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March 22, 2019

Pompeo in Lebanon to Talk Hezbollah Amid Golan Condemnation

By Zeina Karam and Matthew Lee | Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with Lebanese leaders on Friday amid strong regional condemnation of President Donald Trump's declaration that it's time the U.S. recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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March 22, 2019
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March 21, 2019

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March 22, 2019

Former President Michel Temer of Brazil Is Arrested in Bribery Probe

By Ernesto Londoño and Letícia Casado | The New York Times

Brazilian law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested former President Michel Temer as part of a bribery investigation, opening a significant new chapter in the yearslong corruption scandal that has roiled the country’s politics.

‘Fascist, Violent, Dangerous’: Protests Planned as Bolsonaro Arrives in Chile

By Anna Jean Kaiser and Charis McGowan | The Guardian

At the end of his first state visit to Washington this week, Jair Bolsonaro hailed his meeting with Donald Trump as a “historic moment,” claiming he was returning home with a sensation of “mission accomplished.” Today, Brazil’s far-right leader begins his second official trip—to Chile, where he is poised to receive a much less warm welcome.

More from WPR: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Stumbles Out of the Gate

A judge in Chile on Thursday convicted 11 former members of the country’s army for the 1986 murder of Rodrigo Rojas, a United States-based Chilean photographer who was burned alive during protests against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

March 21, 2019

Opinion

March 21, 2019

Asia-Pacific

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March 22, 2019

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat which was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam said late on Thursday.

March 21, 2019

New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says

By Damien Cave and Charlotte Graham-McLay | The New York Times

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week.

Opinion

March 21, 2019

Europe

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March 22, 2019

Grenade Thrown at Russian Consulate in Greece; No Injuries

By Elena Becatoros | Associated Press

Assailants suspected of belonging to a left-wing militant group threw a hand grenade at the Russian Consulate in Athens on Friday, causing minor damage and no injuries, Greek authorities said.

German Politicians Split Over Bankrolling Deutsche Bank Merger

By John O’Donnell and Michael Nienaber | Reuters

A political rift has emerged in Berlin over whether Germany should put its financial muscle behind a merger of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, politicians and officials said, complicating a bid to create Europe’s third-largest bank and fund it.

Opinion

March 22, 2019

What Macron Got Wrong

By Ben Judah | The American Interest

Macron’s ideology prevents him from grasping an important truth: Sometimes there are no “win-win” solutions.

News

March 21, 2019

Radovan Karadzic Sentenced to Life for Bosnian War Crimes

By Marlise Simons | The New York Times

A United Nations court on Wednesday increased the sentence of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, from 40 years to life in prison for his role in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, reaffirming his conviction on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Opinion

March 21, 2019

Italy’s BRI Blunder

By Lucrezia Poggetti | Project Syndicate

Italy’s governing parties are debating the wisdom of signing onto Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, but it is already too late for Italy to change course.

Middle East & North Africa

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March 22, 2019

Erdogan Praises New Zealand Prime Minister After Row Over Mosque Attacks

By Patrick Wintour and Bethan McKernan | The Guardian

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has tried to smooth over his diplomatic row with New Zealand by saying Jacinda Ardern’s empathy after the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch was an example to the world. Erdogan has been accused of exploiting the attack in his local election campaign by screening video footage of the assault at his rallies, and claiming the killings were not the work of a single gunman.

Protesters Block Iraq President’s Pathway Over Ferry Sinking

By Farid Abdulwahed and Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press

Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in protest.

The Istanbul chief prosecutor said on Friday it had ordered the detention of 126 suspects employed in the judicial system with alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey says orchestrated a July 2016 coup attempt.

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday condemned Israel’s “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against civilian protesters in Gaza, and called for perpetrators of violations in the strip to face justice.

March 21, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed the United States to recognize Israeli governance of most of the Golan Heights during a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. His efforts underscored the growing possibility that the Trump administration may change the American stance on the territory.

