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October 18, 2019

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said at a news conference Thursday that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid in part to pressure Ukraine to pursue an investigation that could benefit him politically—acknowledging before the nation a quid pro quo that is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry and that the president and his allies have vigorously denied for weeks.

More from WPR: How Much Damage Will Trump’s Scandal Do to Zelensky in Ukraine?

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October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

Pence Arrives in Turkey as U.S. Seeks to Halt Erdogan’s Syria Offensive

By Kareem Fahim, Erin Cunningham & Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post

Vice President Pence arrived Thursday in Turkey’s capital on a mission to persuade President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt a military offensive in northeastern Syria that has set off a hasty U.S. troop withdrawal and posed political problems for the Trump administration.

More from WPR: Trump’s Syria Debacle Unnerves Allies, Comforts Enemies and Squanders U.S. Power

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

By Peter Baker & Catie Edmondson | The New York Times

President Trump faced off against both parties in Congress on Wednesday in an extraordinary confrontation over his decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies as the vast majority of House Republicans joined Democrats to condemn his policy in an overwhelming vote.

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October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

Can Castroism Be Preserved Under Diaz-Canel?

By Andrés Cañizález | Global Americans

At age 59, and with a bureaucratic record dating back to 1994, when he was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party in the province of Villa Clara, Diaz-Canel comes to break some paradigms on the island’s revolutionary mythology.

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October 17, 2019

Leader of Mexico’s Powerful Oil-Workers’ Union Resigns

By Juan Montes | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The longtime leader of Mexico’s powerful oil-workers’ union resigned Wednesday amid mounting corruption allegations after a 26-year tenure that made him one of the country’s power brokers.

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October 18, 2019

Hong Kong Court Rules Against Same-Sex Unions

By Tiffany May & Gerry Mullany | The New York Times

A Hong Kong court ruled Friday against allowing same-sex unions in the city, a setback for efforts to broaden recognition of such partnerships in Asia.

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October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

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October 18, 2019

Carles Puigdemont, the former separatist leader of Catalonia, turned himself in to the authorities in Belgium on Friday after a Spanish judge issued a European arrest warrant this week, but he vowed to fight Spain’s latest attempt to extradite him and try him on sedition charges.

Scottish Court Asked to Rule on Legality of Johnson’s Brexit Deal

By Mure Dickie & Jane Croft | Financial Times (subscription required)

The Brexit agreement U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured with Brussels and will be voted on by MPs on Saturday is legally “void,” a Scottish court has been told. Anti-Brexit legal campaigner Jolyon Maugham QC asked Edinburgh’s Court of Session to suspend the deal and bar the government from entering into arrangements under which Northern Ireland would become part of a separate customs area from the rest of the U.K.

More from WPR: In Northern Ireland, There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Good Brexit’

France Resists EU Membership Talks for North Macedonia and Albania

By Robin Emmott & Francesco Guarascio | Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron refused Friday to let North Macedonia start talks on joining the European Union and led a group of leaders who blocked opening talks with Albania, despite concerns over Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans.

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October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said at a news conference Thursday that President Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid in part to pressure Ukraine to pursue an investigation that could benefit him politically—acknowledging before the nation a quid pro quo that is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry and that the president and his allies have vigorously denied for weeks.

More from WPR: How Much Damage Will Trump’s Scandal Do to Zelensky in Ukraine?

Opinion

October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

Pence Arrives in Turkey as U.S. Seeks to Halt Erdogan’s Syria Offensive

By Kareem Fahim, Erin Cunningham & Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post

Vice President Pence arrived Thursday in Turkey’s capital on a mission to persuade President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt a military offensive in northeastern Syria that has set off a hasty U.S. troop withdrawal and posed political problems for the Trump administration.

More from WPR: Trump’s Syria Debacle Unnerves Allies, Comforts Enemies and Squanders U.S. Power

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

By Peter Baker & Catie Edmondson | The New York Times

President Trump faced off against both parties in Congress on Wednesday in an extraordinary confrontation over his decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies as the vast majority of House Republicans joined Democrats to condemn his policy in an overwhelming vote.

U.S., Saudis Heighten Security Defenses After Attacks on Oil Industry

By Benoit Faucon, Gordon Lubold & Summer Said | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have stepped up efforts to protect the kingdom’s oil production, holding talks on connecting Saudi missile defenses to U.S. systems and investigating new antidrone technologies, after an attack last month knocked out half of the country’s crude production.

More from WPR: The Saudi Oil Attacks Reveal the Flaws in America’s Middle East Strategy

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October 17, 2019

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October 18, 2019

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October 18, 2019

Can Castroism Be Preserved Under Diaz-Canel?

By Andrés Cañizález | Global Americans

At age 59, and with a bureaucratic record dating back to 1994, when he was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party in the province of Villa Clara, Diaz-Canel comes to break some paradigms on the island’s revolutionary mythology.

