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United States

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Obama May Fight ISIS With More Military Advisers in Iraq

By Dave Boyer and Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The administration said Thursday that it would consider sending more military advisers to Iraq, although President Obama doesn’t believe the U.S.-led coalition is losing the war against the Islamic State after the terrorist group’s significant gains in recent days.

Opinion

Trade and Trust

By Paul Krugman | The New York Times

All the bad arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership suggest that it isn’t a deal we should support.

Protecting Our Shared Arctic

By Mark Brzezinski and Bjorn Lyrvall | Politico Magazine

Scientists predict disastrous developments if global warming continues on its current trajectory.

The Americas

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New Candidate Jolts Mexican Politics

By Dudley Althaus | The Wall Street Journal

A maverick former mayor, Jaime Rodriguez, is mounting a competitive bid as Mexico’s first independent gubernatorial candidate, a sign of Mexican voters’ rancor towards the country’s traditional political parties.

Off the Radar

Guatemala Interior Minister Resigns Amid Political Crisis

By Sonia Perez D. | The Associated Press

Guatemala's interior minister and three other Cabinet officials stepped down Thursday amid a growing political crisis over corruption scandals that have prompted calls for President Otto Perez Molina and others close to him to resign.

China Premier Arrives in Colombia as Part of Investment Tour

By Joshua Goodman | The Associated Press

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia during a visit to the Andean nation Thursday as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment.

Brazil, Uruguay to Integrate Electrical Distribution

Reuters

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday that Brazil and Uruguay plan to integrate their electrical distribution systems, allowing cross-border power sharing in an attempt to cut costs and improve energy efficiency and security.

Europe

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The Putin Paradox: Distrusted, Feared and Yet Revered

By Natalie Nougayrède | The Guardian

After last year’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings sky-rocketed to 85 percent and have more or less stayed there since. As a result, many have come to see Russian society as a monolithic entity, rallied around a kind of 21st century tsar.

Amnesty Says Torture of Ukraine War Prisoners Is Rife

By Peter Leonard | The Associated Press

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Africa

Off the Radar

Africa to Launch 26-Nation Trade Block in June

Reuters

African countries will launch a framework next month to create a 26-nation free trade area by integrating three existing African trade blocs to boost regional trade and investment, a South African minister said Thursday.

Middle East

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Islamic State ‘Seizes Key Syria-Iraq Border Crossing’

BBC

Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf—known as al-Waleed in Iraq—crossing as IS advanced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Sunni Tribes Divided in Iraq Battle

By Nour Malas and Ghassan Adnan | The Wall Street Journal

Tribal distrust of the Iraqi and U.S. governments runs deep, undermining efforts to mobilize a unified Sunni force to fight Islamic State.

Turkey: Businessmen, Police Detained in New Raids

The Associated Press

Officials say police have detained dozens of businessmen and police officers in a new wave of raids against people suspected of links to a movement led U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which the government accuses of attempting to topple the government.

Opinion

Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap

By Adeel Malik and Bassem Awadallah | Project Syndicate

The Arab world and its neighbors are stuck in a violence trap. Indeed, by redrawing the region’s economic boundaries, the latest wave of violence has brought about a veritable trade shock, the true scale and significance of which has largely gone unnoticed.

Conspiracy Theories on ISIS Gains in Iraq

By Osman Mirghani | Asharq Alawsat

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria takeover of Ramadi, the largest city and the administrative center of the Anbar governorate in Iraq, is not the first incident that raises questions about the ultra-radical group’s bizarre nature and the way it operates.

Asia / Pacific

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Stretched Afghan Army Falls Back on Militias to Help Defend Kunduz

By Feroz Sultani and Kay Johnson | Reuters

The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

China Says Work on Charter for Asian Bank Completed

The Associated Press

Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and it is due to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.

Opinion

The Rice and Fall of Yingluck Shinawatra

By Asit K. Biswas, Matthew J. Kastner and Cecilia Tortajada | The Diplomat

The former Thai prime minister faces a potential jail term over a bungled rice scheme.

Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei ‘The State Is Scared’

By Bernhard Zand | Der Spiegel

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 57, discusses the continuing repression faced by civil rights activists in China, why he believes progressive change in the country is inevitable and shameful human rights violations in the United States.

Off the Radar

Coal, Medicine, Trains Top Tokyo's Asia Infrastructure Plan

By Elaine Kurtenbach | The Associated Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is about keeping up with China.

Top News

Obama May Fight ISIS With More Military Advisers in Iraq

By Dave Boyer and Guy Taylor | The Washington Times

The administration said Thursday that it would consider sending more military advisers to Iraq, although President Obama doesn’t believe the U.S.-led coalition is losing the war against the Islamic State after the terrorist group’s significant gains in recent days.

Opinion

Trade and Trust

By Paul Krugman | The New York Times

All the bad arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership suggest that it isn’t a deal we should support.

