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May 26, 2017

Senate Panel Approves Stiff Iran Sanctions and Says Russia Is Next

By Matt Flegenheimer & David E. Sanger | The New York Times

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved on Thursday the most sweeping sanctions against Iran since the United States and five other nations reached an agreement with Tehran in 2015 to sharply limit that nation’s nuclear capability, and the committee warned Russia that it was almost certain to be the next target.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Is NATO Getting Too Big to Succeed?

By Charles A. Kupchan | The New York Times

Russian leaders from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin have consistently blamed NATO enlargement for spoiling the West’s relationship with Russia. Let’s test them.

News

May 25, 2017

Trump Chastises Fellow NATO Members, Demands They Meet Payment Obligations

By Philip Rucker, Karen DeYoung & Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post

President Trump exported the confrontational, nationalist rhetoric of his campaign across the Atlantic on Thursday, shaming European leaders for not footing more of the bill for their own defenses and lecturing them to stop taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers.

Trump Talks Trade With EU, Varied Differences Remain

By Alastair Macdonald & Steve Holland | Reuters

A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change.

The Americas

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May 26, 2017

Troops Pull Out of Brazil Capital; President Under Pressure

By Eraldo Peres & Sarah DiLorenzo | Associated Press

Brazil's president on Thursday canceled an order that sent soldiers into the streets of the capital, following criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to maintain power amid increasing calls for his resignation.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

News

May 25, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks set to shuffle his cabinet and trigger a new session of Parliament to help refocus a flagging agenda in the run-up to an election in late 2019, say political insiders.

Europe

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May 26, 2017

Opinion

May 26, 2017

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May 25, 2017

Africa

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May 26, 2017

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Somalia and the Limits of U.S. Bombing

By Jon Temin | The New York Times

The Trump administration has made it clear that the United States will take a more aggressive approach to battling al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia.

Middle East & North Africa

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May 26, 2017

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Eastern Syrian Town Kill 35

By Bassem Mroue & Dominique Soguel | Associated Press

A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and an observer group reported Friday, and the U.N. human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating airstrikes against the Islamic State group in the country.

Heavy Fighting Between Rival Militias Erupts in the Libyan Capital

By Sudarsan Raghavan | The Washington Post

Heavy clashes have erupted between rival militias in the Libyan capital Friday morning in the latest sign of the North African oil-producer’s fragility despite efforts by Western and regional powers to bring stability.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

How Saudi Arabia Played Donald Trump

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

This week’s bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it.

The Manchester terrorist attack by an alleged Islamic State “soldier” will accelerate the push by the United States and its allies to capture the terrorist group’s strongholds in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria. But it should also focus some urgent discussions about a post-Islamic State strategy for stabilizing the two countries.

News

May 25, 2017

Iraq Investigating Elite Unit Accused of Human Rights Violations in Mosul Campaign

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff & Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

The Iraqi government said it has begun an investigation into one of its elite police units amid allegations that security forces have committed human rights abuses, including torture, rape and extrajudicial killings, in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants.

More from WPR: Are Iraq and the U.S. Ready to Win the Peace After the Liberation of Mosul?

Asia-Pacific

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May 26, 2017

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Rethinking the Next China

By Stephen S. Roach | Project Syndicate

Once an adapter to globalization, China is increasingly a driver of it. The Next China is becoming a Global China, upping the ante on its connection to an increasingly integrated world – and creating a new set of risks and opportunities.

News

May 25, 2017

At Least 13 Soldiers Killed in South Afghanistan

By Amir Shah | Associated Press

At least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents at several security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, a government official said Thursday.

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May 26, 2017

Senate Panel Approves Stiff Iran Sanctions and Says Russia Is Next

By Matt Flegenheimer & David E. Sanger | The New York Times

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved on Thursday the most sweeping sanctions against Iran since the United States and five other nations reached an agreement with Tehran in 2015 to sharply limit that nation’s nuclear capability, and the committee warned Russia that it was almost certain to be the next target.

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Eastern Syrian Town Kill 35

By Bassem Mroue & Dominique Soguel | Associated Press

A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and an observer group reported Friday, and the U.N. human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating airstrikes against the Islamic State group in the country.

A New Zealand-U.S. start-up has made history by launching a first rocket from a private launch site. The company, Rocket Lab, made the experimental craft out of carbon fiber and powered it with 3D-printed engines.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Is NATO Getting Too Big to Succeed?

