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United States

Top News

June 30, 2015

U.S. To Resume Military Aid To Bahrain Despite Human Rights Criticism

By Aditya Tejas | International Business Times

The United States said on Monday that it would lift its ban on providing security and military aid to Bahrain, which was imposed after the Gulf state cracked down on Shia-led protests in 2011. U.S. officials said the decision was taken because Bahrain had made meaningful reforms since then.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

China crosses Obama’s Cyber ‘Red Line’

By Marc A. Thiessen | The Washington Post

Remember how President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria? Well, it’s happening again — this time in cyberspace.

Renovating the World Order

By Dominique Moisi | Project Syndicate

As violent conflicts and crises intensify worldwide, from Africa to Asia, it is becoming abundantly clear that there is no longer a guarantor of order — not international law or even a global hegemon — that countries view as legitimate and credible. The international system is clearly in need of an overhaul.

The Americas

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

Europe

Top News

June 30, 2015

EU Official: Hungary's Immigrant Flow Like in Italy, Greece

By Pablo Gorondi | The Associated Press

The pressure faced by Hungary from flows of migrants and refugees is similar to what Greece and Italy are facing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union's top migration official said Tuesday.

France Links Beheading, Gas Plant Attack to Islamic State

By Lori Hinnant and Philippe Sotto | The Associated Press

French investigators have uncovered links between Islamic State militants and the man who hung his employer's severed head at a gas plant he was attacking, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Greece to Miss IMF Debt Payment and Bailout to Expire

By Elena Becatoros and Raf Casert | The Associated Press

Greece is set to become the first developed nation to not pay its debts to the International Monetary Fund on time, as the country sinks deeper into a financial emergency that has forced it put a nationwide lockdown on money withdrawals.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

Russia's Top Brass Preparing to Battle Dissent

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Fifty years from now historians will no doubt wonder why Putin was preparing to use force against his own people at a time when he enjoyed a nearly 90 percent approval rating.

The Greek Catastrophe Is Finally Here

By Zachary Karabell | Politico Magazine

Now the wreck is finally here, and the only real question—the one none of us can really answer—is whether it will be modest or huge.

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

EU and China Leaders to Talk Trade and Climate

By Peter Teffer | EUobserver

EU and Chinese leaders will meet in Brussels on Monday, with the EU hoping for Chinese investment in its new growth fund as well as support for a global climate deal.

Africa

Top News

June 30, 2015

A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations. That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

A Close Encounter With Boko Haram

By Chika Oduah | The New York Times

Villagers attribute magical powers to the Islamist rebels, but their bullets are all too real.

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

The United States said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" after Lesotho's former army chief was shot dead last week, an incident that risks sparking instability in a small mountainous kingdom of strategic importance to South Africa.

Middle East

Top News

June 30, 2015

Tunisia Chief: New Security System Had Been Set for July 1

By Bouazza Ben Bouazza | The Associated Press

Thirty-eight tourists died in a gun attack just days before Tunisia planned to implement heightened security measures for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, but those plans had not anticipated an assault on tourist beaches, the country's president said Tuesday.

Egyptian President Vows Swift Justice After Car Bomb Attack

By Brian Rohan | The Associated Press

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday pledged to change laws "within days" to bring swift justice following a car bombing that killed the country's chief prosecutor, the first assassination of a top Egyptian official in a quarter century.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

The Payoff for Iran

By Ray Takeyh | Miami Herald

As the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States enter their final stages, one of the most salient questions that should be considered is how the Islamic Republic would spend the billions of dollars it would receive as a result of an accord.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

June 30, 2015

China's ruling Communist Party recruited almost 15 percent fewer new members last year amid hopes that better-qualified candidates will expand its guiding role in Chinese society.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

Indonesia’s Presidency Needs a Reboot

By John Kurtz and James Van Zorge | The Wall Street Journal

Opponents think calling for a cabinet reshuffle exploits President Joko Widodo’s weakness. Instead, it could be the key to his resurgence.

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

India and Thailand on Monday signed a number of important agreements, including the double taxation avoidance treaty, and exchanged instruments of ratification on the extradition treaty inked in 2013, which provides for the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders.