News

October 17, 2019

Leader of Mexico’s Powerful Oil-Workers’ Union Resigns

By Juan Montes | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The longtime leader of Mexico’s powerful oil-workers’ union resigned Wednesday amid mounting corruption allegations after a 26-year tenure that made him one of the country’s power brokers.

Opinion

October 17, 2019

Europe

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October 18, 2019

Carles Puigdemont, the former separatist leader of Catalonia, turned himself in to the authorities in Belgium on Friday after a Spanish judge issued a European arrest warrant this week, but he vowed to fight Spain’s latest attempt to extradite him and try him on sedition charges.

Scottish Court Asked to Rule on Legality of Johnson’s Brexit Deal

By Mure Dickie & Jane Croft | Financial Times (subscription required)

The Brexit agreement U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has secured with Brussels and will be voted on by MPs on Saturday is legally “void,” a Scottish court has been told. Anti-Brexit legal campaigner Jolyon Maugham QC asked Edinburgh’s Court of Session to suspend the deal and bar the government from entering into arrangements under which Northern Ireland would become part of a separate customs area from the rest of the U.K.

More from WPR: In Northern Ireland, There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Good Brexit’

France Resists EU Membership Talks for North Macedonia and Albania

By Robin Emmott & Francesco Guarascio | Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron refused Friday to let North Macedonia start talks on joining the European Union and led a group of leaders who blocked opening talks with Albania, despite concerns over Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans.

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October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

Catalonia’s separatist leader vowed Thursday to hold a new vote to secede from Spain in less than two years as the embattled northeastern region grapples with a wave of violence that has tarnished a movement proud of its peaceful activism.

European authorities took an even more aggressive approach than usual to regulating the technology industry Wednesday when they applied a rarely used rule, ordering a company to halt a potentially anticompetitive practice while an investigation is underway.

Gibraltar Holds Election Amid Uncertainty of Brexit Outcome

By Barry Hatton & Donovan Torres | Associated Press

An election for Gibraltar’s 17-seat Parliament took place Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty about what Brexit will bring for the speck of British territory on Spain’s southern tip.

Opinion

October 17, 2019

The Survival of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe

By Slawomir Sierakowski | Project Syndicate

Following parliamentary elections in Poland and local elections in Hungary, populist autocrats in both countries remain in power, where they will continue to undermine democratic institutions. Even so, relative victories for opposition forces in both countries show that the region’s “illiberal democrats” are not unbeatable.

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October 17, 2019

Peace talks between key rebel groups and the Sudanese government hit an obstacle Wednesday when one major group said it will not sit down for direct talks with Khartoum until its demands are met.

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October 17, 2019

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October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

Pence Arrives in Turkey as U.S. Seeks to Halt Erdogan’s Syria Offensive

By Kareem Fahim, Erin Cunningham & Dan Lamothe | The Washington Post

Vice President Pence arrived Thursday in Turkey’s capital on a mission to persuade President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt a military offensive in northeastern Syria that has set off a hasty U.S. troop withdrawal and posed political problems for the Trump administration.

More from WPR: Trump’s Syria Debacle Unnerves Allies, Comforts Enemies and Squanders U.S. Power

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

By Peter Baker & Catie Edmondson | The New York Times

President Trump faced off against both parties in Congress on Wednesday in an extraordinary confrontation over his decision to abandon America’s Kurdish allies as the vast majority of House Republicans joined Democrats to condemn his policy in an overwhelming vote.

U.S., Saudis Heighten Security Defenses After Attacks on Oil Industry

By Benoit Faucon, Gordon Lubold & Summer Said | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have stepped up efforts to protect the kingdom’s oil production, holding talks on connecting Saudi missile defenses to U.S. systems and investigating new antidrone technologies, after an attack last month knocked out half of the country’s crude production.

More from WPR: The Saudi Oil Attacks Reveal the Flaws in America’s Middle East Strategy

Opinion

October 17, 2019

Shiites, the largest and most powerful segment of Iraqi society, are taking to the streets in large numbers despite violence from security forces—who are working for a government that is dominated by Iraqi Shiites. So, why are Iraqi Shiites coming out so strongly against their “own” government?

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October 18, 2019

Hong Kong Court Rules Against Same-Sex Unions

By Tiffany May & Gerry Mullany | The New York Times

A Hong Kong court ruled Friday against allowing same-sex unions in the city, a setback for efforts to broaden recognition of such partnerships in Asia.

Opinion

October 18, 2019

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October 17, 2019

As Militants Kill in Kashmir, People Are Afraid to Go to Work

By Sameer Yasir & Jeffrey Gettleman | The New York Times

Militants are terrorizing civilians in the fractious Kashmir Valley, hoping to bring life there to a halt in protest of India’s dramatic reorganizing of the region. And many civilians eager to return to work after weeks of a military clampdown say they are terrified of provoking the militants’ ire.

More from WPR: Will India’s Modi Get Away With Upending the Status Quo in Kashmir?

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October 17, 2019

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