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December 14, 2017

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December 14, 2017

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December 14, 2017

Ecuador Court Sentences VP to Six Years in Jail in Odebrecht Graft Case

By Jose Llangari & Alexandra Valencia | Reuters

An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts.

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December 14, 2017

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December 14, 2017

Putin Backs Trump in Annual Press Conference

By Nathan Hodge | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a nationally televised press conference praised President Donald Trump’s performance, saying Washington was consumed by “spy mania” in the probe into Russian electoral meddling.

EU’s New Eastern Leaders Stick to Guns on Refugees

By Gabriela Baczynska & Robert Muller | Reuters

The new prime ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic vowed not to give any ground on the divisive issue of hosting refugees as they arrived in Brussels on Thursday for their first summit of European Union leaders.

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December 14, 2017

Africa

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December 14, 2017

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December 14, 2017

Africa’s Must-Do Decade

By Li Yong | Project Syndicate

In recent decades, some developing countries—mainly in Asia—have managed to industrialize. For African countries to achieve sustainable development, they, too, will have to increase substantially the share of industry—especially manufacturing—in their national investment, output, and trade.

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December 14, 2017

As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran

By Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

As the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.

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December 14, 2017

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December 14, 2017

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in Calls for ‘New Era’ in China Relations

By Lucy Hornby | Financial Times (subscription required)

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has called for a “new era” in relations with its giant neighbor China, during a visit aimed at repairing ties after months of antagonism over his country’s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

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December 14, 2017

United States

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December 14, 2017

Putin Backs Trump in Annual Press Conference

By Nathan Hodge | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a nationally televised press conference praised President Donald Trump’s performance, saying Washington was consumed by “spy mania” in the probe into Russian electoral meddling.

As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran

By Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

As the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.

Opinion

December 14, 2017

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December 13, 2017

Trade ministers looked set to wrap up their biennial World Trade Organization meeting without having reached a single agreement on Wednesday, still reeling from criticism brought by the United States, once the WTO’s driving force.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has formally declared that Palestinians will no longer accept the U.S. as a mediator in the Middle East peace process following Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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December 13, 2017

The Americas

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December 14, 2017

Ecuador Court Sentences VP to Six Years in Jail in Odebrecht Graft Case

By Jose Llangari & Alexandra Valencia | Reuters

An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts.

The Justin Trudeau government gave permission Wednesday to Canadian arms manufacturers to sell weapons to Ukraine, a move that Ukraine hopes will prod the Trump administration to follow suit.

Mercosur and EU Trade Agreement Postponed Again

By Lise Alves | The Rio Times

The completion of the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur nations, which has been negotiated for almost twenty years, has been postponed once again, now to the beginning of next year, according to Mercosur and EU officials, who are meeting in Buenos Aires this week.

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December 14, 2017

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December 13, 2017

A Brazilian appeals court on Tuesday said it would decide on Jan. 24 on an appeal by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a corruption conviction that could bar him from running in the 2018 presidential race.

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December 13, 2017

Europe

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December 14, 2017

Putin Backs Trump in Annual Press Conference

By Nathan Hodge | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Russian President Vladimir Putin in a nationally televised press conference praised President Donald Trump’s performance, saying Washington was consumed by “spy mania” in the probe into Russian electoral meddling.

EU’s New Eastern Leaders Stick to Guns on Refugees

By Gabriela Baczynska & Robert Muller | Reuters

The new prime ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic vowed not to give any ground on the divisive issue of hosting refugees as they arrived in Brussels on Thursday for their first summit of European Union leaders.

The Justin Trudeau government gave permission Wednesday to Canadian arms manufacturers to sell weapons to Ukraine, a move that Ukraine hopes will prod the Trump administration to follow suit.

Mercosur and EU Trade Agreement Postponed Again

By Lise Alves | The Rio Times

The completion of the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur nations, which has been negotiated for almost twenty years, has been postponed once again, now to the beginning of next year, according to Mercosur and EU officials, who are meeting in Buenos Aires this week.

