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November 15, 2018

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November 15, 2018

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November 15, 2018

Argentina Senate Approves Budget Plan in Victory for President Macri

By Jeffrey T. Lewis | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Argentina’s Senate approved the government’s austere budget proposal for 2019 early Thursday, handing President Mauricio Macri a legislative victory and sending a signal to investors, and to the International Monetary Fund, that his administration is committed to steep spending cuts.

More from WPR: Macri Tries to Weather Argentina’s Economic Storm by Ending ‘Gradualismo’

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November 15, 2018

Europe

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November 15, 2018

EU Trade Chief Threatens Retaliation Against U.S. Car Tariffs

By James Politi & Aime Williams | Financial Times (subscription required)

The EU’s trade chief said Brussels was “ready” to retaliate against U.S. products if Washington slapped tariffs on cars, as Donald Trump’s threatened levies on the automotive sector cast a cloud over budding trade talks between the EU and the U.S.

Opinion

November 15, 2018

Europe Should Let Italy Win

By Harold James | Foreign Policy

It’s time for Brussels to grab the wheel in the game of chicken over Rome’s budget.

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November 14, 2018

Africa

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November 15, 2018

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November 15, 2018

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November 14, 2018

The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea after a rapprochement with Ethiopia and thawing of relations with Djibouti.

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November 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia Distances Crown Prince From Killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

By Kareem Fahim & Zakaria Zakaria | The Washington Post

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor released the results of a long-awaited investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday, saying that a team of Saudi agents who had been dispatched to Istanbul with orders to bring him home alive had instead killed the journalist and dismembered his body.

More from WPR: Why the Global Magnitsky Act Is the Best Way to Sanction Saudi Arabia

Opinion

November 15, 2018

Asia-Pacific

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November 15, 2018

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November 15, 2018

Since Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, Amnesty has documented war crimes and other human rights violations by the military in Kachin and northern Shan states in the north of the country. As is often the case, civilians are those who suffer the worst. But instead of alleviating their suffering, her government has joined the military in restricting humanitarian access to people in need.

United States

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November 15, 2018

EU Trade Chief Threatens Retaliation Against U.S. Car Tariffs

By James Politi & Aime Williams | Financial Times (subscription required)

The EU’s trade chief said Brussels was “ready” to retaliate against U.S. products if Washington slapped tariffs on cars, as Donald Trump’s threatened levies on the automotive sector cast a cloud over budding trade talks between the EU and the U.S.

U.S.-Made Drones Add Muscle to Australia’s Military Buildup

By Rob Taylor | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Australia said it would buy American-made Reaper drones and may station warships in neighboring Papua New Guinea, as the U.S. ally bulks up its military in response to regional security threats.

Opinion

November 15, 2018

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November 14, 2018

Vice President Pence on Wednesday told Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi that violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country is “without excuse” and pressed for accountability, underscoring mounting pressure on the tainted Nobel laureate to act over atrocities described as “genocidal” by the United Nations.

U.S. Ramps Up Sanctions on Hezbollah as Part of Iran Pressure

By Ian Talley & Samuel Rubenfeld | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The Trump administration on Tuesday targeted Iran-backed Hezbollah with fresh terrorism-related sanctions, as the U.S. moves to keep up pressure on Tehran and its tools of foreign-policy abroad despite resistance from European allies.

Opinion

November 14, 2018

China and Trump, Listen Up!

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

Both sides need to be smart and honest about how the countries became economic successes.

Last weekend’s events in Paris offered a dramatic demonstration that “other things being equal” is not a safe assumption. The world is moving to adapt to the reality that Donald Trump is president of the United States.

The Americas

News

November 15, 2018

Argentina Senate Approves Budget Plan in Victory for President Macri

By Jeffrey T. Lewis | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Argentina’s Senate approved the government’s austere budget proposal for 2019 early Thursday, handing President Mauricio Macri a legislative victory and sending a signal to investors, and to the International Monetary Fund, that his administration is committed to steep spending cuts.

More from WPR: Macri Tries to Weather Argentina’s Economic Storm by Ending ‘Gradualismo’

Opinion

November 15, 2018

News

November 14, 2018

Probation for Chilean General in Pinochet-Era Murders Spurs Protest

By The Editors | Latin American Herald Tribune

Victims’ families gathered on Tuesday outside the Chilean Defense Ministry to protest that a general who helped conceal the murder of 15 political prisoners during the 1973 “Caravan of Death” received a sentence of three years probation.

New Allegations That Colombia Prosecutor Covered Up Bribes

By Joshua Goodman | Associated Press

A dramatic recording from beyond the grave has led to allegations that Colombia's chief prosecutor—a key U.S. ally in the war on drugs—tried to cover up bribery payments that were part of Latin America’s biggest corruption scandal, prompting calls for his resignation.

