MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
By Peter Baker & Jane Perlez | The New York Times
President Biden and President Xi Jinping of China confronted each other over Taiwan during a marathon phone call Thursday, but neither side reported any concrete progress on that longstanding dispute or any of the other issues that have flared between the two powers in recent months.
More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud
By The Editors | Reuters
Japan and the United States are expected to agree on joint research for next-generation semiconductors to establish a secure source of the vital components during economic talks between the allies, Japanese media said Friday.
By Valerie Hopkins & Alan Yuhas | The New York Times
Viktor Bout has been accused of supplying arms to Al-Qaida, the Taliban, and rebels in Rwanda. His exploits helped inspire a 2005 film, “Lord of War,” that starred Nicolas Cage.
By David Sacks | Foreign Affairs
Washington must be ready for a showdown with or without a Pelosi trip.
By Aditya Kalra, Munsif Vengattil & Joyce Lee | Reuters
India’s government blocked a popular battle-royale format game from Krafton Inc., a South Korean company backed by China’s Tencent, as it was concerned about its data sharing and mining in China, an Indian government source said.
By Nicholas Coppel | The Strategist (free)
The killings represent a new low point in Myanmar’s human rights record and raise the question, why now?
By Krishna N. Das & Waruna Cudah Nimal Karunatilake | Reuters
India, which is trying to expand its influence in crisis-hit Sri Lanka after China made deep inroads there, said Thursday it was aware of reports about the planned visit of a Chinese vessel to a Sri Lankan port built with money from Beijing.
By Huizhong Wu | Associated Press (free)
A group of Japanese lawmakers including two former defense ministers met with Taiwan’s president Thursday in a rare high-level visit to discuss regional security.
By Euan Ward & Farnaz Fassihi | The New York Times
Iran has made steady advances in the design and production of military drones in recent years, and has stepped up their transfer to militant groups across the Middle East as it seeks to shift the dynamics of battlefields from Yemen to Gaza.
By Fares Akram | Associated Press (free)
Gaza’s Hamas rulers have imposed a slew of new taxes on imported clothes and office supplies just ahead of the new school year, sparking limited but rare protests in the impoverished coastal strip.
By Maya Gebeily & Laila Bassam | Reuters
A Syrian ship under U.S. sanctions has docked in the northern Lebanese port of Tripoli carrying barley and wheat that the Ukrainian embassy in Beirut told Reuters on Thursday had been plundered by Russia from Ukrainian stores.
By Wanjohi Kabukuru | Associated Press (free)
Sections of a renowned peatland tropical forest in the Congo Basin that plays a crucial role in Africa’s climate system go up for oil and gas auction in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday.
By Ngouda Dione | Reuters
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.
By The Editors | Reuters
Islamist militants killed 15 soldiers and three civilians during two separate attacks in southwest Mali on Wednesday, the army said in a statement.
By The Editors | AFP & Al Jazeera (free)
Protests against Guinea’s military government and its handling of plans to return to democracy have brought the capital to a standstill, with organizers saying one person was killed.
By Thomas Adamson & Aya Batrawy | Associated Press (free)
French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to his presidential palace Thursday for controversial dinner that marks another step in the Saudi leader’s diplomatic rehabilitation—a move that has drawn harsh criticism in France after the gruesome Saudi killing of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
By Susie Blann | Associated Press (free)
Russian forces launched a missile attack on the Kyiv area for the first time in weeks Thursday and pounded the northern Chernihiv region as well, in what Ukraine said was revenge for standing up to the Kremlin.
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By The Editors | Associated Press (free)
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Vienna on Thursday for bilateral talks that focused on migration as well as on the war in Ukraine and its consequences.
By Eugene Z. Stakhiv | Foreign Policy
Beneath the human catastrophe Russia has inflicted on Ukraine is an array of environmental disasters that will impact generations to come.
By The Editors | Al Jazeera (free)
Colombia and Venezuela will appoint new ambassadors in their respective capitals when Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro takes office next month, authorities said, in an effort to rebuild diplomatic relations after years of tension.
More from WPR: After Petro’s Win, Colombia Teeters Between Hope and Fear
By Nicolás Misculin | Reuters
Argentina’s lower house congressional leader Sergio Massa will take charge of a new economy “superministry,” the government said Thursday, the latest twist in President Alberto Fernandez’s struggle to contain a worsening economic crisis.
