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April 16, 2021

Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data

By Mark Mazzetti & Michael S. Schmidt | The New York Times
The Biden administration revealed Thursday that a business associate of Trump campaign officials in 2016 provided campaign polling data to Russian intelligence services, the strongest evidence to date that Russian spies had penetrated the inner workings of the Trump campaign.
The Biden administration warned the Kremlin on Thursday over the CIA’s conclusion that Russia had covertly offered payments to militants to encourage more killings of American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, delivering the diplomatic admonition as it imposed sanctions on Moscow over its hacking and election interference.

Opinion

April 16, 2021

Africa

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April 16, 2021
U.N. agencies said Friday that tens of thousands of Nigerians are fleeing deadly attacks by armed groups and the continuing clashes between the rebels and national forces in the country’s troubled northeastern Borno state.
Mali’s transitional government has announced presidential and legislative elections will take place next February, saying it was honoring the timetable it promised to the international community after taking power months after a military coup last year.
April 15, 2021
In a highly contentious move, Somalia’s president has extended his own term in office by two years, drawing condemnation from the United States and other allies who viewed it as a naked power grab that could upend faltering efforts to establish a functioning state in Somalia and defeat the insurgency by the extremist group al-Shabab.

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April 16, 2021
Prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday a court has ordered 30 marines to stand trial in the cases of people who disappeared during anti-crime operations in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2018.
Mexico’s Senate on Thursday voted to extend the term of the president of the Supreme Court for an extra two years, a move criticized by opposition lawmakers who called it a bid by the ruling party to strengthen its hold on the country’s institutions.

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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 16, 2021

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April 15, 2021
Pakistan is to outlaw a hardline Islamist group that railed agaisnt blasphemy to rise to prominence, the interior minister said Wednesday, the third day of violent protests that killed two police officers and wounded 340.

Opinion

April 15, 2021

Europe

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April 16, 2021
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid his country’s growing tensions with neighboring Russia, which has deployed troops near its border with Ukraine.

France Lawmakers Pass Contentious Bill Extending Police Powers

By Aurelien Breeden | The New York Times
The French Parliament passed a contentious security bill Thursday that extends police powers, despite criticism from political opponents and civil rights activists who have vowed to challenge the legislation before France’s Constitutional Council.

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April 16, 2021

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April 15, 2021

Greek FM Travels to Turkey for Talks on Fraught Ties

By Suzan Fraser | Associated Press
Greece’s foreign minister travels to Ankara on Thursday for talks on the two NATO allies’ fraught relationship, following a slight easing of tensions between the neighbors.

Middle East & North Africa

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April 16, 2021

Israeli Army: Rocket From Gaza Hits South Israel

By AP Editors | Associated Press
The Israeli military says a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening landed in south of the country, breaking weeks of relative cross-border calm.

Opinion

April 16, 2021

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April 15, 2021

Iran’s Top Leader Signals That Nuclear Talks Will Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

By Farnaz Fassihi & Megan Specia | The New York Times
Iran’s top leader said Wednesday that his country would keep negotiating with world powers over how to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, quashing speculation that Iran’s delegation would boycott or quit participating in protest of the apparent Israeli sabotage of a major uranium enrichment site.

Drone Attacks Iraq Airport Housing U.S. Troops

By Ghassan Adnan & Jared Malsin | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
A drone carrying explosives attacked a U.S. air base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Opinion

April 15, 2021

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April 16, 2021

Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data

By Mark Mazzetti & Michael S. Schmidt | The New York Times
The Biden administration revealed Thursday that a business associate of Trump campaign officials in 2016 provided campaign polling data to Russian intelligence services, the strongest evidence to date that Russian spies had penetrated the inner workings of the Trump campaign.
The Biden administration warned the Kremlin on Thursday over the CIA’s conclusion that Russia had covertly offered payments to militants to encourage more killings of American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, delivering the diplomatic admonition as it imposed sanctions on Moscow over its hacking and election interference.

Opinion

April 16, 2021

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April 15, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan on Thursday for meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, civic leaders and the National Reconciliation Chairman Abdullah Abdullah to reassure them that Washington’s support for the war-torn country will continue despite the U.S. decision to withdraw all military forces by Sept. 11.

U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to UAE and Saudis

By Michael Crowley & Edward Wong | The New York Times
The Biden administration plans to suspend the sale of many offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia approved under the Trump administration, but it will allow the sale of other matériel that can be construed to have a defensive purpose, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Iran’s Top Leader Signals That Nuclear Talks Will Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

By Farnaz Fassihi & Megan Specia | The New York Times
Iran’s top leader said Wednesday that his country would keep negotiating with world powers over how to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, quashing speculation that Iran’s delegation would boycott or quit participating in protest of the apparent Israeli sabotage of a major uranium enrichment site.

