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June 22, 2018

U.S. Prepares Housing Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases

By Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper & Katie Benner | The New York Times

The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border.

More from WPR: Behind the Aquarius and Family Separation, a Decade of Policy Failures on Immigration

U.S. Close to Releasing Mideast Peace Proposal That Palestinian Leadership May Immediately Reject

By Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung & Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

The Trump administration is close to releasing a long-awaited Middle East peace proposal that officials said would present U.S. goals for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, despite the Palestinian position that President Trump cannot be an honest broker.

More from WPR: How Should Palestinian Leadership Respond to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision?

Opinion

June 22, 2018

The Americas

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June 22, 2018

Opinion

June 22, 2018

Europe

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June 22, 2018

Italy to Pick Up Migrants, Impound German Charity Ship

By Steve Scherer & Angelo Amante | Reuters

Italy appeared to relent on Thursday after at first refusing to accept 226 migrants on board a German charity rescue ship, saying later in the day it would take them in but would impound the vessel.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

The Outrage Cycle, Italian Style

By Rachel Donadio | The Atlantic

The country’s hard-line interior minister keeps stoking uproar with his inflammatory rhetoric—and it only makes him more popular.

News

June 21, 2018

Merkel Pledges $100 Million Loan for Troubled Jordan

By Karin Laub | Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.

Africa

News

June 22, 2018

Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed last month, is expected to return to Congo next month for a party congress to select a candidate for December’s presidential vote, a party spokesman said on Friday.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

A Peace Best Delayed

By Bronwyn Bruton | The New York Times

Early this month, the Ethiopian government declared that it was finally ready to implement a peace deal it signed with Eritrea nearly two decades ago. The Eritrean government didn’t respond to the announcement for over two weeks — until Wednesday, when President Isaias Afwerki said that “the positive direction that has been set in motion is crystal clear.”

Middle East & North Africa

News

June 22, 2018

Syria’s Assad Defies U.S., Presses Southwest Assault

By Angus McDowall & Tom Perry | Reuters

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

The Political Decline of Religion in the Middle East

By Shlomo Ben-Ami | Project Syndicate

Today’s turmoil in the Middle East is rooted largely in historical legacies and poor leadership, but the influence of religion hasn’t helped. So it is good news that, from Saudi Arabia to Israel to Iraq, religion is increasingly being superseded by strategic and security interests in shaping regional affairs.

Asia-Pacific

News

June 22, 2018

India joined the European Union and other U.S. trading partners in retaliating against the Trump administration’s tariff hikes on steel and aluminum Thursday by raising import duties on a variety of goods, including almonds, apples and some metal products.

China to Build Railway Into Nepal

By The Editors | Reuters

China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, the China Daily reported on Friday, one of several bilateral deals signed during Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s visit to Beijing.

Russia intends to continue playing its part in the search for a solution to the weapons standoff on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Moscow on Friday at talks with the visiting South Korean president, Moon Jae-in.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

China’s Rise Doesn’t Equate to America’s Fall

By Zoe Leung & Jace White | The National Interest

The best step forward for the U.S. and China is aiming for a constructive relationship based on interdependence and confidence wherein both sides can predictably pursue their rational self-interest.

United States

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June 22, 2018

Syria’s Assad Defies U.S., Presses Southwest Assault

By Angus McDowall & Tom Perry | Reuters

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.

U.S. Prepares Housing Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases

By Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper & Katie Benner | The New York Times

The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border.

More from WPR: Behind the Aquarius and Family Separation, a Decade of Policy Failures on Immigration

U.S. Close to Releasing Mideast Peace Proposal That Palestinian Leadership May Immediately Reject

By Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung & Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

The Trump administration is close to releasing a long-awaited Middle East peace proposal that officials said would present U.S. goals for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, despite the Palestinian position that President Trump cannot be an honest broker.

More from WPR: How Should Palestinian Leadership Respond to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision?