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March 22, 2019

Pompeo in Lebanon to Talk Hezbollah Amid Golan Condemnation

By Zeina Karam and Matthew Lee | Associated Press

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with Lebanese leaders on Friday amid strong regional condemnation of President Donald Trump's declaration that it's time the U.S. recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

March 21, 2019

Pentagon Opens Internal Inquiry of Acting Defense Chief’s Ties to Boeing

By Helene Cooper and Thomas Gibbons-Neff | The New York Times

The Defense Department’s inspector general said on Wednesday that it was investigating complaints that the acting defense secretary, Patrick M. Shanahan, had been promoting his former employer, Boeing, and disparaging its military contractor competitors.

Opinion

March 21, 2019

Back to the Nuclear Precipice

By Javier Solana | Project Syndicate

Long a global leader in efforts to reduce nuclear-weapons stockpiles and limit nuclear proliferation, the United States is now fostering the conditions for a new global arms race.

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March 20, 2019

Trump, Meeting With Bolsonaro, Backs Stronger Ties With Brazil

By Rebecca Ballhaus and Samantha Pearson | The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)

President Trump on Tuesday said he intended to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, a move that would deepen the U.S.’s military ties to the country, following a meeting with its new leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

High-Level U.S.-China Trade Talks to Resume in Final Push for Deal

By Bob Davis | The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)

Negotiators for the U.S. and China have scheduled a new round of high-level trade talks in Beijing and Washington, aiming to close a deal by late April to end the yearlong dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

F.A.A. Approval of Boeing Jet Involved in Two Crashes Comes Under Scrutiny

By David Gelles and Thomas Kaplan | The New York Times

As regulators at the Federal Aviation Administration reviewed designs for Boeing’s newest passenger jet, they paid extra attention to several features, including the lithium batteries, the pressure fueling system and the inflatable safety slides. One feature that did not receive exceptional scrutiny: a new software system intended to prevent stalls.

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March 22, 2019

Former President Michel Temer of Brazil Is Arrested in Bribery Probe

By Ernesto Londoño and Letícia Casado | The New York Times

Brazilian law enforcement officials on Thursday arrested former President Michel Temer as part of a bribery investigation, opening a significant new chapter in the yearslong corruption scandal that has roiled the country’s politics.

‘Fascist, Violent, Dangerous’: Protests Planned as Bolsonaro Arrives in Chile

By Anna Jean Kaiser and Charis McGowan | The Guardian

At the end of his first state visit to Washington this week, Jair Bolsonaro hailed his meeting with Donald Trump as a “historic moment,” claiming he was returning home with a sensation of “mission accomplished.” Today, Brazil’s far-right leader begins his second official trip—to Chile, where he is poised to receive a much less warm welcome.

More from WPR: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Stumbles Out of the Gate

A judge in Chile on Thursday convicted 11 former members of the country’s army for the 1986 murder of Rodrigo Rojas, a United States-based Chilean photographer who was burned alive during protests against Gen. Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990.

March 21, 2019

Opinion

March 21, 2019

News

March 20, 2019

Still full of Chavista paraphernalia, the Venezuelan consulate in New York is now in the hands of the head of the opposition-controlled Parliament, Juan Guaido, and his supporters, who are promising to reopen the facility as soon as possible so that their countrymen can “begin to return home.”

Trump, Meeting With Bolsonaro, Backs Stronger Ties With Brazil

By Rebecca Ballhaus and Samantha Pearson | The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)

President Trump on Tuesday said he intended to designate Brazil as a major non-NATO ally, a move that would deepen the U.S.’s military ties to the country, following a meeting with its new leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

Europe

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March 22, 2019

Grenade Thrown at Russian Consulate in Greece; No Injuries

By Elena Becatoros | Associated Press

Assailants suspected of belonging to a left-wing militant group threw a hand grenade at the Russian Consulate in Athens on Friday, causing minor damage and no injuries, Greek authorities said.

German Politicians Split Over Bankrolling Deutsche Bank Merger

By John O’Donnell and Michael Nienaber | Reuters

A political rift has emerged in Berlin over whether Germany should put its financial muscle behind a merger of Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, politicians and officials said, complicating a bid to create Europe’s third-largest bank and fund it.

Opinion

March 22, 2019

What Macron Got Wrong

By Ben Judah | The American Interest

Macron’s ideology prevents him from grasping an important truth: Sometimes there are no “win-win” solutions.