United States

Top News

June 30, 2015

U.S. To Resume Military Aid To Bahrain Despite Human Rights Criticism

By Aditya Tejas | International Business Times

The United States said on Monday that it would lift its ban on providing security and military aid to Bahrain, which was imposed after the Gulf state cracked down on Shia-led protests in 2011. U.S. officials said the decision was taken because Bahrain had made meaningful reforms since then.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

China crosses Obama’s Cyber ‘Red Line’

By Marc A. Thiessen | The Washington Post

Remember how President Obama failed to enforce his “red line” in Syria? Well, it’s happening again — this time in cyberspace.

Renovating the World Order

By Dominique Moisi | Project Syndicate

As violent conflicts and crises intensify worldwide, from Africa to Asia, it is becoming abundantly clear that there is no longer a guarantor of order — not international law or even a global hegemon — that countries view as legitimate and credible. The international system is clearly in need of an overhaul.

The Americas

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

Europe

Top News

June 30, 2015

EU Official: Hungary's Immigrant Flow Like in Italy, Greece

By Pablo Gorondi | The Associated Press

The pressure faced by Hungary from flows of migrants and refugees is similar to what Greece and Italy are facing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Union's top migration official said Tuesday.

France Links Beheading, Gas Plant Attack to Islamic State

By Lori Hinnant and Philippe Sotto | The Associated Press

French investigators have uncovered links between Islamic State militants and the man who hung his employer's severed head at a gas plant he was attacking, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Greece to Miss IMF Debt Payment and Bailout to Expire

By Elena Becatoros and Raf Casert | The Associated Press

Greece is set to become the first developed nation to not pay its debts to the International Monetary Fund on time, as the country sinks deeper into a financial emergency that has forced it put a nationwide lockdown on money withdrawals.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

Russia's Top Brass Preparing to Battle Dissent

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Fifty years from now historians will no doubt wonder why Putin was preparing to use force against his own people at a time when he enjoyed a nearly 90 percent approval rating.

The Greek Catastrophe Is Finally Here

By Zachary Karabell | Politico Magazine

Now the wreck is finally here, and the only real question—the one none of us can really answer—is whether it will be modest or huge.

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

EU and China Leaders to Talk Trade and Climate

By Peter Teffer | EUobserver

EU and Chinese leaders will meet in Brussels on Monday, with the EU hoping for Chinese investment in its new growth fund as well as support for a global climate deal.

Africa

Top News

June 30, 2015

A new opinion poll suggests that 87% of people in Nigeria support the legal ban on same-sex relations. That number is lower than five years ago, when 96% of Nigerians opposed relationships between same-sex couples.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

A Close Encounter With Boko Haram

By Chika Oduah | The New York Times

Villagers attribute magical powers to the Islamist rebels, but their bullets are all too real.

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

The United States said on Monday it was "deeply concerned" after Lesotho's former army chief was shot dead last week, an incident that risks sparking instability in a small mountainous kingdom of strategic importance to South Africa.

Middle East

Top News

June 30, 2015

Tunisia Chief: New Security System Had Been Set for July 1

By Bouazza Ben Bouazza | The Associated Press

Thirty-eight tourists died in a gun attack just days before Tunisia planned to implement heightened security measures for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, but those plans had not anticipated an assault on tourist beaches, the country's president said Tuesday.

Egyptian President Vows Swift Justice After Car Bomb Attack

By Brian Rohan | The Associated Press

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday pledged to change laws "within days" to bring swift justice following a car bombing that killed the country's chief prosecutor, the first assassination of a top Egyptian official in a quarter century.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

The Payoff for Iran

By Ray Takeyh | Miami Herald

As the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States enter their final stages, one of the most salient questions that should be considered is how the Islamic Republic would spend the billions of dollars it would receive as a result of an accord.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

June 30, 2015

China's ruling Communist Party recruited almost 15 percent fewer new members last year amid hopes that better-qualified candidates will expand its guiding role in Chinese society.

Opinion

June 30, 2015

Indonesia’s Presidency Needs a Reboot

By John Kurtz and James Van Zorge | The Wall Street Journal

Opponents think calling for a cabinet reshuffle exploits President Joko Widodo’s weakness. Instead, it could be the key to his resurgence.

Off the Radar

June 29, 2015

India and Thailand on Monday signed a number of important agreements, including the double taxation avoidance treaty, and exchanged instruments of ratification on the extradition treaty inked in 2013, which provides for the legal framework for seeking extradition of fugitive offenders.

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