By The Editors | Reuters
The Nicaraguan government has withdrawn its approval of the U.S. nominee for ambassador to Nicaragua, Hugo Rodriguez, following his criticism of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s regime, the Central American country said in a statement Thursday.
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By Elida Moreno | Reuters
Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, who faces open corruption investigations, declared Thursday his intention to run as an independent in the country’s 2024 elections.
A Ukrainian counter-offensive has virtually cut off the Russian-occupied southern city of Kherson and left thousands of Russian troops stationed near the Dnipro River "highly vulnerable", British defense and intelligence officials said on Thursday.
By Aya Batrawy | Associated Press (free)
Shipping companies are not rushing to export millions of tons of grain trapped in Ukraine, despite a breakthrough deal to provide safe corridors through the Black Sea. That is because explosive mines are drifting in the waters, ship owners are assessing the risks and many still have questions over how the deal will unfold.
By Hyung-Jin Kim | Associated Press (free)
“Our armed forces are completely prepared to respond to any crisis, and our country’s nuclear war deterrent is also ready to mobilize its absolute power dutifully, exactly and swiftly in accordance with its mission,” Kim said in Wednesday’s speech, according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
More from WPR: The Challenge of a Nuclear North Korea
By Christian Shepherd | The Washington Post
President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to speak on Thursday, Eastern time, amid angry warnings from Beijing that the bilateral relationship cannot make progress unless the White House stops House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from visiting Taiwan.
By Greg Torode | Reuters
Officials with the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet confirmed the deployment of the USS Ronald Reagan to the vital trade route but did not comment on questions about tensions over the trip by Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
By Ali Abdul-Hassan & Samya Kullab | Associated Press (free)
Hundreds of Iraqi protesters breached Baghdad’s parliament Wednesday chanting anti-Iran curses in a demonstration against a nominee for prime minister by Iran-backed parties.
More from WPR: A New Pick for Iraqi Prime Minister Could Spark Conflict
By Rick Noack | The Washington Post
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is facing backlash after a speech arguing that Europeans should not “become peoples of mixed race,” although the far-right leader is still slated to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas next week.
More from WPR: Like It or Not, Orban and the EU Are Stuck With Each Other
By Claire Parker | The Washington Post
A Human Rights Watch report argues that in addition to the speech-related charges that the Moroccan government has long used to stifle critics, authorities increasingly accuse journalists and dissidents of more serious crimes, such as sexual assault, and sentence them to prison in unfair trials.
By Wanjohi Kabukuru | Associated Press (free)
frican nations opened climate talks in the Mozambican capital Maputo on Wednesday to identify their priorities and come up with a common position ahead of the United Nations climate summit in Egypt in November, known as COP27.
By Yan Zhuang | ProPublica, The New York Times (free)
Across the Caribbean, soaring national debt is a hidden but decisive aspect of the climate crisis, hobbling countries’ ability to protect themselves from disaster. One island’s leader is fighting to find a way out.
By Saif Hasnat & Emily Schmall | The New York Times
Just a week after introducing scheduled power outages in response to the soaring cost of fuel in Bangladesh, the government said it was seeking help from the International Monetary Fund, joining two other nations in South Asia to do so in recent months.
By Camillus Eboh | Reuters
Nigerian opposition Senators pushed for President Muhammadu Buhari to face impeachment, 10-months before the end of his second term in office, over the country's spreading security problems, the Senate minority leader said on Wednesday.
More from WPR: Nigeria's Presidential Candidates Are a Blast From the Past
Carol D. Leonnig, Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey & Spencer S. Hsu | The Washington Post
The Justice Department is investigating President Donald Trump’s actions as part of its criminal probe of efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, according to four people familiar with the matter.
Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping will hold a telephone call Thursday, according to a US official, as tensions escalate over the planned visit to Taiwan by Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Ryan Mac & David Yaffe-Bellany | The New York Times
Kraken, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, is under federal investigation, suspected of violating U.S. sanctions by allowing users in Iran and elsewhere to buy and sell digital tokens, according to five people affiliated with the company or with knowledge of the inquiry.
Mike Chinoy | Foreign Policy
A risky trip seems more about dramatic gestures than actual help.
Protesters angry at the high cost of living in Panama ended their three-week blockade of major roads Tuesday, authorities said, as negotiations between the government and groups behind the demonstrations continued.
Manuel Rueda | Associated Press
Violence is increasing in many rural areas of Colombia despite a 2016 peace deal between the government and the country’s largest guerrilla group, the United Nations Human Rights Office said in a report. It called on the government to boost rural development and take steps to encourage members of Colombia’s remaining illegal groups to demobilize.
