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Iran's President Raisi Officially Invites UAE President to Visit Tehran


Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi officially invited United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to visit Tehran in the near future, the semi-official Tasnim agency reported on Thursday.

A Leader of Niger’s Coup Visits Mali, Raising Fears of a Wagner Alliance

By Elian Peltier | The New York Times

A week after a military overthrow of Niger’s elected president, a coup leader and other officers flew to neighboring Mali on Wednesday to meet with its rulers, raising concerns that a key Western ally could grow closer to military leaders in Mali who partner with the Kremlin-backed Wagner private military company.

More from WPR: The West Needs to Prepare for the ‘Next Wagner’ in Africa

Brazil: At Least 45 Killed in String of Police Operations in Three States

By Constance Malleret | The Guardian

At least 45 people have been killed in a string of police operations across three Brazilian states, in a particularly bloody week even for Brazil—da country notorious for its police violence.

Catalan Kingmaker Tells Spain's Sanchez Not to Take Support for Granted

By Joan Faus | Reuters

Spain's Socialists (PSOE), seeking to form a government after a hard-fought national election, should not take the support of Catalonia's separatist parties for granted, one of their leaders said on Wednesday.

Labor Unions Across Nigeria Protest Against Soaring Cost of Living Under New President

By Chinedu Asadu | Associated Press

Labor unions marched across Nigeria on Wednesday to protest the soaring cost of living under the West African nation’s new president, with calls for the government to improve social welfare interventions to reduce hardship.

More from WPR: Nigeria’s Election Euphoria Might Be Short-Lived

Tunisia’s President Sacks Prime Minister, the First Woman to Hold That Job in an Arab League Nation

Associated Press

A brief statement from the presidential office late Tuesday did not give reasons for the dismissal of Najla Bouden Ramadhane. President Kais Saied had appointed the engineering school professor as Tunisia’s first female prime minister in September 2021.

More from WPR: Ghannouchi’s Arrest Could Be a Tipping Point for Tunisia’s Democracy

Bangladesh Court Sentences Exiled Opposition Leader to 9 Years in Jail on Corruption Charges

Associated Press

 A court in Bangladesh sentenced former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s son and heir apparent on Wednesday to nine years in prison after finding the opposition leader guilty in a corruption case filed by the government in 2007.

More from WPR: Hasina Is Pushing Bangladesh’s Democracy to the Breaking Point

Trump Is Indicted in His Push to Overturn Election

By Alan Feuer and Maggie Haberman | The New York Times

Former U.S. President Donald J. Trump was indicted on Tuesday in connection with his widespread efforts to overturn the 2020 election following a sprawling federal investigation into his attempts to cling to power after losing the presidency.

More from WPR: Latin America Can Tell Us Something About Trump’s Indictment

Russia Strikes Ukraine's Danube Port, Sending Global Grain Prices Higher

By Pavel Polityuk | Reuters

Russia attacked Ukraine's main inland port across the Danube River from Romania on Wednesday, sending global food prices higher as it ramps up its use of force to reimpose a blockade.

More from WPR: The Global Food System Was Already Unsustainable Before the War in Ukraine

US Will Put Forward a UN Resolution to Authorize a Kenyan-Led Peace Mission to Fight Gangs in Haiti

By Edith M. Lederer | Associated Press

The United States said Tuesday it will put forward a U.N. Security Council resolution that will authorize Kenya to lead a multinational police force to help combat gangs in Haiti that control much of the capital and are spreading through the Caribbean nation.

More from WPR: The World Can’t Afford to Ignore Haiti’s Deepening Security Crisis

Poland Rushes Troops to Border, Belarus Denies Helicopter Violation

By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska | Reuters

Poland said on Tuesday it was rushing troops to its eastern border after accusing Belarus, Russia's closest ally, of violating its airspace with military helicopters.

Deadly Protests in Senegal as Opposition Party Is Dissolved and Leader Detained

By Elian Peltier and Dionne Searcey | The New York Times

Senegal’s government has dissolved the country’s main opposition party and detained its leader on charges of fomenting insurrection, setting off a new round of protests in which two people were killed on Monday.

More from WPR: Senegal’s Democratic Credentials Have Taken a Beating Under Macky Sall

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Runs Drill on Disputed Islands as US Military Presence in Region Grows

By Nasser Karimi and John Gambrell | Associated Press

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched a surprise military drill Wednesday on disputed islands in the Persian Gulf, just as the U.S. military increase its presence in the region over recent ship seizures by Tehran.

More from WPR: The IAEA Just Bought Some Time for Nuclear Diplomacy With Iran

Under Hindu Nationalist Leaders, Sectarian Violence Flares in India

By Alex Travelli and Hari Kumar | The New York Times

In the early hours of Monday, on a train bound for Mumbai, India’s commercial capital, a police officer took up his service rifle, fatally shot his superior and then killed three unarmed passengers. All three of the passengers were Muslim men, according to Indian news reports.

More from WPR: Modi’s Hindu Nationalist Agenda Is Corroding India’s Democracy

Niger Crisis Deepens as France Plans Evacuation and Coup Leaders Get Support From Neighboring Juntas

By Sam Mednick| Associated Press

France prepared to evacuate French and European nationals from Niger on Tuesday, telling them to carry no more than a small bag, after a military coup there won backing from three other West African nations ruled by mutinous soldiers. The military governments of Mali and Burkina Faso said that “any military intervention against Niger will be considered as a declaration of war against Burkina Faso and Mali.”

More from WPR: Africa’s Stalled Post-Coup ‘Transitions’ Are Telling Us Something

Ukraine’s Attacks in Russia Aimed at Degrading Moscow’s Ability to Wage War

By Marc Santora and Ivan Nechepurenko | The New York Times

As Ukraine steps up its strikes inside Russian borders this summer, it is also making plain the nature of its targets: military-aligned sites that aid Moscow’s full-scale invasion, now in its 18th month.

UN Urges States in Haiti's Region to Join Kenya in Security Force

By Michelle Nichols | Reuters

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday welcomed Kenya's readiness to lead an international force to help Haiti's police combat gang violence and encouraged other countries—particularly from Haiti's region—to join the effort.

After Massive Hungarian Passport Fraud, U.S. Tightens Travel Restrictions

By Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

The United States on Tuesday said it would restrict access for Hungarians to its visa-waiver program amid concerns that foreign nationals have used fraudulently obtained passports to enter the country.

Senegal Opposition Leader Charged With Uprising, Party Dissolved

By Katarina Hoije | Bloomberg

Senegalese opposition politician Ousmane Sonko, who was again charged Monday and had his political party dissolved, will remain in custody while authorities investigate his role in fueling deadly riots last month.

More from WPR: Senegal’s Democratic Credentials Have Taken a Beating Under Macky Sall

Israel Says the Road to Normalizing Ties With Saudi Arabia is ‘Still Long’

By James Shotter and Samer Al-Atrush | Financial Times

Israel’s national security adviser said the road to establishing ties with Saudi Arabia was “still long”, despite increased efforts by the United States to facilitate a formal relationship between the two long-term adversaries.

More from WPR: The U.S. and Israel Are Deluding Themselves About the Abraham Accords

Myanmar Junta Grants Partial Pardon to Democracy Champion Suu Kyi


Myanmar's ruling military pardoned on Tuesday jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi on five of the 19 offences for which she was convicted but she will remain under house arrest, state media and informed sources said.

More from WPR: It’s Time the World’s Democracies Paid Attention to Myanmar’s Civil War

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