Opinion

November 14, 2018

The Roots of the Nicaraguan Crisis: Collective Guilt

By Richard Feinberg | Global Americans

Whenever an authoritarian ruler succeeds in subverting a liberal democracy, however fledgling, the responsibility for the democratic backsliding must be more widely shared. Over the last decade in Nicaragua, many other individuals, political parties and social institutions were complicit, whether their sins were ones of commission or omission.

More from WPR: A Trio of Migration Crises in Latin America Won’t Stay Confined to the Region

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November 13, 2018

Europe

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November 15, 2018

EU Trade Chief Threatens Retaliation Against U.S. Car Tariffs

By James Politi & Aime Williams | Financial Times (subscription required)

The EU’s trade chief said Brussels was “ready” to retaliate against U.S. products if Washington slapped tariffs on cars, as Donald Trump’s threatened levies on the automotive sector cast a cloud over budding trade talks between the EU and the U.S.

EU to Sanction Five People Over Ukraine Separatist Vote

By Rikard Jozwiak | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The European Union is set to add five individuals involved in the organization of the weekend elections in the areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to its sanctions list, according to sources in Brussels.

Opinion

November 15, 2018

Europe Should Let Italy Win

By Harold James | Foreign Policy

It’s time for Brussels to grab the wheel in the game of chicken over Rome’s budget.

News

November 14, 2018

Opinion

November 14, 2018

Africa

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November 15, 2018

Morocco inaugurated on Thursday Africa’s fastest train which will halve traveling time between the commercial and industrial hubs of Casablanca and Tangier.

Opinion

November 15, 2018

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November 14, 2018

The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea after a rapprochement with Ethiopia and thawing of relations with Djibouti.

Opinion

November 14, 2018

Another Bongo Takes Power in Gabon

By Martin R. Rupiya | Mail & Guardian

The small, oil-rich country of Gabon might be in line for yet another “managed” family succession of the Bongos. Father and son have been in power for 51 years since 1967. Now, with President “Ben” Ali Bongo in a hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, his brother, Frederic Bongo, the head of intelligence and supported by hardline generals, is already in charge, operating outside the constitutional provisions, according to reports.

More from WPR: A Presidential Health Scare in Gabon Sparks Talk of Life After Bongo

Middle East & North Africa

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November 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia Distances Crown Prince From Killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

By Kareem Fahim & Zakaria Zakaria | The Washington Post

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor released the results of a long-awaited investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday, saying that a team of Saudi agents who had been dispatched to Istanbul with orders to bring him home alive had instead killed the journalist and dismembered his body.

More from WPR: Why the Global Magnitsky Act Is the Best Way to Sanction Saudi Arabia

Opinion

November 15, 2018

News

November 14, 2018

U.S. Ramps Up Sanctions on Hezbollah as Part of Iran Pressure

By Ian Talley & Samuel Rubenfeld | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

The Trump administration on Tuesday targeted Iran-backed Hezbollah with fresh terrorism-related sanctions, as the U.S. moves to keep up pressure on Tehran and its tools of foreign-policy abroad despite resistance from European allies.

A religious Jewish candidate won election as mayor of Jerusalem on Wednesday in a run-off against a secular contender for a post that shapes Israel’s rule over the holy city at the heart of its conflict with the Palestinians.

Opinion

November 14, 2018

Asia-Pacific

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November 15, 2018

U.S.-Made Drones Add Muscle to Australia’s Military Buildup

By Rob Taylor | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Australia said it would buy American-made Reaper drones and may station warships in neighboring Papua New Guinea, as the U.S. ally bulks up its military in response to regional security threats.

Opinion

November 15, 2018

Since Aung San Suu Kyi came to power, Amnesty has documented war crimes and other human rights violations by the military in Kachin and northern Shan states in the north of the country. As is often the case, civilians are those who suffer the worst. But instead of alleviating their suffering, her government has joined the military in restricting humanitarian access to people in need.

News

November 14, 2018

Vice President Pence on Wednesday told Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi that violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country is “without excuse” and pressed for accountability, underscoring mounting pressure on the tainted Nobel laureate to act over atrocities described as “genocidal” by the United Nations.

The United Nations doesn’t want it to happen. Dozens of rights groups say they are shocked. Even the people who will be affected the most, Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, are upset that their future, once again, is being decided without their input. On Thursday, a few of the more than 720,000 Rohingya who fled slaughter, rape and village burnings in their homeland last year are due to be repatriated to Myanmar from Bangladesh.

The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party were headed for a convincing election win early Thursday as votes were tallied.

A five-member North Korean delegation came to South Korea on Wednesday to attend an academic forum on Japan’s wartime actions, as the rivals continue reconciliation efforts despite stalemated U.S.-led nuclear diplomacy.

Opinion

November 14, 2018

China and Trump, Listen Up!

By Thomas L. Friedman | The New York Times

Both sides need to be smart and honest about how the countries became economic successes.

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