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April 24, 2018

Trump Signals Openness to a ‘New Deal’ to Constrain Iran

By Julie Hirschfield Davis & Peter Baker | The New York Times

President Trump signaled on Tuesday that he was open to a new arrangement with European allies that would preserve the Iran nuclear agreement by expanding and extending its terms to further constrain Tehran’s development of weapons and destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

Trump Renews Threat to Tie Border Crossings to New NAFTA Deal

By John Wagner & David J. Lynch | The Washington Post

President Trump renewed a threat Monday to make tighter control of the southern border a condition of a broad trade deal that his administration is renegotiating with Canada and Mexico, saying, “Our Country cannot accept what is happening.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a late pivot on Monday evening, approved the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, bowed to pressure from President Trump and dropped his opposition.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

Trump Needs Allies on Trade

By Thomas J. Duesterberg | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

This week’s meetings with Macron and Merkel provide an opportunity to reaffirm common interests.

Has Economics Failed?

By Tom Clark & Chris Giles | Financial Times (subscription required)

Two experts debate the future of the discipline.

The Americas

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April 24, 2018

Nicaraguans Take to Streets En Masse on Sixth Day of Protests

By Joshua Partlow | The Washington Post

Despite a government attempt to defuse a mounting political crisis, protesters in Nicaragua took to the streets again on Monday by the thousands, as the violent unrest that started nearly a week ago over social security payments has swelled into broader outrage over President Daniel Ortega’s authoritarian rule.

Venezuela Vote Rivals Launch Campaigns With Gifts, Promises of Change

By Andreina Aponte & Deisy Buitrago | Reuters

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro kicked off his presidential campaign giving away trash trucks and tractors while challenger Henri Falcon laid out plans to de-politicize state oil company PDVSA and dollarize an ailing economy.

Paraguay’s New President to Continue Business-Friendly Policies

By Benedict Mander | Financial Times (subscription required)

Paraguay’s new president, whose father was a key aide to the country’s former military dictator, is set to keep faith with the business-friendly policies that helped the country buck the collapse in commodity prices that undermined economic growth elsewhere in Latin America.

Toronto Van Driver Kills at Least 10 People in ‘Pure Carnage’

By Ian Austen & Liam Stack | The New York Times

The killing began on a busy lunchtime thoroughfare in Toronto on Monday when a white rental Ryder van ran over a pedestrian crossing the street—then mounted a sidewalk and began plowing into people indiscriminately.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

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April 24, 2018

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April 24, 2018

Macron Meets His Moment of Truth

By Sylvie Kauffmann | The New York Times

Like most Western nations today, France is divided and anxious. President Macron, on a mission to transform his country, now experiences the discontent firsthand. This is his first serious crisis, and he knows that if he loses this battle, his reform agenda will be largely defeated. The stakes are that high.

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April 24, 2018

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April 24, 2018

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April 24, 2018

Syrian Troops Target IS Tunnels, Trenches in Damascus

By Albert Aji & Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

Syrian government forces and their allies unleashed airstrikes and intense shelling in a new operation Tuesday targeting underground tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, Damascus, state TV said.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

An Erdogan victory is looking less inevitable with a move by the Republican People's Party that will allow the right-wing Good Party to contest elections in June and perhaps draw former President Abdullah Gul into the running to once again.

Asia-Pacific

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April 24, 2018

China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister.

Police in central India killed at least 34 Maoist militants, with more bodies pulled out of a river on Tuesday, two days after security forces ambushed a band of fighters in a forest deep in the interior of Maharashtra state, authorities said.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

The Next Step for Chinese Economic Policy

By Martin Feldstein | Project Syndicate

Now that it has risen to the top of the global economy, China must adopt the necessary reforms to become fully compliant with the international rules that it accepted upon joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. Its current policy will only lead to a serious trade conflict with the U.S.

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April 24, 2018

Trump Signals Openness to a ‘New Deal’ to Constrain Iran

By Julie Hirschfield Davis & Peter Baker | The New York Times

President Trump signaled on Tuesday that he was open to a new arrangement with European allies that would preserve the Iran nuclear agreement by expanding and extending its terms to further constrain Tehran’s development of weapons and destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

Trump Renews Threat to Tie Border Crossings to New NAFTA Deal

By John Wagner & David J. Lynch | The Washington Post

President Trump renewed a threat Monday to make tighter control of the southern border a condition of a broad trade deal that his administration is renegotiating with Canada and Mexico, saying, “Our Country cannot accept what is happening.”

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a late pivot on Monday evening, approved the confirmation of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state, after Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, bowed to pressure from President Trump and dropped his opposition.

China lambasted the United States on Tuesday for hypocrisy and its own rights problems such as racism and political scandals, in its annual rebuttal to criticism from Washington about China’s human rights record.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

Trump Needs Allies on Trade

By Thomas J. Duesterberg | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

This week’s meetings with Macron and Merkel provide an opportunity to reaffirm common interests.

Has Economics Failed?

By Tom Clark & Chris Giles | Financial Times (subscription required)

Two experts debate the future of the discipline.

News

April 23, 2018

Trump Will Tell Kim Jong Un That Dismantling Nuclear Arsenal Must Precede Economic Benefits

By Michael R. Gordon, Jonathan Cheng & Michael C. Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

President Donald Trump will urge North Korea to act quickly to dismantle its nuclear arsenal when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and isn’t willing to grant Pyongyang substantial sanctions relief in return for a freeze of its nuclear and missile tests, administration officials said.

More from WPR: Can North Korea Restore America’s Status as Global Peacemaker?

Opinion

April 23, 2018

A Trade War Isn’t a Real War

By Dipayan Ghosh & Joshua A. Geltzer | The Atlantic

President Trump has a dangerous habit of justifying his trade policy on national-security grounds.

The Americas

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April 24, 2018

Trump Renews Threat to Tie Border Crossings to New NAFTA Deal

By John Wagner & David J. Lynch | The Washington Post

President Trump renewed a threat Monday to make tighter control of the southern border a condition of a broad trade deal that his administration is renegotiating with Canada and Mexico, saying, “Our Country cannot accept what is happening.”

Nicaraguans Take to Streets En Masse on Sixth Day of Protests

By Joshua Partlow | The Washington Post

Despite a government attempt to defuse a mounting political crisis, protesters in Nicaragua took to the streets again on Monday by the thousands, as the violent unrest that started nearly a week ago over social security payments has swelled into broader outrage over President Daniel Ortega’s authoritarian rule.

Venezuela Vote Rivals Launch Campaigns With Gifts, Promises of Change

By Andreina Aponte & Deisy Buitrago | Reuters

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro kicked off his presidential campaign giving away trash trucks and tractors while challenger Henri Falcon laid out plans to de-politicize state oil company PDVSA and dollarize an ailing economy.

Paraguay’s New President to Continue Business-Friendly Policies

By Benedict Mander | Financial Times (subscription required)

Paraguay’s new president, whose father was a key aide to the country’s former military dictator, is set to keep faith with the business-friendly policies that helped the country buck the collapse in commodity prices that undermined economic growth elsewhere in Latin America.

Toronto Van Driver Kills at Least 10 People in ‘Pure Carnage’

By Ian Austen & Liam Stack | The New York Times

The killing began on a busy lunchtime thoroughfare in Toronto on Monday when a white rental Ryder van ran over a pedestrian crossing the street—then mounted a sidewalk and began plowing into people indiscriminately.

Cuban President Diaz-Canel Receives Evo Morales

By The Editors | Cuban News Agency

Miguel Diaz-Canel, President of the Council of State and Ministers of Cuba, received Monday in Havana Bolivian President Evo Morales Ayma, who is making an official visit to Cuba.

