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May 25, 2018

Trump’s Cancellation of Summit With Kim Raises Fears of Renewed Tensions, Destabilization

By David Nakamura, Anna Fifield & John Wagner | The Washington Post

President Trump’s abrupt decision Thursday to abort a summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the White House scrambling to explain the outcome to allies amid fears that the collapse of talks would mean a return to heightened tensions between nuclear powers in East Asia.

Trump’s Car Tariffs Highlight Threat of Retaliatory Trade War

By Shawn Donnan | Financial Times (subscription required)

With his decision to begin a national security investigation into automotive imports, President Donald Trump is aiming his fire at one of the biggest components of global trade. Some $1.4 trillion worth of cars and automotive parts are traded around the world each year.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

The Americas

News

May 25, 2018

Bombing at Ontario Indian Restaurant Leaves 15 Injured

By Catherine Porter & Dan Bilefsky | The New York Times

Two people are thought to be behind the bombing of an Indian restaurant outside Toronto on Thursday night, injuring 15 people, three of them critically, officials said.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

Barbados’s Mucky Election

By The Editors | The Economist

Spilled sewage fouls the environment and the economy. Electoral politics stink too.

Europe

News

May 25, 2018

Spain’s opposition Socialist Party called a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government Friday in response to a corruption case engulfing the ruling Popular Party.

Ireland Abortion Referendum: Close Result Expected in Historic Vote

By Harriet Sherwood, Emma Graham-Harrison & Lisa O'Carroll | The Guardian

The people of Ireland are voting on Friday in a historic referendum on whether to repeal or retain a constitutional clause protecting the rights of the unborn that has produced one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in the world.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

Africa

News

May 25, 2018

A Mai Mai militia attacked Banro Corp’s east Congo Namoya gold mine with rifle and artillery fire on Thursday, a Banro geologist at the mine said, killing five people and wounding several others in the second attack on the mine in less than a year.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

Vaccines Alone Won’t Beat Ebola

By Ed Yong | The Atlantic

A deep understanding of the Congo’s culture and time-honored public-health tactics are the keys to controlling the outbreak.

News

May 24, 2018

Middle East & North Africa

News

May 25, 2018

At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the center of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday night, a hospital medic said.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

Asia-Pacific

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May 25, 2018

President Trump credited his “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions and threats with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear weapons program. Now, having abruptly decided to call off an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, Trump looks poised to revert to a hard line approach.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

United States

News

May 25, 2018

Trump’s Cancellation of Summit With Kim Raises Fears of Renewed Tensions, Destabilization

By David Nakamura, Anna Fifield & John Wagner | The Washington Post

President Trump’s abrupt decision Thursday to abort a summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the White House scrambling to explain the outcome to allies amid fears that the collapse of talks would mean a return to heightened tensions between nuclear powers in East Asia.

Trump’s Car Tariffs Highlight Threat of Retaliatory Trade War

By Shawn Donnan | Financial Times (subscription required)

With his decision to begin a national security investigation into automotive imports, President Donald Trump is aiming his fire at one of the biggest components of global trade. Some $1.4 trillion worth of cars and automotive parts are traded around the world each year.

President Trump credited his “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions and threats with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear weapons program. Now, having abruptly decided to call off an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, Trump looks poised to revert to a hard line approach.

Darwin Evolves: U.S. Military Turns Australian Outpost Into Asia Launchpad

By Rob Taylor | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. and Australia have begun a multibillion-dollar improvement of air bases in northern Australia to accommodate stealth warplanes and long-range maritime patrol drones, and are building wharves and refueling points for visiting warships in Darwin—part of a $150 billion upgrade of Australia’s military.

More from WPR: The Questions of Chinese Influence at the Heart of Australia’s Security Reforms

Opinion

May 25, 2018

News

May 24, 2018

President Trump has asked for a sweeping trade investigation into whether autos imported into the United States pose a threat to national security, a move that could ultimately result in tariffs on foreign-made cars and further strain relations with global allies.

The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it has ordered two Venezuelan diplomats to leave the United States within 48 hours, a move that follows Venezuela’s decision to expel two American diplomats.

U.S. Presses Europe for Tougher Sanctions on Russia

By Katrina Manson, Courtney Weaver & Michael Peel | Financial Times (subscription required)

The Trump administration says it is pressing European allies to impose tougher sanctions against Russia, arguing that their actions lag U.S. efforts to clamp down on Moscow’s moves to subvert western democracies through disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks.

