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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meets with fired Dnipropetrovsk Gov. Ihor Kolomoysky, Kiev, Ukraine, March 25, 2015 (AP photo by Mikhail Palinchak).

Opposition Murders and Infighting Among Oligarchs Plague Ukraine

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Several pro-Russian opposition figures in Ukraine have been killed in recent months, as Kiev struggles to reform its economy and rein in corruption. Even as the cease-fire with Russia in the east remains shaky, Ukraine’s deep internal crisis threatens the country’s Western aspirations. more


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South Korea Proves a Reliable Economic Partner for Latin America

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye left Thursday for Colombia, the first stop on her weeklong tour of Latin America. In an interview, Juan Felipe Lopez Aymes, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, discussed South Korea’s ties with Latin America. more

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Guinea Opposition Sidelined as the Military’s Power Grows

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Clashes between the opposition and security forces continued for a second day in Guinea’s capital. In an interview, Mohamed Saliou Camara, a professor of history and international relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, discussed domestic politics in Guinea. more

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Though Still Repressive, Cuba Slowly Improving Human Rights Record

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Last week, officials from the United States and Cuba held their first formal talks on human rights since both sides announced they were working to restore diplomatic ties last December. In an interview, Ted Piccone, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, discussed the human rights situation in Cuba. more

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Though Greatly Weakened, Philippine Communist Insurgency Holds Steady

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In late February, communist rebels killed five Philippine soldiers in an ambush in a northern province. In an interview, Patricio Abinales, a professor of Asian studies at the School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, discussed the Philippine communist insurgency. more