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January 23, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued an emergency directive to all non-national-security agencies requiring them to take steps to protect their networks against a cyber-hijacking campaign that private-sector researchers suggest may be linked to Iran.

More from WPR: How the U.S. Approach to Cyber Conflict Evolved in 2018—and What Could Come Next

Opinion

January 23, 2019

News

January 22, 2019

U.S. and North Korean Spies Have Held Secret Talks for a Decade

By Michael R. Gordon & Warren P. Strobel | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

U.S. intelligence officials have met with North Korean counterparts secretly for a decade, a covert channel that allowed communications during tense times, aided in the release of detainees and helped pave the way for President Trump’s historic summit last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Time to Make Good on the U.S.-Philippine Alliance

By Gregory B. Poling & Eric Sayers | War on the Rocks

A storm is brewing in America’s oldest security alliance in the Indo-Pacific and the Trump administration needs to act quickly to head it off.

Africa

News

January 23, 2019

Nigerian Presidential Hopeful Vows to Rewrite Oil Deals

By Neil Munshi | Financial Times (subscription required)

Atiku Abubakar, the leading opposition challenger to Nigeria’s president, has said he would seek to overhaul oil production deals with international companies and push for energy reforms if he won next month’s presidential election.

Opinion

January 23, 2019

Zimbabwe Is Burning. It’s Time to Act

By Michelle Gavin & Alexander Noyes | The Washington Post

More than a year after the ousting of long-serving President Robert Mugabe in a military coup, and six months after the election of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe is once more in crisis. Security forces have cracked down brutally on large-scale protests, leaving at least 12 dead, hundreds injured and more than 600 detained. To resolve the crisis, leaders in Zimbabwe, the region and internationally will have to look beyond the artificially constrained choices of the past.

News

January 22, 2019

Congo Court Affirms Results of Contested Presidential Election

By Steve Wembi & Megan Specia | The New York Times

The Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo ruled early Sunday on the results of the country’s highly contested election, determining that the opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was in fact the winner and rejecting a challenge from another opposition figure who was the runner-up.

More from WPR: Kabila Is Finally Departing, but Congo’s Future Is as Uncertain as Ever

Opinion

January 22, 2019

The Americas

News

January 23, 2019

Opinion

January 23, 2019

There’s a good chance that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party will continue to govern Canada after the October election. Last week, Trudeau shuffled his cabinet to bring a few new faces to the table. But the change-up reflects a prime minister who seems comfortable with his starting lineup ahead of the big game—and of his chances of winning it.

News

January 22, 2019

The body of a slain journalist was found in northwestern Mexico, authorities said on Monday, adding to a long list of reporters who have fallen victim to record levels of violence in the country.

Asia-Pacific

News

January 23, 2019
January 22, 2019

Days after the White House announced plans for a second nuclear summit between the United States and North Korea, a think tank report has identified a secret North Korean ballistic missile base about 160 miles northwest of Seoul that is reportedly the headquarters of the country’s strategic missile force.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Europe

News

January 23, 2019

Russia showed foreign military attaches and journalists a cruise missile system on Wednesday that the United States says breaches a Cold War-era arms control pact, its latest attempt to disprove an allegation it denies and stop Washington quitting the treaty.

A Russian oligarch allied with Vladi­mir Putin will, along with close associates, maintain majority control of a major energy company from which the Treasury Department is lifting sanctions despite the Trump administration’s promise to hold him accountable as a key beneficiary of Moscow’s “malign activity” worldwide.

More from WPR: Lifting U.S. Sanctions on a Russian Aluminum Giant Is Not a Gift to the Kremlin

Opinion

January 23, 2019

News

January 22, 2019

Plan B for Brexit Looks a Lot Like the Defeated Plan A

By Stephen Castle | The New York Times

After her Brexit plan went down to the most resounding defeat in modern British history, Prime Minister Theresa May was told to come back with a Plan B. She did that Monday. But her Plan B looked a lot like Plan A, setting the stage for another battle royale with rebellious British lawmakers over Brexit, or the process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union.

