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Obama Presses Case for Asia Trade Deal

By Gerald F. Seib | The Wall Street Journal

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Obama warns that China would step into the economic vacuum if the U.S. fails to complete and enact a proposed free-trade deal with Asia.

Vietnam and the U.S. Test Their Hard-Won Friendship

By Grant Peck | The Associated Press

After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.

Opinion

Did U.S. Drone Strikes Lose Yemen?

By Amrit Singh | Project Syndicate

Recent revelations that the U.S. killed an innocent American in a drone strike in Pakistan confirm what a new study, “Death by Drone,” of civilian harm caused by U.S. drone strikes in Yemen shows—that claims about the precision of drone strikes are overstated.

A Woman Should Lead the U.N.

By Gillian Sorensen and Jean Krasno | The Washington Post

Since the birth of the United Nations in 1945, eight men, from Norway, Sweden, Burma (or Myanmar), Austria, Peru, Egypt, Ghana and South Korea have held this important post. The next secretary-general should be a woman.

Broaden the Talks With Iran

By Mohammad Ali Shabani | The New York Times

The West must expand upon progress on nuclear issues to push for a wider dialogue on regional peace.

The Americas

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El Salvador Moves 400 Jailed Gang Members as Part of Plan to Curb Violence

By AFP | The Tico Times

Some 400 gang members were transferred Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco, 66 kilometers west of the capital, in order to cut off communication with their gangs and prevent new crimes, an official source reported.

Teachers Launch Massive Protests in Colombia

Tele Sur

Thousands of teachers took to the streets in cities across Colombia on Monday, to demand salary increases, access to adequate health care and the elimination of examinations used to evaluate teachers.

Europe

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EU President Promises Moldova Closer Cooperation

By Corneliu Rusnac | The Associated Press

The EU president has promised Moldova closer cooperation with the European Union, while urging it to reform its justice system and banking sector and fight corruption.

Ukraine Says Rebels Firing Rocket Launchers Again

By Peter Leonard | The Associated Press

Separatist rebels in the east of Ukraine have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal, Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday.

Opinion

Europe’s Google Problem

By Joe Nocera | The New York Times

The politics behind the European Union’s antitrust charges against the American Internet giant.

Off the Radar

Africa

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Witnesses: Hundreds of Bodies in Town Held by Boko Haram

The Associated Press

Witnesses say hundreds of bodies of alleged civilian victims of Boko Haram have been found in a recaptured Nigerian border town. Local government spokesman Babagana Mustapha says a committee sent to Damasak at the weekend found the town littered with bodies of women, children and some adult men.

Off the Radar

Burundi: 3rd Day of Protests Against President

By Andrew Njuguna | The Associated Press

Burundi's anti-government street demonstrations continued for a third day Tuesday protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.

South Africa's Zuma Attends SADC Summit

By Marc Mcilhone | African Brains

South African President Jacob Zuma is leading a delegation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Middle East

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Houthis and Tribesmen Battle in Central Yemen, at Least 15 Dead

Reuters

At least 15 people were killed in heavy fighting between Houthi fighters and tribesmen in the oil-producing Marib province in central Yemen, tribal and medical sources said on Tuesday, as Saudi-led air strikes against the Iran-allied militia continued.

Car Bombings in Iraq’s Capital Kill at Least 20 Civilians

By Sameer N. Yacoub | The Associated Press

The deadliest attack took place Monday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad’s western district of Mansour, killing 10 people and wounding 25, police said. Security forces sealed off the area, which is often packed with nighttime shoppers.

Opinion

Enduring Misguided Western Policies . . . Again

By Eyad Abu Shakra | Asharq Alawsat

When, in 2003, the U.S. and the U.K. decided to attack Iraq, bring down its regime, destroy its security and military apparatuses and cleanse its political life of what remained of the Baath Party, their plan was met with reservations from the international community.

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Asia / Pacific

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Opinion

The End of Reform in China

By Youwei | Foreign Affairs

Since the start of its post-Mao reforms in the late 1970s, the communist regime in China has repeatedly defied predictions of its impending demise.

Off the Radar

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Obama Presses Case for Asia Trade Deal

By Gerald F. Seib | The Wall Street Journal

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Obama warns that China would step into the economic vacuum if the U.S. fails to complete and enact a proposed free-trade deal with Asia.

