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December 3, 2021

Amid Heightened Tensions, Russia and U.S. Make Quiet Breakthrough on Staffing at Moscow Embassy

By Isabelle Khurshudyan & John Hudson | The Washington Post (free)

Despite significant tensions over a Russian troop buildup at the Ukrainian border, U.S. diplomats have overcome a months-long standoff with the Kremlin on the granting of visas for U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow during a meeting with Russian counterparts in Vienna, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

More from WPR: For the U.S. and Russia, ‘Stable and Predictable’ Would Be a Good Start

December 2, 2021

U.S., Russian Ministers to Meet as Ukraine Tensions Soar

By Marc Preel & Francesco Fontemaggi | AFP (free)

America’s top diplomat Antony Blinken is expected to warn his Russian counterpart Thursday against invading Ukraine, as Moscow warns Kiev against any attempt to retake the Crimea peninsula.

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December 3, 2021

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December 3, 2021

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December 3, 2021

Mexico to Allow U.S. ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy to Resume

By Eileen Sullivan & Oscar Lopez | The New York Times (free)

Mexico has agreed to allow the United States to restart a contentious Trump-era asylum program that requires certain migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending, complicating the Biden administration’s efforts to roll back the former president’s restrictive immigration policies.

More from WPR: ‘Remain in Mexico’ Is Punishing Asylum-Seekers, but Is It Deterring Them?

The government of incoming Honduran president Xiomara Castro does not plan to establish diplomatic ties with China as it prioritizes U.S. relations, a high-ranking ally of Castro said Thursday, signaling a reversal of her pre-election stance.

Peruvian Authorities to Question Castillo as Impeachment Threat Looms

By Marco Aquino & Marcelo Rochabrun | Reuters

Peruvian prosecutors said Thursday they will question socialist President Pedro Castillo as part of an investigation into the promotion of certain military officers, adding to pressure on the leader as lawmakers weigh an impeachment process.

Opinion

December 3, 2021

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December 2, 2021

Argentine Ex-President Charged in Sub Family Spying Case

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Former Argentine President Mauricio Macri was formally charged Wednesday with illegally spying on relatives of sailors whose submarine sank in 2017, one of the most embarrassing incidents of his presidency.

Asia-Pacific

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December 3, 2021

China’s Didi to Delist From New York and Switch to Hong Kong

By Ryan McMorrow, Sun Yu & Tom Mitchell | Financial Times (free)

Chinese ride-hailing group Didi Chuxing said it would delist from the New York Stock Exchange, accelerating China’s decoupling from U.S. capital markets as Beijing cracks down on the country’s leading technology groups.

Philippine Military Says Muslim Rebel Leader Killed in Clash

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Philippine troops killed an Islamic rebel leader and four of his men in fighting in the volatile south in the latest setback for insurgent forces aligned with the Islamic State group, military officials said Friday.

Taliban Ban Forced Marriages of Women in Afghanistan

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The Taliban decreed Friday that they are banning the forced marriage of women in the war-torn country, in what appears to be a move to address criteria that developed nations consider a precondition to recognize their government and restore aid.

December 2, 2021

Australia Adopts Magnitsky Sanctions Rules

By Mike Cherney | The Wall Street Journal

Australia passed new rules Thursday that will make it easier to sanction accused human-rights abusers, becoming the latest U.S. ally to pass a law styled after the U.S. Magnitsky Act.

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December 3, 2021

Austria’s Ruling Party Names New Chancellor

By The Editors | AFP (free)

Austria’s ruling party Friday named Interior Minister Karl Nehammer to lead the conservative camp and the country after the shock resignation of former chancellor Sebastian Kurz as party head caused fresh political upheaval.

Russia Sends Missiles Near Pacific Islands Claimed by Japan

By Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press (free)

The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow’s firm stance in the dispute.

France Signs Weapons Mega-Deal With UAE as Macron Tours Gulf

By Barbara Surk & Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran.

Middle East & North Africa

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December 3, 2021

Lebanese Minister Resigns in Bid to Ease Crisis With Saudis

By Zeina Karam & Sara El Deeb | Associated Press (free)

Lebanon’s information minister resigned Friday, saying he hoped the much anticipated move will open the way for easing an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries. That crisis has added to immense economic troubles facing Lebanon, already mired in a financial meltdown.

New Pessimism at Revived Nuclear Talks as Iran Escalates Uranium Enrichment

By Liz Sly & Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Revived talks aimed at restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ran into difficulties Thursday just days after they restarted, following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has again escalated its enrichment of uranium despite the renewed diplomacy.

Libyan Court Says Gadhafi’s Son Can Run for President

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

A Libyan court Thursday overturned a decision by the country’s top electoral body that disqualified the son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from running in upcoming presidential elections.

Report: IS Attack on Iraqi Village Leaves 12 Dead

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

An attack by Islamic State militants on a village in northern Iraq killed at least 12 people, including a number of Kurdish forces, Kurdish media reported Friday.