India joined the European Union and other U.S. trading partners in retaliating against the Trump administration’s tariff hikes on steel and aluminum Thursday by raising import duties on a variety of goods, including almonds, apples and some metal products.

The United States said on Thursday it had imposed visa bans on several senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for corruption tied to the country’s electoral process to send a “strong signal” about the need for a peaceful transfer of power.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

China’s Rise Doesn’t Equate to America’s Fall

By Zoe Leung & Jace White | The National Interest

The best step forward for the U.S. and China is aiming for a constructive relationship based on interdependence and confidence wherein both sides can predictably pursue their rational self-interest.

News

June 21, 2018

At OPEC Meeting, U.S. Pressure Frays Uneasy Agreement

By Stanley Reed | The New York Times

A meeting of major oil producers here in the Austrian capital has been dedicated to the theme of “cooperation for a sustainable future.” Soon after proceedings kicked off on Wednesday, though, the political tensions between them were laid bare.

Bolton to Visit Moscow in Sign of U.S.-Russia Summit Preparation

By Kathrin Hille | Financial Times (subscription required)

John Bolton, national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, is expected to visit Moscow soon, the Kremlin said on Thursday, giving the clearest sign yet that a proper summit between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin could be in the works.

President Trump will meet Queen Elizabeth II during his long-delayed first trip to Britain next month, the United States ambassador to Britain said on Wednesday, an encounter that could reignite furor among British critics who oppose his deeply divisive policies and his polarizing personality.

Trump's Mideast Team Arrives in Egypt

By The Editors | Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s Mideast team arrived in Egypt on Thursday as part of its regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Violence Keeps Central Americans Coming to U.S. Despite Trump

By Marcos Aleman & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

Nightfall in El Salvador’s capital was fast approaching and Ernesto Pena was waiting for a bus that never arrived. His work day delivering rice and cooking oil to street vendors in the bustling district of Santa Tecla had ended and like most people he was anxious to get home before the gangs that control the poor neighborhood where he lives enforce an informal curfew.

More from WPR: Trump’s Restrictions on Central Americans Seeking Asylum Could Destabilize the Region

Opinion

June 21, 2018

Nationalism Will Go Bankrupt

By Anatole Kaletsky | Project Syndicate

The opposite of populist nationalism is not globalist elitism; it is economic realism. And in the end, countries such as Britain, the United States, and now Italy will learn the hard way that reality always eventually wins.

Tribal World

By Amy Chua | Foreign Affairs

Group identity is all.

News

June 20, 2018

The Americas

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June 22, 2018

U.S. Prepares Housing Up to 20,000 Migrants on Military Bases

By Michael D. Shear, Helene Cooper & Katie Benner | The New York Times

The United States is preparing to shelter as many as 20,000 migrant children on four American military bases, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, as federal officials struggled to carry out President Trump’s order to keep immigrant families together after they are apprehended at the border.

More from WPR: Behind the Aquarius and Family Separation, a Decade of Policy Failures on Immigration

Salvadoran Labor Unions Denounce Push to Privatize Water

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

More than 800 Salvadoran labor union members protested in the streets of San Salvador to denounce what they see as a scheme by big business and right-wing parties to privatize water.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

News

June 21, 2018

Weeks before Mexico’s presidential election, some of the country’s biggest companies issued dire written warnings to their employees, cautioning them not to be misled by dangerous populists. They were thinly veiled admonitions about one candidate—the man who appears increasingly likely to become this country’s next president: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

More from WPR: Mexicans Want a ‘Change Election.’ Can the Political Class Deliver?

Kazakhstan, Brazil Sign Extradition Treaty

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Senior officials of Brazil and Kazakhstan met on Wednesday to sign an extradition treaty and two other agreements on judicial cooperation.

Two Mayoral Candidates Killed in Mexico, 18 Dead So Far

By Mark Stevenson | Associated Press

Two mayoral candidates in two different Mexican towns have been killed in less than 24 hours, marking a total of at least 18 candidates killed so far in campaigns leading up to the July 1 elections.

Violence Keeps Central Americans Coming to U.S. Despite Trump

By Marcos Aleman & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

Nightfall in El Salvador’s capital was fast approaching and Ernesto Pena was waiting for a bus that never arrived. His work day delivering rice and cooking oil to street vendors in the bustling district of Santa Tecla had ended and like most people he was anxious to get home before the gangs that control the poor neighborhood where he lives enforce an informal curfew.

More from WPR: Trump’s Restrictions on Central Americans Seeking Asylum Could Destabilize the Region

Opinion

June 21, 2018

News

June 20, 2018

China, Bolivia Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Bolivia and China agreed to establish a strategic partnership and signed several other agreements on Tuesday in Beijing, including the opening up of the Chinese market to Bolivian products like quinoa and coffee.

Europe

News

June 22, 2018

Italy to Pick Up Migrants, Impound German Charity Ship

By Steve Scherer & Angelo Amante | Reuters

Italy appeared to relent on Thursday after at first refusing to accept 226 migrants on board a German charity rescue ship, saying later in the day it would take them in but would impound the vessel.

Russia intends to continue playing its part in the search for a solution to the weapons standoff on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Moscow on Friday at talks with the visiting South Korean president, Moon Jae-in.

EU, New Zealand Launch Trade Negotiations

By The Editors | World Bulletin

The EU and New Zealand on Thursday launched negotiations for a "comprehensive and ambitious" trade agreement, the European Commission said in a statement.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

The Outrage Cycle, Italian Style

By Rachel Donadio | The Atlantic

The country’s hard-line interior minister keeps stoking uproar with his inflammatory rhetoric—and it only makes him more popular.

News

June 21, 2018

Merkel Pledges $100 Million Loan for Troubled Jordan

By Karin Laub | Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.

May Faces Down Pro-EU Rebel Lawmakers to Win Brexit Vote

By Elizabeth Piper & William James | Reuters

Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial Brexit vote in parliament on Wednesday, keeping her divided government’s plans to end more than 40 years of British partnership with the European Union on track.

Hungary Criminalizes Aiding Illegal Immigrants

By Patrick Kingsley | The New York Times

The Hungarian Parliament approved a package of laws on Wednesday that criminalizes the act of helping undocumented migrants and creates a parallel court system that some fear will be used for politically sensitive cases, accelerating efforts by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to transform the country into what he calls an “illiberal democracy.”

Bolton to Visit Moscow in Sign of U.S.-Russia Summit Preparation

By Kathrin Hille | Financial Times (subscription required)

John Bolton, national security adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump, is expected to visit Moscow soon, the Kremlin said on Thursday, giving the clearest sign yet that a proper summit between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin could be in the works.

Britain Holds Up China Aerospace Deal Over National Security

By Michael J. de la Merced & Carlos Tejada | The New York Times

Fears of a Chinese takeover of companies important to national security have felled deals around the world both big and small. Now even the sale of a minor airplane parts maker is being closely examined for serious risks.

Italy and Germany Clash as Migration Rows Split EU

By Gabriela Baczynska & Crispian Balmer | Reuters

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday a draft EU accord on migration had been withdrawn after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel over an issue that is splitting Europe.

President Moon Jae-in has expressed gratitude for Russia’s role and support in bringing the current detente to the Korean Peninsula, and wants economic cooperation between Russia and the two Koreas if a peace regime is established in the region.

Opinion

June 21, 2018

Nationalism Will Go Bankrupt

By Anatole Kaletsky | Project Syndicate

The opposite of populist nationalism is not globalist elitism; it is economic realism. And in the end, countries such as Britain, the United States, and now Italy will learn the hard way that reality always eventually wins.

News

June 20, 2018

Bulgaria’s main opposition party filed a motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s government on Wednesday, saying it had failed to combat domestic crime and reform its security services.

Africa

News

June 22, 2018

Congolese opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, whose war crimes convictions were quashed last month, is expected to return to Congo next month for a party congress to select a candidate for December’s presidential vote, a party spokesman said on Friday.

Libyan National Army Retakes Key Oil Terminals

By Jamie Prentis | The National

The Libyan National Army has recaptured the country’s largest oil port and a neighboring refinery, but the rival militias it ousted have since launched a fierce counter attack.

The United States said on Thursday it had imposed visa bans on several senior officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo for corruption tied to the country’s electoral process to send a “strong signal” about the need for a peaceful transfer of power.

South Sudan on Brink of New Famine

By Peter Martell | The Guardian

Civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013. The violence is now in its fifth year and millions are struggling—not just with the fighting, but also with the humanitarian disasters it has precipitated. This year, warnings of the risk of famine are back.

Uganda Scrambles to Stop Assassinations

By Halima Athumani | Voice of America

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has issued new security measures intended to stop a disturbing trend of assassinations. Addressing parliament, Museveni blamed police, elements of which he said are colluding with criminals.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

A Peace Best Delayed

By Bronwyn Bruton | The New York Times

Early this month, the Ethiopian government declared that it was finally ready to implement a peace deal it signed with Eritrea nearly two decades ago. The Eritrean government didn’t respond to the announcement for over two weeks — until Wednesday, when President Isaias Afwerki said that “the positive direction that has been set in motion is crystal clear.”

News

June 21, 2018

Shadowy Insurgents Threaten Mozambique Gas Bonanza

By Joseph Cotterill | Financial Times (subscription required)

At least 39 people have been killed since the start of May by a mysterious group apparently seeking to impose a militant form of Islam in Cabo Delgado, not far from one of the world’s biggest untapped offshore gasfields.

South Sudan’s Armed Opposition Rejects ‘Imposition’ of Peace

By Elias Meseret & Sam Mednick | Associated Press

South Sudan’s armed opposition on Thursday rejected any “imposition” of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years.

Morocco, Mauritania Break Ice

By The Editors | The North Africa Post

Morocco and Mauritania are showing willingness to start a new page after undergoing a silent storm on the backdrop of Nouakchott’s ambiguous stands on the Sahara issue.

East Libyan Forces Advance to Retake Oil Ports

By Ayman al-Warfalli | Reuters

East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.

June 20, 2018

Middle East & North Africa

News

June 22, 2018

Syria’s Assad Defies U.S., Presses Southwest Assault

By Angus McDowall & Tom Perry | Reuters

Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault.

U.S. Close to Releasing Mideast Peace Proposal That Palestinian Leadership May Immediately Reject

By Anne Gearan, Karen DeYoung & Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

The Trump administration is close to releasing a long-awaited Middle East peace proposal that officials said would present U.S. goals for a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, despite the Palestinian position that President Trump cannot be an honest broker.

More from WPR: How Should Palestinian Leadership Respond to Trump’s Jerusalem Decision?

Libyan National Army Retakes Key Oil Terminals

By Jamie Prentis | The National

The Libyan National Army has recaptured the country’s largest oil port and a neighboring refinery, but the rival militias it ousted have since launched a fierce counter attack.

The lifting of Saudi Arabia's ban on women driving from Sunday is a long-awaited move for both local women and those in neighboring countries, many of whom expect the freedom to travel independently across borders to be transformative to their careers and relationships.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

The Political Decline of Religion in the Middle East

By Shlomo Ben-Ami | Project Syndicate

Today’s turmoil in the Middle East is rooted largely in historical legacies and poor leadership, but the influence of religion hasn’t helped. So it is good news that, from Saudi Arabia to Israel to Iraq, religion is increasingly being superseded by strategic and security interests in shaping regional affairs.

News

June 21, 2018

Merkel Pledges $100 Million Loan for Troubled Jordan

By Karin Laub | Associated Press

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.

At OPEC Meeting, U.S. Pressure Frays Uneasy Agreement

By Stanley Reed | The New York Times

A meeting of major oil producers here in the Austrian capital has been dedicated to the theme of “cooperation for a sustainable future.” Soon after proceedings kicked off on Wednesday, though, the political tensions between them were laid bare.

Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was formally charged Thursday with fraud and breach of public trust in a long-running corruption case involving the use of outside caterers in the official prime minister’s residence, state prosecutors said in a statement.

Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Trump's Mideast Team Arrives in Egypt

By The Editors | Associated Press

President Donald Trump’s Mideast team arrived in Egypt on Thursday as part of its regional tour to discuss a blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Iranian Navy Sends Warships to Gulf of Aden

By Mustafa Melih Ahsali | Anadolu Agency

Iran on Thursday dispatched two warships to the Gulf of Aden, where for the last week fighting has raged between the Yemeni army and Houthi rebels over Yemen’s Al-Hudaydah province.

Thousands of civilians have fled regime bombardment on rebel-held areas in Syria’s southern province of Deraa since Tuesday, with most moving into other rebel-held areas in the south, according to media reports.

Opinion

June 21, 2018

News

June 20, 2018

Sexual Abuses Rampant in UAE-Controlled Prisons in Yemen

By Maggie Michael | Associated Press

The torturers followed a schedule. Beatings on Saturdays, torture on Sundays, and Monday was a break. The next three days were the same routine. On Fridays, it was time for solitary confinement.

Syrian government troops and affiliated forces committed war crimes and a crime against humanity in their long siege of eastern Ghouta through heavy bombardment and “deliberately starving” 265,000 people, U.N. investigators said on Wednesday.

Asia-Pacific

News

June 22, 2018

India joined the European Union and other U.S. trading partners in retaliating against the Trump administration’s tariff hikes on steel and aluminum Thursday by raising import duties on a variety of goods, including almonds, apples and some metal products.

China to Build Railway Into Nepal

By The Editors | Reuters

China will build a railway connecting the western region of Tibet with Nepal, the China Daily reported on Friday, one of several bilateral deals signed during Nepali Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s visit to Beijing.

Russia intends to continue playing its part in the search for a solution to the weapons standoff on the Korean Peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Moscow on Friday at talks with the visiting South Korean president, Moon Jae-in.

Koreas to Hold Family Reunions Aug. 20-26

By Kim Bo-eun | The Korea Times

South and North Korea agreed to hold reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War from Aug. 20 to 26 at Mount Geumgang in the North, in Red Cross talks held Friday.

EU, New Zealand Launch Trade Negotiations

By The Editors | World Bulletin

The EU and New Zealand on Thursday launched negotiations for a "comprehensive and ambitious" trade agreement, the European Commission said in a statement.

Opinion

June 22, 2018

China’s Rise Doesn’t Equate to America’s Fall

By Zoe Leung & Jace White | The National Interest

The best step forward for the U.S. and China is aiming for a constructive relationship based on interdependence and confidence wherein both sides can predictably pursue their rational self-interest.

News

June 21, 2018

Japan has decided to halt evacuation drills to prepare for a potential North Korean missile attack as tensions had eased following a historic summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.

Kazakhstan, Brazil Sign Extradition Treaty

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Senior officials of Brazil and Kazakhstan met on Wednesday to sign an extradition treaty and two other agreements on judicial cooperation.

Britain Holds Up China Aerospace Deal Over National Security

By Michael J. de la Merced & Carlos Tejada | The New York Times

Fears of a Chinese takeover of companies important to national security have felled deals around the world both big and small. Now even the sale of a minor airplane parts maker is being closely examined for serious risks.

President Moon Jae-in has expressed gratitude for Russia’s role and support in bringing the current detente to the Korean Peninsula, and wants economic cooperation between Russia and the two Koreas if a peace regime is established in the region.

Opinion

June 21, 2018

News

June 20, 2018

China, Bolivia Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Bolivia and China agreed to establish a strategic partnership and signed several other agreements on Tuesday in Beijing, including the opening up of the Chinese market to Bolivian products like quinoa and coffee.

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