By Charles A. Kupchan | The New York Times

Russian leaders from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin have consistently blamed NATO enlargement for spoiling the West’s relationship with Russia. Let’s test them.

Somalia and the Limits of U.S. Bombing

By Jon Temin | The New York Times

The Trump administration has made it clear that the United States will take a more aggressive approach to battling al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia.

News

May 25, 2017

Trump Chastises Fellow NATO Members, Demands They Meet Payment Obligations

By Philip Rucker, Karen DeYoung & Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post

President Trump exported the confrontational, nationalist rhetoric of his campaign across the Atlantic on Thursday, shaming European leaders for not footing more of the bill for their own defenses and lecturing them to stop taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers.

Trump Talks Trade With EU, Varied Differences Remain

By Alastair Macdonald & Steve Holland | Reuters

A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change.

NATO Chief Says Allies to Join Anti-IS Coalition

By Lorne Cook | Associated Press

NATO's chief affirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group but will not wage direct war against the extremists — an announcement timed for U.S. President Donald Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders.

As European Leaders Sit With Trump, Relief That Meetings Are Happening At All

By Michael Birnbaum & Anthony Faiola | The Washington Post

President Trump arrived in Belgium on Wednesday for an audience with the nation’s king, a day ahead of meetings with leaders of alliances he once derided as irrelevant — and many top officials here say they will count it a success if there are no blowups during the visit.

The Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and the Justice Department about a 2012 operation in which commando-style squads of American agents sent to Honduras to disrupt drug smuggling became involved in three deadly shootings, two inspectors general said Wednesday.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that prosperous nations could not "hide behind a wall" to shield themselves from the turmoil and poverty afflicting other countries.

Opinion

May 25, 2017

What to Expect at Today’s NATO Leaders Meeting

By Sara Bjerg Moller | War on the Rocks

While the Trump administration has spent the past weeks scrambling to turn off the spigot of scandal in Washington, NATO officials have been busy putting the final touches on preparations for today’s gathering of NATO heads of state and government in Brussels.

The regional visit of U.S. President Donald Trump revealed that he supports an anti-Iran coalition of Sunni countries and that he is determined to broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

NATO’s Vital Role in the War on Terror

By Jens Stoltenberg | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The alliance can do even more—including a formal role in the fight against Islamic State.

News

May 24, 2017

The Americas

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May 26, 2017

Troops Pull Out of Brazil Capital; President Under Pressure

By Eraldo Peres & Sarah DiLorenzo | Associated Press

Brazil's president on Thursday canceled an order that sent soldiers into the streets of the capital, following criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to maintain power amid increasing calls for his resignation.

U.N. Peacekeepers: How a Haiti Child Sex Ring Was Whitewashed

By Paisley Dodds & Katy Daigle | Associated Press

The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother's home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

News

May 25, 2017

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks set to shuffle his cabinet and trigger a new session of Parliament to help refocus a flagging agenda in the run-up to an election in late 2019, say political insiders.

Javier Valdez's killing spurred an outcry unseen previously during the frequent murders of Mexican journalists. It has drawn together competing media outlets, foreign governments, the international press and human rights groups in a call for justice that President Enrique Pena Nieto has promised to address.

Brazil’s Temer Deploys Army as Protesters Battle Police

By Alonso Soto & Anthony Boadle | Reuters

Protesters demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Michel Temer staged running battles with police and set fire to a ministry building in Brasilia on Wednesday, prompting the scandal-hit leader to order the army onto the streets.

The Drug Enforcement Administration misled the public, Congress and the Justice Department about a 2012 operation in which commando-style squads of American agents sent to Honduras to disrupt drug smuggling became involved in three deadly shootings, two inspectors general said Wednesday.

Australia and Peru will begin negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement, trade ministers of the two countries said on Wednesday, following a meeting in Canberra, during which they signed several accords.

May 24, 2017

The Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, stated today that the visit of the head of the International Relations department of a similar Cuban organization, Jose Ramon Balaguer, will help to strengthen ties between the two nations.

Europe

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May 26, 2017

U.N. Envoy Calls Off Cyprus Talks, No Deal on Peace Summit

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | Associated Press

A United Nations envoy called off talks with the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus on Friday after failing to find "common ground" on convening a final summit to aim for an overall reunification deal.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Is NATO Getting Too Big to Succeed?

By Charles A. Kupchan | The New York Times

Russian leaders from Boris Yeltsin to Vladimir Putin have consistently blamed NATO enlargement for spoiling the West’s relationship with Russia. Let’s test them.

