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United States

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U.S. Slams Russian Attempts to Hide Operations and Bodies in Eastern Ukraine

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The State Department on Thursday slammed the Russian government’s decision to stop making public its peacetime military casualties, calling the decree a clear attempt by Moscow to hide the deaths of Russian soldiers conducting clandestine operations inside eastern Ukraine.

Opinion

The FIFA Syndrome

By Lucy P. Marcus | Project Syndicate

The arrest of senior FIFA executives on a raft of fraud and corruption charges has been front-page news in recent days. But the criminal charges do not address another egregious injustice: the treatment of the migrant workers in Qatar who are building the stadiums for the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup.

Off the Radar

Spain Makes U.S. Rapid Force at Moron Base Permanent

The Associated Press

The Spanish government has approved an accord permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa.

The Americas

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Off the Radar

Honduras President Begins Official Visit to Peru

Andina

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez began two-day official visit to Peru including a meeting with his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala Tasso and the signing of a free trade agreement.

Europe

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Italy’s Regional Elections Puts Focus on Migrant Arrivals

By Colleen Barry | The Associated Press

The community’s hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Premier: Serbia Ready to Reduce Dependence on Russian Gas

By Amer Cohadzic | The Associated Press

In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.

Africa

Opinion

Off the Radar

EU Suspends Election Observer Mission to Burundi

Reuters

The European Union has suspended its mission to observe elections in Burundi because it cannot fulfill its role in a climate of media curbs and intimidation of the opposition, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

Middle East

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At Least Ten Killed in Car Bombs at Two Baghdad Hotels

Al Jazeera and Agencies

Car bombs at two hotels in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, have killed at least 10 people, with dozens more wounded. The explosions occurred just before midnight and were heard across the city center.

Opinion

Iraq Exists Only as an Idea, Not a Nation

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

The Islamic State is, at heart, an insurgency against the governments of Iraq and Syria. And no insurgency can thrive without some support from the local population.

Art and Hypocrisy in the Gulf

By Nicholas McGeehan | The New York Times

Abu Dhabi is opening cultural centers, but is barring artists and writers from entering.

The Choice Iran Faces in the Region

By Amir Taheri | Asharq Alawsat

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani this week launched a stinging attack on critics of his administration’s foreign policy and reminded everyone that politics was all about choice. “This government has chosen moderation and peaceful cooperation, and non-intervention in the affairs of other nations,” he asserted.

Asia / Pacific

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U.S. Says China Has Artillery Vehicles on Artificial Island

By Lolita C. Baldor | The Associated Press

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.

To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

By Bernhard Zand | Der Spiegel

When a farmer and migrant worker got thrombosis in his legs, China failed him. In the end, he had to saw off his own rotting leg in order to survive. Zheng Yanliang’s story is an allegory of the struggle to modernize the Chinese healthcare system.

Opinion

Off the Radar

India’s Modi Planning Central Asia Tour

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury | The Times of India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning a trip to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan in July, with an eye on tapping huge natural resources including hydrocarbon and uranium.

Top News

U.S. Slams Russian Attempts to Hide Operations and Bodies in Eastern Ukraine

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The State Department on Thursday slammed the Russian government’s decision to stop making public its peacetime military casualties, calling the decree a clear attempt by Moscow to hide the deaths of Russian soldiers conducting clandestine operations inside eastern Ukraine.

Opinion

The FIFA Syndrome

By Lucy P. Marcus | Project Syndicate

The arrest of senior FIFA executives on a raft of fraud and corruption charges has been front-page news in recent days. But the criminal charges do not address another egregious injustice: the treatment of the migrant workers in Qatar who are building the stadiums for the 2022 FIFA Football World Cup.

Off the Radar

Spain Makes U.S. Rapid Force at Moron Base Permanent

The Associated Press

The Spanish government has approved an accord permanently granting the U.S. military a presence at a southwestern base as a center for a rapid reaction force to deal with crises in Africa.

Top News

Off the Radar

Honduras President Begins Official Visit to Peru

Andina

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez began two-day official visit to Peru including a meeting with his Peruvian counterpart Ollanta Humala Tasso and the signing of a free trade agreement.

Top News

Italy’s Regional Elections Puts Focus on Migrant Arrivals

By Colleen Barry | The Associated Press

The community’s hostility is veiled, but palpable. When the young migrants from Nigeria and Gambia venture away from their house in this hilltop idyll south of Padua, they say neighbors come out and snap their photos in a gesture of intimidation. They have been pressured to stop using the local soccer field, accused of taking the pitch away from Italian kids.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Premier: Serbia Ready to Reduce Dependence on Russian Gas

By Amer Cohadzic | The Associated Press

In a major policy shift, the Serbian prime minister said his country will accept U.S. calls to reduce dependency on Russian gas by adding an American-backed pipeline that would bring gas to Europe from Azerbaijan.

Opinion

Off the Radar

EU Suspends Election Observer Mission to Burundi

Reuters

The European Union has suspended its mission to observe elections in Burundi because it cannot fulfill its role in a climate of media curbs and intimidation of the opposition, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

Top News

At Least Ten Killed in Car Bombs at Two Baghdad Hotels

Al Jazeera and Agencies

Car bombs at two hotels in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, have killed at least 10 people, with dozens more wounded. The explosions occurred just before midnight and were heard across the city center.

Opinion

Iraq Exists Only as an Idea, Not a Nation

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

The Islamic State is, at heart, an insurgency against the governments of Iraq and Syria. And no insurgency can thrive without some support from the local population.

Art and Hypocrisy in the Gulf

By Nicholas McGeehan | The New York Times

Abu Dhabi is opening cultural centers, but is barring artists and writers from entering.

The Choice Iran Faces in the Region

By Amir Taheri | Asharq Alawsat

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani this week launched a stinging attack on critics of his administration’s foreign policy and reminded everyone that politics was all about choice. “This government has chosen moderation and peaceful cooperation, and non-intervention in the affairs of other nations,” he asserted.

Top News

U.S. Says China Has Artillery Vehicles on Artificial Island

By Lolita C. Baldor | The Associated Press

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands that China is creating in the South China Sea, U.S. officials said Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes.

To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

By Bernhard Zand | Der Spiegel

When a farmer and migrant worker got thrombosis in his legs, China failed him. In the end, he had to saw off his own rotting leg in order to survive. Zheng Yanliang’s story is an allegory of the struggle to modernize the Chinese healthcare system.

Opinion

Off the Radar

India’s Modi Planning Central Asia Tour

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury | The Times of India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning a trip to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan in July, with an eye on tapping huge natural resources including hydrocarbon and uranium.