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February 22, 2019

When President Trump meets North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, next week in Vietnam, his advisers hope to hammer out a road map for ridding the reclusive state of its nuclear weapons. But Trump appears more tantalized, at least for now, by declaring an end to seven decades of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Opinion

February 22, 2019

Africa

News

February 22, 2019

The Americas

News

February 22, 2019

Opinion

February 22, 2019

Now that even Japan and Switzerland—two countries that rarely pick a fight with anybody—have joined the nearly 50 nations that recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president, an overwhelming majority of world democracies are supporting the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. The big exception is Mexico. That’s unfortunate, and should draw greater international criticism.

More from WPR: Venezuela’s New Opposition Leader Launches a Bold Gambit to Unseat Maduro

Asia-Pacific

News

February 22, 2019

Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior.

Opinion

February 22, 2019

How China Tried to Stop My Freedom of Speech—in Canada

By Rukiye Turdush | The Washington Post

I had thought that by escaping from the Chinese regime, I had guaranteed my boy a safe and beautiful environment in Canada, with all the opportunities he could want and need. Yet, last week at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, when I made a presentation about the dire situation of our people, I realized that the shadow of the nightmare we experienced so many years ago had followed me and my son to our adopted country.

Europe

News

February 22, 2019

Opinion

February 22, 2019

A Global Geopolitical Crisis Comes to Moldova

By Kit Gillet | The Atlantic

In the tiny nation’s parliamentary elections, voters will choose representatives. They will also choose a future aligned with Europe or one aligned with Russia.

If there remained any doubt that Facebook’s business practices intentionally compromise users’ privacy and recklessly undermine democratic norms, it was put to rest on Monday, when the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the British House of Commons issued a hundred-and-eight-page report, incongruously titled “Disinformation and ‘fake news.’”

Middle East & North Africa

News

February 22, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Courts China as Counterweight to Critical West

By Jared Malsin & Chun Han Wong | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Saudi Arabia on Friday signed a wide-ranging set of agreements on energy and trade with China, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accelerated efforts to court an economic power that offers a potential counterweight to the U.S.

United States

News

February 22, 2019

When President Trump meets North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, next week in Vietnam, his advisers hope to hammer out a road map for ridding the reclusive state of its nuclear weapons. But Trump appears more tantalized, at least for now, by declaring an end to seven decades of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Opinion

February 22, 2019

News

February 21, 2019

Opinion

February 21, 2019

Is the Trump administration deliberately searching for a casus belli for direct military confrontation with Iran? After the Trump administration’s strange Warsaw meeting on the Middle East and its less than impressive performance at the Munich Security Conference, key European officials were left scratching their heads.

More from WPR: Animosity Between Iran and Europe Could Derail Efforts to Save the Nuclear Deal

Stranger Than Fiction: Tehran’s American-Born Agents

By Jason Rezaian | The Washington Post

U.S. prosecutors announced last week that a former Air Force intelligence specialist defected to Iran, and charged her with espionage for allegedly sharing sensitive national security information with the Tehran regime. The revelation has reopened an uncomfortable conversation about treason. It is also raising questions about the murky world of Americans who cooperate with the Iranian regime.

News

February 20, 2019

U.S. and North Korean special envoys are to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, to make final preparations for a second summit next week between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A Thai court ruled Wednesday that a Russian man who allegedly was part of a gang that stole millions of dollars online from bank accounts can be extradited to the United States to stand trial, but the suspect could end up in Russia anyway.

The Americas

News

February 22, 2019

Opinion

February 22, 2019

Now that even Japan and Switzerland—two countries that rarely pick a fight with anybody—have joined the nearly 50 nations that recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president, an overwhelming majority of world democracies are supporting the restoration of democracy in Venezuela. The big exception is Mexico. That’s unfortunate, and should draw greater international criticism.