Trump Versus Rwanda in Trade Battle Over Used Clothes

By Clement Uwiringiyimana & Joe Bavier | Reuters

Early last year, weeks after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a little known American trade association filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative.

China has found no clues to explain what happened to an American citizen working at a U.S. consulate who reported suffering from “abnormal” sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Opinion

May 24, 2018

Immigrant-Bashing Helps MS-13

By Tom Suozzi | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Trump’s rhetoric makes it harder for police to work with law-abiding Latinos against the gang.

News

May 23, 2018

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was set to meet with top-level U.S. officials on May 23 for talks expected to center on the consequences of the United States' withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

First Cuba, Now China? An American Falls Ill After ‘Abnormal’ Sounds

By Chris Buckley & Gardiner Harris | The New York Times

An American government employee posted in southern China has signs of possible brain injury after reporting disturbing sounds and sensations, the State Department said on Wednesday, in events that seemed to draw parallels with mysterious ailments that struck American diplomats in Cuba.

The Americas

News

May 25, 2018

Bombing at Ontario Indian Restaurant Leaves 15 Injured

By Catherine Porter & Dan Bilefsky | The New York Times

Two people are thought to be behind the bombing of an Indian restaurant outside Toronto on Thursday night, injuring 15 people, three of them critically, officials said.

New Protests, Blockades in Nicaragua After Suspension of Dialogue

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Nicaragua is experiencing new demonstrations and road blockades in the northern and central part of the country one day after the Episcopal Conference temporarily suspended the national dialogue it was mediating due to lack of agreement among the government, students, civil society and the private sector.

More from WPR: Protests in Nicaragua Suddenly Threaten Ortega’s Family Dynasty

A U.N. agency called Thursday for an impartial investigation into the killing of three indigenous men by a military patrol in a remote part of eastern Honduras that is a common transit point for Colombian cocaine.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

Barbados’s Mucky Election

By The Editors | The Economist

Spilled sewage fouls the environment and the economy. Electoral politics stink too.

News

May 24, 2018

The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it has ordered two Venezuelan diplomats to leave the United States within 48 hours, a move that follows Venezuela’s decision to expel two American diplomats.

Canada Blocks Chinese Takeover on Security Concerns

By Alexandra Stevenson | The New York Times

Canada has blocked a $1 billion takeover of a construction company by a state-controlled Chinese company over national security concerns, a rare move by a government that until now has largely welcomed such deals despite growing skepticism over Chinese money elsewhere.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson concluded a five-day charm offensive in South America on Wednesday by expressing interest in a trade agreement with Chile and other countries in the so-called Pacific Alliance. Johnson extended a trip to a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires to include a tour of Peru, Argentina and Chile, seeking closer ties with all three countries.

Guatemalan Ex-Generals Sentenced to Decades in Prison

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

A Guatemalan court sentenced four retired army officials on Wednesday to 33 to 58 years in prison for the enforced disappearance of a 14-year-old boy and the repeated rape of his sister.

Opinion

May 24, 2018

Immigrant-Bashing Helps MS-13

By Tom Suozzi | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Trump’s rhetoric makes it harder for police to work with law-abiding Latinos against the gang.

News

May 23, 2018

President Liquidates Brazil’s Sovereign Wealth Fund

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Brazilian President Michel Temer has signed a decree liquidating the Sovereign Fund created in 2008 by then-head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the government said on Tuesday.

Paraguay has issued an open-ended suspension of arms and ammunition imports in a bid to fight illegal trafficking across the border into neighboring Brazil, the head of the National Directorate of War Material told Reuters on Tuesday.

Europe

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May 25, 2018

Spain’s opposition Socialist Party called a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government Friday in response to a corruption case engulfing the ruling Popular Party.

Ireland Abortion Referendum: Close Result Expected in Historic Vote

By Harriet Sherwood, Emma Graham-Harrison & Lisa O'Carroll | The Guardian

The people of Ireland are voting on Friday in a historic referendum on whether to repeal or retain a constitutional clause protecting the rights of the unborn that has produced one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in the world.

Putin Woos France’s Macron With Closer Economic Ties

By The Editors | Radio Free Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin is wooing French counterpart Emmanuel Macron with closer business ties, hosting him as an honored guest at his annual economic forum in St. Petersburg while sealing a major new gas deal with France's Total.