News

May 25, 2017

Trump Chastises Fellow NATO Members, Demands They Meet Payment Obligations

By Philip Rucker, Karen DeYoung & Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post

President Trump exported the confrontational, nationalist rhetoric of his campaign across the Atlantic on Thursday, shaming European leaders for not footing more of the bill for their own defenses and lecturing them to stop taking advantage of U.S. taxpayers.

Trump Talks Trade With EU, Varied Differences Remain

By Alastair Macdonald & Steve Holland | Reuters

A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change.

NATO Chief Says Allies to Join Anti-IS Coalition

By Lorne Cook | Associated Press

NATO's chief affirmed Thursday that the alliance will join the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group but will not wage direct war against the extremists — an announcement timed for U.S. President Donald Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders.

As European Leaders Sit With Trump, Relief That Meetings Are Happening At All

By Michael Birnbaum & Anthony Faiola | The Washington Post

President Trump arrived in Belgium on Wednesday for an audience with the nation’s king, a day ahead of meetings with leaders of alliances he once derided as irrelevant — and many top officials here say they will count it a success if there are no blowups during the visit.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience in Berlin on Thursday that prosperous nations could not "hide behind a wall" to shield themselves from the turmoil and poverty afflicting other countries.

Opinion

May 25, 2017

What to Expect at Today’s NATO Leaders Meeting

By Sara Bjerg Moller | War on the Rocks

While the Trump administration has spent the past weeks scrambling to turn off the spigot of scandal in Washington, NATO officials have been busy putting the final touches on preparations for today’s gathering of NATO heads of state and government in Brussels.

NATO’s Vital Role in the War on Terror

By Jens Stoltenberg | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The alliance can do even more—including a formal role in the fight against Islamic State.

Confronting Europe’s Illiberals

By Guy Verhofstadt | Project Syndicate

European politicians have mastered the art of wagging their finger, most recently at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Donald Trump. Sadly, the same cannot be said for our ability to formulate political solutions and implement common policies.

News

May 24, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to extend a state of emergency, in place since Islamic State attacks on France in 2015, following this week's attack on a concert in Manchester.

Africa

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May 26, 2017

Somali Police Get First Drones to Combat Islamist Bombings

By Abdirahman Hussein & Katharine Houreld | Reuters

A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Somalia and the Limits of U.S. Bombing

By Jon Temin | The New York Times

The Trump administration has made it clear that the United States will take a more aggressive approach to battling al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia.

News

May 25, 2017

The United States, Britain and the United Nations were skeptical on Wednesday of South Sudan President Salva Kiir's declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, noting that it coincides with the start of the rainy season that traditionally lessens fighting.

El-Sisi Meets With Guinean President in Cairo

By Al-Masry Al-Youm | Egypt Independent

Guinean President Alpha Conde arrived in Cairo Thursday to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the presidential palace in Heliopolis.

May 24, 2017

Algeria's presidency has named former housing minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the new prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal in a cabinet reshuffle, APS state news agency reported on Wednesday.

Middle East & North Africa

News

May 26, 2017

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Eastern Syrian Town Kill 35

By Bassem Mroue & Dominique Soguel | Associated Press

A fresh wave of airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 35 civilians including women and children, state media and an observer group reported Friday, and the U.N. human rights chief said civilians are increasingly paying the price of escalating airstrikes against the Islamic State group in the country.

Heavy Fighting Between Rival Militias Erupts in the Libyan Capital

By Sudarsan Raghavan | The Washington Post

Heavy clashes have erupted between rival militias in the Libyan capital Friday morning in the latest sign of the North African oil-producer’s fragility despite efforts by Western and regional powers to bring stability.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

How Saudi Arabia Played Donald Trump

By Fareed Zakaria | The Washington Post

This week’s bombing in Manchester, England, was another gruesome reminder that the threat from radical Islamist terrorism is ongoing. And President Trump’s journey to the Middle East illustrated yet again how the country central to the spread of this terrorism, Saudi Arabia, has managed to evade and deflect any responsibility for it.

The Manchester terrorist attack by an alleged Islamic State “soldier” will accelerate the push by the United States and its allies to capture the terrorist group’s strongholds in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria. But it should also focus some urgent discussions about a post-Islamic State strategy for stabilizing the two countries.

News

May 25, 2017

Iraq Investigating Elite Unit Accused of Human Rights Violations in Mosul Campaign

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff & Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

The Iraqi government said it has begun an investigation into one of its elite police units amid allegations that security forces have committed human rights abuses, including torture, rape and extrajudicial killings, in the battle to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants.