Protecting Our Shared Arctic

By Mark Brzezinski and Bjorn Lyrvall | Politico Magazine

Scientists predict disastrous developments if global warming continues on its current trajectory.

Top News

New Candidate Jolts Mexican Politics

By Dudley Althaus | The Wall Street Journal

A maverick former mayor, Jaime Rodriguez, is mounting a competitive bid as Mexico’s first independent gubernatorial candidate, a sign of Mexican voters’ rancor towards the country’s traditional political parties.

Off the Radar

Guatemala Interior Minister Resigns Amid Political Crisis

By Sonia Perez D. | The Associated Press

Guatemala's interior minister and three other Cabinet officials stepped down Thursday amid a growing political crisis over corruption scandals that have prompted calls for President Otto Perez Molina and others close to him to resign.

China Premier Arrives in Colombia as Part of Investment Tour

By Joshua Goodman | The Associated Press

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to deepen economic ties with Colombia during a visit to the Andean nation Thursday as part of his four-nation South American tour aimed at boosting trade and investment.

Brazil, Uruguay to Integrate Electrical Distribution

Reuters

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday that Brazil and Uruguay plan to integrate their electrical distribution systems, allowing cross-border power sharing in an attempt to cut costs and improve energy efficiency and security.

Top News

The Putin Paradox: Distrusted, Feared and Yet Revered

By Natalie Nougayrède | The Guardian

After last year’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin’s approval ratings sky-rocketed to 85 percent and have more or less stayed there since. As a result, many have come to see Russian society as a monolithic entity, rallied around a kind of 21st century tsar.

Amnesty Says Torture of Ukraine War Prisoners Is Rife

By Peter Leonard | The Associated Press

Both warring sides in eastern Ukraine are perpetrating war crimes almost daily, including torturing prisoners and summarily killing them, the Amnesty International rights group said in a report Friday.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Off the Radar

Africa to Launch 26-Nation Trade Block in June

Reuters

African countries will launch a framework next month to create a 26-nation free trade area by integrating three existing African trade blocs to boost regional trade and investment, a South African minister said Thursday.

Top News

Islamic State ‘Seizes Key Syria-Iraq Border Crossing’

BBC

Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq, a Syria monitoring group says. Government forces withdrew from al-Tanf—known as al-Waleed in Iraq—crossing as IS advanced, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Sunni Tribes Divided in Iraq Battle

By Nour Malas and Ghassan Adnan | The Wall Street Journal

Tribal distrust of the Iraqi and U.S. governments runs deep, undermining efforts to mobilize a unified Sunni force to fight Islamic State.

Turkey: Businessmen, Police Detained in New Raids

The Associated Press

Officials say police have detained dozens of businessmen and police officers in a new wave of raids against people suspected of links to a movement led U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, which the government accuses of attempting to topple the government.

Opinion

Escaping the Middle East’s Violence Trap

By Adeel Malik and Bassem Awadallah | Project Syndicate

The Arab world and its neighbors are stuck in a violence trap. Indeed, by redrawing the region’s economic boundaries, the latest wave of violence has brought about a veritable trade shock, the true scale and significance of which has largely gone unnoticed.

Conspiracy Theories on ISIS Gains in Iraq

By Osman Mirghani | Asharq Alawsat

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria takeover of Ramadi, the largest city and the administrative center of the Anbar governorate in Iraq, is not the first incident that raises questions about the ultra-radical group’s bizarre nature and the way it operates.

Top News

Stretched Afghan Army Falls Back on Militias to Help Defend Kunduz

By Feroz Sultani and Kay Johnson | Reuters

The Afghan government has enlisted hundreds of militia fighters controlled by local commanders to battle Taliban militants near the northern city of Kunduz, officials said, underlining how the armed forces are struggling to tackle the insurgency alone.

China Says Work on Charter for Asian Bank Completed

The Associated Press

Negotiators from 57 governments completed work Friday on a charter for a Chinese-led Asian regional bank and it is due to be signed in late June, the Chinese finance ministry said.

Opinion

The Rice and Fall of Yingluck Shinawatra

By Asit K. Biswas, Matthew J. Kastner and Cecilia Tortajada | The Diplomat

The former Thai prime minister faces a potential jail term over a bungled rice scheme.

Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei ‘The State Is Scared’

By Bernhard Zand | Der Spiegel

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 57, discusses the continuing repression faced by civil rights activists in China, why he believes progressive change in the country is inevitable and shameful human rights violations in the United States.

Off the Radar

Coal, Medicine, Trains Top Tokyo's Asia Infrastructure Plan

By Elaine Kurtenbach | The Associated Press

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's offer of $110 billion in fresh infrastructure financing for Asia is as much about Japan's agenda for selling its clean coal know-how and other technologies as it is about keeping up with China.