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October 18, 2017

Trump Welcomes Greece’s Tsipras to White House

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times (subscription required)

President Donald Trump told Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras that he supported a “responsible debt relief” plan for Greece, as he welcomed to the White House the leader who once described him as “evil.”

President Donald Trump's third attempt to implement a travel ban has, for now, met the same fate as the previous two: blocked by litigation in the the federal courts.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

The Trump Doctrine

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.”

As President Trump prepares to head to Asia next month for his most important overseas trip yet, foreign intelligence services are undoubtedly trying to assemble personality profiles to explain this unconventional, risk-taking, domineering president to the leaders he will meet.

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October 17, 2017

U.S. Seeks to Stay Neutral in Iraq Conflict

By Ben Kesling, Nancy A. Youssef & Paul Sonne | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. sought to stay on the sidelines as an all-out battle broke out between two of its closest ground partners in the campaign against Islamic State and raised concerns about a broader civil conflict erupting in Iraq.

Opinion

October 17, 2017

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October 18, 2017

Brazil’s Senate Confronts Court, Returns Suspended Lawmaker

By Mauricio Savarese | Associated Press

The Senate rejected a decision of Brazil's top court and returned a suspended lawmaker to his post Tuesday, in what critics said was the latest self-protection move by politicians accused of corruption.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

Can you have a real election in a fake democracy? That’s the question Venezuelans were left to ponder after Sunday’s election for state governors, which saw President Nicolás Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party sweep to a stunning victory, taking at least 17 of Venezuela’s 23 states and winning 54 percent of the popular vote.

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October 17, 2017

Mexico’s Attorney General Resigns Under Pressure

By Elisabeth Malkin | The New York Times

Mexico’s attorney general, a close ally of President Enrique Peña Nieto, resigned on Monday, handing victory to a broad coalition of social groups that have demanded an autonomous prosecutor.

Opinion

October 17, 2017

Climate Change and Migration in Mexico

By Nic Wirtz | Global Americans

Migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States has tapered off in recent years, especially since 2010. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to how much that may change as a result of extreme weather caused by climate change.

Europe

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October 18, 2017

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October 18, 2017

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October 17, 2017

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October 17, 2017

Europe’s Glass Ceiling

By Ginger Hervey | Politico

None of 47 countries examined met a target of 40 percent of women in public and political positions.

Germany and Greece: A Critical Bond

By Nikos Konstandaras | The New York Times

Relations between the countries with the European Union’s strongest economy and its most troubled one have been testy at times, but the bond has held. Yet just when it needs strengthening, the link between Germany and Greece may be at risk of fraying further.

Africa

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October 18, 2017

As thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, officials shared a detailed account of how Saturday's truck bombing that killed more than 300 was carried out. They said two people have been arrested.

U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Issues Warning on South Sudan

By Rick Gladstone | The New York Times

The leader of United Nations’ peacekeeping operations offered a dire appraisal of South Sudan on Tuesday, saying the world’s youngest nation is sliding further into mayhem with no sign that its antagonists want peace.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

Arab efforts to foil the African-Israel Summit that had been scheduled for Oct. 23-27 in Togo's capital, Lome, have met with some success and are multiplying. The summit's theme is “Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel,” but currently no one is going anywhere.

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October 17, 2017

Opinion

October 17, 2017

Violence Begets Violence in Somalia

By Helen C. Epstein | The Atlantic

If this means more fire power, it will mean only more misery for the Somali people and their regional neighbors.

Middle East & North Africa

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October 18, 2017

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would “shred” the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.

The Defeat of ISIS in Raqqa Tests U.S. Commitment to Syrian Kurds

By Louisa Loveluck & Liz Sly | The Washington Post

U.S.-backed forces in Syria claimed Tuesday that they had full control of the Islamic State’s onetime capital of Raqqa, heralding an end to the militants’ presence in their most symbolically important stronghold and raising new questions about the United States’ future role in Syria.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

The Ignominious End of the ISIS Caliphate

By Robin Wright | The New Yorker

The liberation of Raqqa marks the symbolic demise of the Islamic State’s three-year rule, but the dynamics that helped fuel its rise remain in place.

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October 17, 2017

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October 17, 2017

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October 18, 2017

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October 17, 2017

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October 17, 2017

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October 18, 2017

Trump Welcomes Greece’s Tsipras to White House

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times (subscription required)

President Donald Trump told Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras that he supported a “responsible debt relief” plan for Greece, as he welcomed to the White House the leader who once described him as “evil.”

President Donald Trump's third attempt to implement a travel ban has, for now, met the same fate as the previous two: blocked by litigation in the the federal courts.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

The Trump Doctrine

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.”

As President Trump prepares to head to Asia next month for his most important overseas trip yet, foreign intelligence services are undoubtedly trying to assemble personality profiles to explain this unconventional, risk-taking, domineering president to the leaders he will meet.

