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June 28, 2022

At Least 46 Migrants Found Dead in San Antonio

By James Dobbins, J. David Goodman & Edgar Sandoval | The New York Times

The bodies of at least 46 people believed to be migrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico were found dead Monday in and around a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio, state and city officials said.

U.S. Officials Back in Venezuela in a Bid to Rebuild Ties

By Regina Garcia Cano & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S. to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives.

Biden Aims at China in New Illegal Fishing Policy Framework

By Barry Hatton & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat illegal fishing by China, ordering federal agencies to better coordinate among themselves as well as with foreign partners in a bid to promote sustainable exploitation of the world’s oceans.

June 27, 2022

The Supreme Court Turns the U.S. Into a Cautionary Tale

By Ishaan Tharoor | The Washington Post

The American right loves to trumpet their nation’s “exceptionalism,” the myth that the United States’ political system and values are inherently unique and implicitly better than anything found elsewhere in the world. But whatever the merits of the belief, the United States in recent years has been seen by its closest partners as exceptional for all the wrong reasons.

U.S. and G-7 Allies Detail Infrastructure Plan to Challenge China

By Alex Leary & Tarini Parti | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and allies Sunday laid out plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects in developing countries in an attempt to challenge autocracies and address a similar program by China.

U.S. and Allies Launch Initiative to Help Pacific Island Nations

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

The U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Japan have launched a fresh initiative to help Pacific Island nations, in an effort to increase their presence in a maritime region that is increasingly targeted by China.

Africa

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June 28, 2022

Germany will return a goddess statue that was stolen from Cameroon 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said Monday, part of a growing trend to give back artefacts taken during the colonial era.

China’s Pivotal Role Under Scrutiny as Zambia Seeks Debt Relief

By Jonathan Wheatley, Joseph Cotterill & Sun Yu | Financial Times

Within months of his election last year, Zambia’s president, Hakainde Hichilema, had succeeded in negotiating a $1.4 billion IMF bailout for the debt-stricken southern African country. But hammering out a deal with all its creditors, chief among them China, could take much longer.

June 27, 2022

Two police officers have been killed and another wounded in a rebel attack on a police station in northwest Benin, local media and police sources said, in what appears to be a spillover effect of unrest in neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

The Americas

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June 28, 2022

Group Leading Protests OKs Dialogue With Ecuador Government

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The Indigenous organization leading protests in Ecuador on Monday agreed to discuss with the government possible solutions that could lead to the end of a strike that has paralyzed parts of the country for two weeks.

Long-held suspicions of wiretapping by the Venezuelan government were substantiated last week in a report published by Telefonica, the Spanish parent company of Movistar, one of three major mobile telephone providers in Venezuela. According to the report, more than a million Venezuelan users have been surveilled in the past year.

Dozens of Inmates Die in Colombia Prison Riot

By The Editors | Al Jazeera (free)

At least 49 inmates have died and dozens were injured during a riot in a prison in the southwestern Colombian city of Tulua, according to officials.

June 27, 2022

A group of opposition lawmakers in Ecuador are pushing for the removal of conservative President Guillermo Lasso after nearly two weeks of mass protests led by indigenous groups demanding lower fuel and food prices, though other legislators say they will not back his ouster.

Guatemala Court Blocks Anti-Corruption Agreement

By Sonia Pérez D. | Associated Press (free)

A Guatemalan court has tossed out an agreement that made it easier to prosecute bribery involving the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht—a ruling that favors a former Cabinet official accused of corruption.

Peru’s truckers and some farm groups will go on strike Monday after failing to reach agreements with the government seeking measures to reduce the impact of steep global price rises of fuel and fertilizer, sector leaders said Sunday.

Opinion

June 27, 2022

Asia-Pacific

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June 28, 2022

Gunmen Kill Two Policemen, Polio Worker in Northwest Pakistan

By Riaz Khan | Associated Press (free)

Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Pakistani police escorting a team of polio workers Tuesday during a door-to-door inoculation campaign in a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold, killing two policemen and a polio worker, police said.

South Korean Prosecutors Grant Ex-President Temporary Release

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Associated Press (free)

South Korean prosecutors granted ex-President Lee Myung-bak a three-month release from prison over health concerns Tuesday after he served less than three years of a 17-year sentence for corruption.

June 27, 2022

Europe

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June 28, 2022

Just days after Moscow threatened retaliation against Lithuania for placing restrictions on cargo traffic to the isolated Russian territory of Kaliningrad, computer hackers “linked to the Russian state” attacked dozens of Lithuanian government and private organizations, the Baltic nation’s deputy defense minister said.

Court Finds France Negligent in Caribbean Pesticide Case

By Dánica Coto | Associated Press (free)

A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected, officials announced Monday.

Opinion

June 28, 2022

Europe Has an America Problem

By Emma Ashford | The New York Times

For all the talk of European resolve, the past few months have underlined something else: the Europe’s dependence on the United States to resolve its security problems. That’s nothing new, of course. In many ways it’s the role America has played since the end of World War II, ensuring—even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991—that Europe operated under America’s military umbrella.