U.N. Says Trinidad Forcibly Deported Venezuelan Refugees

By Linda Hutchinson-Jafar | Reuters

The United Nations Refugee Agency on Monday criticized what it called the forced deportation of 82 Venezuelan asylum seekers by Trinidad and Tobago that the Caribbean country’s government insisted was voluntary.

With the theme “Unifying the struggles in defense of Indigenous Brazil—For the guarantee of the original rights of our peoples,” more than 2,500 indigenous representatives from over one hundred ethnic groups are expected to participate in the 15th edition of Terra Livre camp movement which began on Monday in Brasilia, Brazil.

More from WPR: Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples Seek Full Implementation of Their Formal Rights

Opinion

April 24, 2018

News

April 23, 2018

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became on Saturday the first foreign leader to meet with Cuba’s Miguel Diaz-Canel since he became president of the communist-run island this week, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance.

Mario Abdo Benitez Wins Paraguay Presidency

By Benedict Mander | Financial Times (subscription required)

Paraguay’s conservative Colorado party, which has governed for all but five of the past 71 years, held on to power with its narrowest victory in presidential elections since the country’s return to democracy in 1989.

Opinion

April 23, 2018

A Crisis in Guatemala, Abetted by the U.N.

By Mary Anastasia O’Grady | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Instability in Central America will spill into Mexico and spur more migrants to the U.S.

Europe

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April 24, 2018

Police on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos on Monday arrested 120 asylum-seekers for illegal camping, following overnight violence by local residents trying to end their five-day sit-in protest in the heart of the island capital.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

Macron Meets His Moment of Truth

By Sylvie Kauffmann | The New York Times

Like most Western nations today, France is divided and anxious. President Macron, on a mission to transform his country, now experiences the discontent firsthand. This is his first serious crisis, and he knows that if he loses this battle, his reform agenda will be largely defeated. The stakes are that high.

News

April 23, 2018

EU to Beef Up Legal Protection for Corporate Whistleblowers

By Jim Brundsen | Financial Times (subscription required)

The EU is set to boost legal protection for corporate whistleblowers, saying scandals such as the LuxLeaks tax revelations and Cambridge Analytica data mining underline the importance of shielding those who expose wrongdoing.

Opinion

April 23, 2018

Africa

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April 24, 2018

Zimbabwe has established special courts to deal with cases of political violence, the police said on Monday, part of the government’s drive to curtail unrest and intimidation ahead of the first post-Robert Mugabe elections set for July.

Former Malawi President Joyce Banda will return home on Saturday after spending more than three years in self-imposed exile because of graft allegations, a spokesman for her political party said on Monday.

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April 24, 2018

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April 23, 2018

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April 23, 2018

Cyril Ramaphosa on How to Fix South Africa

By David Pilling, Lionel Barber & Joseph Cotterill | Financial Times (subscription required)

‘Something was wrong, horribly wrong,’ says the country’s president of the Zuma era. Now he must restore faith in the African powerhouse and its politics.

Middle East & North Africa

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April 24, 2018

Trump Signals Openness to a ‘New Deal’ to Constrain Iran

By Julie Hirschfield Davis & Peter Baker | The New York Times

President Trump signaled on Tuesday that he was open to a new arrangement with European allies that would preserve the Iran nuclear agreement by expanding and extending its terms to further constrain Tehran’s development of weapons and destabilizing activities in the Middle East.

Syrian Troops Target IS Tunnels, Trenches in Damascus

By Albert Aji & Bassem Mroue | Associated Press

Syrian government forces and their allies unleashed airstrikes and intense shelling in a new operation Tuesday targeting underground tunnels used by the Islamic State group in the capital, Damascus, state TV said.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

An Erdogan victory is looking less inevitable with a move by the Republican People's Party that will allow the right-wing Good Party to contest elections in June and perhaps draw former President Abdullah Gul into the running to once again.

News

April 23, 2018

Israel Accused of Assassinating Palestinian Lecturer in Malaysia

By John Reed & Mehul Srivastava | Financial Times (subscription required)

The family of Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, a Palestinian man linked to the militant group Hamas who was shot dead in Malaysia, have accused Israeli spies of carrying out an assassination halfway across the world—a claim the Jewish state rejects.