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December 3, 2021

Amid Heightened Tensions, Russia and U.S. Make Quiet Breakthrough on Staffing at Moscow Embassy

By Isabelle Khurshudyan & John Hudson | The Washington Post (free)

Despite significant tensions over a Russian troop buildup at the Ukrainian border, U.S. diplomats have overcome a months-long standoff with the Kremlin on the granting of visas for U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow during a meeting with Russian counterparts in Vienna, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

More from WPR: For the U.S. and Russia, ‘Stable and Predictable’ Would Be a Good Start

Mexico to Allow U.S. ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy to Resume

By Eileen Sullivan & Oscar Lopez | The New York Times (free)

Mexico has agreed to allow the United States to restart a contentious Trump-era asylum program that requires certain migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending, complicating the Biden administration’s efforts to roll back the former president’s restrictive immigration policies.

More from WPR: ‘Remain in Mexico’ Is Punishing Asylum-Seekers, but Is It Deterring Them?

China’s Didi to Delist From New York and Switch to Hong Kong

By Ryan McMorrow, Sun Yu & Tom Mitchell | Financial Times (free)

Chinese ride-hailing group Didi Chuxing said it would delist from the New York Stock Exchange, accelerating China’s decoupling from U.S. capital markets as Beijing cracks down on the country’s leading technology groups.

December 2, 2021

U.S., Russian Ministers to Meet as Ukraine Tensions Soar

By Marc Preel & Francesco Fontemaggi | AFP (free)

America’s top diplomat Antony Blinken is expected to warn his Russian counterpart Thursday against invading Ukraine, as Moscow warns Kiev against any attempt to retake the Crimea peninsula.

U.S. and South Korea to Update Wartime Plans for North Korea

By Timothy W. Martin | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and South Korea said they would update their joint wartime contingency plans for North Korea, as the Kim Jong Un regime has kept pursuing military advances amid a stall in nuclear talks.

Opinion

December 2, 2021

Xiomara Castro de Zelaya’s electoral victory in Honduras brings a welcome democratic earthquake to Central America. The Honduran people cast their vote in overwhelming numbers for a future in which Hondurans aren’t forced to flee their own country, forcefully repudiating the corrupt administration of current President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a man who wrought unimaginable destruction on his people for eight years.

More from WPR: Honduras’ Presidential Election Is a Choice Between Uncertainty and Ruin

The Americas

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December 3, 2021

Mexico to Allow U.S. ‘Remain in Mexico’ Asylum Policy to Resume

By Eileen Sullivan & Oscar Lopez | The New York Times (free)

Mexico has agreed to allow the United States to restart a contentious Trump-era asylum program that requires certain migrants to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending, complicating the Biden administration’s efforts to roll back the former president’s restrictive immigration policies.

More from WPR: ‘Remain in Mexico’ Is Punishing Asylum-Seekers, but Is It Deterring Them?

The government of incoming Honduran president Xiomara Castro does not plan to establish diplomatic ties with China as it prioritizes U.S. relations, a high-ranking ally of Castro said Thursday, signaling a reversal of her pre-election stance.

Peruvian Authorities to Question Castillo as Impeachment Threat Looms

By Marco Aquino & Marcelo Rochabrun | Reuters

Peruvian prosecutors said Thursday they will question socialist President Pedro Castillo as part of an investigation into the promotion of certain military officers, adding to pressure on the leader as lawmakers weigh an impeachment process.

Opinion

December 3, 2021

News

December 2, 2021

Argentine Ex-President Charged in Sub Family Spying Case

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Former Argentine President Mauricio Macri was formally charged Wednesday with illegally spying on relatives of sailors whose submarine sank in 2017, one of the most embarrassing incidents of his presidency.

Brazil’s Senate OKs Evangelical Bolsonaro Ally to Top Court

By Mauricio Savarese | Associated Press (free)
Brazil’s senate approved an evangelical former justice minister nominated by President Jair Bolsonaro to fill a vacant position on the supreme court, in what is seen as a nod to the conservative religious movement that helped bring him to power.

Opinion

December 2, 2021

Xiomara Castro de Zelaya’s electoral victory in Honduras brings a welcome democratic earthquake to Central America. The Honduran people cast their vote in overwhelming numbers for a future in which Hondurans aren’t forced to flee their own country, forcefully repudiating the corrupt administration of current President Juan Orlando Hernandez, a man who wrought unimaginable destruction on his people for eight years.

More from WPR: Honduras’ Presidential Election Is a Choice Between Uncertainty and Ruin

Europe

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December 3, 2021

Amid Heightened Tensions, Russia and U.S. Make Quiet Breakthrough on Staffing at Moscow Embassy

By Isabelle Khurshudyan & John Hudson | The Washington Post (free)

Despite significant tensions over a Russian troop buildup at the Ukrainian border, U.S. diplomats have overcome a months-long standoff with the Kremlin on the granting of visas for U.S. Embassy personnel in Moscow during a meeting with Russian counterparts in Vienna, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

More from WPR: For the U.S. and Russia, ‘Stable and Predictable’ Would Be a Good Start

Austria’s Ruling Party Names New Chancellor

By The Editors | AFP (free)

Austria’s ruling party Friday named Interior Minister Karl Nehammer to lead the conservative camp and the country after the shock resignation of former chancellor Sebastian Kurz as party head caused fresh political upheaval.

