News Wire | Thursday, July 7, 2022

China Seeks to Preempt Sanctions in Case of Taiwan Clash, FBI Chief Says

By Julian E. Barnes | The New York Times

Learning from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, China is looking for ways to protect its economy from the threat of international sanctions should a confrontation over Taiwan occur, “a clue” to Beijing’s view of what the future holds, the FBI director said Wednesday.

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U.S. Tightens Sanctions on Iran, Targets Chinese, Emirati Firms Over Oil

By Daphne Psaledakis & Arshad Mohammed | Reuters

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a network of Chinese, Emirati and other companies that it accused of helping to deliver and sell Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products to East Asia, pressuring Tehran as it seeks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The Great Global Rearmament

By Nan Tian, Diego Lopes da Silva & Alexandra Marksteiner | Foreign Affairs

Ukraine and the dangerous rise in military spending.

East Congo Clashes Resume After De-Escalation Agreement With Rwanda

By The Editors | Reuters

Clashes broke out in eastern Congo on Thursday between the military and M23 rebels, a civil society and a rebel source said, a day after the presidents of Congo and Rwanda agreed to de-escalate diplomatic tensions over the insurgency.

Sudan’s Burhan Relieves Civilian Members of the Sovereign Council From Duties

By The Editors | Reuters

Sudan’s military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan issued a decree relieving the five civilian members of the sovereign council from their duties, a statement on the council’s telegram account said Wednesday.

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Burkina Faso’s Ex-President Compaore to Return for First Time Since Ouster

By Thiam Ndiaga | Reuters

Former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore will return from exile for the first time since being ousted in a 2014 uprising, Burkinabe authorities said Wednesday, despite his conviction earlier this year for complicity in his predecessor’s murder.

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Chile’s Constitutional Campaigns Start Amid Faltering Public Support

By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda | Reuters

Electoral campaigns to approve or reject Chile’s proposed new constitution officially began Wednesday and high-profile political and public figures have started picking sides at a time when public support is faltering.

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Suspect in Haiti President’s Assassination Pleads Not Guilty

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

One of the main suspects in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a federal court in Miami.

Argentina Says Has China’s Support to Join BRICS Group

By The Editors | Reuters

Argentina’s government said Thursday it had received China’s formal support for the country’s bid to join the BRICS group comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a bloc seen as a powerful emerging-market alternative to the West.

South Korea Launches Bid to Resolve Compensation for Wartime Slave Laborers

By Christian Davies & Kang Buseong | Financial Times

South Korea has launched an initiative to resolve longstanding compensation claims from the victims of Japanese wartime forced labor practices.

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China’s Wang Meets Lavrov in Bali Ahead of G-20 Talks

By The Editors | AFP (free)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Bali on Thursday for talks ahead of a G-20 ministerial meeting overshadowed by Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Why Has North Korea Stopped Boasting About Its Missile Tests?

By Yan Zhuang | The New York Times

North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year as it expands its weapons program. Until recently, it usually boasted about each test in state media — sometimes with dramatic flair. But since April, that information has dried up.

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Boris Johnson Resigns After Party Revolt, Will Stay On Till New Leader Chosen

By Karla Adam & William Booth | The Washington Post (free)

Boris Johnson stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party on Thursday but will continue to serve as prime minister until his successor is chosen, following an avalanche of resignations within his cabinet that eroded his authority and paralyzed the British government.

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France, Hoping to Weather Energy Crisis, Will Renationalize Electricity Giant

By Constant Méheut & Aurelien Breeden | The New York Times

France said Wednesday that it would renationalize its state-backed electricity giant to help ensure the country’s energy sovereignty as Europe faces a worsening energy crisis from Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Italian Government Staves Off Immediate Prospect of Early Election

By Frances D’Emilio | Associated Press (free)

Italian Premier Mario Draghi’s government Wednesday staved off the immediate prospect of an early election after a key ally indicated he would remain in the coalition for now.

Iran Says Former British Diplomat Among Several Foreigners Detained

By Erin Cunningham & Kareem Fahim | The Washington Post

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has detained several foreigners it accuses of spying, including a man it identified as Giles Whitaker, the United Kingdom’s former deputy head of mission in Tehran, state media reported Wednesday.

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Tunisian Opposition Leader Faces Money Laundering Allegations

By The Editors | Reuters

Tunisia’s main opposition leader Rached Ghannouchi has been summoned by a judge over money laundering allegations, his Ennahda party said Wednesday, accusing the authorities of targeting him for political reasons.

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U.K. Warship Seizes Advanced Iranian Missiles Bound for Yemen

By Isabel Debre | Associated Press (free)

A British Royal Navy vessel seized a sophisticated shipment of Iranian missiles in the Gulf of Oman earlier this year, officials said Thursday, pointing to the interdiction as proof of Tehran’s support for Yemen’s Houthi rebels in the embattled country.

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