Media Roundup

United States

Opinion

At an Impasse With Iran

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation in which it’s too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations proceed.

Latin America

Top News

Killings Surge in Mexico State at Tip of Baja

By Katherine Corcoran and Christopher Sherman | The Associated Press

The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago.

Opinion

The Two Colombias

By Andrés Velasco | Project Syndicate

There are two Colombias: one of rapid economic growth and innovative social policies, and another of guerrilla warfare, poverty, and human-rights violations. The good news is that the modern Colombia, characterized by peace and progress, is winning.

Off the Radar

Colombian President and Senior Chinese Official Discuss Ties

Latin American Herald Tribune

Visiting Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have met to discuss boosting ties in the fields of trade, investment, education and transport, diplomatic sources said.

Guatemala Congress Chief Swears in High Court Justices

Latin American Herald Tribune

The head of the Guatemalan Congress on Monday swore in the 13 new magistrates of the country’s Supreme Court for the 2014-2019 period after they were elected in a process questioned by civil society and international human rights organizations.

Europe

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Secular France Moves to Confront Jihadism After Slow Start

By Nicholas Vinocur and Chine Labbé | Reuters

When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path.

Opinion

Africa

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Nigeria Devalues Currency as Oil Prices Drop

By William Wallis and Javier Blas | Financial Times

Nigeria has devalued its currency by nearly 10 per cent and raised interest rates to record levels, in one of the clearest signs yet of how oil producing nations are struggling.

Opinion

The Real Cost of Ebola

By Javier Alvarez | Foreign Affairs

Ebola containment policies have come with unintended economic consequences that need to be addressed to avert an even worse crisis.

Off the Radar

Madagascar Working to Contain Plague

News24

Madagascar said Monday it is trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe—that has killed 40 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister in Cuba

ACN

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez received Monday morning the Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, who is in Cuba on an official visit.

Middle East

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Syria Strikes Militant Stronghold

By Nour Malas | The Wall Street Journal

Syrian warplanes pounded the northern city of Raqqa, a stronghold of extremist group Islamic State.

Impoverished Lebanese City Is Target for Islamic State Group

By Diaa Hadid | The Associated Press

Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.

7 Killed in Rebel Attack on House of Yemen Leader

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, following clashes that killed six of the guards and one fighter, security officials and rebel media said.

Once Maligned, Iran's Jews Find Greater Acceptance

By Ali Akbar Dareini | The Associated Press

More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic — until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

Opinion

ISIS, a Victim of Its Own Narcissism

By Diana Moukalled | Asharq Alawsat

There seems to be no letup in the attempts by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to shock the West through its notorious image and reputation.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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India-Pakistan Friction Threatens South Asia Trade at Himalayan Summit

By Gopal Sharma and Frank Jack Daniel | Reuters

Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world's people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

Hong Kong Police Clear Pro-Democracy Demonstrators’ Protest Site

By Kris Cheng Lok-chit, Simon Denyer and Daniela Deane | The Washington Post

Police cleared the remaining barricades from one of Hong Kong’s largest protest sites Wednesday and arrested two pro-democracy leaders as authorities stepped up their efforts to end the two-month-long civil disobedience campaign.

India's State-Owned Bank to Launch Islamic Fund

By Nirmala George | The Associated Press

India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's banking regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds.

Off the Radar

Nepal Signs Indian Power Deal During Modi Visit

By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

Nepal signed an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.

South Asian Foreign Ministers Meet in Nepal

Associated Press

Foreign Ministers from eight South Asian nations met Tuesday in the Nepalese capital to prepare for a summit of regional leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan.

Opinion

At an Impasse With Iran

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

The Iran nuclear talks defy easy comparison: But think of a labor negotiation in which it’s too costly for workers to go on strike or for management to impose a lockout, so the two sides continue without a contract while negotiations proceed.

Top News

Killings Surge in Mexico State at Tip of Baja

By Katherine Corcoran and Christopher Sherman | The Associated Press

The normally bucolic, vacationer-crowded state at the tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula has become a battleground, with dozens of killings in a power struggle following the capture of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman nearly a year ago.

Opinion

The Two Colombias

By Andrés Velasco | Project Syndicate

There are two Colombias: one of rapid economic growth and innovative social policies, and another of guerrilla warfare, poverty, and human-rights violations. The good news is that the modern Colombia, characterized by peace and progress, is winning.