ISIS Spokesman Calls for Attacks on Arab Nations

By Rukmini Callimachi | The New York Times

In his first statement in 10 months, the Islamic State’s spokesman on Sunday called for violence against neighboring Arab nations, suggesting that the group’s focus was turning closer to home.

Iran Officially Bans Use of Cryptocurrencies

By The Editors | Associated Press

An Iranian newspaper says the country's Central Bank has officially banned the use of cryptocurrencies in financial transactions in order to "prevent crimes such as money laundering and terrorism."

Opinion

April 23, 2018

The Unlikely New Hero of Turkey’s Opposition

By Fariba Nawa | The New Yorker

Fatih Mehmet Maçoglu, the mayor of Ovacik, a village in eastern Turkey, drew national attention when he delivered on his campaign promise of transparency and accountability.

Asia-Pacific

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April 24, 2018

China failed to get India’s support for its ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure project at the end of a foreign ministers’ meeting of a major security bloc on Tuesday, ahead of an ice-breaking trip to China this week by India’s prime minister.

Police in central India killed at least 34 Maoist militants, with more bodies pulled out of a river on Tuesday, two days after security forces ambushed a band of fighters in a forest deep in the interior of Maharashtra state, authorities said.

China lambasted the United States on Tuesday for hypocrisy and its own rights problems such as racism and political scandals, in its annual rebuttal to criticism from Washington about China’s human rights record.

Opinion

April 24, 2018

The Next Step for Chinese Economic Policy

By Martin Feldstein | Project Syndicate

Now that it has risen to the top of the global economy, China must adopt the necessary reforms to become fully compliant with the international rules that it accepted upon joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. Its current policy will only lead to a serious trade conflict with the U.S.

News

April 23, 2018

Trump Will Tell Kim Jong Un That Dismantling Nuclear Arsenal Must Precede Economic Benefits

By Michael R. Gordon, Jonathan Cheng & Michael C. Bender | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

President Donald Trump will urge North Korea to act quickly to dismantle its nuclear arsenal when he meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and isn’t willing to grant Pyongyang substantial sanctions relief in return for a freeze of its nuclear and missile tests, administration officials said.

More from WPR: Can North Korea Restore America’s Status as Global Peacemaker?

Israel Accused of Assassinating Palestinian Lecturer in Malaysia

By John Reed & Mehul Srivastava | Financial Times (subscription required)

The family of Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, a Palestinian man linked to the militant group Hamas who was shot dead in Malaysia, have accused Israeli spies of carrying out an assassination halfway across the world—a claim the Jewish state rejects.

South Korea Switches Off Propaganda Broadcasts Into the North

By Andrew Jeong | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

South Korea’s Defense Ministry halted propaganda broadcasts across its heavily guarded border with North Korea, a move it said was a show of good faith to Pyongyang ahead of an inter-Korean summit later this week.

At Least 57 Afghans Killed in Kabul Suicide Bombing, Health Officials Say

By Sayed Salhuddin & Pamela Constable | The Washington Post

At least 57 people waiting to obtain national voter ID cards were killed Sunday in a sidewalk suicide bombing in the Afghan capital, the Public Health Ministry said. Another 119 were reported wounded in the blast, which immediately raised questions about whether the government will be able to secure the registration and voting process.

Opinion

April 23, 2018

Time for Japan to Recalibrate?

By Shihoko Goto | The Diplomat

A much-touted bond with the U.S. president has left PM Shinzo Abe largely empty-handed.

Why Is Bangladesh Booming?

By Kaushik Basu | Project Syndicate

As a result of progressive social policies and a bit of historical luck, Bangladesh has gone from being one of the poorest countries in South Asia to an aspiring "tiger" economy. But can it avoid the risk factors that have derailed dynamic economies throughout history?

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