News

March 21, 2019

Radovan Karadzic Sentenced to Life for Bosnian War Crimes

By Marlise Simons | The New York Times

A United Nations court on Wednesday increased the sentence of Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, from 40 years to life in prison for his role in the Bosnian war of the 1990s, reaffirming his conviction on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

An upstart populist party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the early hours of Thursday, boosted by a possible terrorist attack this week in the city of Utrecht.

Opinion

March 21, 2019

Italy’s BRI Blunder

By Lucrezia Poggetti | Project Syndicate

Italy’s governing parties are debating the wisdom of signing onto Chinese President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative, but it is already too late for Italy to change course.

News

March 20, 2019

Google Fined $1.7 Billion by EU for Unfair Advertising Rules

By Adam Satariano | The New York Times

European authorities on Wednesday fined Google 1.5 billion euros for antitrust violations in the online advertising market, continuing its efforts to rein in the world’s biggest technology companies.

Pope Rejects Resignation of French Cardinal Convicted of Abuse Cover-Up

By Elisabetta Povoledo and Aurelien Breeden | The New York Times

Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of a French cardinal, the Vatican announced on Tuesday, despite the cardinal’s conviction this month for covering up decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese.

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March 22, 2019
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March 21, 2019

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March 20, 2019

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March 22, 2019

Erdogan Praises New Zealand Prime Minister After Row Over Mosque Attacks

By Patrick Wintour and Bethan McKernan | The Guardian

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has tried to smooth over his diplomatic row with New Zealand by saying Jacinda Ardern’s empathy after the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch was an example to the world. Erdogan has been accused of exploiting the attack in his local election campaign by screening video footage of the assault at his rallies, and claiming the killings were not the work of a single gunman.

Protesters Block Iraq President’s Pathway Over Ferry Sinking

By Farid Abdulwahed and Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press

Iraqi residents of the northern city of Mosul, angry over the sinking of a ferry in the Tigris River that killed 95 people, blocked a road where Iraq's presidential convoy was passing on Friday, chanting "no to corruption" and pelting the provincial governor's car with stones in protest.

The Istanbul chief prosecutor said on Friday it had ordered the detention of 126 suspects employed in the judicial system with alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey says orchestrated a July 2016 coup attempt.

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday condemned Israel’s “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against civilian protesters in Gaza, and called for perpetrators of violations in the strip to face justice.

March 21, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed the United States to recognize Israeli governance of most of the Golan Heights during a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. His efforts underscored the growing possibility that the Trump administration may change the American stance on the territory.

March 20, 2019

Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam.

Opinion

March 20, 2019

Beware the Mideast’s Falling Pillars

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

For the last half-century the politics of the Middle East has been shaped by five key pillars, but all five are now crumbling. A new Middle East is aborning — but not necessarily the flourishing one that people imagined in the 1990s.

President Donald Trump’s White House apparently has yet another terrible idea about the Middle East: recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, seized from Syria on the last day of the 1967 war.

Asia-Pacific

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March 22, 2019

Vietnam has lodged an official protest with China following the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat which was being chased by a Chinese maritime surveillance vessel in the disputed South China Sea, Vietnam said late on Thursday.

Erdogan Praises New Zealand Prime Minister After Row Over Mosque Attacks

By Patrick Wintour and Bethan McKernan | The Guardian

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has tried to smooth over his diplomatic row with New Zealand by saying Jacinda Ardern’s empathy after the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch was an example to the world. Erdogan has been accused of exploiting the attack in his local election campaign by screening video footage of the assault at his rallies, and claiming the killings were not the work of a single gunman.

March 21, 2019

New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Guns, Jacinda Ardern Says

By Damien Cave and Charlotte Graham-McLay | The New York Times

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Thursday announced a national ban on all military-style semiautomatic weapons, all high-capacity ammunition magazines and all parts that allow weapons to be modified into the kinds of guns used to kill 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week.

Opinion

March 21, 2019

News

March 20, 2019

High-Level U.S.-China Trade Talks to Resume in Final Push for Deal

By Bob Davis | The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)

Negotiators for the U.S. and China have scheduled a new round of high-level trade talks in Beijing and Washington, aiming to close a deal by late April to end the yearlong dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam.

Kazakhstan’s new president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev handed the key post of senate speaker on Wednesday to a daughter of his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned a day earlier after three decades in power.

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