MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
By Declan Walsh | The New York Times
West African leaders on Sunday threatened military action against Niger, where soldiers seized power in a coup on Wednesday, unless the country’s democratically elected president is restored to office within a week.
By Rick Noack, Shaiq Hussain and Haq Nawaz Khan | The Washington Post
The blast struck a gathering for Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, a right-wing political and religious party led by hard-line cleric Maulana Fazlur Rehman, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near the border with Afghanistan, and injured nearly 200 people, according to the provincial information minister, Feroze Jamal Shah Kakakhel.
The International Monetary Fund said Friday that it reached an agreement with Argentina that would open the door for the cash-strapped South American country to receive $7.5 billion over the next few months as part of an existing program.
By Danica Kirka | Associated Press
Britain said on Monday it will grant hundreds of new oil and gas licenses in the North Sea in a bid for energy independence, ignoring calls from the environmental campaigners and the United Nations to stop the development of new fossil fuel projects.
By Jean Fernand Koena and Zane Irwin | Associated Press
President Faustin Archange Touadera wants to extend presidential terms from five to seven years and remove the previous two-term limit, enabling him to run again in 2025. If the new constitution is passed, it could entrench the ruling party’s power indefinitely, analysts say.
At least six people were killed in two days of clashes in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, where the mainstream faction Fatah fought against rival groups that support Islamists, security sources said.
The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) and its allies have staged a series of protests since last year demanding that Sheikh Hasina step down and allow a caretaker government to oversee the elections that are scheduled for January next year.
By Mark Trevelyan | Reuters
African leaders pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to move ahead with their peace plan to end the Ukraine war and renew a deal on the export of Ukrainian grain that Moscow tore up last week.
More from WPR: Don’t Dismiss Non-Western Efforts to End the War in Ukraine
By Carlos Valdez and Daniel Politi | Associated Press
Bolivia is now using the yuan to pay for imports and exports, becoming the latest country in South America to regularly use the Chinese currency in a small but growing challenge to the hegemony of the U.S. dollar for international financial transactions in the region.
More from WPR: Dollar Doomsayers Are Wrong—Again
Ukrainian forces pressed their counteroffensive through the Russian-occupied southeast on Thursday, capturing the village of Staromaiorske in a campaign to drive a wedge through Russian defensive positions.
By Edith M. Lederer | Associated Press
The U.N. Security Council lifted a requirement that the Central African Republic get advance U.N. approval for arms purchases and transfers for its security forces, but kept an arms embargo on mercenaries and all other armed groups despite vehement opposition from the country’s government.
By Julian Borger | The Guardian
The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, has held talks with the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in Jeddah, in what was reported to be part of a bid for an ambitious and far-reaching diplomatic breakthrough in the region.
The Guardian (with AP and AFP)
North Korea has carried out demonstration flights of new military drones, state media reported, as leader Kim Jong-un shared centre stage with senior delegates from Russia and China in a show of unity at a parade in the capital.
By Boureima Balima and Moussa Aksar | Reuters
Niger's army command on Thursday declared its support for a coup instigated the previous day by soldiers of the presidential guard, saying its priority was to avoid destabilizing the country.
By Marcos Alemán | Associated Press
New rules passed by El Salvador’s congress Wednesday will allow courts to try accused gang members in mass trials, in an effort to expedite tens of thousands of cases for those detained under the country’s crackdown on street gangs.
By Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren | Reuters
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled much of his cabinet on Wednesday with the aim of increasing focus on economic issues like a housing shortage and the rising cost of living that have hurt his standing with voters.
By Raf Casert | Associated Press
The European Union’s official watchdog said Wednesday that it has opened an investigation into the role of the bloc’s Frontex border agency in the tragedy off Greece last month that is feared to have killed hundreds of people in the Mediterranean Sea.
By Mark Trevelyan and Joe Bavier | Reuters
African leaders will look to Russian President Vladimir Putin for concrete promises on grain supplies at a summit starting on Thursday, with some also likely to seek clarity and assurances on the future of Wagner mercenaries in the continent.
By Patrick Kingsley and Aaron Boxerman | The New York Times
Israel’s Supreme Court said Wednesday that it would review a contentious new law that diminishes the court’s own role, setting the stage for a constitutional crisis and renewed social turmoil if the judges end up overturning the legislation.
China has offered to hold joint military exercises with the Philippines, local media reported on Thursday, quoting Manila's military chief.
By Petros Giannakouris and Derek Gatopoulos | Associated Press
Major fires raging in parts of Greece and in other Mediterranean countries advanced Wednesday, causing additional deaths, destroying homes and threatening nature reserves during a third successive wave of extreme temperatures.
More: Fire-Ravaged Greece Braces for More Heat as Rest of Europe Cools (Bloomberg) | Hundreds of Firefighters Scramble to Put Out Portugal Wildfire (Reuters) | Three Dead as Sicily Counts Losses From 'Devastating' Fires (Reuters) | Wildfires in Algeria Kill at Least 34 and Injure Hundreds (AP)
By Chris Buckley and David Pierson | The New York Times
In a sign of the capriciousness of China’s elite politics, Qin Gang was abruptly removed as foreign minister on Tuesday after having disappeared from public view for 30 days. The move ended the career of a diplomat who had leaped to the top as one of President Xi Jinping’s most trusted rising stars.
By Paola Flores and Daniel Politi | The New York Times
Bolivia is interested in obtaining Iranian drone technology to protect its borders and combat smuggling and drug trafficking, the Andean country’s defense minister confirmed Tuesday, a day after Argentina demanded information on an agreement reached by Iran and Bolivia that has raised security concerns in the region.
By Chiara Albanese | Bloomberg
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is looking to build up a relationship with Joe Biden by pledging to break with China and plans to brief the U.S. president in person Thursday on the delicate choreography of that split.
By Moussa Aksar and Boureima Balima | Reuters
Niger presidential guards are holding President Mohamed Bazoum inside the presidential palace in the capital, which has been blocked off by military vehicles since Wednesday morning, security sources said. The movements have the semblance of four military takeovers that have hit neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso since 2020.
By John Gambrell | Associated Press
Iran said Wednesday it gave new details to the United Nations about two sites near Tehran that inspectors say bore traces of manmade uranium, part of a wider probe as tensions remain high over the Islamic Republic’s advancing program.
By Rebecca Tan | The Washington Post
Asia’s longest-serving head of state, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, is stepping down and handing over power to his son, Hun Manet, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy.
More from WPR: Hun Sen Is Tightening His Grip Ahead of Cambodia’s Elections