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December 10, 2019
Late Monday, the White House confirmed an Oval Office meeting between Trump and Lavrov for Tuesday afternoon. Considerable evidence suggests any conversation with Lavrov would include the last major nuclear arms control treaty still in force between the United States and Russia: the Obama-era New START treaty, which in recent days President Vladimir Putin of Russia has said he wants to extend for another five years.
December 9, 2019

Shooting at Navy Base in Florida Is Probed as Terrorism

By Jared Malsin, Corinne Ramey & Summer Said | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Saudi authorities are investigating whether a member of its air force who shot dead three people on a U.S. military base was radicalized during a trip back to the kingdom that began late last year, according to Saudi officials.

Africa

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December 10, 2019
The son of Angola’s veteran ex-president faced corruption charges before the country’s supreme court in a trial which opened Monday, state news agency ANGOP said, the most high-profile case yet under the government’s anti-corruption drive.

South Africa to Impose Its Biggest Rolling Power Blackouts

By Joseph Cotterill | Financial Times (subscription required)
South Africa announced the biggest rolling power blackouts in its history after more than a quarter of the generating capacity at its troubled state electricity monopoly broke down.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

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December 9, 2019

The Americas

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December 10, 2019
December 9, 2019

Asia-Pacific

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December 10, 2019

Opinion

December 10, 2019

India Has Just Cast Itself in Pakistan’s Image

By Barkha Dutt | The Washington Post

A contentious new citizenship legislation, tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and passed by the elected Lok Sabha (or lower house of Parliament), has just upended the entire premise of India’s nationhood. It will validate what the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, called the two-nation theory: the belief that Muslims and Hindus needed to be organized into separate countries.

More from WPR: Will the World Accept India’s Hindu Nationalist Turn Under Modi?

Europe

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December 10, 2019

Czech Hospital Shooting Leaves at Least Six Dead

By Elian Peltier | The New York Times
A gunman killed six people Tuesday after opening fire at close range in a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, and a man who was believed to be the responsible for the relatively rare instance of gun violence in the country killed himself hours later as the police closed in, the authorities said.

French Pension Tension: Unions Protest, Police on Guard

By Angela Charlton & Nadine Achoui-Lesage | Associated Press
Cranking up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap upcoming changes to the country’s national retirement system.
Greece has lodged objections to the United Nations over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, the Greek government said Tuesday.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

The Fury in France

By Jacob Hamburger | The New York Times
Could the latest round of strikes spell the beginning of the end for Emmanuel Macron?

News

December 9, 2019

French Unions Dig In Against Macron on Fifth Day of Strikes

By Caroline Pailliez & Dominique Vidalon | Reuters
Drivers on two Paris metro lines voted Monday to extend a walkout until the end of the week as France grappled with a fifth day of strikes, a sign transport workers will keep up a fight against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to streamline pensions.

IMF, Endorsing Zelensky, Approves Loan for Ukraine

By Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times
The International Monetary Fund has agreed to lend $5.5 billion to Ukraine, a move viewed as a stamp of approval for President Volodymyr Zelensky’s anticorruption and economic policies.

Middle East & North Africa

News

December 10, 2019
Qatar sent its prime minister to a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, its highest level of representation at the annual meeting in two years and the most concrete sign yet of a possible thaw in a regional dispute.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

United States

News

December 10, 2019
Late Monday, the White House confirmed an Oval Office meeting between Trump and Lavrov for Tuesday afternoon. Considerable evidence suggests any conversation with Lavrov would include the last major nuclear arms control treaty still in force between the United States and Russia: the Obama-era New START treaty, which in recent days President Vladimir Putin of Russia has said he wants to extend for another five years.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

News

December 9, 2019

Shooting at Navy Base in Florida Is Probed as Terrorism

By Jared Malsin, Corinne Ramey & Summer Said | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Saudi authorities are investigating whether a member of its air force who shot dead three people on a U.S. military base was radicalized during a trip back to the kingdom that began late last year, according to Saudi officials.

In Prisoner Swap, Iran Frees American Held Since 2016

By Michael Crowley | The New York Times
Iran on Saturday freed an American graduate student who had been imprisoned in Tehran for more than three years on suspicion of being a spy, in an exchange of prisoners at a moment of high tensions with Washington.

Opinion

December 9, 2019

The Americas

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December 10, 2019
December 9, 2019

Opinion

December 9, 2019

Europe

News

December 10, 2019
Late Monday, the White House confirmed an Oval Office meeting between Trump and Lavrov for Tuesday afternoon. Considerable evidence suggests any conversation with Lavrov would include the last major nuclear arms control treaty still in force between the United States and Russia: the Obama-era New START treaty, which in recent days President Vladimir Putin of Russia has said he wants to extend for another five years.