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June 27, 2022

Russian Strike on Kyiv Looms Over G-7 Summit

By Jim Tankersley | The New York Times (free)

Leaders of the Group of 7 nations said Sunday they would stop buying gold from Moscow and discussed a new American proposal to undercut its oil revenues, even as Russian forces rained missiles on Kyiv for the first time in weeks. The dueling escalation underscored how the war in Ukraine has consumed global politics and the world economy.

Russia missed a deadline for making bond payments Sunday, a move signaling its first default on international debt in more than a century, after Western sanctions thwarted the government’s efforts to pay foreign investors. The lapse adds to efforts to seal Moscow off from global capital markets for years.

Middle East & North Africa

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June 28, 2022

A year after Tunisian President Kais Saied’s power grab upended the country’s fledgling democracy forged from the Arab Spring, opposition to him is growing as he prepares a constitutional referendum to solidify his one-man rule.

Opinion

June 28, 2022

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June 27, 2022

Turkish police Sunday forcibly intervened in a Pride march in Istanbul, detaining more than 150 demonstrators and an AFP photographer, AFP journalists on the ground and an NGO reported.

United States

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June 28, 2022

At Least 46 Migrants Found Dead in San Antonio

By James Dobbins, J. David Goodman & Edgar Sandoval | The New York Times

The bodies of at least 46 people believed to be migrants who crossed into the United States from Mexico were found dead Monday in and around a tractor-trailer that had been abandoned on the outskirts of San Antonio, state and city officials said.

U.S. Officials Back in Venezuela in a Bid to Rebuild Ties

By Regina Garcia Cano & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S. to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives.

Biden Aims at China in New Illegal Fishing Policy Framework

By Barry Hatton & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat illegal fishing by China, ordering federal agencies to better coordinate among themselves as well as with foreign partners in a bid to promote sustainable exploitation of the world’s oceans.

Opinion

June 28, 2022

Europe Has an America Problem

By Emma Ashford | The New York Times

For all the talk of European resolve, the past few months have underlined something else: the Europe’s dependence on the United States to resolve its security problems. That’s nothing new, of course. In many ways it’s the role America has played since the end of World War II, ensuring—even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991—that Europe operated under America’s military umbrella.

News

June 27, 2022

The Supreme Court Turns the U.S. Into a Cautionary Tale

By Ishaan Tharoor | The Washington Post

The American right loves to trumpet their nation’s “exceptionalism,” the myth that the United States’ political system and values are inherently unique and implicitly better than anything found elsewhere in the world. But whatever the merits of the belief, the United States in recent years has been seen by its closest partners as exceptional for all the wrong reasons.

U.S. and G-7 Allies Detail Infrastructure Plan to Challenge China

By Alex Leary & Tarini Parti | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and allies Sunday laid out plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects in developing countries in an attempt to challenge autocracies and address a similar program by China.

U.S. and Allies Launch Initiative to Help Pacific Island Nations

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

The U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Japan have launched a fresh initiative to help Pacific Island nations, in an effort to increase their presence in a maritime region that is increasingly targeted by China.

Russian Strike on Kyiv Looms Over G-7 Summit

By Jim Tankersley | The New York Times (free)

Leaders of the Group of 7 nations said Sunday they would stop buying gold from Moscow and discussed a new American proposal to undercut its oil revenues, even as Russian forces rained missiles on Kyiv for the first time in weeks. The dueling escalation underscored how the war in Ukraine has consumed global politics and the world economy.

Opinion

June 27, 2022

The Americas

News

June 28, 2022

U.S. Officials Back in Venezuela in a Bid to Rebuild Ties

By Regina Garcia Cano & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

Senior U.S. government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the U.S. to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives.

Group Leading Protests OKs Dialogue With Ecuador Government

By AP Editors | Associated Press (free)

The Indigenous organization leading protests in Ecuador on Monday agreed to discuss with the government possible solutions that could lead to the end of a strike that has paralyzed parts of the country for two weeks.

Long-held suspicions of wiretapping by the Venezuelan government were substantiated last week in a report published by Telefonica, the Spanish parent company of Movistar, one of three major mobile telephone providers in Venezuela. According to the report, more than a million Venezuelan users have been surveilled in the past year.

Dozens of Inmates Die in Colombia Prison Riot

By The Editors | Al Jazeera (free)

At least 49 inmates have died and dozens were injured during a riot in a prison in the southwestern Colombian city of Tulua, according to officials.

Court Finds France Negligent in Caribbean Pesticide Case

By Dánica Coto | Associated Press (free)

A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected, officials announced Monday.

June 27, 2022

A group of opposition lawmakers in Ecuador are pushing for the removal of conservative President Guillermo Lasso after nearly two weeks of mass protests led by indigenous groups demanding lower fuel and food prices, though other legislators say they will not back his ouster.

Guatemala Court Blocks Anti-Corruption Agreement

By Sonia Pérez D. | Associated Press (free)

A Guatemalan court has tossed out an agreement that made it easier to prosecute bribery involving the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht—a ruling that favors a former Cabinet official accused of corruption.