Drone Attacks Iraq Airport Housing U.S. Troops

By Ghassan Adnan & Jared Malsin | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
A drone carrying explosives attacked a U.S. air base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Opinion

April 15, 2021

The Americas

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April 16, 2021
Prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday a court has ordered 30 marines to stand trial in the cases of people who disappeared during anti-crime operations in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2018.
Mexico’s Senate on Thursday voted to extend the term of the president of the Supreme Court for an extra two years, a move criticized by opposition lawmakers who called it a bid by the ruling party to strengthen its hold on the country’s institutions.

Opinion

April 16, 2021

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April 15, 2021
Activists and opposition figures cried foul Wednesday after Mexico’s Senate passed legislation to require cellphone companies to gather customers’ identification and biometric data, like fingerprints or eye scans.

Europe

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April 16, 2021

Biden Administration Says Russian Intelligence Obtained Trump Campaign Data

By Mark Mazzetti & Michael S. Schmidt | The New York Times
The Biden administration revealed Thursday that a business associate of Trump campaign officials in 2016 provided campaign polling data to Russian intelligence services, the strongest evidence to date that Russian spies had penetrated the inner workings of the Trump campaign.
The Biden administration warned the Kremlin on Thursday over the CIA’s conclusion that Russia had covertly offered payments to militants to encourage more killings of American and coalition troops in Afghanistan, delivering the diplomatic admonition as it imposed sanctions on Moscow over its hacking and election interference.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in Paris on Friday for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid his country’s growing tensions with neighboring Russia, which has deployed troops near its border with Ukraine.

France Lawmakers Pass Contentious Bill Extending Police Powers

By Aurelien Breeden | The New York Times
The French Parliament passed a contentious security bill Thursday that extends police powers, despite criticism from political opponents and civil rights activists who have vowed to challenge the legislation before France’s Constitutional Council.

Opinion

April 16, 2021

News

April 15, 2021

Greek FM Travels to Turkey for Talks on Fraught Ties

By Suzan Fraser | Associated Press
Greece’s foreign minister travels to Ankara on Thursday for talks on the two NATO allies’ fraught relationship, following a slight easing of tensions between the neighbors.

Africa

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April 16, 2021
U.N. agencies said Friday that tens of thousands of Nigerians are fleeing deadly attacks by armed groups and the continuing clashes between the rebels and national forces in the country’s troubled northeastern Borno state.
Mali’s transitional government has announced presidential and legislative elections will take place next February, saying it was honoring the timetable it promised to the international community after taking power months after a military coup last year.
April 15, 2021
In a highly contentious move, Somalia’s president has extended his own term in office by two years, drawing condemnation from the United States and other allies who viewed it as a naked power grab that could upend faltering efforts to establish a functioning state in Somalia and defeat the insurgency by the extremist group al-Shabab.

Middle East & North Africa

News

April 16, 2021

Israeli Army: Rocket From Gaza Hits South Israel

By AP Editors | Associated Press
The Israeli military says a projectile fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday evening landed in south of the country, breaking weeks of relative cross-border calm.

Opinion

April 16, 2021

News

April 15, 2021

U.S. Is Expected to Approve Some Arms Sales to UAE and Saudis

By Michael Crowley & Edward Wong | The New York Times
The Biden administration plans to suspend the sale of many offensive weapons to Saudi Arabia approved under the Trump administration, but it will allow the sale of other matériel that can be construed to have a defensive purpose, U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Greek FM Travels to Turkey for Talks on Fraught Ties

By Suzan Fraser | Associated Press
Greece’s foreign minister travels to Ankara on Thursday for talks on the two NATO allies’ fraught relationship, following a slight easing of tensions between the neighbors.

Iran’s Top Leader Signals That Nuclear Talks Will Resume Despite Natanz Sabotage

By Farnaz Fassihi & Megan Specia | The New York Times
Iran’s top leader said Wednesday that his country would keep negotiating with world powers over how to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal, quashing speculation that Iran’s delegation would boycott or quit participating in protest of the apparent Israeli sabotage of a major uranium enrichment site.

Drone Attacks Iraq Airport Housing U.S. Troops

By Ghassan Adnan & Jared Malsin | The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
A drone carrying explosives attacked a U.S. air base in northern Iraq on Wednesday, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Opinion

April 15, 2021

Asia-Pacific

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April 16, 2021

Opinion

April 16, 2021

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April 15, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan on Thursday for meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, civic leaders and the National Reconciliation Chairman Abdullah Abdullah to reassure them that Washington’s support for the war-torn country will continue despite the U.S. decision to withdraw all military forces by Sept. 11.
Pakistan is to outlaw a hardline Islamist group that railed agaisnt blasphemy to rise to prominence, the interior minister said Wednesday, the third day of violent protests that killed two police officers and wounded 340.

Opinion

April 15, 2021

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