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January 17, 2020

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January 17, 2020

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January 17, 2020
Federal prosecutors announced murder charges Thursday against a Malian man accused of playing a central role in two 2016 terror attacks in West Africa, including an al-Qaida shooting in Burkina Faso that killed an American missionary and 29 other people.

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January 17, 2020

The Americas

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January 17, 2020
Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who began ruling by decree this week, wants to use his new power to overhaul the constitution in an attempt to break a “decades-long cycle of political crises,” a planned presidential statement seen by Reuters shows.
Guatemala’s government said Thursday prosecutors carried out raids and arrested a former mayor accused of corruption as the U.S. embassy announced it had revoked visas for some ex-officials in the Central American country this year.

Asia-Pacific

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January 17, 2020

Myanmar Unrolls a Welcome Mat for China, but Not All the Way

By Hannah Beech & Saw Nang | The New York Times
As the leader of China, Xi Jinping, touched down in Myanmar on Friday, his two-day visit is designed to celebrate Beijing’s expanding presence in the region, both as an economic and political role model.
Thailand and Japan each reported new cases of a coronavirus that has left two people dead and at least 40 sick in China, adding to concerns about the spread of the virus beyond Chinese borders ahead of a major holiday.

China’s Economic Growth Slows to Near 30-Year Low

By James T. Areddy & Chao Deng | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
A newly sealed trade truce with the U.S. reduced a key source of anxiety for Chinese policymakers but leaves them with another challenge: a need to boost consumer and business confidence as the country faces more downward pressure on its massive economy.

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January 17, 2020

Europe

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January 17, 2020

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January 17, 2020
Boris Johnson is prime minister of what is still, for now, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland—and he would very much like to keep it that way. Mindful of his own place in history, he has no intention of agreeing to a new referendum on Scottish independence that would risk, even invite, the break-up of Britain.

More from WPR: Why Boris Johnson’s Election Victory Could Create More Instability for the U.K.

Middle East & North Africa

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January 17, 2020

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January 17, 2020

Grief, Fear and Rage in Tehran

By Salar Abdoh | The New York Times
As the fear of further conflict looms, Iran is in the midst of a decisive argument with itself.

United States

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January 17, 2020
Federal prosecutors announced murder charges Thursday against a Malian man accused of playing a central role in two 2016 terror attacks in West Africa, including an al-Qaida shooting in Burkina Faso that killed an American missionary and 29 other people.

Opinion

January 17, 2020

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January 16, 2020

U.S. Military Resumes Joint Operations With Iraq

By Alissa J. Rubin & Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The United States military resumed joint operations with Iraq on Wednesday, military officials said, ending a 10-day pause that began after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian military commander in Baghdad.
The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

Opinion

January 16, 2020

The Uneasy Truce of Trump’s Trade Deal with China

By John Cassidy | The New Yorker
How significant is the deal? Trump hyped it up, of course. “This is the biggest deal anybody has ever seen,” he said. Robert Lighthizer, the hawkish U.S. Trade Representative, who led the American negotiating team, has been more measured. In December, he said that the deal “achieves meaningful, fully enforceable structural changes and begins rebalancing the U.S.-China trade relationship.” But even that assessment may be too optimistic.

More from WPR: What Does the ‘Phase One’ U.S.-China Trade Deal Actually Accomplish?

The Americas

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January 17, 2020
Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who began ruling by decree this week, wants to use his new power to overhaul the constitution in an attempt to break a “decades-long cycle of political crises,” a planned presidential statement seen by Reuters shows.
Guatemala’s government said Thursday prosecutors carried out raids and arrested a former mayor accused of corruption as the U.S. embassy announced it had revoked visas for some ex-officials in the Central American country this year.
January 16, 2020
Hundreds of Hondurans, many with hopes of reaching the United States, streamed toward the Guatemalan border Wednesday in the kind of migrant caravan that, in 2018 and 2019, angered President Trump and posed a direct challenge to governments throughout the region.

Guatemala: Former Minister, Lawmakers Face Graft Probes

By Sonny Figueroa | Associated Press
A former economy minister in Guatemala appeared in court to face corruption allegations Wednesday, a day after leaving office amid a change of government and losing the immunity from prosecution he enjoyed as a Cabinet official.

