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January 21, 2020
Before the Senate impeachment trial began in earnest Tuesday, President Trump was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington, in this glitzy Alpine village, driving a competing narrative—one that had nothing to do with pressure on Ukraine, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress.
From the earliest days of the revolution, Cuba has been sending doctors to treat the poor people of the developing world—a key source of income and influence for the communist island long isolated by a U.S. embargo. Now the Trump administration is targeting the government’s signature medical brigades, urging U.S. allies to cancel their health cooperation agreements and send their Cuban doctors packing.

Mnuchin Warns U.K., Italy Over Digital Tax Plans

By Greg Ip | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Italy and Britain will face U.S. tariffs if they proceed with a tax on digital companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Africa

News

January 21, 2020
Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and the daughter of Angola’s former president, is under scrutiny by her bank and the Angolan government after a leak of more than 700,000 documents showed how she exploited the country’s wealth to enrich herself.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Laundering Isabel dos Santos

By Claudia Gastrow | Africa is a Country
“African corruption” is only African as regards its victims. Its perpetrators are institutions and individuals from across the globe who are willing to loot without conscience as they watch their offshore accounts grow.

The Americas

News

January 21, 2020
Central American migrants, traveling in a caravan from Honduras, tried to force their way through the Mexico-Guatemala border Monday after the Mexican government rejected their request to transit toward the United States.

75 Drug Cartel Members Tunnel Out of Paraguay Prison

By Santi Carneri & Ernesto Londoño | The New York Times
At least 75 members of a powerful Brazilian drug cartel escaped from a prison in northern Paraguay through a tunnel Sunday, pulling off an escape plan that officials had known about for more than a month but were unable to stop.

Colombian Senators Seek Protection After Surveillance Report

By Manuel Rueda & Christine Armario | Associated Press
Colombian Sen. Antonio Sanguino moves around town in a bullet-proof vehicle, with three pistol-packing bodyguards watching over him as he attends meetings and political rallies. But the leftist senator says that while the bodyguards protect him from assassination attempts, they have been unable to neutralize another type of threat: Sanguino believes Colombia’s intelligence services have been intercepting his phone calls, looking at his emails and tracking his WhatsApp chats since early last year, and sending that information to the nation’s governing party.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Asia-Pacific

News

January 21, 2020
Australian officials said Tuesday that the country would begin screening passengers on flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city where a new coronavirus has infected more than 250 people and killed at least six, as global concern has grown about the spread of the disease.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Europe

News

January 21, 2020
French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he had a “great discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid a rise in tariffs.
The Norwegian prime minister lost her parliamentary majority Monday after the right-wing Progress Party withdrew its ministers from the government coalition. The right-wing protest move came in response to the controversial repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her children from a Syrian camp.

More from WPR: Europe’s Reluctance to Take Back ISIS Supporters Could Lead to a New Crisis

Serbia-Kosovo Flights to Resume Under U.S.-Brokered Deal

By Melissa Eddy | The New York Times
Serbia and Kosovo agreed Monday to restore flights between their capitals for the first time in more than two decades, in a step toward reconciliation brokered by the United States at a time when the European Union is urging the two Balkan countries to resume talks.

Middle East & North Africa

News

January 21, 2020

Toll in Attack on Yemen Military Base Rises to at Least 76

By Saeed Al-Batati & Ben Hubbard | The New York Times
The death toll in a drone and missile attack on a government military training base in central Yemen rose to at least 76 on Sunday, representing an escalation bound to complicate international efforts to end the country’s prolonged war.
Western and Arab powers signed a wide-ranging agreement Sunday to respect a U.N. arms embargo and stop providing military support to Libya's warring factions. But the gathering failed to persuade the rival sides to agree to a lasting cease-fire, as many had hoped.

More from WPR: All-Out Proxy War Looms in Libya as Turkey Mulls a Military Intervention

Opinion

January 21, 2020

United States

News

January 21, 2020
Before the Senate impeachment trial began in earnest Tuesday, President Trump was more than 4,000 miles away from Washington, in this glitzy Alpine village, driving a competing narrative—one that had nothing to do with pressure on Ukraine, abuse of power or obstruction of Congress.
From the earliest days of the revolution, Cuba has been sending doctors to treat the poor people of the developing world—a key source of income and influence for the communist island long isolated by a U.S. embargo. Now the Trump administration is targeting the government’s signature medical brigades, urging U.S. allies to cancel their health cooperation agreements and send their Cuban doctors packing.

Mnuchin Warns U.K., Italy Over Digital Tax Plans

By Greg Ip | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Italy and Britain will face U.S. tariffs if they proceed with a tax on digital companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned.
Central American migrants, traveling in a caravan from Honduras, tried to force their way through the Mexico-Guatemala border Monday after the Mexican government rejected their request to transit toward the United States.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he had a “great discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid a rise in tariffs.