Peru’s truckers and some farm groups will go on strike Monday after failing to reach agreements with the government seeking measures to reduce the impact of steep global price rises of fuel and fertilizer, sector leaders said Sunday.

Opinion

June 27, 2022

Europe

News

June 28, 2022

Just days after Moscow threatened retaliation against Lithuania for placing restrictions on cargo traffic to the isolated Russian territory of Kaliningrad, computer hackers “linked to the Russian state” attacked dozens of Lithuanian government and private organizations, the Baltic nation’s deputy defense minister said.

Court Finds France Negligent in Caribbean Pesticide Case

By Dánica Coto | Associated Press (free)

A court in Paris found the French government guilty of wrongful negligence involving the former use of a banned pesticide in the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique but denied compensation to those affected, officials announced Monday.

Germany will return a goddess statue that was stolen from Cameroon 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said Monday, part of a growing trend to give back artefacts taken during the colonial era.

Opinion

June 28, 2022

Europe Has an America Problem

By Emma Ashford | The New York Times

For all the talk of European resolve, the past few months have underlined something else: the Europe’s dependence on the United States to resolve its security problems. That’s nothing new, of course. In many ways it’s the role America has played since the end of World War II, ensuring—even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991—that Europe operated under America’s military umbrella.

News

June 27, 2022

Russian Strike on Kyiv Looms Over G-7 Summit

By Jim Tankersley | The New York Times (free)

Leaders of the Group of 7 nations said Sunday they would stop buying gold from Moscow and discussed a new American proposal to undercut its oil revenues, even as Russian forces rained missiles on Kyiv for the first time in weeks. The dueling escalation underscored how the war in Ukraine has consumed global politics and the world economy.

Russia missed a deadline for making bond payments Sunday, a move signaling its first default on international debt in more than a century, after Western sanctions thwarted the government’s efforts to pay foreign investors. The lapse adds to efforts to seal Moscow off from global capital markets for years.

Africa

News

June 28, 2022

Germany will return a goddess statue that was stolen from Cameroon 120 years ago, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said Monday, part of a growing trend to give back artefacts taken during the colonial era.

China’s Pivotal Role Under Scrutiny as Zambia Seeks Debt Relief

By Jonathan Wheatley, Joseph Cotterill & Sun Yu | Financial Times

Within months of his election last year, Zambia’s president, Hakainde Hichilema, had succeeded in negotiating a $1.4 billion IMF bailout for the debt-stricken southern African country. But hammering out a deal with all its creditors, chief among them China, could take much longer.

June 27, 2022

Two police officers have been killed and another wounded in a rebel attack on a police station in northwest Benin, local media and police sources said, in what appears to be a spillover effect of unrest in neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.

Middle East & North Africa

News

June 28, 2022

A year after Tunisian President Kais Saied’s power grab upended the country’s fledgling democracy forged from the Arab Spring, opposition to him is growing as he prepares a constitutional referendum to solidify his one-man rule.

Opinion

June 28, 2022

News

June 27, 2022

Turkish police Sunday forcibly intervened in a Pride march in Istanbul, detaining more than 150 demonstrators and an AFP photographer, AFP journalists on the ground and an NGO reported.

Asia-Pacific

News

June 28, 2022

Biden Aims at China in New Illegal Fishing Policy Framework

By Barry Hatton & Joshua Goodman | Associated Press (free)

The Biden administration is stepping up efforts to combat illegal fishing by China, ordering federal agencies to better coordinate among themselves as well as with foreign partners in a bid to promote sustainable exploitation of the world’s oceans.

China’s Pivotal Role Under Scrutiny as Zambia Seeks Debt Relief

By Jonathan Wheatley, Joseph Cotterill & Sun Yu | Financial Times

Within months of his election last year, Zambia’s president, Hakainde Hichilema, had succeeded in negotiating a $1.4 billion IMF bailout for the debt-stricken southern African country. But hammering out a deal with all its creditors, chief among them China, could take much longer.

Gunmen Kill Two Policemen, Polio Worker in Northwest Pakistan

By Riaz Khan | Associated Press (free)

Gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on Pakistani police escorting a team of polio workers Tuesday during a door-to-door inoculation campaign in a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold, killing two policemen and a polio worker, police said.

South Korean Prosecutors Grant Ex-President Temporary Release

By Kim Tong-Hyung | Associated Press (free)

South Korean prosecutors granted ex-President Lee Myung-bak a three-month release from prison over health concerns Tuesday after he served less than three years of a 17-year sentence for corruption.

June 27, 2022

U.S. and G-7 Allies Detail Infrastructure Plan to Challenge China

By Alex Leary & Tarini Parti | The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. and allies Sunday laid out plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars for infrastructure projects in developing countries in an attempt to challenge autocracies and address a similar program by China.

U.S. and Allies Launch Initiative to Help Pacific Island Nations

By Demetri Sevastopulo | Financial Times

The U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Japan have launched a fresh initiative to help Pacific Island nations, in an effort to increase their presence in a maritime region that is increasingly targeted by China.

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