Russia Sends Missiles Near Pacific Islands Claimed by Japan

By Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press (free)

The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow’s firm stance in the dispute.

France Signs Weapons Mega-Deal With UAE as Macron Tours Gulf

By Barbara Surk & Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran.

December 2, 2021

U.S., Russian Ministers to Meet as Ukraine Tensions Soar

By Marc Preel & Francesco Fontemaggi | AFP (free)

America’s top diplomat Antony Blinken is expected to warn his Russian counterpart Thursday against invading Ukraine, as Moscow warns Kiev against any attempt to retake the Crimea peninsula.

Putin and West Spar Over NATO’s Military Ties to Ukraine

By Anton Troianovski | The New York Times (free)

President Vladimir Putin of Russia demanded “legal guarantees” Wednesday that the NATO alliance would never expand eastward, ratcheting up the stakes as the West scrambled to respond to Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine.

Austria’s Ex-Chancellor Kurz Quits Politics

By Julia Zappei | AFP (free)

Austria’s ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Thursday said he was quitting politics, just two months after resigning as national leader following his implication in a corruption scandal.

Opinion

December 2, 2021

Africa

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December 3, 2021

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December 3, 2021

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December 2, 2021

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December 1, 2021

Middle East & North Africa

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December 3, 2021

France Signs Weapons Mega-Deal With UAE as Macron Tours Gulf

By Barbara Surk & Jon Gambrell | Associated Press (free)

France announced multibillion-euro deals Friday to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, aiming to boost military cooperation with its top ally in the Persian Gulf amid their shared concerns about Iran.

Lebanese Minister Resigns in Bid to Ease Crisis With Saudis

By Zeina Karam & Sara El Deeb | Associated Press (free)

Lebanon’s information minister resigned Friday, saying he hoped the much anticipated move will open the way for easing an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries. That crisis has added to immense economic troubles facing Lebanon, already mired in a financial meltdown.

New Pessimism at Revived Nuclear Talks as Iran Escalates Uranium Enrichment

By Liz Sly & Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post

Revived talks aimed at restoring the 2015 Iran nuclear deal ran into difficulties Thursday just days after they restarted, following a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran has again escalated its enrichment of uranium despite the renewed diplomacy.

Libyan Court Says Gadhafi’s Son Can Run for President

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

A Libyan court Thursday overturned a decision by the country’s top electoral body that disqualified the son of the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi from running in upcoming presidential elections.

Report: IS Attack on Iraqi Village Leaves 12 Dead

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

An attack by Islamic State militants on a village in northern Iraq killed at least 12 people, including a number of Kurdish forces, Kurdish media reported Friday.

December 2, 2021

Iran Doubles Down on Abortion and Contraception Restrictions

By Miriam Berger | The Washington Post

Iranians long had degrees of access to free contraception at public health facilities, part of family planning policies aimed at limiting population growth. In recent years, policy shifts have whittled away such programs. The changes have culminated under a new law—meant to address an emergent demographic shift—which critics have decried as a major setback for women’s and reproductive rights.

Asia-Pacific

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December 3, 2021

The government of incoming Honduran president Xiomara Castro does not plan to establish diplomatic ties with China as it prioritizes U.S. relations, a high-ranking ally of Castro said Thursday, signaling a reversal of her pre-election stance.

Russia Sends Missiles Near Pacific Islands Claimed by Japan

By Vladimir Isachenkov | Associated Press (free)

The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow’s firm stance in the dispute.

China’s Didi to Delist From New York and Switch to Hong Kong

By Ryan McMorrow, Sun Yu & Tom Mitchell | Financial Times (free)

Chinese ride-hailing group Didi Chuxing said it would delist from the New York Stock Exchange, accelerating China’s decoupling from U.S. capital markets as Beijing cracks down on the country’s leading technology groups.

Philippine Military Says Muslim Rebel Leader Killed in Clash

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

Philippine troops killed an Islamic rebel leader and four of his men in fighting in the volatile south in the latest setback for insurgent forces aligned with the Islamic State group, military officials said Friday.

Taliban Ban Forced Marriages of Women in Afghanistan

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The Taliban decreed Friday that they are banning the forced marriage of women in the war-torn country, in what appears to be a move to address criteria that developed nations consider a precondition to recognize their government and restore aid.

December 2, 2021

Australia Adopts Magnitsky Sanctions Rules

By Mike Cherney | The Wall Street Journal

Australia passed new rules Thursday that will make it easier to sanction accused human-rights abusers, becoming the latest U.S. ally to pass a law styled after the U.S. Magnitsky Act.

Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has led the country for more than three decades, on Thursday backed his eldest son to take over the top job, paving the way for a political dynasty.

U.S. and South Korea to Update Wartime Plans for North Korea

By Timothy W. Martin | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and South Korea said they would update their joint wartime contingency plans for North Korea, as the Kim Jong Un regime has kept pursuing military advances amid a stall in nuclear talks.

Opinion

December 2, 2021

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