Croatia’s parliament on Friday confirmed Darko Horvat as the new economy minister after his predecessor quit amid criticism of her handling of the crisis at food giant Agrokor, the country’s biggest private firm.

EU Settles With Russia’s Gazprom Over Antitrust Charges

By Stanley Reed & Milan Schreuer | The New York Times

The European Commission said on Thursday that it had reached a settlement with Gazprom, finally concluding a long-running antitrust investigation into the Russian energy giant’s dominance in regional gas markets.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

News

May 24, 2018

A Dutch-led international team of investigators said Thursday that a missile that downed a Malaysian Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014 came from the Russian military, opening the possibility that Dutch prosecutors could sue the Kremlin in connection with the attack that killed all 298 on board.

Merkel Woos China as Trump Poses New Trade Challenge

By Andreas Rinke & Ben Blanchard | Reuters

China said on Thursday it would “open its door wider” to German businesses, giving a warm reception to visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has wooed Beijing to counterbalance trade threats from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to Russia on Thursday for talks with President Vladimir Putin in hopes of making progress on joint economic projects on disputed islands as a step toward resolving a decades-old territorial row.

U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson concluded a five-day charm offensive in South America on Wednesday by expressing interest in a trade agreement with Chile and other countries in the so-called Pacific Alliance. Johnson extended a trip to a G20 meeting in Buenos Aires to include a tour of Peru, Argentina and Chile, seeking closer ties with all three countries.

U.S. Presses Europe for Tougher Sanctions on Russia

By Katrina Manson, Courtney Weaver & Michael Peel | Financial Times (subscription required)

The Trump administration says it is pressing European allies to impose tougher sanctions against Russia, arguing that their actions lag U.S. efforts to clamp down on Moscow’s moves to subvert western democracies through disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks.

Emmanuel Macron is planning to stage an international summit on Libya next week to push for presidential elections in the country to be held this year, and to secure commitments from key Libyan political players that they will not seek to disrupt the process.

Opinion

May 24, 2018

The German Rules Trap

By Zaki Laïdi | Project Syndicate

To acknowledge that the eurozone can function only on a foundation of solidarity and interdependence would be to engage in precisely the kind of thinking that German ordoliberals have always rejected. But, as French President Emmanuel Macron well knows, that is precisely the kind of thinking Europe needs today.

News

May 23, 2018

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was set to meet with top-level U.S. officials on May 23 for talks expected to center on the consequences of the United States' withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

French Prime Minister Cancels Israel Trip

By Hajer M'tiri | Anadolu Agency

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday canceled a planned trip to Israel, citing a busy agenda with domestic policy matters.

Belarus has named a new ambassador to Sweden, turning the page on a six-year rift that followed a Swedish advertising agency's air drop of teddy bears bearing messages about human rights.

Africa

News

May 25, 2018

At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the center of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday night, a hospital medic said.

A Mai Mai militia attacked Banro Corp’s east Congo Namoya gold mine with rifle and artillery fire on Thursday, a Banro geologist at the mine said, killing five people and wounding several others in the second attack on the mine in less than a year.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

Vaccines Alone Won’t Beat Ebola

By Ed Yong | The Atlantic

A deep understanding of the Congo’s culture and time-honored public-health tactics are the keys to controlling the outbreak.

News

May 24, 2018

Taiwan Loses Second Ally in a Month as Burkina Faso Cuts Ties

By Thiam Ndiaga & Jess Macy Yu | Reuters

Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month on Thursday after Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province.

Trump Versus Rwanda in Trade Battle Over Used Clothes

By Clement Uwiringiyimana & Joe Bavier | Reuters

Early last year, weeks after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a little known American trade association filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative.

Houses on the shore seem to have been ripped open by a giant claw. The corner of an abandoned school is gutted, leaving what looks like a gigantic bite mark. All that is left of a nearby mosque is a flattened pile of concrete blocks and twisted iron rods.

Opinion

May 24, 2018

Once seen as a beacon of hope, how did Eritrea earn its name as the "North Korea of Africa?" With an authoritarian government and a young population leaving in droves, how far has Eritrea come?

News

May 23, 2018

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar engaged in fierce clashes around the city of Derna on Tuesday, as two soldiers were killed in a car bomb and another was abducted from a checkpoint elsewhere in the east.