Nelson Renteria | Reuters
El Salvador's president announced Tuesday a plan for a voluntary repurchase offer to holders of bonds maturing between 2023 and 2025.
Abrahm Lustgarten | The New York Times
Caribbean nations are trapped between the global financial system and a looming climate disaster. One country’s leaders have been fighting to find a way out.
Victor Mallet | Financial Times
President Emmanuel Macron’s government pushed a crucial draft budget law through the National Assembly in the early hours of Wednesday, but only after four days of heated debate that showed how difficult it will be to govern for the next five years without a parliamentary majority.
Susie Blann | Associated Press
The Ukrainian military used a U.S.-supplied precision rocket system to deliver a morale-lifting knockout punch Wednesday to a bridge Russia used to supply its forces in an occupied region of southern Ukraine.
Valentina Pop | Financial Times
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is facing a growing international backlash over inflammatory comments about race that led to the resignation of one of his close aides.
Steve Wembi & Abdi Latif Dahir | The New York Times
At least 15 people, including three U.N. peacekeepers, have been killed and 60 others injured in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo in an escalation of dayslong protests against the United Nations in a mineral-rich region that has been ravaged by incessant deadly violence.
Regional forces in southeast Ethiopia killed 85 al-Shabab militiamen during border clashes Monday, the state broadcaster and a regional commander said, days after the insurgents staged rare raids in the area.
The Editors | Reuters
France aims to "respond positively" to requests from Benin and other countries for air support and intelligence to combat Islamist militants, a French official said Wednesday, as President Emmanuel Macron arrived in the West African state.
Omar Faruk | Associated Press
Witnesses say at least 11 people are dead after a suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a government building in southern Somalia.
Richa Syal & Grace Ekpu | Associated Press
Off the coast of West Africa, the Trondheim is a familiar sight: a soccer field-sized ship, plying the waters from Nigeria to Mauritania as it pulls in tons of mackerel and sardines — and flying the red, yellow and green flag of Cameroon.
Eleni Varvitsioti & Andrew England | Financial Times
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks with Greek leaders Tuesday as the Saudi royal embarked on his first trip to EU states since the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Israel’s caretaker prime minister and Jordan’s king met on Tuesday in the Jordanian capital Amman, both leaders’ offices said.
Marc Lynch | Foreign Affairs
Biden’s trip shows why Washington is still getting the region wrong.
Edith M. Lederer | Associated Press
A dispute between Iraq and Turkey over a recent deadly attack in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region escalated at an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday.
Lolita C. Baldor | Associated Press
Defense chiefs from across the Indo-Pacific gathered this week to bolster their connections against a backdrop of China’s ongoing campaign to expand its influence and military presence in the region.
Elaine Lies & Stanley Widianto | Reuters
Japanese defense forces will participate for the first time in military exercises in Indonesia next month alongside the United States and Australia, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Wednesday after talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
Austin Ramzy & Tiffany May | The New York Times
The city’s leaders are rushing to embrace Xi Jinping, China’s leader, a performance of devotion that is a jarring shift for Hong Kong’s once rambunctious political culture.
Derek Grossman | Foreign Policy
An aggressive diplomatic strategy hasn’t produced many results.
By Edward Wong, David E. Sanger & Amy Qin | The New York Times
The Biden administration has grown increasingly anxious this summer about China’s statements and actions regarding Taiwan, with some officials fearing that Chinese leaders might try to move against the self-governing island over the next year and a half—perhaps by trying to cut off access to all or part of the Taiwan Strait, through which U.S. naval ships regularly pass.
More from WPR: Biden’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Just Said the Quiet Part Out Loud
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday offered U.S. assistance in building ties between Armenia and Azerbaijan, encouraging a permanent settlement between the adversaries two years after a Russian-brokered truce.
The chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said he would place a hold on U.S. security assistance to Rwanda in Congress over concerns about the Rwandan government’s human rights record and role in the conflict in the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
By Glody Murhabazi | AFP (free)
At least five people have been killed and dozens injured during anti-U.N. protests in eastern DR Congo, a government spokesman said Tuesday as the unrest spread.
By Edwin Kindzeka Moki | Associated Press (free)
French President Emmanuel Macron, in Cameroon to start his 3-nation Africa tour, is expected to discuss the food crisis in Africa provoked by Russia’s war in Ukraine, the need for Cameroon to increase its agricultural production and the country’s upsurge in insecurity.