a victory, but much remains to be done.

Top News

Opinion

Russia’s Army of Avengers

By Masha Gessen | The New York Times

  • People are being killed in the name of the Kremlin, against the backdrop of the Kremlin, simply for daring to oppose the Kremlin.

Counting the Cost of Nemtsov’s Death

By Georgy Bovt | Moscow Times

The murder of Boris Nemtsov takes Russian society one step further down the dangerous path that it started with the conflict in Ukraine.

Off the Radar

Top News

Opinion

Off the Radar

Sudan to Host Tripartite Nile Basin Meeting

Sudan Tribune

The Sudanese capital of Khartoum will host on Tuesday the meetings of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Water Resources of the three countries of the east Nile Basin countries which include Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia for discussions on outstanding issues related to the Ethiopian Renaissance dam project.

Uganda President Replaces Finance, Security Ministers

Reuters

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni replaced his finance, security and transport ministers in a reshuffle on Sunday, which analysts said was aimed at rewarding his allies ahead of an election due early next year.

Top News

Afghan Army Takes On Taliban In First Solo Offensive

By Lynne O’Donnell | Associated Press

The Afghan army is hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.

Saudi Consul Released After Three Years As Hostage in Yemen

By Angus McDowall | Reuters

A Saudi Arabian diplomat returned to Riyadh on Monday after being released by kidnappers in Yemen where he spent three years as a hostage, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

Iraq Launches Operation to Retake Tikrit From Islamic State

By Sinan Salaheddin | Associated Press

Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.

Opinion

ISIS’ Next Prize

By Geoffrey Howard | Foreign Affairs

  • ISIS is no longer just an Iraq and Syria problem. For months now, the terrorist group has been pushing into Libya as well.

Off the Radar

Top News

Pollution Documentary Attracts Huge Interest in China

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water and soil pollution.

Opinion

Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

By Yuriko Koike | Project Syndicate

Vast differences between Japan and its developed counterparts in the West, mean that Piketty’s argument, like so many Western exports, has taken on unique characteristics.

Off the Radar

Kazakhstan, Iran Naval Forces to Strengthen Cooperation

AKIpress

Commander of the Iranian Navy Habibollah Sayyari is leading an Iranian delegation that met with the leadership of the Kazakh Defense Ministry and the Naval Forces command of Kazakhstan to discuss boosting ties, reports Kazinform.