Middle East & North Africa

News

May 25, 2018

At least seven people were killed and 10 wounded when a car bomb exploded on a busy street in the center of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday night, a hospital medic said.

Opinion

May 25, 2018

News

May 24, 2018

Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is on track to become prime minister for a third time after winning the backing of a majority of MPs in official consultations on Thursday, and is expected to launch negotiations on a coalition government.

As Sissi Silences Critics, Hopes Fade That Egypt’s Crackdown Will Ease

By Declan Walsh & Nour Youssef | The New York Times

Egyptians who hoped that President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s thumping victory in the March presidential election—when he won 97 percent of votes in a deeply flawed poll—would encourage the authoritarian government to soften its crackdown on dissent have been disappointed.

Emmanuel Macron is planning to stage an international summit on Libya next week to push for presidential elections in the country to be held this year, and to secure commitments from key Libyan political players that they will not seek to disrupt the process.

Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has appointed Khaled al-Yamani as foreign minister, replacing Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, according to a statement posted on Thursday by state news agency SABA.

Opinion

May 24, 2018

News

May 23, 2018

French Prime Minister Cancels Israel Trip

By Hajer M'tiri | Anadolu Agency

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Wednesday canceled a planned trip to Israel, citing a busy agenda with domestic policy matters.

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar engaged in fierce clashes around the city of Derna on Tuesday, as two soldiers were killed in a car bomb and another was abducted from a checkpoint elsewhere in the east.

Asia-Pacific

News

May 25, 2018

Trump’s Cancellation of Summit With Kim Raises Fears of Renewed Tensions, Destabilization

By David Nakamura, Anna Fifield & John Wagner | The Washington Post

President Trump’s abrupt decision Thursday to abort a summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left the White House scrambling to explain the outcome to allies amid fears that the collapse of talks would mean a return to heightened tensions between nuclear powers in East Asia.

President Trump credited his “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions and threats with bringing North Korea to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear weapons program. Now, having abruptly decided to call off an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next month, Trump looks poised to revert to a hard line approach.

Darwin Evolves: U.S. Military Turns Australian Outpost Into Asia Launchpad

By Rob Taylor | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The U.S. and Australia have begun a multibillion-dollar improvement of air bases in northern Australia to accommodate stealth warplanes and long-range maritime patrol drones, and are building wharves and refueling points for visiting warships in Darwin—part of a $150 billion upgrade of Australia’s military.

More from WPR: The Questions of Chinese Influence at the Heart of Australia’s Security Reforms

Opinion

May 25, 2018

News

May 24, 2018

Taiwan Loses Second Ally in a Month as Burkina Faso Cuts Ties

By Thiam Ndiaga & Jess Macy Yu | Reuters

Taiwan lost its second diplomatic ally in less than a month on Thursday after Burkina Faso said it had cut ties with the self-ruled island, following intense Chinese pressure on African countries to break with what it regards as a wayward province.

Merkel Woos China as Trump Poses New Trade Challenge

By Andreas Rinke & Ben Blanchard | Reuters

China said on Thursday it would “open its door wider” to German businesses, giving a warm reception to visiting Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has wooed Beijing to counterbalance trade threats from U.S. President Donald Trump.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe headed to Russia on Thursday for talks with President Vladimir Putin in hopes of making progress on joint economic projects on disputed islands as a step toward resolving a decades-old territorial row.

Canada Blocks Chinese Takeover on Security Concerns

By Alexandra Stevenson | The New York Times

Canada has blocked a $1 billion takeover of a construction company by a state-controlled Chinese company over national security concerns, a rare move by a government that until now has largely welcomed such deals despite growing skepticism over Chinese money elsewhere.

China has found no clues to explain what happened to an American citizen working at a U.S. consulate who reported suffering from “abnormal” sounds and pressure leading to a mild brain injury, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Opinion

May 24, 2018

Australia’s Asia Gas Conundrum

By Nick Rodway | The Diplomat

New gas projects across its north position Australia as Southeast Asia’s future energy supplier—but not without controversy.

News

May 23, 2018

First Cuba, Now China? An American Falls Ill After ‘Abnormal’ Sounds

By Chris Buckley & Gardiner Harris | The New York Times

An American government employee posted in southern China has signs of possible brain injury after reporting disturbing sounds and sensations, the State Department said on Wednesday, in events that seemed to draw parallels with mysterious ailments that struck American diplomats in Cuba.

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