More from WPR: Are Iraq and the U.S. Ready to Win the Peace After the Liberation of Mosul?

Saudi Claim to Lead Muslims Gets a Trump Boost

By Yaroslav Trofimov | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Saudi Arabia has emerged from President Donald Trump’s visit with a geopolitical coup: The trip’s elaborate choreography validated the kingdom’s longstanding—and controversial—desire to be seen as the leader of the Muslim world.

Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based al Jazeera television, for "supporting terrorism," state news agency MENA and security sources said on Wednesday.

El-Sisi Meets With Guinean President in Cairo

By Al-Masry Al-Youm | Egypt Independent

Guinean President Alpha Conde arrived in Cairo Thursday to meet with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the presidential palace in Heliopolis.

Opinion

May 25, 2017

The regional visit of U.S. President Donald Trump revealed that he supports an anti-Iran coalition of Sunni countries and that he is determined to broker a deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

News

May 24, 2017

Incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar's state-run news agency that authorities blamed on hackers sparked a regional dispute Wednesday, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera.

Algeria's presidency has named former housing minister Abdelmadjid Tebboune as the new prime minister, replacing Abdelmalek Sellal in a cabinet reshuffle, APS state news agency reported on Wednesday.

Asia-Pacific

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May 26, 2017

Duterte Warns of 'Contamination' by Islamic State Group

By Jim Gomez & Teresa Cerojano | Associated Press

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his troops to crush militants who are fighting street battles with government forces in the south, warning Friday that the country is at a grave risk of "contamination" by the Islamic State group.

South Korea on Friday authorised a civilian NGO to contact the North to discuss resuming humanitarian aid and projects, the first example of new liberal president Moon Jae-In's pursuit of dialogue with Pyongyang.

A New Zealand-U.S. start-up has made history by launching a first rocket from a private launch site. The company, Rocket Lab, made the experimental craft out of carbon fiber and powered it with 3D-printed engines.

Opinion

May 26, 2017

Rethinking the Next China

By Stephen S. Roach | Project Syndicate

Once an adapter to globalization, China is increasingly a driver of it. The Next China is becoming a Global China, upping the ante on its connection to an increasingly integrated world – and creating a new set of risks and opportunities.

News

May 25, 2017

At Least 13 Soldiers Killed in South Afghanistan

By Amir Shah | Associated Press

At least 13 soldiers were killed and eight others wounded in fighting with Taliban insurgents at several security checkpoints in southern Afghanistan, a government official said Thursday.

Beijing Protests U.S. Navy Patrol Through South China Sea

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

China protested a U.S. Navy patrol that sent a guided missile destroyer near a group of man-made islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, in the first American challenge to Beijing's claims to the waters since President Donald Trump took office.

Philippine troops engaged Islamic State-linked militants in pitched clashes on Thursday around the southern city of Marawi as the military deployed tanks to secure vital installations in a battle that has become a major test for President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.

Foreigners Detained in Japan Stage Hunger Strike to Stay

By Yuri Kugeyama | Associated Press

Dozens of foreigners seeking permission to stay in Japan have staged a hunger strike while in detention, highlighting what human rights advocates say is shoddy treatment of foreigners here.

Australia and Peru will begin negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement, trade ministers of the two countries said on Wednesday, following a meeting in Canberra, during which they signed several accords.

Opinion

May 25, 2017

The TPP’s Second Act

By Minxin Pei | Project Syndicate

To persuade wavering Asian countries to band together, rather than submit to China, Japan will have to adopt policies that demonstrate its willingness to absorb the high costs of keeping itself and its partners outside of China’s orbit. If Abe’s Japan delivers on its pledge, even a smaller TPP could give China a run for its money in Asia.

News

May 24, 2017

Southeast Asian and Pacific governments will hold a summit in August to coordinate against the security threat posed by homegrown Islamic militants returning from battlefields in Syria and Iraq, an Australian official said on Wednesday.

New Police Taskforce to Target Indonesian Gays

By Tom Allard & Stefanno Reinard | Reuters

Police in Indonesia's most populous province plan to deploy a taskforce to investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activity, a move likely to fuel concerns of a widening crackdown on the community in the Muslim-majority country.

The Secretary General of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyen Phu Trong, stated today that the visit of the head of the International Relations department of a similar Cuban organization, Jose Ramon Balaguer, will help to strengthen ties between the two nations.

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