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Officials: Iran Nuke Talks to Continue in New Phase

By George Jahn and Matthew Lee | The Associated Press

Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement to control Iran’s nuclear ambitions by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Critics Say Obama Surrendered Leverage in Iran Nuke Talks by Easing Sanctions

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The sanctions and the post-deal prospects for the Iranian economy are looming as a bigger issue as the talks reach a critical phase. Nearly all Republican lawmakers and several key Democrats in Washington share the view that the White House has given too much to Iran by easing sanctions throughout the negotiating process.

The Americas

Off the Radar

Evo Morales’ Party Loses La Paz in Bolivian Elections

By Carlos Valdez | Latin American Herald Tribune

President Evo Morales’ governing party suffered its most serious setback of nearly a decade in power in local and regional elections Sunday, according to unofficial results.

Europe

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EU Doubles Syria Aid Pledge to 1.1 Billion Euros

Agence France-Presse

The European Union announced a pledge of nearly 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in humanitarian aid for war-torn Syria at a donor conference in Kuwait, double the amount the bloc promised last year.

U.S. Forces to Hold Exercises in Ukraine

The Associated Press

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.

Opinion

Europe’s Arc of Fire

By Robert D. Kaplan | The American Interest

Europe is weak and flailing about, facing challenges to its stability from abroad and from within. It may pull through, but it is not a foregone conclusion that it will.

Kremlin Nukes Every Spark of Revolution

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Last week, the Russian Security Council published its analysis of the 35-page National Security Strategy that the U.S. published in early February, thereby giving an indication of just how thoroughly Russian officials study U.S. doctrinal papers.

Off the Radar

Hungary’s Nuclear Deal Under EU Scrutiny

By Krisztina Than | Reuters

European officials are examining whether the Paks project meets EU rules on state aid and the supply of nuclear material from Russia. The EU sets limits on state subsidies, and has rules designed to prevent EU countries becoming over-dependent on Russia for nuclear fuel.

Africa

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Jihadists Kill Red Cross Worker in Northern Mali

France 24 and Agence France-Presse

An International Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague wounded when the aid truck they were driving was attacked by gunmen in northern Mali on Monday, in an attack claimed by the MUJAO jihadist group.

Opinion

Tense Vote Counting in Nigeria

By John Campbell | Council on Foreign Relations

There are troubling reports of vote tampering and violence as Nigerians wait for an election that could spur hopes or escalate tensions in the country.

Off the Radar

Middle East

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Interview/Video: Bashar al-Assad Says Islamic State and Saudi Arabia Follow Same Ideology

CBS News

Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damsacus over the weekend. Assad explained that from where he is standing, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State and al-Qaida are all aligned against him under the flag of the same radical Sunni Wahhabist ideology, while Russia and Iran defend the status quo.

Opinion

A Nuclear Deal Israel Could Live With

By Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov | Foreign Affairs

Israel and the United States share the same strategic goal: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The intelligence services of both countries are also largely in agreement on the status of the Iranian program. But they remain divided on what to do about it.

Yemen War: A Historic Turning Point

By Frida Ghitis | Miami Herald

It’s easy to dismiss yet another outbreak of fighting in the Middle East—this time led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen—as more of the same; more fighting in a region of perennial turmoil. But that would be a mistake.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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Opinion

China’s New Normal and America’s Old Habits

By Stephen S. Roach | Project Syndicate

China is generating a lot of confusion nowadays, both at home, where officials now tout the economy’s “new normal” but are unclear about what it is, and abroad, where the US is embracing “containment” of China’s rise. On both counts, the disconnects are striking, adding a new dimension of risk to a fragile world.

Off the Radar

Malaysia Proposes Anti-Terror Laws to Curb Islamic Militants

The Associated Press

Malaysia’s government has proposed two new anti-terror laws that reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts to curb militant activities in the country.

