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December 3, 2020

U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members

By Paul Mozur & Raymond Zhong | The New York Times
The Trump administration Wednesday issued new rules to curtail travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their immediate families, a move certain to further exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020

U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

By Isabella Kwai | The New York Times
A United Nations commission voted Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Collapses

By Maria Cramer & Dennis Overbye | The New York Times
The enormous Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed unexpectedly Tuesday morning, the National Science Foundation said, like a helpless spent giant in a splash of metal and wire. Officials said a 900-ton platform of girders and radio receivers suspended from mountaintop towers crashed into a 1,000-foot dish nestled in a valley below.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

Africa

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December 3, 2020

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December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020
In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal government control after the prime minister’s declaration of victory over the weekend.

More from WPR: Ethiopia’s Abiy Is on the Brink of a Widening War in the Horn of Africa

Opinion

December 2, 2020

The Americas

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December 3, 2020

OAS Head Urges International Prosecutor to Act on Venezuela

By Claudia Torrens & Scott Smith | Associated Press
The leadership of a broad coalition of Western Hemisphere nations Wednesday accused the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor of failing to take swift action on allegations that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government committed crimes against humanity.

Iranian Arms, Fighters Bolster Maduro Government in Venezuela, U.S. Says

By Michael R. Gordon & Ian Talley | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Iran has sent arms and dispatched paramilitary operatives to help Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro maintain his hold on power, the top U.S. military commander for Central and South America said Wednesday.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020
A large gang of heavily armed bank robbers invaded the Brazilian city of Cameta just one day after a similar force struck another mid-sized city on the opposite side of the country, taking residents hostage as they looted a bank.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

Asia-Pacific

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December 3, 2020

Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff & Fatima Faizi | The New York Times
Afghan government and Taliban negotiators in Qatar have agreed to the principles and procedures that will guide the ongoing peace negotiations between them, Taliban and Afghan officials announced Wednesday, an important move that could pave the way for talks that have been hobbled by disagreements for more than two months.

More from WPR: Can the Taliban Be Part of a Lasting Peace in Afghanistan?

Opinion

December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020

China #MeToo Case Heard in Court After More Than Two Years

By Huizhong Wu & Emily Wang | Associated Press
A Chinese woman who filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a TV host told cheering supporters at a courthouse Wednesday that she hopes her case will encourage victims of gender violence in a system that gives them few options to pursue complaints.

Europe

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December 3, 2020
Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the former French president who worked for three decades to modernize his country’s institutions and create a centralized government for Europe—only to be voted out of office by a resentful nation and disappointed by the weaker European Union that emerged from his efforts—died Dec. 2 at his home in Authon, in central France. He was 94.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020

Hungarian Politician Resigns After Brussels Party Raided by Police

By Monika Pronczuk & Benjamin Novak | The New York Times
A senior conservative Hungarian politician abruptly announced his resignation from the European Parliament after the police broke up a party he attended in Brussels because it violated coronavirus restrictions.

Middle East & North Africa

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December 3, 2020
Israel received its most advanced warship Wednesday, describing the German-made vessel dubbed “Shield” as a bulwark for vulnerable Mediterranean gas rigs as tensions with Tehran soar over the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020

Israel May Be Headed for New Elections—Again

By Steve Hendrix & Shira Rubin | The Washington Post
Israel threatened to descend into political chaos once again Wednesday when parliamentarians approved a preliminary measure to dissolve the turbulent coalition government, putting the country on a path to its fourth election in two years.

U.N.: 11 Children Killed in Two Attacks in Yemen

By Ahmed Al-Haj | Associated Press
At least 11 children, including a 1-month-old, were killed in Yemen in two separate attacks in the past three days, the United Nations children’s agency said Tuesday.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

United States

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December 3, 2020

U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members

By Paul Mozur & Raymond Zhong | The New York Times
The Trump administration Wednesday issued new rules to curtail travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their immediate families, a move certain to further exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

News

December 2, 2020

U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

By Isabella Kwai | The New York Times
A United Nations commission voted Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use.

The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico Collapses

By Maria Cramer & Dennis Overbye | The New York Times
The enormous Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed unexpectedly Tuesday morning, the National Science Foundation said, like a helpless spent giant in a splash of metal and wire. Officials said a 900-ton platform of girders and radio receivers suspended from mountaintop towers crashed into a 1,000-foot dish nestled in a valley below.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

The Americas

News

December 3, 2020

OAS Head Urges International Prosecutor to Act on Venezuela

By Claudia Torrens & Scott Smith | Associated Press
The leadership of a broad coalition of Western Hemisphere nations Wednesday accused the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor of failing to take swift action on allegations that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government committed crimes against humanity.