Czech Hospital Shooting Leaves at Least Six Dead

By Elian Peltier | The New York Times
A gunman killed six people Tuesday after opening fire at close range in a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, and a man who was believed to be the responsible for the relatively rare instance of gun violence in the country killed himself hours later as the police closed in, the authorities said.

French Pension Tension: Unions Protest, Police on Guard

By Angela Charlton & Nadine Achoui-Lesage | Associated Press
Cranking up pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap upcoming changes to the country’s national retirement system.
Greece has lodged objections to the United Nations over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, the Greek government said Tuesday.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

The Fury in France

By Jacob Hamburger | The New York Times
Could the latest round of strikes spell the beginning of the end for Emmanuel Macron?

News

December 9, 2019

French Unions Dig In Against Macron on Fifth Day of Strikes

By Caroline Pailliez & Dominique Vidalon | Reuters
Drivers on two Paris metro lines voted Monday to extend a walkout until the end of the week as France grappled with a fifth day of strikes, a sign transport workers will keep up a fight against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to streamline pensions.

IMF, Endorsing Zelensky, Approves Loan for Ukraine

By Andrew E. Kramer | The New York Times
The International Monetary Fund has agreed to lend $5.5 billion to Ukraine, a move viewed as a stamp of approval for President Volodymyr Zelensky’s anticorruption and economic policies.

Opinion

December 9, 2019

Africa

News

December 10, 2019
The son of Angola’s veteran ex-president faced corruption charges before the country’s supreme court in a trial which opened Monday, state news agency ANGOP said, the most high-profile case yet under the government’s anti-corruption drive.

South Africa to Impose Its Biggest Rolling Power Blackouts

By Joseph Cotterill | Financial Times (subscription required)
South Africa announced the biggest rolling power blackouts in its history after more than a quarter of the generating capacity at its troubled state electricity monopoly broke down.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

News

December 9, 2019

New Sudan Leader Moves to Settle With Families of Terror Victims

By Jessica Donati | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Sudan is weeks away from reaching a settlement with families of those killed in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, one of the last steps in getting the African country removed from the U.S. list of state sponsorsof terrorism, new Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said in an interview.

More from WPR: Sudan’s Revolutionaries Confront the Challenges of Governing a Divided Nation

Sudan’s prime minister said Sunday Khartoum had reduced the number of troops it has in Yemen from a peak of 15,000 to 5,000, confirming a drawdown in a conflict which he said could not be solved militarily.

Opinion

December 9, 2019

Middle East & North Africa

News

December 10, 2019
Greece has lodged objections to the United Nations over an accord between Libya and Turkey mapping out maritime boundaries as a violation of international law, the Greek government said Tuesday.
Qatar sent its prime minister to a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, its highest level of representation at the annual meeting in two years and the most concrete sign yet of a possible thaw in a regional dispute.

Opinion

December 10, 2019

News

December 9, 2019

Shooting at Navy Base in Florida Is Probed as Terrorism

By Jared Malsin, Corinne Ramey & Summer Said | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Saudi authorities are investigating whether a member of its air force who shot dead three people on a U.S. military base was radicalized during a trip back to the kingdom that began late last year, according to Saudi officials.
Sudan’s prime minister said Sunday Khartoum had reduced the number of troops it has in Yemen from a peak of 15,000 to 5,000, confirming a drawdown in a conflict which he said could not be solved militarily.

In Prisoner Swap, Iran Frees American Held Since 2016

By Michael Crowley | The New York Times
Iran on Saturday freed an American graduate student who had been imprisoned in Tehran for more than three years on suspicion of being a spy, in an exchange of prisoners at a moment of high tensions with Washington.

Opinion

December 9, 2019

Asia-Pacific

News

December 10, 2019

Opinion

December 10, 2019

India Has Just Cast Itself in Pakistan’s Image

By Barkha Dutt | The Washington Post

A contentious new citizenship legislation, tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and passed by the elected Lok Sabha (or lower house of Parliament), has just upended the entire premise of India’s nationhood. It will validate what the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, called the two-nation theory: the belief that Muslims and Hindus needed to be organized into separate countries.

More from WPR: Will the World Accept India’s Hindu Nationalist Turn Under Modi?

News

December 9, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi spent the best part of two decades under house arrest when a military junta ruled Myanmar. This week in The Hague, the Nobel laureate and former democracy campaigner will defend some of the same generals and her country against allegations of genocide.

More from WPR: Aung San Suu Kyi Will Go to the Mat for Myanmar’s Military in The Hague

Opinion

December 9, 2019

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