Serbia-Kosovo Flights to Resume Under U.S.-Brokered Deal

By Melissa Eddy | The New York Times
Serbia and Kosovo agreed Monday to restore flights between their capitals for the first time in more than two decades, in a step toward reconciliation brokered by the United States at a time when the European Union is urging the two Balkan countries to resume talks.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

The Americas

News

January 21, 2020
From the earliest days of the revolution, Cuba has been sending doctors to treat the poor people of the developing world—a key source of income and influence for the communist island long isolated by a U.S. embargo. Now the Trump administration is targeting the government’s signature medical brigades, urging U.S. allies to cancel their health cooperation agreements and send their Cuban doctors packing.
Central American migrants, traveling in a caravan from Honduras, tried to force their way through the Mexico-Guatemala border Monday after the Mexican government rejected their request to transit toward the United States.

75 Drug Cartel Members Tunnel Out of Paraguay Prison

By Santi Carneri & Ernesto Londoño | The New York Times
At least 75 members of a powerful Brazilian drug cartel escaped from a prison in northern Paraguay through a tunnel Sunday, pulling off an escape plan that officials had known about for more than a month but were unable to stop.

Colombian Senators Seek Protection After Surveillance Report

By Manuel Rueda & Christine Armario | Associated Press
Colombian Sen. Antonio Sanguino moves around town in a bullet-proof vehicle, with three pistol-packing bodyguards watching over him as he attends meetings and political rallies. But the leftist senator says that while the bodyguards protect him from assassination attempts, they have been unable to neutralize another type of threat: Sanguino believes Colombia’s intelligence services have been intercepting his phone calls, looking at his emails and tracking his WhatsApp chats since early last year, and sending that information to the nation’s governing party.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Europe

News

January 21, 2020

Mnuchin Warns U.K., Italy Over Digital Tax Plans

By Greg Ip | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Italy and Britain will face U.S. tariffs if they proceed with a tax on digital companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc., U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday he had a “great discussion” with U.S. President Donald Trump over a digital tax planned by Paris and said the two countries would work together to avoid a rise in tariffs.
The Norwegian prime minister lost her parliamentary majority Monday after the right-wing Progress Party withdrew its ministers from the government coalition. The right-wing protest move came in response to the controversial repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her children from a Syrian camp.

More from WPR: Europe’s Reluctance to Take Back ISIS Supporters Could Lead to a New Crisis

Serbia-Kosovo Flights to Resume Under U.S.-Brokered Deal

By Melissa Eddy | The New York Times
Serbia and Kosovo agreed Monday to restore flights between their capitals for the first time in more than two decades, in a step toward reconciliation brokered by the United States at a time when the European Union is urging the two Balkan countries to resume talks.

Africa

News

January 21, 2020
Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman and the daughter of Angola’s former president, is under scrutiny by her bank and the Angolan government after a leak of more than 700,000 documents showed how she exploited the country’s wealth to enrich herself.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Laundering Isabel dos Santos

By Claudia Gastrow | Africa is a Country
“African corruption” is only African as regards its victims. Its perpetrators are institutions and individuals from across the globe who are willing to loot without conscience as they watch their offshore accounts grow.

Middle East & North Africa

News

January 21, 2020
The Norwegian prime minister lost her parliamentary majority Monday after the right-wing Progress Party withdrew its ministers from the government coalition. The right-wing protest move came in response to the controversial repatriation of a suspected Islamic State member and her children from a Syrian camp.

More from WPR: Europe’s Reluctance to Take Back ISIS Supporters Could Lead to a New Crisis

Toll in Attack on Yemen Military Base Rises to at Least 76

By Saeed Al-Batati & Ben Hubbard | The New York Times
The death toll in a drone and missile attack on a government military training base in central Yemen rose to at least 76 on Sunday, representing an escalation bound to complicate international efforts to end the country’s prolonged war.
Western and Arab powers signed a wide-ranging agreement Sunday to respect a U.N. arms embargo and stop providing military support to Libya's warring factions. But the gathering failed to persuade the rival sides to agree to a lasting cease-fire, as many had hoped.

More from WPR: All-Out Proxy War Looms in Libya as Turkey Mulls a Military Intervention

Opinion

January 21, 2020

Asia-Pacific

News

January 21, 2020
Australian officials said Tuesday that the country would begin screening passengers on flights from Wuhan, the Chinese city where a new coronavirus has infected more than 250 people and killed at least six, as global concern has grown about the spread of the disease.

Opinion

January 21, 2020

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