More from WPR: Can Theresa May Pull Off a Brexit Breakthrough in a Divided Britain?

The European Union sanctioned on Monday two senior Russian military intelligence officials and two of their officers blamed for poisoning a former Russian double agent in Britain last year, a decision Moscow dismissed as groundless.

Unidentified attackers threw petrol bombs at a police station in the Portuguese city of Setubal and torched cars in the capital Lisbon, hours after a protest against police violence ended in clashes, authorities said.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Middle East & North Africa

News

January 23, 2019

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Moscow for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.

Opinion

January 23, 2019

News

January 22, 2019

Egypt said Tuesday at least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where its security forces have been battling a long-running insurgency led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

Iraqi Scientist Says He Helped ISIS Make Chemical Weapons

By Joby Warrick | The Washington Post

Suleiman al-Afari recounted his recruitment and life under the Islamic State in a rare interview inside the fortresslike headquarters of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Counterterrorism Department. An affable, neatly groomed man, Afari is among the few known participants in the Islamic State’s chemical weapons program to be captured alive.

Israel Makes Rare Admission of Striking Iranian Forces in Syria

By Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

Israel made the unusual move Monday of announcing a strike on Iran-linked forces in Syria after a rocket attack, as it enters into an increasingly open confrontation with its arch foe that is also increasing friction with Moscow.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

United States

News

January 23, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued an emergency directive to all non-national-security agencies requiring them to take steps to protect their networks against a cyber-hijacking campaign that private-sector researchers suggest may be linked to Iran.

More from WPR: How the U.S. Approach to Cyber Conflict Evolved in 2018—and What Could Come Next

Opinion

January 23, 2019

News

January 22, 2019

U.S. and North Korean Spies Have Held Secret Talks for a Decade

By Michael R. Gordon & Warren P. Strobel | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

U.S. intelligence officials have met with North Korean counterparts secretly for a decade, a covert channel that allowed communications during tense times, aided in the release of detainees and helped pave the way for President Trump’s historic summit last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Time to Make Good on the U.S.-Philippine Alliance

By Gregory B. Poling & Eric Sayers | War on the Rocks

A storm is brewing in America’s oldest security alliance in the Indo-Pacific and the Trump administration needs to act quickly to head it off.

The Americas

News

January 23, 2019

Opinion

January 23, 2019

There’s a good chance that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party will continue to govern Canada after the October election. Last week, Trudeau shuffled his cabinet to bring a few new faces to the table. But the change-up reflects a prime minister who seems comfortable with his starting lineup ahead of the big game—and of his chances of winning it.

News

January 22, 2019

The body of a slain journalist was found in northwestern Mexico, authorities said on Monday, adding to a long list of reporters who have fallen victim to record levels of violence in the country.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced on Monday a bill to set stiffer fines and jail time for serious violations of the country’s environmental laws, marking a shift toward increasing environmental scrutiny in the world’s top copper producer.

Europe

News

January 23, 2019

Russia showed foreign military attaches and journalists a cruise missile system on Wednesday that the United States says breaches a Cold War-era arms control pact, its latest attempt to disprove an allegation it denies and stop Washington quitting the treaty.

A Russian oligarch allied with Vladi­mir Putin will, along with close associates, maintain majority control of a major energy company from which the Treasury Department is lifting sanctions despite the Trump administration’s promise to hold him accountable as a key beneficiary of Moscow’s “malign activity” worldwide.

More from WPR: Lifting U.S. Sanctions on a Russian Aluminum Giant Is Not a Gift to the Kremlin

Opinion

January 23, 2019

News

January 22, 2019

Plan B for Brexit Looks a Lot Like the Defeated Plan A

By Stephen Castle | The New York Times

After her Brexit plan went down to the most resounding defeat in modern British history, Prime Minister Theresa May was told to come back with a Plan B. She did that Monday. But her Plan B looked a lot like Plan A, setting the stage for another battle royale with rebellious British lawmakers over Brexit, or the process of withdrawing Britain from the European Union.

More from WPR: Can Theresa May Pull Off a Brexit Breakthrough in a Divided Britain?

The European Union sanctioned on Monday two senior Russian military intelligence officials and two of their officers blamed for poisoning a former Russian double agent in Britain last year, a decision Moscow dismissed as groundless.

Unidentified attackers threw petrol bombs at a police station in the Portuguese city of Setubal and torched cars in the capital Lisbon, hours after a protest against police violence ended in clashes, authorities said.

A car driving the wrong way down a street struck a policeman near the Polish president’s headquarters Tuesday before speeding off and ramming into a metal barrier protecting the driveway of the building, officials said. A man was detained at the scene.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Africa

News

January 23, 2019

Nigerian Presidential Hopeful Vows to Rewrite Oil Deals

By Neil Munshi | Financial Times (subscription required)

Atiku Abubakar, the leading opposition challenger to Nigeria’s president, has said he would seek to overhaul oil production deals with international companies and push for energy reforms if he won next month’s presidential election.

Opinion

January 23, 2019

Zimbabwe Is Burning. It’s Time to Act

By Michelle Gavin & Alexander Noyes | The Washington Post

More than a year after the ousting of long-serving President Robert Mugabe in a military coup, and six months after the election of new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe is once more in crisis. Security forces have cracked down brutally on large-scale protests, leaving at least 12 dead, hundreds injured and more than 600 detained. To resolve the crisis, leaders in Zimbabwe, the region and internationally will have to look beyond the artificially constrained choices of the past.

News

January 22, 2019

Congo Court Affirms Results of Contested Presidential Election

By Steve Wembi & Megan Specia | The New York Times

The Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of Congo ruled early Sunday on the results of the country’s highly contested election, determining that the opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was in fact the winner and rejecting a challenge from another opposition figure who was the runner-up.

More from WPR: Kabila Is Finally Departing, but Congo’s Future Is as Uncertain as Ever

Uganda has deported a French and a Rwandan executive from telecoms group MTN, accusing them of planning to compromise national security, while other employees were being investigated for alleged incitement to violence, police said on Tuesday.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Middle East & North Africa

News

January 23, 2019

The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday issued an emergency directive to all non-national-security agencies requiring them to take steps to protect their networks against a cyber-hijacking campaign that private-sector researchers suggest may be linked to Iran.

More from WPR: How the U.S. Approach to Cyber Conflict Evolved in 2018—and What Could Come Next

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Moscow for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.

Opinion

January 23, 2019

News

January 22, 2019

Egypt said Tuesday at least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where its security forces have been battling a long-running insurgency led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

Iraqi Scientist Says He Helped ISIS Make Chemical Weapons

By Joby Warrick | The Washington Post

Suleiman al-Afari recounted his recruitment and life under the Islamic State in a rare interview inside the fortresslike headquarters of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Counterterrorism Department. An affable, neatly groomed man, Afari is among the few known participants in the Islamic State’s chemical weapons program to be captured alive.

Israel Makes Rare Admission of Striking Iranian Forces in Syria

By Loveday Morris | The Washington Post

Israel made the unusual move Monday of announcing a strike on Iran-linked forces in Syria after a rocket attack, as it enters into an increasingly open confrontation with its arch foe that is also increasing friction with Moscow.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Asia-Pacific

News

January 23, 2019
January 22, 2019

U.S. and North Korean Spies Have Held Secret Talks for a Decade

By Michael R. Gordon & Warren P. Strobel | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

U.S. intelligence officials have met with North Korean counterparts secretly for a decade, a covert channel that allowed communications during tense times, aided in the release of detainees and helped pave the way for President Trump’s historic summit last year with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Days after the White House announced plans for a second nuclear summit between the United States and North Korea, a think tank report has identified a secret North Korean ballistic missile base about 160 miles northwest of Seoul that is reportedly the headquarters of the country’s strategic missile force.

Opinion

January 22, 2019

Time to Make Good on the U.S.-Philippine Alliance

By Gregory B. Poling & Eric Sayers | War on the Rocks

A storm is brewing in America’s oldest security alliance in the Indo-Pacific and the Trump administration needs to act quickly to head it off.

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