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June 27, 2017

Trump Urges India’s Modi to Fix Deficit, but Stresses Strong Ties

By Steve Holland & David Brunnstrom | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that he was putting a hold on any future American arms sales to a group of Persian Gulf nations in an apparent move to help resolve a bitter dispute between one of those countries, Qatar, and several of its Arab neighbors.

More from WPR: Tensions With Qatar and Turkey Could Force the U.S. to Rethink the Fight Against ISIS

Supreme Court Takes Up Travel Ban Case, and Allows Parts to Go Ahead

By Michael D. Shear & Adam Liptak | The New York Times

The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for President Trump to prohibit the entry of some people into the United States from countries he deems dangerous, but the justices imposed strict limits on Mr. Trump’s travel ban while they examine the scope of presidential power over the border.

More from WPR: Want to Lose the War Against Islamic Extremism? Start With Trump’s Entry Ban

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June 27, 2017

The Americas

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June 27, 2017

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June 27, 2017

New Cyberattack Spreads in Europe, Russia and U.S.

By Mark Scott & Nicole Perlroth | The New York Times

Computer systems from Russia to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that bore similarities to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

The European Union’s antitrust chief announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, saying that the powerful web-search leader illegally steered users toward its comparison shopping site and warning that other parts of Google’s business were in the crosshairs.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

Europe Has an Irish Problem

By Judy Dempsey | The Washington Post

Whether other European leaders realize it or not, the future stability of Ireland and the peace process rests with Brussels, not London.

Africa

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June 27, 2017

Suicide bombers killed nine people and wounded 13 others in multiple blasts in northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri, police said on Monday, the latest in a spate of attacks in the city worst hit by the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

Dishonoring Uganda’s Refugees

By Helen C. Epstein | Project Syndicate

Uganda needs diplomatic pressure to stop stoking conflicts, not another opportunity to profit from Western naiveté.

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June 26, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

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June 27, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

Taking ISIS Fighters to Court

By Kenneth R. Rosen | Foreign Affairs

Since its liberation, three months into the Battle for Mosul, Qaraqosh regained some normalcy as residents trickled back in and began reconstruction. Part of that rebuilding inevitably involved addressing the damage that civilians sustained during the war against ISIS and, more complexly, deciding what to do with former ISIS fighters in the region.

Asia-Pacific

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June 27, 2017

Opinion

June 27, 2017

United States

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June 27, 2017

New Cyberattack Spreads in Europe, Russia and U.S.

By Mark Scott & Nicole Perlroth | The New York Times

Computer systems from Russia to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that bore similarities to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

Trump Urges India’s Modi to Fix Deficit, but Stresses Strong Ties

By Steve Holland & David Brunnstrom | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that he was putting a hold on any future American arms sales to a group of Persian Gulf nations in an apparent move to help resolve a bitter dispute between one of those countries, Qatar, and several of its Arab neighbors.

More from WPR: Tensions With Qatar and Turkey Could Force the U.S. to Rethink the Fight Against ISIS

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State.

Supreme Court Takes Up Travel Ban Case, and Allows Parts to Go Ahead

By Michael D. Shear & Adam Liptak | The New York Times

The Supreme Court cleared the way on Monday for President Trump to prohibit the entry of some people into the United States from countries he deems dangerous, but the justices imposed strict limits on Mr. Trump’s travel ban while they examine the scope of presidential power over the border.

More from WPR: Want to Lose the War Against Islamic Extremism? Start With Trump’s Entry Ban

Mexico's attorney general said on Monday it will request help from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate accusations the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto spied on private citizens.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his Qatari counterpart Tuesday in Washington, after the U.S. department voiced confusion over the Saudi-backed embargo of the country.

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June 27, 2017

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June 26, 2017

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June 26, 2017

The Americas

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June 27, 2017

Mexico's attorney general said on Monday it will request help from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate accusations the administration of President Enrique Pena Nieto spied on private citizens.

Antonio Palocci, an influential minister in the governments of former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, was sentenced Monday to 12 years and two months in prison for taking bribes and money laundering, sources in the judiciary announced.

Paraguay Seeks to Boost Trade With Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga said on Monday that “much more should be done” to keep trade growing between Paraguay and Taiwan, during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

June 26, 2017

Opinion

June 26, 2017

Urban Terrorism Returns to Colombia

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

President Santos’s impunity deal for the FARC yields more violence.