More from WPR: Venezuela’s New Opposition Leader Launches a Bold Gambit to Unseat Maduro

How China Tried to Stop My Freedom of Speech—in Canada

By Rukiye Turdush | The Washington Post

I had thought that by escaping from the Chinese regime, I had guaranteed my boy a safe and beautiful environment in Canada, with all the opportunities he could want and need. Yet, last week at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, when I made a presentation about the dire situation of our people, I realized that the shadow of the nightmare we experienced so many years ago had followed me and my son to our adopted country.

News

February 21, 2019

Mexico Activist Killed Days Before Pipeline Referendum

By Christopher Sherman | Associated Press

A community activist fighting against a plan to build a gas pipeline through his central Mexico town was killed Wednesday, three days before a scheduled public referendum on the energy generation project.

Vietnam, Argentina Sign Cooperation Documents

By The Editors | Vietnam News Agency

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and President of Argentina Mauricio Macri witnessed the signing of some cooperation documents between Vietnamese and Argentine ministries and agencies following their talks in Hanoi on Feb. 20.

Opinion

February 21, 2019

The Guaido Generation

By Andrés Cañizález | Global Americans

Jaun Guaido is the antithesis of the central figures of chavismo. He’s not a grandiloquent speaker, instead focusing on the day-to-day issues facing the Venezuelan people, and he has successfully established a sort of mantra with three objectives that must be pursued with urgency: the cessation of an illegitimate regime, a transitional government and free elections.

More from WPR: Venezuela’s New Opposition Leader Launches a Bold Gambit to Unseat Maduro

News

February 20, 2019

Europe

News

February 22, 2019

Opinion

February 22, 2019

A Global Geopolitical Crisis Comes to Moldova

By Kit Gillet | The Atlantic

In the tiny nation’s parliamentary elections, voters will choose representatives. They will also choose a future aligned with Europe or one aligned with Russia.

If there remained any doubt that Facebook’s business practices intentionally compromise users’ privacy and recklessly undermine democratic norms, it was put to rest on Monday, when the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the British House of Commons issued a hundred-and-eight-page report, incongruously titled “Disinformation and ‘fake news.’”

News

February 21, 2019

France to Adopt International Definition of Anti-Semitism

By Sylvie Corbet | Associated Press

The French government will adopt an international organization’s definition of anti-Semitism and propose a law to reduce hate speech from being circulated online, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday.

Opinion

February 21, 2019

Is the Trump administration deliberately searching for a casus belli for direct military confrontation with Iran? After the Trump administration’s strange Warsaw meeting on the Middle East and its less than impressive performance at the Munich Security Conference, key European officials were left scratching their heads.

More from WPR: Animosity Between Iran and Europe Could Derail Efforts to Save the Nuclear Deal

News

February 20, 2019

India plans to buy 21 MiG-29 jet fighters and possibly more from Russia, the RIA news agency cited the deputy director of Russia’s federal service for military-technical cooperation as saying on Wednesday.

Africa

News

February 22, 2019

Boosting Africa Ties, Israel Opens First Embassy in Rwanda

By The Editors | The Times of Israel

Israel opened its first embassy in Rwanda on Friday, offering support to the East Africa nation from health to education and agriculture, as well as communication technology including cybersecurity.

February 21, 2019

Twenty-eight-year-old Phelix Kasanda is one of thousands of gay Kenyans hoping judges will strike down a colonial-era law punishing consensual same-sex relationships by 14 years in jail. Same-sex relationships are illegal in more than 70 countries, almost half of them in Africa, where homosexuality is broadly taboo and persecution is rife.

More from WPR: A Kenyan Director Made History at Cannes, but Kenyans Still Can’t Watch Her Film

Opinion

February 21, 2019

News

February 20, 2019

Middle East & North Africa

News

February 22, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince Courts China as Counterweight to Critical West

By Jared Malsin & Chun Han Wong | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Saudi Arabia on Friday signed a wide-ranging set of agreements on energy and trade with China, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accelerated efforts to court an economic power that offers a potential counterweight to the U.S.

Boosting Africa Ties, Israel Opens First Embassy in Rwanda

By The Editors | The Times of Israel

Israel opened its first embassy in Rwanda on Friday, offering support to the East Africa nation from health to education and agriculture, as well as communication technology including cybersecurity.