Off the Radar

Colombian President and Senior Chinese Official Discuss Ties

Latin American Herald Tribune

Visiting Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee chairman Zhang Dejiang and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have met to discuss boosting ties in the fields of trade, investment, education and transport, diplomatic sources said.

Guatemala Congress Chief Swears in High Court Justices

Latin American Herald Tribune

The head of the Guatemalan Congress on Monday swore in the 13 new magistrates of the country’s Supreme Court for the 2014-2019 period after they were elected in a process questioned by civil society and international human rights organizations.

Top News

Secular France Moves to Confront Jihadism After Slow Start

By Nicholas Vinocur and Chine Labbé | Reuters

When Guillaume, a 22-year-old Frenchman, left jail two months ago vowing to die as a martyr for Islam, community worker Sonia Imloul had a few minutes to convince him he was on the wrong path.

Opinion

Top News

Nigeria Devalues Currency as Oil Prices Drop

By William Wallis and Javier Blas | Financial Times

Nigeria has devalued its currency by nearly 10 per cent and raised interest rates to record levels, in one of the clearest signs yet of how oil producing nations are struggling.

Opinion

The Real Cost of Ebola

By Javier Alvarez | Foreign Affairs

Ebola containment policies have come with unintended economic consequences that need to be addressed to avert an even worse crisis.

Off the Radar

Madagascar Working to Contain Plague

News24

Madagascar said Monday it is trying to contain an outbreak of plague—similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe—that has killed 40 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo.

Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister in Cuba

ACN

Cuban First Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez received Monday morning the Guinea-Bissau Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, who is in Cuba on an official visit.

Top News

Syria Strikes Militant Stronghold

By Nour Malas | The Wall Street Journal

Syrian warplanes pounded the northern city of Raqqa, a stronghold of extremist group Islamic State.

Impoverished Lebanese City Is Target for Islamic State Group

By Diaa Hadid | The Associated Press

Jamal Hayak is finally fixing up his restaurant, damaged a month ago in clashes between the army and militants in this northern Lebanese city. But he has little doubt violence will erupt again, and he says he fears next time it will be Islamic State group fighters battling in Tripoli's streets.

7 Killed in Rebel Attack on House of Yemen Leader

By Ahmed Al-Haj | The Associated Press

Yemeni Shiite rebels attacked and occupied the seat of power of an influential tribe in the capital Wednesday, following clashes that killed six of the guards and one fighter, security officials and rebel media said.

Once Maligned, Iran's Jews Find Greater Acceptance

By Ali Akbar Dareini | The Associated Press

More than a thousand people trekked across Iran this past week to visit a shrine in this ancient Persian city, a pilgrimage like many others in the Islamic Republic — until you notice men there wearing yarmulkes.

Opinion

ISIS, a Victim of Its Own Narcissism

By Diana Moukalled | Asharq Alawsat

There seems to be no letup in the attempts by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to shock the West through its notorious image and reputation.

Off the Radar

Top News

India-Pakistan Friction Threatens South Asia Trade at Himalayan Summit

By Gopal Sharma and Frank Jack Daniel | Reuters

Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world's people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

Hong Kong Police Clear Pro-Democracy Demonstrators’ Protest Site

By Kris Cheng Lok-chit, Simon Denyer and Daniela Deane | The Washington Post

Police cleared the remaining barricades from one of Hong Kong’s largest protest sites Wednesday and arrested two pro-democracy leaders as authorities stepped up their efforts to end the two-month-long civil disobedience campaign.

India's State-Owned Bank to Launch Islamic Fund

By Nirmala George | The Associated Press

India's largest state-owned bank will launch an Islamic equity fund next month aimed mainly at attracting investments from the country's 170 million Muslims.The Securities and Exchange Board of India, the country's banking regulator, recently allowed the government-owned State Bank of India and three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds.

Off the Radar

Nepal Signs Indian Power Deal During Modi Visit

By Binaj Gurubacharya | Associated Press

Nepal signed an agreement Tuesday for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.

South Asian Foreign Ministers Meet in Nepal

Associated Press

Foreign Ministers from eight South Asian nations met Tuesday in the Nepalese capital to prepare for a summit of regional leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan.