MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
By Steve Holland | Reuters
The private Russian military company, the Wagner Group, took delivery of an arms shipment from North Korea to help bolster Russian forces in Ukraine, a sign of the group’s expanding role in that conflict, the White House said Thursday.
By Isayen Herrera & Julie Turkewitz | The New York Times
The lawmaker may soon be voted out of power by the opposition, which no longer sees his interim government as a path to “real political change” against the country’s authoritarian government.
More from WPR: Elections Are Still the Best Hope for Venezuela’s Opposition
By Angela Charlton | Associated Press (free)
A shooting targeting a Kurdish cultural center in a bustling Paris neighborhood Friday left three people dead and three others wounded, authorities said. A 69-year-old suspect was wounded and arrested.
By Felicia Schwartz & James Politi | Financial Times
The U.S. Senate has approved $1.7 trillion annual spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and release $45 billion in additional funds to support Ukraine, the day after a stirring plea from Volodymyr Zelensky, the country’s president.
By Aishvarya Kavi | The New York Times
Congress gave final approval on Thursday to a bill to expand the U.S. government’s power to prosecute international war crimes suspects who are in the United States, allowing them to be tried in a federal court regardless of the nationality of the victim or the perpetrator, or where the crime was committed.
By Diane Jeantet | Associated Press (free)
Brazil’s president-elect, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, appointed 16 ministers Thursday, tapping two members of his party who oversaw states in Brazil’s northeast to run the country’s education and welfare systems.
A Venezuelan man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in the May murder of a Paraguayan prosecutor in Colombia, Venezuela's interior minister said on Thursday.
By Maximilian Heath | Reuters
An Argentine court has sentenced a former police officer extradited from France to 15 years in jail for the kidnapping and disappearance of a young man during the country’s so-called Dirty War some four decades ago, a court clerk said Thursday.
By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda | Reuters
Chile plans to open an embassy in the Palestinian territories, President Gabriel Boric said late Wednesday, which could make the Andean country one of only a handful to have an embassy-level office in the territories that are contested with Israel.
By Sam Fleming & Marton Dunai | Financial Times
Brussels has warned it will hold back most of Hungary’s regional aid because Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government has yet to enact reforms aimed at ensuring the country’s judicial independence.
By Erika Solomon | The New York Times
A member of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service has been arrested on suspicion of spying for Russia and is being charged with treason, national prosecutors said Thursday.
By Miriam Berger | The Washington Post
Scotland’s Parliament passed a hotly debated law on Thursday that makes it easier for transgender people to legally change their legal gender, amid similar moves in some countries in Europe and the passage of anti-trans laws in the United States.
By Yan Zhuang | Al Jazeera (free)
Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, will oversee the armed forces as part of a reshuffle amid growing security concerns in the northern regions, according to a decree which has been announced.
A coalition of armed groups in northern Mali on Thursday pulled out of long-running peace talks based on a 2015 Algiers accord because of what they call a lack of political will on the part of the West African country’s military government.
Shell will pay $15.9 million to communities in Nigeria that were affected by multiple oil pipeline leaks in the Niger Delta, the oil company has announced.
By David S. Cloud & Ghassan Adnan | The Wall Street Journal
Suspected Islamic State militants ambushed a military patrol in northern Iraq late Wednesday, killing two Iraqi soldiers and wounding three others, Iraqi security officials said, in the latest sign that the group is attempting a violent resurgence.
By Sarah Dadouch | The Washington Post
A rise in fuel prices in Jordan has set off nationwide demonstrations, snarling traffic and supply chains and threatening the stability of a U.S. ally that has struggled to insulate itself from the global economic downturn.
By Lucy Craymer & Kirsty Needham | Reuters
Fiji’s opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka is expected to become prime minister when Parliament sits Saturday after winning backing from a coalition of three parties, signaling an end to Frank Bainimarama’s 16 years in power.
By Tetsushi Kajimoto & Takaya Yamaguchi | Reuters
Japan is set to unveil Friday a record $864 billion budget for the next fiscal year from April, pushed up by increased military spending and higher social security costs for a fast-aging population, according to a final draft reviewed by Reuters.
By Min Joo Kim, Michelle Ye Hee Lee & Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post
Amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, the rising demand for arms among Western countries has presented an unprecedented opportunity for South Korea’s defense industry to become a top arms seller and global player.
By Mubasher Bukhari | Reuters
A key ally of Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan was removed Friday as chief minister of the country’s largest province, dealing blow to Khan’s plans to force snap polls in the South Asian nation.
More from WPR: Pakistan’s Political Crisis May Be Reaching a Breaking Point
By Shira Rubin | The Washington Post (free)
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu announced the formation of the most far-right government in the country’s history Wednesday night, marking the imminent return of its longest-serving leader and granting an unprecedented portion of power to his far-right and ultra-Orthodox allies, who have vowed to make far-reaching legislative changes in the country.
By Karen DeYoung & Missy Ryan | The Washington Post
Beyond the sincere expressions of Ukrainian gratitude and firm pledges of ongoing American support, President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Biden came together Wednesday with specific, and sometimes differing, goals for their meeting.
More from WPR: U.S. ‘War Profiteering’ in Ukraine Is a Red Herring
By Jose Luis Gonzalez & Daina Beth Solomon | Reuters
Hundreds of migrants bundled in coats and blankets formed a long line in cold winter air at the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday, hoping the Christmas period will bring an end to uncertainty over their hopes of securing asylum in the United States.
The United States targeted Iran with a fresh round of sanctions Wednesday, including against Tehran’s prosecutor general, according to the U.S. Department of Treasury website.
More from WPR: The U.S. and Europe Are Misreading the Protests in Iran
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte promoted the country’s defense chief to the prime minister’s job as part of a shuffle of her 11-day-old Cabinet on Wednesday, a move that followed protests this month that have left roughly two dozen people dead.
By Michael Pooler | Financial Times
Brazil has passed a constitutional amendment that raises a government spending cap by at least $28 billion, allowing left-wing president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to fulfill campaign pledges to provide extra funds for welfare and infrastructure.
By Natalie Kitroeff | The New York Times
After assailants shot at Ciro Gomez Leyva in his own neighborhood, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador suggested that the assassination attempt was actually an effort to destabilize the government.
By Yan Zhuang | The New York Times
A U.S. warship sailed through the strait separating Taiwan and China on Tuesday, the navy said, the first such passage since leaders from the two rival superpowers held a video summit.
More from WPR: Putin Is Willing to Take Russia Down With Him
By Noemie Bisserbe & Stacy Meichtry | The Wall Street Journal
French President Emmanuel Macron said Europe needs to take a more assertive role within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, reducing its reliance on the U.S. and developing its own defense capabilities, to secure peace in a region rocked by the war in Ukraine.
More from WPR: Macron’s Mixed Messages on Ukraine Come With a Cost
Associated Press (free)
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog met Thursday in Moscow with officials from Russia’s military and state atomic energy company as he pursues a long-running drive to set up a protection zone around a Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
Gambian authorities have foiled a military coup attempt and arrested four soldiers plotting to overthrow President Adama Barrow’s administration, the government said Wednesday.
Al-Shabab fighters have attacked a police vehicle in eastern Kenya, killing two officers and one civilian, police and the armed group said.
Somalia has begun repatriating troops it said it sent for training in neighboring Eritrea, after protests in several Somali cities over accusations that they had been recruited under false pretenses and held captive.
By Raneen Sawafta | Reuters
Israeli forces killed a Palestinian combatant in clashes near a flashpoint site Thursday, underlining the continuing violence in the occupied West Bank that will confront the incoming government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Turkey’s monthly minimum wage will be $455 in 2023, the Turkish presidency said Thursday, marking a 55 percent increase from the level determined in July and a 100 percent hike from January.
By Isabel Debre | Associated Press (free)
Israeli soldiers accused of harming Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip over the last five years have been indicted in less than 1 percent of the hundreds of complaints against them, an Israeli rights group reported. The watchdog argued that Israel’s military systematically fails to conduct a credible prosecution of itself.
By Ashok Sharma | Associated Press (free)
Indian and Chinese military commanders met in yet another attempt to end a more-than-two-year-old standoff between tens of thousands of their soldiers along their disputed border that triggered bloody clashes in 2020, an Indian Defense Ministry statement said on Thursday.
By Nick Perry | Associated Press (free)
Fijian police on Thursday said they were calling in the military to help maintain security following a close election last week that is now being disputed.
The Philippines’ defense ministry Thursday ordered the military to strengthen its presence in the South China Sea after monitoring “Chinese activities” in disputed waters close to a strategic Philippine-held island.
Taiwan scrambled combat jets to warn away 39 Chinese aircraft that entered its southeastern air defense zone, the island’s defense ministry said Thursday.
More from WPR: China’s Saber-Rattling Won’t Make Taiwan Shift Course
By Michael D. Shear & Emily Cochrane | The New York Times (free)
President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine will meet with President Biden at the White House on Wednesday and later deliver a prime-time address to a joint session of Congress, a daring trip abroad intended to reaffirm American support for his country, White House officials announced late Tuesday night.
Associated Press (free)
In a roller-coaster day for Mexico’s relations with Peru, Mexico announced Tuesday it had granted asylum for the family of ousted Peruvian president Pedro Castillo. Hours later, Peru declared the Mexican ambassador to Lima persona non grata and ordered him to leave within 72 hours.
By Christina Goldbaum & Najim Rahim | The New York Times
The Afghan government Tuesday barred women from attending private and public universities, officials said, in the latest severe blow to women’s rights under a Taliban administration that has all but reinstituted the hard-line rule the group maintained during its first stretch in power during the 1990s.
More from WPR: The U.S. Can Do More for Afghan Women Than Shame the Taliban
By Lisa Friedman | The New York Times
Congress has proposed $1 billion to help poor countries cope with climate change, a figure that falls significantly short of President Biden’s promise that the United States will spend $11.4 billion annually by 2024 to ensure developing nations can transition to clean energy and adapt to a warming planet.
By Dan Lamothe & Karen DeYoung | The Washington Post
The Biden administration will send to Ukraine the most advanced air defense weapon in its arsenal, the Patriot missile system, a senior administration official said late Tuesday, marking the most significant addition to American military support for the government in Kyiv in months.
By Katie Rogers | The New York Times
The Taliban released two Americans who had been detained in Afghanistan on Tuesday, including Ivor Shearer, an independent filmmaker who had been held since August, according to a person with knowledge of the release.
By David Pereda | Associated Press (free)
Peru’s Congress tentatively endorsed a plan Tuesday to hold early elections in an attempt to defuse a national political crisis marked by deadly unrest after lawmakers ousted President Pedro Castillo.
More from WPR: Peru Turns the Page on Pedro Castillo’s Tragicomedy
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin had congratulated him on his recent election win and talked of stronger relations between the two countries.
El Salvador’s Congress on Tuesday approved reforms to increase pensions and create a state entity to supervise the retirement income system, despite criticism from experts who argued the measures were insufficient.
By Yan Zhuang | The New York Times
A close ally of President Vladimir Putin of Russia met with China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, on Wednesday, a sign of the countries’ alignment amid Russia’s deepening international isolation.
More from WPR: A War-Weakened Russia Has No Strategic Value to China
By Shane Harris, John Hudson, Missy Ryan & Michael Birnbaum | The Washington Post
After explosions in late September severely damaged undersea pipelines built to carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, world leaders quickly blamed Moscow for a brazen and dangerous act of sabotage. With winter approaching, it appeared the Kremlin intended to strangle the flow of energy to millions across the continent, an act of “blackmail,” some leaders said, designed to threaten countries into withdrawing their financial and military support for Ukraine.
By Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli, Valentina Pop & Simeon Kerr | Financial Times
The secretary-general of the International Trade Union Confederation has resigned less than one month after taking office as he admitted to taking thousands of euros in cash from the MEP at the centre of a corruption scandal in the European parliament.
Associated Press (free)
The Swiss government Wednesday rejected the idea of introducing a third gender option or no-gender option for official records, a position which differs from that of some neighboring countries.
By Chinedu Asadu | Associated Press (free)
Germany returned 20 historic bronze sculptures to Nigeria as part of efforts to address its “dark colonial past,” the German foreign minister said Tuesday.
By Cara Anna | Associated Press (free)
International pressure is growing on Rwanda as France and Germany are the latest parties to openly accuse the country of supporting armed rebels in neighboring eastern Congo—with possible repercussions for foreign aid that Kigali has long enjoyed.
More from WPR: M23 Violence Overshadows Eastern Congo Peace Talks
The World Bank is releasing $100 million for Zambia amid substantial delays in its debt restructuring efforts as its creditors drag their feet, it said Wednesday.
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday eased a weapons embargo meant to stem rebel fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and renewed a peacekeeping mission there for another year.
By Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
For the second time in just over a week, U.S. Special Operations forces carried out helicopter raids against the Islamic State in eastern Syria, capturing six operatives including a senior official who the military said was involved in plotting and enabling terrorist attacks.
By Parisa Hafezi & Aziz El Yaakoubi | Reuters
Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday he spoke with his Saudi counterpart on the sidelines of a conference in Jordan the previous day, the highest-level encounter reported between officials from the rival states since they cut ties in 2016.
Associated Press (free)
Israel’s defense minister said Wednesday that the remains of a Palestinian prisoner who died a day earlier from lung cancer would not be released for burial.
By Louisa Loveluck & Mustafa Salim | The Washington Post
A flagship anti-corruption drive under the tenure of U.S.-backed Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi used incommunicado detention, torture and sexual violence to extract confessions from senior Iraqi officials and businessmen, according to a nine-month investigation by The Washington Post.
Associated Press (free)
The foreign ministers of Australia and China met in Beijing on Wednesday in a bid to restore high-level political contacts and return stability to the countries’ tense relationship.