Anti-Corruption Mission in Honduras in Precarious Position

By Marlon González & Christopher Sherman | Associated Press
With just days remaining before the mandate of a regional anti-corruption mission in Honduras is set to expire, backers fear the four-year-old effort could be in its death throes.

Opinion

January 16, 2020

Europe

News

January 17, 2020

Opinion

January 17, 2020
Boris Johnson is prime minister of what is still, for now, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland—and he would very much like to keep it that way. Mindful of his own place in history, he has no intention of agreeing to a new referendum on Scottish independence that would risk, even invite, the break-up of Britain.

More from WPR: Why Boris Johnson’s Election Victory Could Create More Instability for the U.K.

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January 16, 2020

Opinion

January 16, 2020

Africa

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January 17, 2020
Federal prosecutors announced murder charges Thursday against a Malian man accused of playing a central role in two 2016 terror attacks in West Africa, including an al-Qaida shooting in Burkina Faso that killed an American missionary and 29 other people.

Opinion

January 17, 2020

News

January 16, 2020
Africa’s richest woman and Angola’s ex-first daughter Isabel dos Santos expressed interest Thursday in running for the presidency despite an asset freeze and accusations of diverting more than a billion dollars of state money.

Opinion

January 16, 2020

Middle East & North Africa

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January 17, 2020

Opinion

January 17, 2020

Grief, Fear and Rage in Tehran

By Salar Abdoh | The New York Times
As the fear of further conflict looms, Iran is in the midst of a decisive argument with itself.

News

January 16, 2020

U.S. Military Resumes Joint Operations With Iraq

By Alissa J. Rubin & Eric Schmitt | The New York Times
The United States military resumed joint operations with Iraq on Wednesday, military officials said, ending a 10-day pause that began after an American airstrike killed a top Iranian military commander in Baghdad.

Turkey Restores Wikipedia After More Than Two-Year Ban

By The Editors | The New York Times
The Turkish government lifted a two-and-a-half-year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access to the online encyclopedia a month after the country’s top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional.

Opinion

January 16, 2020

Asia-Pacific

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January 17, 2020

Myanmar Unrolls a Welcome Mat for China, but Not All the Way

By Hannah Beech & Saw Nang | The New York Times
As the leader of China, Xi Jinping, touched down in Myanmar on Friday, his two-day visit is designed to celebrate Beijing’s expanding presence in the region, both as an economic and political role model.
Thailand and Japan each reported new cases of a coronavirus that has left two people dead and at least 40 sick in China, adding to concerns about the spread of the virus beyond Chinese borders ahead of a major holiday.

China’s Economic Growth Slows to Near 30-Year Low

By James T. Areddy & Chao Deng | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
A newly sealed trade truce with the U.S. reduced a key source of anxiety for Chinese policymakers but leaves them with another challenge: a need to boost consumer and business confidence as the country faces more downward pressure on its massive economy.

Opinion

January 17, 2020

News

January 16, 2020
The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

Japan Confirms First Case of New Chinese Coronavirus

By Sui-Lee Wee | The New York Times
Japan on Thursday reported its first case of a new coronavirus that has sickened at least 41 people in China, adding to concerns about the spread of the virus beyond China’s borders ahead of a major holiday.

Opinion

January 16, 2020

The Uneasy Truce of Trump’s Trade Deal with China

By John Cassidy | The New Yorker
How significant is the deal? Trump hyped it up, of course. “This is the biggest deal anybody has ever seen,” he said. Robert Lighthizer, the hawkish U.S. Trade Representative, who led the American negotiating team, has been more measured. In December, he said that the deal “achieves meaningful, fully enforceable structural changes and begins rebalancing the U.S.-China trade relationship.” But even that assessment may be too optimistic.

More from WPR: What Does the ‘Phase One’ U.S.-China Trade Deal Actually Accomplish?

Why Myanmar’s Genocide Denial Will Come Back to Haunt It

By Maung Zarni | The Washington Post
Aung San Suu Kyi has publicly flung open the floodgates of militant nationalism—a version as virulent as the anti-British nationalism of her father’s formative era in the 1930s and 1940s. This resistance to foreign rule often led to communal violence, since some ethnic nationalists viewed other groups as the beneficiaries of colonization.

More from WPR: Aung San Suu Kyi Will Go to the Mat for Myanmar’s Military in The Hague

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