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece Agree to Bolster Maritime Security

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | Associated Press

The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed Thursday to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.

Rwanda Accuses France of Complicity in 1994 Genocide

By Jina Moore | The New York Times

The Rwandan government released an independent report on Wednesday accusing French officials of complicity in the 1994 genocide, risking further strains to already icy relations between the two countries.

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December 14, 2017

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December 13, 2017

The European commission has announced funding of €9bn for action on climate change, one of a flurry of measures from governments, businesses and investors aimed at achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.

NATO allies extended Jens Stoltenberg’s term as secretary-general of the Western military alliance until late 2020 on Tuesday, giving the former Norwegian prime minister a rare six-year mandate in the top job.

Italy’s parliament will be dissolved between Christmas and the New Year with national elections likely set for March 4, a parliamentary source in contact with the president’s office said on Wednesday.

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December 13, 2017

Africa

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December 14, 2017

Rwanda Accuses France of Complicity in 1994 Genocide

By Jina Moore | The New York Times

The Rwandan government released an independent report on Wednesday accusing French officials of complicity in the 1994 genocide, risking further strains to already icy relations between the two countries.

Opinion

December 14, 2017

Africa’s Must-Do Decade

By Li Yong | Project Syndicate

In recent decades, some developing countries—mainly in Asia—have managed to industrialize. For African countries to achieve sustainable development, they, too, will have to increase substantially the share of industry—especially manufacturing—in their national investment, output, and trade.

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December 13, 2017

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December 13, 2017

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December 12, 2017

Middle East & North Africa

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December 14, 2017

As ISIS Recedes, U.S. Steps Up Focus on Iran

By Dion Nissenbaum | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

As the U.S. military campaign against Islamic State winds down in the Middle East, the Trump administration is turning its focus to what it sees as a bigger threat: Iran.

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece Agree to Bolster Maritime Security

By Menelaos Hadjicostis | Associated Press

The defense ministers of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece agreed Thursday to step up cooperation in combating drug, weapons and people trafficking in the east Mediterranean and to share information on countering the threat of terrorism.

Opinion

December 14, 2017

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December 13, 2017

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has formally declared that Palestinians will no longer accept the U.S. as a mediator in the Middle East peace process following Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Areas Newly Seized From ISIS Seen at Risk of Backsliding

By Michael R. Gordon | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Iraq’s prime minister is celebrating the collapse of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate, but American and Iraqi officials are confronting a gnawing recognition that much more is needed to stabilize newly reclaimed areas and prevent militants from making a comeback.

Opinion

December 13, 2017

Jerusalem, in Search of an Honest Broker

By Beverly Milton-Edwards | War on the Rocks

The United States may not make it easy for any other actor to assume this role in the near future. Still, now is the time for the European Union to make clear that it does not need U.S. permission to pursue the international consensus for peace in the Middle East.

Asia-Pacific

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December 14, 2017

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in Calls for ‘New Era’ in China Relations

By Lucy Hornby | Financial Times (subscription required)

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in has called for a “new era” in relations with its giant neighbor China, during a visit aimed at repairing ties after months of antagonism over his country’s deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system.

Pakistan Orders Expulsion of 29 International NGOs

By Kiran Stacey & Farhan Bokhari | Financial Times (subscription required)

Pakistan has ordered almost 30 international non-governmental organizations to leave the country, the latest sign of a wider crackdown on human rights and civil society across south Asia.

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December 14, 2017

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December 13, 2017

South Korea’s Moon Targets China Thaw During Beijing Visit

By Charles Clover & Brian Harris | Financial Times (subscription required)

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in arrived in Beijing on Wednesday for a four-day visit harboring hopes of improving political and business relations between the North Asian neighbors.

Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone.

Opinion

December 13, 2017

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