News

October 17, 2017

U.S. Seeks to Stay Neutral in Iraq Conflict

By Ben Kesling, Nancy A. Youssef & Paul Sonne | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. sought to stay on the sidelines as an all-out battle broke out between two of its closest ground partners in the campaign against Islamic State and raised concerns about a broader civil conflict erupting in Iraq.

Bahrain Air Force to Purchase Advanced F-16s

By Ahmed al-Masri | Anadolu Agency

The Bahraini armed forces has agreed to purchase 16 upgraded F-16 fighter planes—for a total of $3.8 billion—from U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, Bahrain’s official news agency reported Tuesday.

As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

By Steven Lee Myers & Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times

For years, the United States and others saw this sort of heavy-handed censorship as a sign of political vulnerability and a barrier to China’s economic development. But as countries in the West discuss potential internet restrictions and wring their hands over fake news, hacking and foreign meddling, some in China see a powerful affirmation of the country’s vision for the internet.

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October 17, 2017

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October 16, 2017

Rex Tillerson worked on Sunday to reinforce the basic lines of U.S. policy on major international issues such as Iran and North Korea, all while having to combat perceptions that his relationship with Donald Trump has deteriorated to the point the president is, in the words of one Republican senator, “castrating” his secretary of state.

The United States will remain a trustworthy international partner, administration national security aides said Sunday, offering reassurances after allies and members of Congress criticized President Trump for deciding to alter terms for participation in the international nuclear deal with Iran.

More from WPR: Iran May Have a Lot of Friends in a Future Sanctions Fight With the United States

A NAFTA Battleground on the Shores of Canada

By Ana Swanson | The New York Times

This far-flung peninsula in the North Atlantic seems an unlikely place for an international trade dispute. But an American company’s scuttled plans to build a quarry here have turned these quiet fishing grounds into a case study of the kind of thorny disputes that threaten to derail the North American Free Trade Agreement.

More from WPR: What’s at Stake in the NAFTA Talks

The Americas

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October 18, 2017

Brazil’s Senate Confronts Court, Returns Suspended Lawmaker

By Mauricio Savarese | Associated Press

The Senate rejected a decision of Brazil's top court and returned a suspended lawmaker to his post Tuesday, in what critics said was the latest self-protection move by politicians accused of corruption.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

Can you have a real election in a fake democracy? That’s the question Venezuelans were left to ponder after Sunday’s election for state governors, which saw President Nicolás Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party sweep to a stunning victory, taking at least 17 of Venezuela’s 23 states and winning 54 percent of the popular vote.

News

October 17, 2017

Mexico’s Attorney General Resigns Under Pressure

By Elisabeth Malkin | The New York Times

Mexico’s attorney general, a close ally of President Enrique Peña Nieto, resigned on Monday, handing victory to a broad coalition of social groups that have demanded an autonomous prosecutor.

Opinion

October 17, 2017

Climate Change and Migration in Mexico

By Nic Wirtz | Global Americans

Migration from Central America and Mexico to the United States has tapered off in recent years, especially since 2010. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to how much that may change as a result of extreme weather caused by climate change.

News

October 16, 2017

A NAFTA Battleground on the Shores of Canada

By Ana Swanson | The New York Times

This far-flung peninsula in the North Atlantic seems an unlikely place for an international trade dispute. But an American company’s scuttled plans to build a quarry here have turned these quiet fishing grounds into a case study of the kind of thorny disputes that threaten to derail the North American Free Trade Agreement.

More from WPR: What’s at Stake in the NAFTA Talks

Opinion

October 16, 2017

Venezuela’s Latest Election Fraud

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

Maduro allowed the phony balloting only to preserve the illusion of democracy.

Europe

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October 18, 2017

Trump Welcomes Greece’s Tsipras to White House

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times (subscription required)

President Donald Trump told Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras that he supported a “responsible debt relief” plan for Greece, as he welcomed to the White House the leader who once described him as “evil.”

Opinion

October 18, 2017

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October 17, 2017

Macron Emerges as Obstacle to Juncker’s Trade Ambitions

By Jim Brunsden & Mehreen Khan | Financial Times (subscription required)

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission president, has made brokering international trade deals one of his top priorities for the remainder of his time in office. Now he is getting a taste of just how difficult the task is going to be.

Italy Presents Low-Key Budget Ahead of 2018 Elections

By Giuseppe Fonte & Gavin Jones | Reuters

Italy’s government approved on Monday a low-key 2018 budget which includes measures to raise youth employment, tackle poverty and encourage investments ahead of an election in the spring.

Opinion

October 17, 2017

Europe’s Glass Ceiling

By Ginger Hervey | Politico

None of 47 countries examined met a target of 40 percent of women in public and political positions.

Germany and Greece: A Critical Bond

By Nikos Konstandaras | The New York Times

Relations between the countries with the European Union’s strongest economy and its most troubled one have been testy at times, but the bond has held. Yet just when it needs strengthening, the link between Germany and Greece may be at risk of fraying further.

