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United States

Top News

July 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba Restoring Diplomatic Ties After 54 Years

By Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton | Reuters

The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961.

The Obama administration and its negotiating partners blew through Tuesday's self-imposed deadline for a major nuclear accord with Iran -- prolonging for at least another week some 20 months of exhausting and convoluted closed-door talks that have capped more than a decade of brinkmanship between Tehran and the West.

Opinion

July 1, 2015

Puerto Rico Could Really Use a Bankruptcy

By Matt Levine | Bloomberg View

Last year Puerto Rico tried to invent its own bankruptcy process — the Public Corporation Debt Enforcement & Recovery Act — but that didn't go very well.

A Good Bad Deal?

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

It’s too late for a great accord on limiting Iran’s nuclear program, but maybe not a worthwhile one.

The Americas

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July 1, 2015

Honduras' Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the vice president of Congress and 15 other people accused of defrauding the country's health care system in a corruption scandal that has sparked large street protests.

Europe

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July 1, 2015

Tsipras Signals Greece May Accept Bailout Terms

By Sazanne Daley and Niki Kitsantonis | The New York Times

In a letter to the country’s creditors, the Greek prime minister said Athens was “prepared to accept” a deal with some modifications on contentious points like pension cuts and tax increases.

Anti-American Sentiment Surges in Russia

By Marc Bennetts | The Washington Times

An opinion poll published by the independent, Moscow-based Levada Center this year indicated that just over 80 percent of Russians have negative views of the United States, a figure that has almost doubled in slightly over a year.

Opinion

July 1, 2015

Russia and America: Confronting Empire

By Caleb Rossiter | Foreign Policy in Focus

Many Russians and Americans would rather see their governments helping other countries than hurting them. That means facing some hard truths.

No Exit: Why Greece and Europe Will Stay Attached

By David Gordon and Thomas Wright | Foreign Affairs

Greece lies at the heart of southeastern Europe, Europe’s least stable neighborhood. There are already signs that Bulgaria and Serbia are vulnerable to contagion from the failure of Greek banks. Instability in the Balkans was part of the rationale for Greece joining the eurozone in the first place.

Why I’m Still Bullish on Europe’s Future

By Beppe Severgnini | The New York Times

The European Union is a work in progress, but it is a stunning piece of work. And I refuse to believe that the majority of Europeans disagree.

Off the Radar

June 30, 2015

Africa

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July 1, 2015

Middle East

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July 1, 2015

Iran President to Meet U.N. Atomic Agency Head

By Laurence Norman | The Wall Street Journal

Yukiya Amano, the head of the U.N. atomic agency will meet with the Iranian President and others in a bid to reach a nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.

ISIS Allies Target Hamas and Energize Gaza Extremists

By Diaa Hadid and Majd Al Waheidi | The New York Times

An Islamist group calling itself Supporters of the Islamic State has conducted a bombing campaign against Hamas, whom it claims is not sufficiently extreme.

Syria's Kurds Warn Turkey Not to Intervene Militarily

By Bassem Mroue | The Associated Press

Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression."

Militants Attack Egyptian Army Checkpoints in Sinai, Kill 50

By Ashraf Sweilam | The Associated Press

Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.

Off the Radar

June 30, 2015

Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his spokesman said Monday.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 1, 2015

Opinion

July 1, 2015

Off the Radar

June 30, 2015

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with several U.S. officals during a visiting to Washington to discuss issues ranging from ease of doing business to cooperation on terrorism and climate change.

United States

Top News

July 1, 2015

U.S., Cuba Restoring Diplomatic Ties After 54 Years

By Daniel Trotta and Lesley Wroughton | Reuters

The United States and Cuba are set to announce the restoration of diplomatic relations on Wednesday, the result of a two-year courtship between former Cold War rivals who severed ties in 1961.

The Obama administration and its negotiating partners blew through Tuesday's self-imposed deadline for a major nuclear accord with Iran -- prolonging for at least another week some 20 months of exhausting and convoluted closed-door talks that have capped more than a decade of brinkmanship between Tehran and the West.

Opinion

July 1, 2015

Puerto Rico Could Really Use a Bankruptcy

By Matt Levine | Bloomberg View

Last year Puerto Rico tried to invent its own bankruptcy process — the Public Corporation Debt Enforcement & Recovery Act — but that didn't go very well.

A Good Bad Deal?

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

It’s too late for a great accord on limiting Iran’s nuclear program, but maybe not a worthwhile one.

The Americas

Top News

July 1, 2015

Honduras' Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the vice president of Congress and 15 other people accused of defrauding the country's health care system in a corruption scandal that has sparked large street protests.

Europe

Top News

July 1, 2015

Tsipras Signals Greece May Accept Bailout Terms

By Sazanne Daley and Niki Kitsantonis | The New York Times

In a letter to the country’s creditors, the Greek prime minister said Athens was “prepared to accept” a deal with some modifications on contentious points like pension cuts and tax increases.

Anti-American Sentiment Surges in Russia

By Marc Bennetts | The Washington Times

An opinion poll published by the independent, Moscow-based Levada Center this year indicated that just over 80 percent of Russians have negative views of the United States, a figure that has almost doubled in slightly over a year.

Opinion

July 1, 2015

Russia and America: Confronting Empire

By Caleb Rossiter | Foreign Policy in Focus

Many Russians and Americans would rather see their governments helping other countries than hurting them. That means facing some hard truths.

No Exit: Why Greece and Europe Will Stay Attached

By David Gordon and Thomas Wright | Foreign Affairs

Greece lies at the heart of southeastern Europe, Europe’s least stable neighborhood. There are already signs that Bulgaria and Serbia are vulnerable to contagion from the failure of Greek banks. Instability in the Balkans was part of the rationale for Greece joining the eurozone in the first place.

Why I’m Still Bullish on Europe’s Future

By Beppe Severgnini | The New York Times

The European Union is a work in progress, but it is a stunning piece of work. And I refuse to believe that the majority of Europeans disagree.

Off the Radar

June 30, 2015

Africa

Top News

July 1, 2015

Middle East

Top News

July 1, 2015

Iran President to Meet U.N. Atomic Agency Head

By Laurence Norman | The Wall Street Journal

Yukiya Amano, the head of the U.N. atomic agency will meet with the Iranian President and others in a bid to reach a nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers.

ISIS Allies Target Hamas and Energize Gaza Extremists

By Diaa Hadid and Majd Al Waheidi | The New York Times

An Islamist group calling itself Supporters of the Islamic State has conducted a bombing campaign against Hamas, whom it claims is not sufficiently extreme.

Syria's Kurds Warn Turkey Not to Intervene Militarily

By Bassem Mroue | The Associated Press

Syria's main Kurdish party warned Turkey on Wednesday that any military intervention would threaten international peace and said the country's main Kurdish militia is ready to face any "aggression."

Militants Attack Egyptian Army Checkpoints in Sinai, Kill 50

By Ashraf Sweilam | The Associated Press

Islamic militants on Wednesday unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 50 soldiers, security and military officials said.

Off the Radar

June 30, 2015

Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his spokesman said Monday.

Asia / Pacific

Top News

July 1, 2015

Opinion

July 1, 2015

Off the Radar

June 30, 2015

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with several U.S. officals during a visiting to Washington to discuss issues ranging from ease of doing business to cooperation on terrorism and climate change.

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