Hamas officials said a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed and at least 30 others injured by live fire as thousands of Palestinians rioted along the Gaza border on Friday, throwing rocks and explosive devices at Israeli soldiers and trying to breach the fence.

February 21, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince in China on Latest Stop of Asian Tour

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in China on Thursday on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that seeks to boost relations with the kingdom’s neighbors amid frictions with the West.

Iranian Group Blamed for Cyberattack on Australia’s Parliament

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

Hackers based in Iran and implicated in attacks on the U.S. and Western allies were behind a computer breach of Australia’s Parliament and political parties, a U.S. cyber research company alleged.

Opinion

February 21, 2019

Stranger Than Fiction: Tehran’s American-Born Agents

By Jason Rezaian | The Washington Post

U.S. prosecutors announced last week that a former Air Force intelligence specialist defected to Iran, and charged her with espionage for allegedly sharing sensitive national security information with the Tehran regime. The revelation has reopened an uncomfortable conversation about treason. It is also raising questions about the murky world of Americans who cooperate with the Iranian regime.

News

February 20, 2019

Asia-Pacific

News

February 22, 2019

When President Trump meets North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, next week in Vietnam, his advisers hope to hammer out a road map for ridding the reclusive state of its nuclear weapons. But Trump appears more tantalized, at least for now, by declaring an end to seven decades of war on the Korean Peninsula.

Saudi Crown Prince Courts China as Counterweight to Critical West

By Jared Malsin & Chun Han Wong | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Saudi Arabia on Friday signed a wide-ranging set of agreements on energy and trade with China, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accelerated efforts to court an economic power that offers a potential counterweight to the U.S.

Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial “social credit” system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior.

Customs at China’s northern port of Dalian has banned imports of Australian coal and will cap overall coal imports from all sources for 2019 at 12 million tons, an official at Dalian Port Group has told Reuters.

Opinion

February 22, 2019

How China Tried to Stop My Freedom of Speech—in Canada

By Rukiye Turdush | The Washington Post

I had thought that by escaping from the Chinese regime, I had guaranteed my boy a safe and beautiful environment in Canada, with all the opportunities he could want and need. Yet, last week at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, when I made a presentation about the dire situation of our people, I realized that the shadow of the nightmare we experienced so many years ago had followed me and my son to our adopted country.

News

February 21, 2019

Saudi Crown Prince in China on Latest Stop of Asian Tour

By Christopher Bodeen | Associated Press

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in China on Thursday on the latest stop of a sweep through Asia that seeks to boost relations with the kingdom’s neighbors amid frictions with the West.

Iranian Group Blamed for Cyberattack on Australia’s Parliament

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

Hackers based in Iran and implicated in attacks on the U.S. and Western allies were behind a computer breach of Australia’s Parliament and political parties, a U.S. cyber research company alleged.

Malaysia Orders Arrest of Ex-Leader Najib’s Former Media Adviser

By Yantoultra Ngui | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

A British national who worked as a media adviser to former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is facing two counts of money laundering charges over $3.5 million that was allegedly linked to his former boss, a government prosecutor said Thursday.

Taiwan on Thursday proposed a draft law to allow same-sex marriage in Asia’s first such bill, but the legislation was criticized by rights activists and conservative groups amid a heated debate over marriage equality.

Vietnam, Argentina Sign Cooperation Documents

By The Editors | Vietnam News Agency

Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and President of Argentina Mauricio Macri witnessed the signing of some cooperation documents between Vietnamese and Argentine ministries and agencies following their talks in Hanoi on Feb. 20.

Opinion

February 21, 2019

News

February 20, 2019

U.S. and North Korean special envoys are to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, to make final preparations for a second summit next week between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

India plans to buy 21 MiG-29 jet fighters and possibly more from Russia, the RIA news agency cited the deputy director of Russia’s federal service for military-technical cooperation as saying on Wednesday.

A Thai court ruled Wednesday that a Russian man who allegedly was part of a gang that stole millions of dollars online from bank accounts can be extradited to the United States to stand trial, but the suspect could end up in Russia anyway.

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