News

October 16, 2017

EU’s Top Trade Official Warns on Trump Impact on WTO

By Jim Brunsden & Alan Beattie | Financial Times (subscription required)

The EU’s top trade official has hit out against the Trump administration’s continued blocking of appointments to the World Trade Organisation’s dispute settlement body, saying that the stance risks “killing the WTO from inside."

Estonia's ruling Center Party has won Sunday's local election in a key litmus test for Prime Minister Juri Ratas, who has seen his party split into two rivaling factions since he took up the job less than a year ago.

Africa

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October 18, 2017

As thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, officials shared a detailed account of how Saturday's truck bombing that killed more than 300 was carried out. They said two people have been arrested.

U.N. Peacekeeping Chief Issues Warning on South Sudan

By Rick Gladstone | The New York Times

The leader of United Nations’ peacekeeping operations offered a dire appraisal of South Sudan on Tuesday, saying the world’s youngest nation is sliding further into mayhem with no sign that its antagonists want peace.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

Arab efforts to foil the African-Israel Summit that had been scheduled for Oct. 23-27 in Togo's capital, Lome, have met with some success and are multiplying. The summit's theme is “Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel,” but currently no one is going anywhere.

News

October 17, 2017

Opinion

October 17, 2017

Violence Begets Violence in Somalia

By Helen C. Epstein | The Atlantic

If this means more fire power, it will mean only more misery for the Somali people and their regional neighbors.

News

October 16, 2017

The bodies of 26 people believed killed after an ambush last week in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been discovered, most of them with their hands tied and their necks broken, a local chief said on Sunday.

Middle East & North Africa

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October 18, 2017

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would “shred” the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.

The Defeat of ISIS in Raqqa Tests U.S. Commitment to Syrian Kurds

By Louisa Loveluck & Liz Sly | The Washington Post

U.S.-backed forces in Syria claimed Tuesday that they had full control of the Islamic State’s onetime capital of Raqqa, heralding an end to the militants’ presence in their most symbolically important stronghold and raising new questions about the United States’ future role in Syria.

Opinion

October 18, 2017

The Ignominious End of the ISIS Caliphate

By Robin Wright | The New Yorker

The liberation of Raqqa marks the symbolic demise of the Islamic State’s three-year rule, but the dynamics that helped fuel its rise remain in place.

Arab efforts to foil the African-Israel Summit that had been scheduled for Oct. 23-27 in Togo's capital, Lome, have met with some success and are multiplying. The summit's theme is “Israel is coming back to Africa, and Africa is coming back to Israel,” but currently no one is going anywhere.

News

October 17, 2017

U.S. Seeks to Stay Neutral in Iraq Conflict

By Ben Kesling, Nancy A. Youssef & Paul Sonne | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. sought to stay on the sidelines as an all-out battle broke out between two of its closest ground partners in the campaign against Islamic State and raised concerns about a broader civil conflict erupting in Iraq.

Israel Moves Ahead on West Bank Settlements, but Guardedly

By Isabel Kershner & David M. Halbfinger | The New York Times

Israel is moving ahead with plans for a significant expansion of its settlements in the occupied West Bank, including apartments in the volatile city of Hebron and the first approval of a new settlement in 20 years.

Bahrain Air Force to Purchase Advanced F-16s

By Ahmed al-Masri | Anadolu Agency

The Bahraini armed forces has agreed to purchase 16 upgraded F-16 fighter planes—for a total of $3.8 billion—from U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, Bahrain’s official news agency reported Tuesday.

Opinion

October 17, 2017

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October 16, 2017

Iranians quickly closed ranks against a hawkish new U.S. approach to Tehran, but Iran’s powerful hardliners are set to exploit the latest dispute with Washington to weaken domestic rivals who are open to the West, analysts and insiders say.

Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar's emir, who is on his first trip to Southeast Asia four months after a diplomatic crisis erupted between his nation and four Arab countries.

Opinion

October 16, 2017

Asia-Pacific

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October 18, 2017

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October 18, 2017

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October 17, 2017

As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

By Steven Lee Myers & Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times

For years, the United States and others saw this sort of heavy-handed censorship as a sign of political vulnerability and a barrier to China’s economic development. But as countries in the West discuss potential internet restrictions and wring their hands over fake news, hacking and foreign meddling, some in China see a powerful affirmation of the country’s vision for the internet.

Opinion

October 17, 2017

News

October 16, 2017

Anies Baswedan, a former education minister and university rector, was sworn in as governor of the Indonesian capital on Monday, ending the most bitterly contested race in the country’s democratic era and one that has raised questions about the Muslim-majority nation’s tolerance for ethnic and religious minorities.

More from WPR: Hard-Line Political Islam Isn’t the Only Threat to Indonesia’s Democracy

Malaysia on Monday rolled out the red carpet for Qatar's emir, who is on his first trip to Southeast Asia four months after a diplomatic crisis erupted between his nation and four Arab countries.

Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and territorial rifts.

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