MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE
By Michelle Ye Hee Lee | The Washington Post
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called his country’s relations with Russia his top priority and pledged full support to President Vladimir Putin and his government, as the leaders met Wednesday for the first time in four years at a space facility in Russia’s far east.
By Mohammed Abdusamee, Vivian Nereim and Isabella Kwai | The New York Times
More than 5,000 people were killed in Libya after torrential rains caused two dams to burst near the coastal city of Derna, destroying much of the city and carrying entire neighborhoods into the sea, local authorities said on Tuesday.
By Sonia Perez D. | Associated Press
Guatemalan President-elect Bernardo Arévalo said Tuesday he was temporarily suspending the transition process and called for the resignation of the attorney general following raids on electoral facilities during which government agents opened boxes of votes and photographed their contents in what experts called an unprecedented violation of the law.
By Alice Hancock, Henry Foy, Hudson Lockett and Peter Campbell | Financial Times
Brussels will launch an anti-subsidy investigation into Chinese electric vehicles that are “distorting” the EU market, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Wednesday, a probe that could constitute one of the largest trade cases launched given the scale of the market.
The junta in Niger on Tuesday said it would end a military pact with neighboring Benin, accusing it of authorising the deployment of troops on its territory for a possible military intervention against Niger by the West African regional bloc.
A Tunisian judge issued international arrest warrants for 12 prominent political figures, including a former prime minister and a former presidential chief of staff, charging them with forming a terrorist alliance and conspiring against the state, the state news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a court spokesperson.
By Mari Yamaguchi | Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida shuffled his Cabinet and key party posts on Wednesday to strengthen his position before a key party leadership vote next year, bringing in a new defense minister and the country’s first female foreign minister since 2004.
By John Hudson | The Washington Post
The Biden administration has issued a waiver for banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian oil funds without fear of U.S. sanctions — a key step in securing the release of five American citizens detained in Iran, people familiar with the matter said. As a part of the arrangement, the administration will release five Iranian citizens detained in the United States.
By Kathrin Hille | Financial Times
The Shandong, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s second aircraft carrier, was on course on Tuesday to converge with more than 20 other Chinese warships in waters between Taiwan, the Philippines and the US Pacific territory of Guam, two Asian security officials said.
By Joe Daniels | Financial Times
Last year 230,000 hectares of land were planted with coca—the main ingredient in cocaine—a 13 per cent increase over 2021, according to the annual report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The group also found that potential cocaine output surged to its highest level in two decades, rising 24 per cent last year to 1,738 tons.
By Mark Landler | The New York Times
The man may have been recruited there by Chinese agents to return to London with a goal of disrupting the work of the Parliament’s China Research Group, a circle of lawmakers who have long warned about China’s efforts to influence British universities, think tanks, and government ministries—and have urged successive British leaders to take a harder line against Beijing.
By Evelyne Musambi | Associated Press
Tanzania’s opposition leader Tundu Lissu was arrested and later released on bail by the police who accused him of unlawful assembly and obstructing police officers. Lissu was barred from attending a human rights rally Sunday in Ngorongoro, in the north of the country. In speeches at other political rallies, he had been critical of the government’s new port deal with a Dubai-based company.
By Steve Hendrix and Shira Rubin | The Washington Post
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Israel’s government quarter ahead of Tuesday’s much-anticipated legal clash between lawyers defending and opposing the recent explosive parliamentary vote to limit Supreme Court powers—in front of the Supreme Court itself.
By John Yoon and Camille Elemia | The New York Times
The Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa on Tuesday was acquitted by a Philippine court of tax fraud, the latest legal victory in her fight for the survival of her news site Rappler, which has come to represent the precariousness of the nation’s press freedoms.
By YP Rajesh and Krishn Kaushik | Reuters
The Group of 20 major economies reached a hard-fought compromise over the war in Ukraine and papered over other key differences in a summit declaration at the weekend, presenting few concrete achievements in its core remit of responses to global financial issues.
By Peter Baker and Katie Rogers | The New York Times
During a landmark visit to Hanoi by the American president, Vietnam’s Communist Party leadership formally raised the country’s ties to the United States to the highest level in Hanoi’s diplomatic hierarchy, equivalent to those it has with Russia and China. Mr. Biden said the breakthrough was “the beginning of even a greater era of cooperation” a half-century after American troops withdrew.
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The presidents of Chile and Mexico called for the strengthening of democracy in Latin America during a joint address on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a 1973 coup in Chile, hours after a peaceful march culminated in violent clashes with police.
By Alice Hancock | Financial Times
NATO is preparing its biggest live joint command exercise since the cold war next year, assembling more than 40,000 troops to practice how the alliance would attempt to repel Russian aggression against one of its members.
"It's good to set off with a reasonable objective by saying: We have the desire to see the process come to an end in 24 months so we can go back to elections," said Raymond Ndong Sima, prime minister during the transition. That period could end up being slightly longer or shorter, he added.
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By Vivian Yee, Aida Alami and Jenny Gross | The New York Times
The most powerful quake to hit the region in a century spared neither city apartment dwellers nor those living in the mud-brick homes of the High Atlas Mountains, but many in the remote and rugged areas of Morocco have been left almost entirely to fend for themselves.
By Sangmi Cha and Jon Herskovitz | Bloomberg
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have departed for Russia via his luxury armored train, South Korean media reported, ahead of expected talks with President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok that the U.S. said would touch on arms transfers to help the Kremlin’s war machine.
By Elian Peltier | The New York Times
Islamist militants staged separate attacks on a passenger ferry and a military camp in northern Mali on Thursday, the government said, killing dozens of civilians and soldiers in a region of the West African nation that is increasingly controlled by armed groups.
By Joe Daniels | Financial Times
A retired Colombian soldier charged in the 2021 assassination of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse pleaded guilty on Thursday, as authorities continue to pursue individuals linked to a murder that has deepened a spiralling crisis in the Caribbean country.
By Aurelien Breeden | The New York Times
A top court in France on Thursday upheld a new government decree barring children in public schools from wearing the abaya, a loosefitting, full-length robe worn by some Muslim women, in a blow to critics who had called the ban discriminatory and had filed an emergency petition to strike it down.
By Chinedu Asadu and Yves Laurent Goma | Associated Press
Gabon’s ousted President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who has been under house arrest since he was deposed last week, is free and can travel abroad for medical treatment, the country’s junta said as it appointed a new prime minister.
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Clashes resumed in Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp overnight, with heavy gunfire and shelling wounding at least 20 people and prompting residents of the camp and the surrounding area to flee on Friday.
By Joe Leahy and Hudson Lockett | Financial Times
China’s currency has fallen to its lowest point against the dollar since 2007 after exports shrank for a fourth straight month in August, showing how the manufacturing sector in the world’s second-largest economy is struggling to regain momentum.