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February 26, 2021

Biden Administration Conducts Strike on Iranian-Linked Fighters in Syria

By Missy Ryan, Anne Gearan & Alex Horton | The Washington Post
The Biden administration conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday that officials believe killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling its intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

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February 25, 2021

Africa

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February 26, 2021
In a late-night meeting Thursday, Somalia’s prime minister persuaded opposition leaders to postpone their plan for mass anti-government protests and apologized for violence last Friday that targeted candidates running in an election that was meant to take place this month but is now delayed indefinitely.
Nine soldiers have been killed in an attack near the central Malian town of Bandiagara, in an area where armed groups are rampant, a military official has said.

The Americas

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February 26, 2021

Mexico Is Vaccinating Its Poorest Citizens First—Against the Advice of Health Experts

By Kevin Sieff & Paulina Villegas | The Washington Post
As debate rages around the world about who should be vaccinated first, Mexico has come up with its own unconventional approach—one with no apparent epidemiological foundation. The government of populist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who campaigned on the slogan “First, the poor,” is prioritizing the country’s poorest citizens, using the vaccine as a kind of reparation for years of marginalization.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

Asia-Pacific

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February 26, 2021

India Imposes Sweeping New Social Media Rules

By Stephanie Findlay | Financial Times (subscription required)
India has announced sweeping rules that could force social media companies to break into encrypted messages and take down posts New Delhi deems contentious.

Seoul Sounds Alarm on Humanitarian Crisis in North Korea

By Edward White | Financial Times (subscription required)
South Korea has warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis and food shortages unfolding in North Korea as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

Europe

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February 26, 2021
Shamima Begum, who as a schoolgirl left her London home to join the Islamic State in Syria in 2015, lost a series of appeals before Britain’s Supreme Court on Friday that could have allowed her to return home to fight the removal of her citizenship, a move that could affect other British citizens held in detention camps in Syria.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

The West Just Lost Georgia

By Ani Chkhikvadze | The Washington Post
In Tbilisi, many hope that the Biden administration will take a more active role, as the president himself has pledged. As Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” Those concerned about the future of Georgia’s democracy are hoping that the time has come to do so.

Middle East & North Africa

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February 26, 2021
Heavy fighting between rebels and government forces in Yemen’s oil-rich Marib has killed at least 27 people, tribal leaders and security officials said Firday, amid a resurgence of violence in the area.
Iran is threatening to end a deal struck with the U.N. nuclear watchdog last weekend temporarily salvaging much monitoring of its activities if the agency’s board endorses a U.S.-led push to criticise Tehran next week, an Iranian position paper shows.
The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions Thursday on a top police security official in Yemen’s capital, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, citing his prominent role in intimidations, systematic arrests, detentions, torture, sexual violence “and rape against politically active women.”

United States

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February 26, 2021

Biden Administration Conducts Strike on Iranian-Linked Fighters in Syria

By Missy Ryan, Anne Gearan & Alex Horton | The Washington Post
The Biden administration conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday that officials believe killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling its intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

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February 25, 2021

Biden Revokes Trump’s Pause on Green Cards

By Michael D. Shear | The New York Times
President Biden reopened the country Wednesday to people seeking green cards, ending a ban on legal immigration that President Donald Trump imposed last spring, citing what he said was the need to protect American jobs during the pandemic.

Biden Squeezed on Immigration Policy, Bracing for Border Crisis

By Maria Sacchetti & Nick Miroff | The Washington Post
President Biden promised to restore the United States’ reputation as a “beacon for the globe” by reopening the nation’s doors to immigrants and refugees. But he has infuriated some supporters by expelling tens of thousands of migrants, restoring an unlicensed shelter for migrant children and struggling to implement policy changes without a full staff in place.

More from WPR: Biden’s Immigration Imperatives
February 24, 2021

Trudeau Conveys Relief in Meeting With Biden, but Sticking Points Remain

By Anne Gearan & Amanda Coletta | The Washington Post
Even through a video screen, you could feel the warm fuzzies between President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the two met Tuesday for a symbolic rebooting of neighborly relations grown testy over the past four years.

Biden to Order Sweeping Review of U.S. Supply Chain Weak Spots

By David J. Lynch | The Washington Post
President Biden on Wednesday will formally order a 100-day government review of potential vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains for critical items, including computer chips, medical gear, electric-vehicle batteries and specialized minerals.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the United States will vie for a seat at the U.N.’s human rights body, which would cement a U.S. return to a Geneva-based body that was shunned by the Trump administration.

The Americas

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February 26, 2021

Mexico Is Vaccinating Its Poorest Citizens First—Against the Advice of Health Experts

By Kevin Sieff & Paulina Villegas | The Washington Post
As debate rages around the world about who should be vaccinated first, Mexico has come up with its own unconventional approach—one with no apparent epidemiological foundation. The government of populist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who campaigned on the slogan “First, the poor,” is prioritizing the country’s poorest citizens, using the vaccine as a kind of reparation for years of marginalization.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

News

February 25, 2021

‘VIP Immunization’ for the Powerful and Their Cronies Rattles South America

By Mitra Taj, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Manuela Andreoni & Daniel Politi | The New York Times
The hope brought by the arrival of the first vaccines in South America is hardening into anger as inoculation campaigns have spiraled into scandal, cronyism and corruption, rocking national governments and sapping trust in the political establishment.
February 24, 2021

Trudeau Conveys Relief in Meeting With Biden, but Sticking Points Remain

By Anne Gearan & Amanda Coletta | The Washington Post
Even through a video screen, you could feel the warm fuzzies between President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the two met Tuesday for a symbolic rebooting of neighborly relations grown testy over the past four years.
Board members of Brazilian oil giant Petrobras on Tuesday paved the way for approval of a retired general with no industry experience to take the helm of the state-controlled company, sparking fears of government meddling in pricing.