Europe

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June 27, 2017

New Cyberattack Spreads in Europe, Russia and U.S.

By Mark Scott & Nicole Perlroth | The New York Times

Computer systems from Russia to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that bore similarities to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

The European Union’s antitrust chief announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, saying that the powerful web-search leader illegally steered users toward its comparison shopping site and warning that other parts of Google’s business were in the crosshairs.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

Europe Has an Irish Problem

By Judy Dempsey | The Washington Post

Whether other European leaders realize it or not, the future stability of Ireland and the peace process rests with Brussels, not London.

News

June 26, 2017

Opinion

June 26, 2017

Why Berlin Covets the ECB Presidency

By Matthew Karnitschnig | Politico

Missing in much of the talk about French President Emmanuel Macron’s grand vision to remake the eurozone is the simple, yet fundamental, question of what Berlin would demand in return.

Africa

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June 27, 2017

Suicide bombers killed nine people and wounded 13 others in multiple blasts in northeast Nigeria's Maiduguri, police said on Monday, the latest in a spate of attacks in the city worst hit by the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

Dishonoring Uganda’s Refugees

By Helen C. Epstein | Project Syndicate

Uganda needs diplomatic pressure to stop stoking conflicts, not another opportunity to profit from Western naiveté.

News

June 26, 2017

Plans to build a huge hydroelectric dam in the heart of one of Africa’s largest remaining wild areas have dismayed conservationists who fear that the plans will cause irreversible damage to the Selous game reserve in Tanzania.

Opinion

June 26, 2017

It’s shocking that so little heed is being paid to what the United Nations says is the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945: the danger that about 20 million people in four countries will suffer famine in the coming months, and that hundreds of thousands of children will starve to death.

Middle East & North Africa

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June 27, 2017

The Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday that he was putting a hold on any future American arms sales to a group of Persian Gulf nations in an apparent move to help resolve a bitter dispute between one of those countries, Qatar, and several of its Arab neighbors.

More from WPR: Tensions With Qatar and Turkey Could Force the U.S. to Rethink the Fight Against ISIS

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday left open the possibility of longer-term assistance to Kurdish YPG militia in Syria, saying the U.S. may need to supply them weapons and equipment even after the capture of Raqqa from Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia is demolishing centuries-old homes in a Shiite town, leveling a historic district that officials say has become a hideout for local militants. The destruction has sparked shootouts in the streets between Saudi security forces and Shiite gunmen and stoked sectarian tensions that resonate around the region.

More from WPR: Saudi Arabia’s Shiites Caught in the Crossfire Between Riyadh and Tehran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet with his Qatari counterpart Tuesday in Washington, after the U.S. department voiced confusion over the Saudi-backed embargo of the country.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

Taking ISIS Fighters to Court

By Kenneth R. Rosen | Foreign Affairs

Since its liberation, three months into the Battle for Mosul, Qaraqosh regained some normalcy as residents trickled back in and began reconstruction. Part of that rebuilding inevitably involved addressing the damage that civilians sustained during the war against ISIS and, more complexly, deciding what to do with former ISIS fighters in the region.

News

June 26, 2017

Egypt’s President Ratifies Disputed Saudi Islands Pact

By Hamza Hendawi | Associated Press

Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed.

Opinion

June 26, 2017

Reimagining Palestine

By Marwan Muasher | Project Syndicate

In the 50 years since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the prospects of a “final status” agreement have never looked bleaker. With growing distrust in the Palestinian leadership, it’s time to reconsider the path forward, by making civil liberties a precursor to, rather than the result of, an independent state.

Asia-Pacific

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June 27, 2017

Trump Urges India’s Modi to Fix Deficit, but Stresses Strong Ties

By Steve Holland & David Brunnstrom | Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers on Monday during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.

Paraguay Seeks to Boost Trade With Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga said on Monday that “much more should be done” to keep trade growing between Paraguay and Taiwan, during the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

Opinion

June 27, 2017

News

June 26, 2017

More Blood but No Victory as Philippine Drug War Marks Its First Year

By Clare Baldwin & Andrew R.C. Marshall | Reuters

Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime.

Opinion

June 26, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Wishful Peace

By Min Zin | The New York Times

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s signature peace initiative is not bringing peace to Myanmar. After two major meetings in less than a year, she has made no more headway than the previous government toward finding a solution to the country’s decades-long ethnic conflicts.

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