Vietnam and the U.S. Test Their Hard-Won Friendship

By Grant Peck | The Associated Press

After tanks from communist North Vietnam burst through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon 40 years ago Thursday, Washington imposed a punitive economic embargo that kept Hanoi from receiving assistance even from multilateral institutions such as the World Bank.

Opinion

Did U.S. Drone Strikes Lose Yemen?

By Amrit Singh | Project Syndicate

Recent revelations that the U.S. killed an innocent American in a drone strike in Pakistan confirm what a new study, “Death by Drone,” of civilian harm caused by U.S. drone strikes in Yemen shows—that claims about the precision of drone strikes are overstated.

A Woman Should Lead the U.N.

By Gillian Sorensen and Jean Krasno | The Washington Post

Since the birth of the United Nations in 1945, eight men, from Norway, Sweden, Burma (or Myanmar), Austria, Peru, Egypt, Ghana and South Korea have held this important post. The next secretary-general should be a woman.

Broaden the Talks With Iran

By Mohammad Ali Shabani | The New York Times

The West must expand upon progress on nuclear issues to push for a wider dialogue on regional peace.

Top News

Off the Radar

El Salvador Moves 400 Jailed Gang Members as Part of Plan to Curb Violence

By AFP | The Tico Times

Some 400 gang members were transferred Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco, 66 kilometers west of the capital, in order to cut off communication with their gangs and prevent new crimes, an official source reported.

Teachers Launch Massive Protests in Colombia

Tele Sur

Thousands of teachers took to the streets in cities across Colombia on Monday, to demand salary increases, access to adequate health care and the elimination of examinations used to evaluate teachers.

Top News

EU President Promises Moldova Closer Cooperation

By Corneliu Rusnac | The Associated Press

The EU president has promised Moldova closer cooperation with the European Union, while urging it to reform its justice system and banking sector and fight corruption.

Ukraine Says Rebels Firing Rocket Launchers Again

By Peter Leonard | The Associated Press

Separatist rebels in the east of Ukraine have resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal, Ukrainian military officials said Tuesday.

Opinion

Europe’s Google Problem

By Joe Nocera | The New York Times

The politics behind the European Union’s antitrust charges against the American Internet giant.

Off the Radar

Top News

Witnesses: Hundreds of Bodies in Town Held by Boko Haram

The Associated Press

Witnesses say hundreds of bodies of alleged civilian victims of Boko Haram have been found in a recaptured Nigerian border town. Local government spokesman Babagana Mustapha says a committee sent to Damasak at the weekend found the town littered with bodies of women, children and some adult men.

Off the Radar

Burundi: 3rd Day of Protests Against President

By Andrew Njuguna | The Associated Press

Burundi's anti-government street demonstrations continued for a third day Tuesday protesting President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term.

South Africa's Zuma Attends SADC Summit

By Marc Mcilhone | African Brains

South African President Jacob Zuma is leading a delegation to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Top News

Houthis and Tribesmen Battle in Central Yemen, at Least 15 Dead

Reuters

At least 15 people were killed in heavy fighting between Houthi fighters and tribesmen in the oil-producing Marib province in central Yemen, tribal and medical sources said on Tuesday, as Saudi-led air strikes against the Iran-allied militia continued.

Car Bombings in Iraq’s Capital Kill at Least 20 Civilians

By Sameer N. Yacoub | The Associated Press

The deadliest attack took place Monday night when a car bomb exploded on a commercial street in Baghdad’s western district of Mansour, killing 10 people and wounding 25, police said. Security forces sealed off the area, which is often packed with nighttime shoppers.

Opinion

Enduring Misguided Western Policies . . . Again

By Eyad Abu Shakra | Asharq Alawsat

When, in 2003, the U.S. and the U.K. decided to attack Iraq, bring down its regime, destroy its security and military apparatuses and cleanse its political life of what remained of the Baath Party, their plan was met with reservations from the international community.

Off the Radar

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Opinion

The End of Reform in China

By Youwei | Foreign Affairs

Since the start of its post-Mao reforms in the late 1970s, the communist regime in China has repeatedly defied predictions of its impending demise.

Off the Radar