By Jibran Ahmad & Asif Shahzad | Reuters
Pakistan’s security forces killed 25 of 35 Islamist militants holed up in a counterterrorism center in the northwestern city of Bannu, while one hostage and two commandos died in the operation to retake the compound, the army said.
By Saif Hasnat & Karan Deep Singh | The New York Times
The United Nations on Tuesday appealed to countries in South Asia to help rescue a boat carrying at least 160 Rohingya refugees stranded in the Andaman Sea without food for weeks.
By Anatoly Kurmanaev, Andrew E. Kramer & Michael Levenson | The New York Times (free)
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia made a rare visit to Belarus on Monday to strengthen his bond with the country’s president and his closest regional ally, Alexander Lukashenko, a fellow strongman who has been under growing pressure from Moscow to provide more support for the war in Ukraine.
By Luke Broadwater | The New York Times
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol accused former President Donald J. Trump on Monday of inciting insurrection, conspiracy to defraud the United States, obstruction of an act of Congress and one other federal crime as it referred him to the Justice Department for potential prosecution.
By Rebecca Santana | Associated Press (free)
The Supreme Court is temporarily blocking an order that would lift pandemic-era restrictions on asylum-seekers but the brief order leaves open the prospect that the restrictions in place since the coronavirus pandemic began and have been used to turn back hundreds of thousands of prospective asylum seekers could still expire on Wednesday.
By Julian E. Barnes | The New York Times
The Pentagon’s Cyber National Mission force has been supporting Ukraine’s digital defense with daily consultations, a collaboration that has helped unearth thousands of warning indicators of potentially compromised Ukrainian computer networks, a top U.S. cybercommander said Monday.
More from WPR: Ukraine Hasn’t Won the Cyber War Against Russia Yet
Peru’s foreign ministry Monday called Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s recent and repeated statements about the political crisis in Peru an “unacceptable interference” in its domestic affairs.
By Steve Holland & Jarrett Renshaw | Reuters
President Joe Biden met Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso on Monday to discuss efforts to stem the flow of migrants to the United States as the White House faces increased pressure over its immigration policies.
Al Jazeera (free)
Colombia’s largest remaining rebel group has announced a unilateral cease-fire over the end-of-year holiday period, a week after the National Liberation Army and the Colombian government concluded a first round of peace negotiations.
By Sammy Westfall | The Washington Post
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte offered an official apology Monday on behalf of the Dutch government for more than two centuries of Dutch slavery—remarks that come months ahead of the 160th anniversary of its abolition.
By Christopher F. Schuetze | The New York Times
A court in Germany on Tuesday sentenced a 97-year-old woman to two years’ probation for her role in abetting over 10,000 murders committed during her tenure as a teenage concentration camp secretary in World War II, as prosecutors race to bring justice to the last surviving participants of the Nazi killing machine.
By Jill Lawless | Associated Press (free)
The British government said Tuesday it will not offer more money to nurses and ambulance crews to end strikes that are piling pressure on an already overstretched health system.
Christian Akorlie & Cooper Inveen | Reuters
Ghana on Monday suspended payments on most of its external debt, effectively defaulting as the country struggles to plug its cavernous balance of payments deficit.
The International Monetary Fund’s board has approved the disbursement of $447.39 million to Kenya after a review of its lending program, the fund said Tuesday.
Tunisia’s anti-terrorism judge decided to imprison Ali Laarayedh, a former prime minister and senior official in the Islamist opposition Ennahda party, after hours of investigation into suspicions of sending jihadists to Syria, lawyers said Monday.
More from WPR: Saied’s Power Grab May Provoke a Backlash in Tunisia
By James Shotter | Financial Times
Three Jordanian police officers were killed Monday as the authorities grapple with an outbreak of social unrest in a kingdom that is an important ally of the west and has long been seen as one of the most stable countries in the Middle East.
Associated Press (free)
Palestinian factions called for a general strike in the occupied West Bank and urged Palestinians to confront Israeli troops Tuesday after a Palestinian prisoner died of lung cancer.
By Rami Musa | Associated Press (free)
A Libyan court sentenced 17 former members of the Islamic State group to death, a statement from the country’s Tripoli-based top prosecutor said on Monday.
By Kirsty Needham | Reuters
Fiji will have a new leader for the first time in 16 years after a national election resulted in three parties joining up to form a government in the Pacific island nation, dislodging Frank Bainimarama’s Fiji First party.
By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press (free)
The United States flew nuclear-capable bombers and advanced stealth jets in a show of force against North Korea on Tuesday, as the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un derided doubts about her country’s military and threatened a full-range intercontinental ballistic missile test.
By Seth Mydans | The New York Times
Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its long-running guerrilla insurgency, died Friday in exile in the Netherlands, where he had lived for decades. He was 83.