Top News

Officials: Iran Nuke Talks to Continue in New Phase

By George Jahn and Matthew Lee | The Associated Press

Wrapping up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results, Iran and six world powers prepared Tuesday to issue a general statement agreeing to continue talks in a new phase aimed at reaching a final agreement to control Iran’s nuclear ambitions by the end of June, officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Critics Say Obama Surrendered Leverage in Iran Nuke Talks by Easing Sanctions

By Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The sanctions and the post-deal prospects for the Iranian economy are looming as a bigger issue as the talks reach a critical phase. Nearly all Republican lawmakers and several key Democrats in Washington share the view that the White House has given too much to Iran by easing sanctions throughout the negotiating process.

Off the Radar

Evo Morales’ Party Loses La Paz in Bolivian Elections

By Carlos Valdez | Latin American Herald Tribune

President Evo Morales’ governing party suffered its most serious setback of nearly a decade in power in local and regional elections Sunday, according to unofficial results.

Top News

EU Doubles Syria Aid Pledge to 1.1 Billion Euros

Agence France-Presse

The European Union announced a pledge of nearly 1.1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) in humanitarian aid for war-torn Syria at a donor conference in Kuwait, double the amount the bloc promised last year.

U.S. Forces to Hold Exercises in Ukraine

The Associated Press

Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the units to be trained include the Azov Battalion, a volunteer force that has attracted criticism for its far-right sentiments including brandishing an emblem widely used in Nazi Germany.

Opinion

Europe’s Arc of Fire

By Robert D. Kaplan | The American Interest

Europe is weak and flailing about, facing challenges to its stability from abroad and from within. It may pull through, but it is not a foregone conclusion that it will.

Kremlin Nukes Every Spark of Revolution

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Last week, the Russian Security Council published its analysis of the 35-page National Security Strategy that the U.S. published in early February, thereby giving an indication of just how thoroughly Russian officials study U.S. doctrinal papers.

Off the Radar

Hungary’s Nuclear Deal Under EU Scrutiny

By Krisztina Than | Reuters

European officials are examining whether the Paks project meets EU rules on state aid and the supply of nuclear material from Russia. The EU sets limits on state subsidies, and has rules designed to prevent EU countries becoming over-dependent on Russia for nuclear fuel.

Top News

Jihadists Kill Red Cross Worker in Northern Mali

France 24 and Agence France-Presse

An International Red Cross worker was killed and a local colleague wounded when the aid truck they were driving was attacked by gunmen in northern Mali on Monday, in an attack claimed by the MUJAO jihadist group.

Opinion

Tense Vote Counting in Nigeria

By John Campbell | Council on Foreign Relations

There are troubling reports of vote tampering and violence as Nigerians wait for an election that could spur hopes or escalate tensions in the country.

Off the Radar

Top News

Interview/Video: Bashar al-Assad Says Islamic State and Saudi Arabia Follow Same Ideology

CBS News

Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damsacus over the weekend. Assad explained that from where he is standing, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State and al-Qaida are all aligned against him under the flag of the same radical Sunni Wahhabist ideology, while Russia and Iran defend the status quo.

Opinion

A Nuclear Deal Israel Could Live With

By Amos Yadlin and Avner Golov | Foreign Affairs

Israel and the United States share the same strategic goal: preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The intelligence services of both countries are also largely in agreement on the status of the Iranian program. But they remain divided on what to do about it.

Yemen War: A Historic Turning Point

By Frida Ghitis | Miami Herald

It’s easy to dismiss yet another outbreak of fighting in the Middle East—this time led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen—as more of the same; more fighting in a region of perennial turmoil. But that would be a mistake.

Off the Radar

Top News

Opinion

China’s New Normal and America’s Old Habits

By Stephen S. Roach | Project Syndicate

China is generating a lot of confusion nowadays, both at home, where officials now tout the economy’s “new normal” but are unclear about what it is, and abroad, where the US is embracing “containment” of China’s rise. On both counts, the disconnects are striking, adding a new dimension of risk to a fragile world.

Off the Radar

Malaysia Proposes Anti-Terror Laws to Curb Islamic Militants

The Associated Press

Malaysia’s government has proposed two new anti-terror laws that reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting terror acts to curb militant activities in the country.