Europe

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February 26, 2021
Shamima Begum, who as a schoolgirl left her London home to join the Islamic State in Syria in 2015, lost a series of appeals before Britain’s Supreme Court on Friday that could have allowed her to return home to fight the removal of her citizenship, a move that could affect other British citizens held in detention camps in Syria.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

The West Just Lost Georgia

By Ani Chkhikvadze | The Washington Post
In Tbilisi, many hope that the Biden administration will take a more active role, as the president himself has pledged. As Winston Churchill is often quoted as saying, “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” Those concerned about the future of Georgia’s democracy are hoping that the time has come to do so.

News

February 25, 2021
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan warned of an attempted military coup against him Thursday, and thousands took to the streets of the capital to support him after the army demanded he and his government resign.

EU Leaders Meet to Speed Up Vaccine Rollout in Race Against Variants

By Jan Strupczewski, Gabriela Baczynska | Reuters
European Union leaders will meet Thursday to try to speed up the production and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in a race against the emergence of new variants that some fear could bring a third wave of the pandemic across the continent.

Opinion

February 25, 2021
The pushback against racial, gender and social-justice activism has long been a hallmark of the ultranationalist governments of Hungary and Poland, which have accused the European Union of imposing its allegedly “woke” agenda, especially on LGBTQ rights. But the war on wokeness has now taken root in Britain and France, where more moderate conservative governments have now made it their cri de coeur.

Africa

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February 26, 2021
In a late-night meeting Thursday, Somalia’s prime minister persuaded opposition leaders to postpone their plan for mass anti-government protests and apologized for violence last Friday that targeted candidates running in an election that was meant to take place this month but is now delayed indefinitely.
Nine soldiers have been killed in an attack near the central Malian town of Bandiagara, in an area where armed groups are rampant, a military official has said.
February 25, 2021

Opinion

February 25, 2021

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February 24, 2021

Middle East & North Africa

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February 26, 2021

Biden Administration Conducts Strike on Iranian-Linked Fighters in Syria

By Missy Ryan, Anne Gearan & Alex Horton | The Washington Post
The Biden administration conducted an airstrike in Syria on Thursday that officials believe killed a number of alleged Iranian-linked fighters, signaling its intent to use targeted military action to push back against violence tied to Tehran.
Shamima Begum, who as a schoolgirl left her London home to join the Islamic State in Syria in 2015, lost a series of appeals before Britain’s Supreme Court on Friday that could have allowed her to return home to fight the removal of her citizenship, a move that could affect other British citizens held in detention camps in Syria.
Heavy fighting between rebels and government forces in Yemen’s oil-rich Marib has killed at least 27 people, tribal leaders and security officials said Firday, amid a resurgence of violence in the area.
Iran is threatening to end a deal struck with the U.N. nuclear watchdog last weekend temporarily salvaging much monitoring of its activities if the agency’s board endorses a U.S.-led push to criticise Tehran next week, an Iranian position paper shows.
The U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions Thursday on a top police security official in Yemen’s capital, which is controlled by Houthi rebels, citing his prominent role in intimidations, systematic arrests, detentions, torture, sexual violence “and rape against politically active women.”

Opinion

February 26, 2021

News

February 25, 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa on Thursday discussed Iran and the possible involvement of the Gulf state in establishing a vaccine plant in Israel, the two countries said.

Recent Drone Attack on Saudi Royal Palace Launched From Iraq

By Qassim Abdul-Zahra | Associated Press
Explosive-laden drones that targeted Saudi Arabia’s royal palace in the kingdom’s capital last month were launched from inside Iraq, a senior Iran-backed militia official in Baghdad and a U.S. official said.

Asia-Pacific

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February 26, 2021

India Imposes Sweeping New Social Media Rules

By Stephanie Findlay | Financial Times (subscription required)
India has announced sweeping rules that could force social media companies to break into encrypted messages and take down posts New Delhi deems contentious.

Seoul Sounds Alarm on Humanitarian Crisis in North Korea

By Edward White | Financial Times (subscription required)
South Korea has warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis and food shortages unfolding in North Korea as leader Kim Jong Un grapples with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Opinion

February 26, 2021

News

February 25, 2021
Kazakhstan will permanently ban foreigners from owning or renting farmland in the vast Central Asian nation, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said Thursday, ending a lengthy dispute that once prompted anti-government protests.

Opinion

February 25, 2021
February 24, 2021

NATO Needs to Deal With China Head-On

By Thomas de Maizière & A. Wess Mitchell | Foreign Policy
The Western alliance is unprepared to counter the direct and growing challenge from Beijing.

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