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United States

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At Berlin Wall, Kerry Warns Against Cold War Redux

By Matthew Lee | The Associated Press

Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine.

Opinion

Get Ready for Iraq War IV

By John A. Nagl | Foreign Policy

The United States is now at war in Iraq for the third time in my lifetime, and after being in the middle of the first two I’m planning to sit this one out.

An Islamic State Stalemate

By Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times

The United States and its allies are no longer losing the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and in the Middle East, that counts as progress.

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Latin America

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Mexican Rights Body Alleges Troops Murdered 15

By Mark Stevenson | The Associated Press

Soldiers killed as many as 15 people after they surrendered in an abandoned warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, according to a scathing National Human Rights Commission report that lays out allegations of threats, torture, fake autopsies and crime-scene manipulation designed to cover up the illegal acts.

Welfare State Takes Lead Role in Brazil Vote

By John Lyons | The Wall Street Journal

In a tight election playing out against a fading commodity boom, Brazil’s voters are split between welfare beneficiaries who favor President Rousseff and the more affluent, who want change.

Opinion

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Europe

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Opinion

Ukraine’s Vote, Russia’s Fate

By Carl Bildt | Project Syndicate

When Ukraine’s voters go to the polls on October 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe.

Africa

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New Freedoms in Tunisia Drive Support for ISIS

By David D. Kirkpatrick | The New York Times

Even as Tunisians have approved a new constitution and the country has one of the Arab world’s most educated populations, militants are recruiting more openly there than in any other country.

Opinion

The U.N. Agency That Bungled Ebola

By Brian H. Hook | The Wall Street Journal

Handling epidemics isn’t the World Health Organization’s forte—unless fighting against sugary drinks counts.

Off the Radar

Regional Leaders in South Sudan for Peace Talks

By Charles Omondi | Business Daily Africa

The leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda meet with their South Sudan counterpart in Juba today in a regional push for peace in the world’s youngest nation.

Burkina Faso to Call Referendum on Term Limits

By Reuters | News24

Burkina Faso’s government will submit a bill for parliament to call a referendum on the revision of constitutional term limits, the interior minister said after a cabinet meeting Tuesday.

Middle East

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Tribes in Tense Abu Ghraib Vow to Keep IS Out

By Vivian Salama | The Associated Press

The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad’s airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It’s an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants.

Syria Claims It Destroyed Jets Seized by IS

The Associated Press

The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country’s information minister.

Opinion

Turkey’s New Kurdish Problem

By Mustafa Akyol | The New York Times

Turkey finally acted in Kobani after weeks on the sidelines. But problems with the Kurds at home still fester.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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Japan to Send Officials to North Korea Next Week

By Haruka Nuga | The Associated Press

Japan’s government said Wednesday that it will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North’s investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and ’80s.

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

By Michael Forsythe and Alan Wong | The New York Times

After more than three weeks of protests, the meeting resembled less a negotiating session than a high school debate.

Opinion

Interview: Opening Indonesia

By Joko Widodo | Foreign Affairs

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s new president, talks to Foreign Affairs about his recent victory, his national agenda and the threat of Islamic extremism.

Off the Radar

Chinese Probe to Orbit Moon and Return to Earth

RIA Novosti

This week China will launch a new lunar orbiter, which, in contrast with previous space probes, will return to Earth after orbiting the Moon, China’s official Xinhua news agency reports.

Kazakhstan Appoints New Defense Minister

By Daniyar Mukhtarov | Trend.az

Astana’s former mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov has been appointed Defense Minister of Kazakhstan, according to the Kazakh president’s official Twitter page.

Top News

At Berlin Wall, Kerry Warns Against Cold War Redux

By Matthew Lee | The Associated Press

Surrounded by relics of the Cold War, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German counterpart warned Wednesday against a return to the bitter divide between east and west over the current crisis in Ukraine.

Opinion

Get Ready for Iraq War IV

By John A. Nagl | Foreign Policy

The United States is now at war in Iraq for the third time in my lifetime, and after being in the middle of the first two I’m planning to sit this one out.

An Islamic State Stalemate

By Doyle McManus | Los Angeles Times

The United States and its allies are no longer losing the war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and in the Middle East, that counts as progress.

Off the Radar

Top News

Mexican Rights Body Alleges Troops Murdered 15

By Mark Stevenson | The Associated Press

Soldiers killed as many as 15 people after they surrendered in an abandoned warehouse in southern Mexico last summer, according to a scathing National Human Rights Commission report that lays out allegations of threats, torture, fake autopsies and crime-scene manipulation designed to cover up the illegal acts.

Welfare State Takes Lead Role in Brazil Vote

By John Lyons | The Wall Street Journal

In a tight election playing out against a fading commodity boom, Brazil’s voters are split between welfare beneficiaries who favor President Rousseff and the more affluent, who want change.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Top News

Opinion

Ukraine’s Vote, Russia’s Fate

By Carl Bildt | Project Syndicate

When Ukraine’s voters go to the polls on October 26, not only the fate of their country will be at stake; so will the future of a significant part of Europe. To put it simply: the future of Ukraine will decide the future of Russia, and the future of Russia will have a substantial impact on the future of Europe.

Top News

New Freedoms in Tunisia Drive Support for ISIS

By David D. Kirkpatrick | The New York Times

Even as Tunisians have approved a new constitution and the country has one of the Arab world’s most educated populations, militants are recruiting more openly there than in any other country.

Opinion

The U.N. Agency That Bungled Ebola

By Brian H. Hook | The Wall Street Journal

Handling epidemics isn’t the World Health Organization’s forte—unless fighting against sugary drinks counts.

Off the Radar

Regional Leaders in South Sudan for Peace Talks

By Charles Omondi | Business Daily Africa

The leaders of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda meet with their South Sudan counterpart in Juba today in a regional push for peace in the world’s youngest nation.

Burkina Faso to Call Referendum on Term Limits

By Reuters | News24

Burkina Faso’s government will submit a bill for parliament to call a referendum on the revision of constitutional term limits, the interior minister said after a cabinet meeting Tuesday.

Top News

Tribes in Tense Abu Ghraib Vow to Keep IS Out

By Vivian Salama | The Associated Press

The Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghraib, best known for its infamous prison, sits close enough to Baghdad’s airport that you can see the control tower in the distance. It’s an enticing potential prize for Islamic State militants.

Syria Claims It Destroyed Jets Seized by IS

The Associated Press

The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country’s information minister.

Opinion

Turkey’s New Kurdish Problem

By Mustafa Akyol | The New York Times

Turkey finally acted in Kobani after weeks on the sidelines. But problems with the Kurds at home still fester.

Off the Radar

Top News

Japan to Send Officials to North Korea Next Week

By Haruka Nuga | The Associated Press

Japan’s government said Wednesday that it will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North’s investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korean agents in the 1970s and ’80s.

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy

By Michael Forsythe and Alan Wong | The New York Times

After more than three weeks of protests, the meeting resembled less a negotiating session than a high school debate.

Opinion

Interview: Opening Indonesia

By Joko Widodo | Foreign Affairs

Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s new president, talks to Foreign Affairs about his recent victory, his national agenda and the threat of Islamic extremism.

Off the Radar

Chinese Probe to Orbit Moon and Return to Earth

RIA Novosti

This week China will launch a new lunar orbiter, which, in contrast with previous space probes, will return to Earth after orbiting the Moon, China’s official Xinhua news agency reports.

Kazakhstan Appoints New Defense Minister

By Daniyar Mukhtarov | Trend.az

Astana’s former mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov has been appointed Defense Minister of Kazakhstan, according to the Kazakh president’s official Twitter page.