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United States

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U.S., Iran Resume Talks on Preliminary Nuclear Deal as Deadline Looms

By Louis Charbonneau and John Irish | Reuters

The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

Opinion

The Retreatniks

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign policy hawks are aflutter about "American retreat," yet they're the ones stonewalling on sending U.S. representatives to global institutions.

Burying the Hatchet With Iran

By David Crist | Foreign Policy

For over three decades, Washington and Tehran have been mortal rivals. Can they use the nuclear deal to mend ties and build a new order in the Middle East?

The Americas

Opinion

Keep the U.S. Naval Station at Gitmo Open

By Robert N. Hein and Joson Tama | Miami Herald

Regardless of the fate of the detention facility, keeping U. S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay open is the right decision for the United States and the region in the near term.

Decision Time on Venezuela

By Jorge G. Castañeda | Project Syndicate

For the last 15 years, major Latin American countries have largely ignored the crisis in Venezuela, refusing to condemn or support its leadership's incompetence and abuses. Now that President Barack Obama has decided to classify Venezuela formally as a “national security threat” to the US, this is about to change.

Off the Radar

Japan FM to Visit Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune

Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is planning a visit to Cuba in late April, national public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

St. Lucia to Open Embassy in Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of St. Lucia is set to open an embassy in Taiwan eight years after the countries agreed to end a decade-long rupture of diplomatic ties.

Europe

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Germany Bans Extremist Group

By Andrea Thomas | The Wall Street Journal

Germany banned a militant jihadist group, searched various premises and seized assets in an effort to prevent the recruitment of teenagers for Islamic State.

Opinion

The Ukraine Invasion Has Slipped Beyond Putin’s Control

By John Lough | Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his actions in Ukraine — both among the elite and in society at large — while also trying to prevent the emergence of a more unified Western response to his policies.

Off the Radar

Africa

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2 Leading Candidates in Nigeria Elections Commit to Peace

By Michelle Faul | The Associated Press

The two leading candidates in this weekend's presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram Islamic extremists, who are threatening to disrupt the vote, have killed more than 1,000 civilians this year.

Off the Radar

Middle East

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Opinion

Why Iran’s Hardliners Fear a Deal

By Sadegh Zibakalam | Politico Magazine

A nuclear pact means our regime will have to surrender its No. 1 justification for its actions: anti-Americanism.

Where Is Yemen's President?

By Adam Chandler | The Atlantic

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi may have fled his country by sea as it hurtles toward civil war.

Asia / Pacific

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Aquino Struggles to Quell Raid Criticism

By Trefor Moss | The Wall Street Journal

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday accepted responsibility for the deaths of 44 policemen in a bungled January raid, as he sought to move beyond the political crisis that has gripped his administration.

Philippines Says China Rushing Construction in Disputed Sea

The Associated Press

The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims.

China to Invite Foreign Militaries to Take Part in Parade

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

In an unusual step, China's insular military will invite foreign armed forces to take part in a lavish military parade in Beijing this fall marking the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, an official said Thursday.

Off the Radar

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

North Korea's Neighbors Push to Resume Six-Party Talks

Reuters

Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.

Top News

U.S., Iran Resume Talks on Preliminary Nuclear Deal as Deadline Looms

By Louis Charbonneau and John Irish | Reuters

The United States and Iran resumed negotiations on Thursday aimed at clinching a nuclear deal before a March 31 deadline, and officials close to the talks said some kind of preliminary agreement between Tehran and six powers was possible.

Opinion

The Retreatniks

By John Feffer | Foreign Policy in Focus

Foreign policy hawks are aflutter about "American retreat," yet they're the ones stonewalling on sending U.S. representatives to global institutions.

Burying the Hatchet With Iran

By David Crist | Foreign Policy

For over three decades, Washington and Tehran have been mortal rivals. Can they use the nuclear deal to mend ties and build a new order in the Middle East?

Opinion

Keep the U.S. Naval Station at Gitmo Open

By Robert N. Hein and Joson Tama | Miami Herald

Regardless of the fate of the detention facility, keeping U. S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay open is the right decision for the United States and the region in the near term.

Decision Time on Venezuela

By Jorge G. Castañeda | Project Syndicate

For the last 15 years, major Latin American countries have largely ignored the crisis in Venezuela, refusing to condemn or support its leadership's incompetence and abuses. Now that President Barack Obama has decided to classify Venezuela formally as a “national security threat” to the US, this is about to change.

Off the Radar

Japan FM to Visit Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune

Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is planning a visit to Cuba in late April, national public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

St. Lucia to Open Embassy in Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of St. Lucia is set to open an embassy in Taiwan eight years after the countries agreed to end a decade-long rupture of diplomatic ties.

Top News

Germany Bans Extremist Group

By Andrea Thomas | The Wall Street Journal

Germany banned a militant jihadist group, searched various premises and seized assets in an effort to prevent the recruitment of teenagers for Islamic State.

Opinion

The Ukraine Invasion Has Slipped Beyond Putin’s Control

By John Lough | Newsweek

Russian President Vladimir Putin faces a formidable communications challenge because of the need to maintain domestic support for his actions in Ukraine — both among the elite and in society at large — while also trying to prevent the emergence of a more unified Western response to his policies.

Off the Radar

Top News

2 Leading Candidates in Nigeria Elections Commit to Peace

By Michelle Faul | The Associated Press

The two leading candidates in this weekend's presidential elections pledged Thursday to accept the outcome as a new report showed that Boko Haram Islamic extremists, who are threatening to disrupt the vote, have killed more than 1,000 civilians this year.

Off the Radar

Top News

Opinion

Why Iran’s Hardliners Fear a Deal

By Sadegh Zibakalam | Politico Magazine

A nuclear pact means our regime will have to surrender its No. 1 justification for its actions: anti-Americanism.

Where Is Yemen's President?

By Adam Chandler | The Atlantic

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi may have fled his country by sea as it hurtles toward civil war.

Top News

Aquino Struggles to Quell Raid Criticism

By Trefor Moss | The Wall Street Journal

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Thursday accepted responsibility for the deaths of 44 policemen in a bungled January raid, as he sought to move beyond the political crisis that has gripped his administration.

Philippines Says China Rushing Construction in Disputed Sea

The Associated Press

The Philippines' top diplomat said Thursday that China has been rushing construction projects, including massive land reclamation, in the disputed South China Sea in hopes of forestalling any legal moves against its vast territorial claims.

China to Invite Foreign Militaries to Take Part in Parade

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

In an unusual step, China's insular military will invite foreign armed forces to take part in a lavish military parade in Beijing this fall marking the 70th anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, an official said Thursday.

Off the Radar

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

North Korea's Neighbors Push to Resume Six-Party Talks

Reuters

Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.