Media Roundup

United States

Top News

U.S., Turkey Give Kurds Boost in Islamic State Clash

By Liz Sly and Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurds passage to Syria, and the U.S. dropped weapons and aid to Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling the Islamic State.

Opinion

Interview: Are U.S. Ground Troops Headed to Syria?

By Bernard Gwertzman | Council on Foreign Relations

Without a capable military partner on the ground, the United States and its allies will likely consider introducing special forces in the battle against ISIS, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

Latin America

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Opinion

Russia Today, Argentina Tomorrow

By Fabian Bosoer and Federico Finchelstein | The New York Times

Latin America’s populist leaders are degrading independent journalism.

Off the Radar

ALBA Summit on Ebola Starts in Cuba

ACN

The Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) on Ebola will start Monday.

Europe

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Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates

By Andrew Roth | The New York Times

The Ukrainian Army appears to have fired cluster munitions, a weapon banned in much of the world, into the heart of Donetsk, according to physical evidence and interviews with witnesses and victims.

Opinion

The Hunt for Black October

By Erik Brattberg and Katarina Tracz | Foreign Policy

The Swedish Navy is desperately trying to find a Russian submarine prowling off the coast of Stockholm. What’s Vladimir Putin up to?

Russia Ups Defense Spending Despite Slowdown

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Despite the growing pressures on the Russian economy, defense spending is up on previous years, as Putin's close associates continue to plunder state coffers.

Off the Radar

Africa

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Ebola Cases Rise Sharply in Western Sierra Leone

By Clarence Roy-MaCaulay | The Associated Press

The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.

Opinion

The World Needs a Coordinated Strategy to Fight Ebola

By Abdul Tejan-Cole | The Daily Star

The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth and social integration that Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have made in the last decade.

Off the Radar

Mozambique Vote Counting Stops Amid Fraud Worries

By Emmanuel Camillo | Associated Press

Mozambique’s national elections commission said Monday that vote counting in the country’s northwestern province has stopped due to possible fraud with more than 60 percent of votes counted so far.

Middle East

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Bloody Response to Revolt in Syria May Deter Others

By Liz Sly | The Washington Post

Islamic State fighters killed 700 people after a tribe’s failed revolt, a grim message that underscores the difficulty of persuading others in the region to join the fight against militants.

Islamic State’s Sway Spreads to Lebanon

By Yaroslav Trofimov | The Wall Street Journal

In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, support for Islamic State is finding fertile ground in the same kind of resentment and alienation that has propelled its meteoric rise in Syria and Iraq.

Iran President Pledges to Back Iraq Amid Attacks

By Sameer N. Yacoub and Nasser Karimi | The Associated Press

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighboring country's fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group.

Off the Radar

Asia / Pacific

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China Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in 5 Years

By Ian Mader | The Associated Press

China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.

Pakistan Pulls Anti-Government TV Channel Off Air

By Asif Shahzad | The Associated Press

An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said.

North Korea Challenges U.N. Report on Violations

By David E. Sanger | The New York Times

A veteran diplomat denied North Korea had prison camps and warned against any effort to charge the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, with crimes against humanity.

Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal

By Suganthi Singarayar | Inter Press Service

The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Taiwan Tests Submarine-Launched Missiles

By AFP | Defense News

Taiwan’s navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

Seychelles Seals WTO Entrance After 18 Years

By AFP | The China Post

The Seychelles on Friday sealed its entry to the World Trade Organization, the Geneva-based body whose 160 members set the rules of global commerce said Friday.

Top News

U.S., Turkey Give Kurds Boost in Islamic State Clash

By Liz Sly and Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Turkey said it would allow Iraqi Kurds passage to Syria, and the U.S. dropped weapons and aid to Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling the Islamic State.

Opinion

Interview: Are U.S. Ground Troops Headed to Syria?

By Bernard Gwertzman | Council on Foreign Relations

Without a capable military partner on the ground, the United States and its allies will likely consider introducing special forces in the battle against ISIS, says expert Frederic C. Hof.

Top News

Opinion

Russia Today, Argentina Tomorrow

By Fabian Bosoer and Federico Finchelstein | The New York Times

Latin America’s populist leaders are degrading independent journalism.

Off the Radar

ALBA Summit on Ebola Starts in Cuba

ACN

The Extraordinary Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) on Ebola will start Monday.

Top News

Ukraine Used Cluster Bombs, Evidence Indicates

By Andrew Roth | The New York Times

The Ukrainian Army appears to have fired cluster munitions, a weapon banned in much of the world, into the heart of Donetsk, according to physical evidence and interviews with witnesses and victims.

Opinion

The Hunt for Black October

By Erik Brattberg and Katarina Tracz | Foreign Policy

The Swedish Navy is desperately trying to find a Russian submarine prowling off the coast of Stockholm. What’s Vladimir Putin up to?

Russia Ups Defense Spending Despite Slowdown

By Alexander Golts | The Moscow Times

Despite the growing pressures on the Russian economy, defense spending is up on previous years, as Putin's close associates continue to plunder state coffers.

Off the Radar

Top News

Ebola Cases Rise Sharply in Western Sierra Leone

By Clarence Roy-MaCaulay | The Associated Press

The number of people infected with Ebola in western Sierra Leone, on the other side of the country from where the first cases emerged months ago, is soaring with more than 20 deaths daily, the government and local media reported Tuesday.

Opinion

The World Needs a Coordinated Strategy to Fight Ebola

By Abdul Tejan-Cole | The Daily Star

The Ebola epidemic is threatening not only West Africans’ lives, but also the progress toward democracy, economic growth and social integration that Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have made in the last decade.

Off the Radar

Mozambique Vote Counting Stops Amid Fraud Worries

By Emmanuel Camillo | Associated Press

Mozambique’s national elections commission said Monday that vote counting in the country’s northwestern province has stopped due to possible fraud with more than 60 percent of votes counted so far.

Top News

Bloody Response to Revolt in Syria May Deter Others

By Liz Sly | The Washington Post

Islamic State fighters killed 700 people after a tribe’s failed revolt, a grim message that underscores the difficulty of persuading others in the region to join the fight against militants.

Islamic State’s Sway Spreads to Lebanon

By Yaroslav Trofimov | The Wall Street Journal

In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, support for Islamic State is finding fertile ground in the same kind of resentment and alienation that has propelled its meteoric rise in Syria and Iraq.

Iran President Pledges to Back Iraq Amid Attacks

By Sameer N. Yacoub and Nasser Karimi | The Associated Press

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised on Tuesday that Iran will stand by Iraq in the neighboring country's fight against the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State group.

Off the Radar

Top News

China Economy Grows at Slowest Pace in 5 Years

By Ian Mader | The Associated Press

China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3 percent last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.

Pakistan Pulls Anti-Government TV Channel Off Air

By Asif Shahzad | The Associated Press

An anti-government TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was "maligning" the country's judiciary, the country's media regulation authority said.

North Korea Challenges U.N. Report on Violations

By David E. Sanger | The New York Times

A veteran diplomat denied North Korea had prison camps and warned against any effort to charge the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, with crimes against humanity.

Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal

By Suganthi Singarayar | Inter Press Service

The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Taiwan Tests Submarine-Launched Missiles

By AFP | Defense News

Taiwan’s navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

Seychelles Seals WTO Entrance After 18 Years

By AFP | The China Post

The Seychelles on Friday sealed its entry to the World Trade Organization, the Geneva-based body whose 160 members set the rules of global commerce said Friday.