Iranian Arms, Fighters Bolster Maduro Government in Venezuela, U.S. Says

By Michael R. Gordon & Ian Talley | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Iran has sent arms and dispatched paramilitary operatives to help Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro maintain his hold on power, the top U.S. military commander for Central and South America said Wednesday.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

News

December 2, 2020
A large gang of heavily armed bank robbers invaded the Brazilian city of Cameta just one day after a similar force struck another mid-sized city on the opposite side of the country, taking residents hostage as they looted a bank.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

Europe

News

December 3, 2020
Valery Giscard d’Estaing, the former French president who worked for three decades to modernize his country’s institutions and create a centralized government for Europe—only to be voted out of office by a resentful nation and disappointed by the weaker European Union that emerged from his efforts—died Dec. 2 at his home in Authon, in central France. He was 94.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

News

December 2, 2020

U.N. Reclassifies Cannabis as a Less Dangerous Drug

By Isabella Kwai | The New York Times
A United Nations commission voted Wednesday to remove cannabis for medicinal purposes from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, a highly anticipated and long-delayed decision that could clear the way for an expansion of marijuana research and medical use.

Hungarian Politician Resigns After Brussels Party Raided by Police

By Monika Pronczuk & Benjamin Novak | The New York Times
A senior conservative Hungarian politician abruptly announced his resignation from the European Parliament after the police broke up a party he attended in Brussels because it violated coronavirus restrictions.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

News

December 1, 2020
French lawmakers will completely rewrite a legislative provision restricting the sharing of images of police officers that was pushed by the government but has faced fierce opposition over the past week, a top official in President Emmanuel Macron’s party announced Monday, in an effort to defuse a mounting crisis over the measure.

Pfizer, Moderna Request COVID-19 Vaccine Authorization in Europe

By Bojan Pancevski & Drew Hinshaw | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Pfizer Inc. partner BioNTech and U.S. drugmaker Moderna Inc. both applied for their coronavirus vaccines to be approved in the European Union, the EU’s chief medicines regulator said Tuesday, with officials expected to make a decision on at least one of the vaccines by the end of the month.
A high-level look at NATO’s next 10 years recommends significant changes to confront the new challenges of an aggressive Russia and a rising China, urging overhauls to fortify the alliance’s cohesion and to better coordinate with democratic allies around the world.

Opinion

December 1, 2020

1918 Germany Has a Warning for America

By Jochen Bittner | The New York Times
Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” campaign recalls one of the most disastrous political lies of the 20th century.

Africa

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December 3, 2020

Opinion

December 3, 2020

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December 2, 2020
In a breakthrough a month after deadly conflict cut off Ethiopia’s Tigray region from the world, the United Nations on Wednesday said it and the Ethiopian government have signed a deal to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access, at least for areas under federal government control after the prime minister’s declaration of victory over the weekend.

More from WPR: Ethiopia’s Abiy Is on the Brink of a Widening War in the Horn of Africa

Opinion

December 2, 2020

News

December 1, 2020

Opinion

December 1, 2020

Middle East & North Africa

News

December 3, 2020

Iranian Arms, Fighters Bolster Maduro Government in Venezuela, U.S. Says

By Michael R. Gordon & Ian Talley | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Iran has sent arms and dispatched paramilitary operatives to help Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro maintain his hold on power, the top U.S. military commander for Central and South America said Wednesday.
Israel received its most advanced warship Wednesday, describing the German-made vessel dubbed “Shield” as a bulwark for vulnerable Mediterranean gas rigs as tensions with Tehran soar over the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

Opinion

December 3, 2020

News

December 2, 2020

Israel May Be Headed for New Elections—Again

By Steve Hendrix & Shira Rubin | The Washington Post
Israel threatened to descend into political chaos once again Wednesday when parliamentarians approved a preliminary measure to dissolve the turbulent coalition government, putting the country on a path to its fourth election in two years.

U.N.: 11 Children Killed in Two Attacks in Yemen

By Ahmed Al-Haj | Associated Press
At least 11 children, including a 1-month-old, were killed in Yemen in two separate attacks in the past three days, the United Nations children’s agency said Tuesday.

Opinion

December 2, 2020

Asia-Pacific

News

December 3, 2020

U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members

By Paul Mozur & Raymond Zhong | The New York Times
The Trump administration Wednesday issued new rules to curtail travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their immediate families, a move certain to further exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

Afghan and Taliban Negotiators Agree on Peace Talks’ Procedures

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff & Fatima Faizi | The New York Times
Afghan government and Taliban negotiators in Qatar have agreed to the principles and procedures that will guide the ongoing peace negotiations between them, Taliban and Afghan officials announced Wednesday, an important move that could pave the way for talks that have been hobbled by disagreements for more than two months.

More from WPR: Can the Taliban Be Part of a Lasting Peace in Afghanistan?

Opinion

December 3, 2020

News

December 2, 2020

China #MeToo Case Heard in Court After More Than Two Years

By Huizhong Wu & Emily Wang | Associated Press
A Chinese woman who filed a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a TV host told cheering supporters at a courthouse Wednesday that she hopes her case will encourage victims of gender violence in a system that gives them few options to pursue complaints.

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