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United States

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July 2, 2015

With Embassies to Reopen, Obama Urges Congress to 'Move Forward' on Cuba

By Christi Parsons and Tracy Wilkinson | Los Angeles Times

In a milestone accord, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Wednesday to swiftly reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, finally ending the half-century diplomatic freeze between the two Cold War adversaries.

Opinion

July 2, 2015

Obama Needs to Walk Away From an Awful Deal With Iran

By Kevin McCarthy | The Washington Post

When former advisers to President Obama contribute to an open, bipartisan letter outlining their collective concerns that the nuclear deal the administration is negotiating with Iran would fall very short of its own standard of a “good” agreement, something is wrong.

The Americas

Opinion

July 2, 2015

No More Hiding From Venezuela’s Abuses

By Desmond Tutu | The Wall Street Journal

Don’t be misled by news about elections — the government violates human rights, emboldened by the international community’s silence.

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

The Pacific Alliance Summit began on Wednesday at the Peruvian sea-side resort of Paracas with the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru in attendance.

The coordination council of the NETmundial Initiative, a diverse group of global Internet stakeholders, met for this first time this week in Sao Paulo to chart a path to enhanced Web governability, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, which organized the gathering, said in a statement Wednesday.

Europe

Top News

July 2, 2015

Opinion

July 2, 2015

Don’t Bet on Syriza

By Mark Mazower | The New York Times

Calling a referendum was good for the party but it will make things worse for Greece.

Greece’s Crisis Could Be Good for Europe

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Maybe the bitter confrontation over Greece’s continued membership in the euro zone will actually prove to be good for all concerned.

Saving Ukraine

By Wolfgang Ischinger | Project Syndicate

Addressing the challenges facing Ukraine will require policymakers inside and outside the country to stabilize its economy, protect its territory, and create breathing room for reforms. In order to accomplish this, they will also have to secure greater cooperation from Russia.

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

Africa

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July 2, 2015

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

Middle East

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July 2, 2015

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) personal fortune to charity. The money would be used to "foster cultural understanding", "empower women", and "provide vital disaster relief", among other things, he said.

Jihadist Attacks on Egypt Grow Fiercer

By Kareem Fahim and David D. Kirkpatrick | The New York Times

Two years after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi led a military takeover promising to restore order and security in Egypt, he faces a rising jihadist insurgency.

The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 2, 2015

Japan’s Ruling Party Jousts With Media

By Toko Sekiguchi | The Wall Street Journal

A battle is raging between Japan’s media and ruling party lawmakers, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to pass new defense legislation draws the nation deeper into a contentious debate.

Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, a Malaysian minister said Thursday.

Opinion

July 2, 2015

What's next for the AIIB?

By Curtis S. Chin | The Japan Times

Is the AIIB a Chinese wolf in a multilateral sheep's clothing, or simply an institution whose time has come given China's economic rise?

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

173 Uighur Refugees Arrive in Turkey From Thailand

By Suzan Fraser | The Associated Press

A total of 173 people from the minority Chinese Muslim community of Uighurs have arrived in Turkey from Thailand, where they were being held after fleeing China, a Turkey-based Uighur group said Thursday.

Bangladesh security forces have arrested 12 suspected militants, including the chief of al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which claimed responsibility for two killings this year of bloggers critical of religious extremism.

United States

Top News

July 2, 2015

With Embassies to Reopen, Obama Urges Congress to 'Move Forward' on Cuba

By Christi Parsons and Tracy Wilkinson | Los Angeles Times

In a milestone accord, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Wednesday to swiftly reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, finally ending the half-century diplomatic freeze between the two Cold War adversaries.

Opinion

July 2, 2015

Obama Needs to Walk Away From an Awful Deal With Iran

By Kevin McCarthy | The Washington Post

When former advisers to President Obama contribute to an open, bipartisan letter outlining their collective concerns that the nuclear deal the administration is negotiating with Iran would fall very short of its own standard of a “good” agreement, something is wrong.

The Americas

Opinion

July 2, 2015

No More Hiding From Venezuela’s Abuses

By Desmond Tutu | The Wall Street Journal

Don’t be misled by news about elections — the government violates human rights, emboldened by the international community’s silence.

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

The Pacific Alliance Summit began on Wednesday at the Peruvian sea-side resort of Paracas with the presidents of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru in attendance.

The coordination council of the NETmundial Initiative, a diverse group of global Internet stakeholders, met for this first time this week in Sao Paulo to chart a path to enhanced Web governability, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, which organized the gathering, said in a statement Wednesday.

Europe

Top News

July 2, 2015

Opinion

July 2, 2015

Don’t Bet on Syriza

By Mark Mazower | The New York Times

Calling a referendum was good for the party but it will make things worse for Greece.

Greece’s Crisis Could Be Good for Europe

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Maybe the bitter confrontation over Greece’s continued membership in the euro zone will actually prove to be good for all concerned.

Saving Ukraine

By Wolfgang Ischinger | Project Syndicate

Addressing the challenges facing Ukraine will require policymakers inside and outside the country to stabilize its economy, protect its territory, and create breathing room for reforms. In order to accomplish this, they will also have to secure greater cooperation from Russia.

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

Africa

Top News

July 2, 2015

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

Middle East

Top News

July 2, 2015

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) personal fortune to charity. The money would be used to "foster cultural understanding", "empower women", and "provide vital disaster relief", among other things, he said.

Jihadist Attacks on Egypt Grow Fiercer

By Kareem Fahim and David D. Kirkpatrick | The New York Times

Two years after President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi led a military takeover promising to restore order and security in Egypt, he faces a rising jihadist insurgency.

The old courthouse in central Benghazi, Libya's second-largest city and the birthplace of the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi, is a shelled-out ruin — a testimony to the destruction and chaos that permeate this North African country four years after the civil war that ousted the longtime dictator.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 2, 2015

Japan’s Ruling Party Jousts With Media

By Toko Sekiguchi | The Wall Street Journal

A battle is raging between Japan’s media and ruling party lawmakers, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s effort to pass new defense legislation draws the nation deeper into a contentious debate.

Southeast Asian countries will establish a humanitarian fund to help boatloads of Rohingya Muslim and Bangladeshi immigrants who have recently landed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, a Malaysian minister said Thursday.

Opinion

July 2, 2015

What's next for the AIIB?

By Curtis S. Chin | The Japan Times

Is the AIIB a Chinese wolf in a multilateral sheep's clothing, or simply an institution whose time has come given China's economic rise?

Off the Radar

July 2, 2015

173 Uighur Refugees Arrive in Turkey From Thailand

By Suzan Fraser | The Associated Press

A total of 173 people from the minority Chinese Muslim community of Uighurs have arrived in Turkey from Thailand, where they were being held after fleeing China, a Turkey-based Uighur group said Thursday.

Bangladesh security forces have arrested 12 suspected militants, including the chief of al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which claimed responsibility for two killings this year of bloggers critical of religious extremism.

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