- A day after the United States and Israel pulled out of of the U.N. culture and education body citing anti-Israel bias, UNESCO elected it’s first ever Jewish director general.
- The Donald Trump-Kaiser Wilhelm Parallels Are Getting Scary: Both men were insecure and undisciplined – and in charge of governments in thrall to the military. As Stephan M. Walt describes it, “Not only do Trump and the kaiser share some unfortunate personality traits, but there are also striking similarities between conditions in Wilhelmine Germany and the situation in the United States today. There are also some important differences, but they are not entirely reassuring.”
Last-Minute Talks Calm Iraqi, Kurdish Troops Facing Off Over Kirkuk: That prompted KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani to call for the United States, United Nations, and EU to “urgently intervene to prevent a new war in the region.”
Trump Takes Aim at World Bank Over China Loans: “The bottom line here is right now we’ve got too high a percentage of the World Bank’s balance sheet that’s going to countries and to projects that already have ample borrowing capacity,” a senior Treasury official told Reuters, which noted that China is the IBRD’s biggest recipient of development loans, totaling $2.4 billion.
Tony Blair has said for the first time that he and other world leaders were wrong to yield to Israeli pressure to impose an immediate boycott of Hamas after the Islamic faction won Palestinian elections in 2006.
- A rightward shift in the wealthy EU member of 8.75 million people would be a fresh headache for Brussels, as it already struggles with Britain’s decision to leave and the rise of nationalists in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere.
- Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to renege on the 2015 UN-approved nuclear deal with Iran was roundly condemned on Saturday by friends and foes alike. Britain joined France and Germany in declaring continued support for the agreement as written. Iran was backed by China and Russia in deploring Trump’s move as unwarranted and dangerously destabilising.
US special forces deaths in Niger lift veil on shadow war against Islamists in Sahel: Some reports claimed US troops were on a mission to kill or capture a high-value target in the area, perhaps even Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahraoui, the leader of the only local faction of fighters to have formally pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
- Hillary Clinton has denounced Donald Trump’s bellicose language toward North Korea, believing his verbal aggression has rattled American allies and will set off a nuclear arms race in the region.
- EU plans to offer Britain a detailed vision of a future post-Brexit trading relationship by Christmas, if sufficient progress has been made on the divorce bill by then, have been thrown into doubt following a meeting of diplomats from the 27 member states.
- The row over Britain’s Brexit divorce bill descended into the rhetoric of war on Friday, as Philip Hammond described Brussels as the “enemy” and Jean-Claude Juncker said any gratitude for the UK’s military defence of the continent did not exempt it from paying its dues, insisting: “Now they have to pay.”
- China: The Communist party prepares to hail mid-point of Xi Jinping’s 10-year term. But what do people make of their leader?
- Saudi Aramco has dismissed reports that it is considering shelving plans for the world’s biggest ever flotation, with the state-owned oil company saying the $2tn (£1.5tn) listing was on track for next year.
- A powerful cross-party group of MPs is drawing up plans that would make it impossible for Theresa May to allow Britain to crash out of the EU without a deal in 2019. The move comes amid new warnings that a “cliff-edge” Brexit would be catastrophic for the economy.
- Trump: President adds health care, Iran policy to an already long to-do list for lawmakers.
President says he won’t certify that ‘rogue regime’ in Tehran is complying with nuclear agreement.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin calls for more criticism of trading surpluses, overhaul of lending practices.
More Than 50 People Killed by Truck Bomb in Somalia’s Capital.
Hamas Agreed Not to Carry Out Terror Attacks Against Israel, Palestinian Sources Say.
Top Republican senator: Trump is ‘castrating’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
A group of ISIL fighters has evacuated the Syrian city of Raqqa overnight, taking civilians with them as human shields, a militia spokesperson said, as the battle continued with fighters who stayed behind.
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- Omar Alloush, a senior official of the Raqqa Civil Council, told Agence France-Presse a deal had been reached to allow fighters out of the city, which is on the verge of being captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
Russian Hacking and Influence in the U.S. Election: Complete coverage of Russia’s campaign to disrupt the 2016 presidential election.
- Politicians from North and South Korea will not hold direct talks in Russia on Monday about Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile program despite attending the same event, Russian news agencies said on Sunday.
Germans disgruntled with Merkel’s liberal migrant policy abandoned her party in droves in September’s national election. Having recorded the worst conservative result since 1949, she must now try to piece together an awkward alliance with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens.
Pro-Russia candidates vie as Kyrgyzstan chooses president.
- Iran has closed its border gates with northern Iraq in response to an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region last month, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.
- The death toll from twin bomb blasts that struck busy junctions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu has jumped to 85, making it one of the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.
- British transport minister Chris Grayling said on Sunday he didn’t think Britain would leave the European Union without a negotiated deal with the bloc.
- A convoy of Islamic State fighters left Syria’s Raqqa with some civilians overnight, the U.S.-backed militias fighting them said on Sunday, bringing the battle for their one-time capital near its end.
- U.S.-backed militias in Syria launched what they described as a final assault on Sunday against an Islamic State pocket inside Raqqa to clear the city of the remaining jihadists.
- Macedonians go to polls on Sunday to elect mayors and town officials in a test for the new government that has pledged to speed up the Balkan country’s accession to NATO and the European Union.
- A Taliban spokesman denied on Sunday accusations by a Canadian man that one of his children had been murdered and his wife raped while they were being held captive by militants who kidnapped them in Afghanistan in 2012.
- Some, but not all, foreign Islamic State fighters have left Syria’s Raqqa city on Sunday as part of a withdrawal deal with U.S.-backed militias, a local official told Reuters on Sunday.
- China: Wang Qin, 59, collects scrap at a demolished residential district on the outskirts of Beijing, working 15 hours a day and struggling on her own to pay for her granddaughter’s education.
- Four Moldovan citizens were killed and two others were injured on Saturday when a cargo plane chartered by the French military crashed into the sea near the airport in Ivory Coast’s main city, Abidjan, Ivorian and French officials said.
- Austria voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could see 31-year-old conservative Sebastian Kurz become chancellor on a pledge to take a hard line on refugees and prevent a repeat of Europe’s migration crisis.
- Mr. Trump Nails Shut the Coffin on Climate Relief. In March Mr. Trump ordered Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.
- Donald Trump ran for the White House as a change agent hostile to the habits of Washington, the place he nicknamed “the swamp.”
- “The theory is that a detainee won’t want to reach that point and so will abandon his hunger strike,” he said. “Who will blink first?” says David Remes.
- Police in the Indian capital Delhi have arrested five people after a video circulated showing what appears to be a mob severely beating a Nigerian man.
- Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence on Tuesday but halted implementation to allow for talks.
- Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to forward areas at the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction last Saturday had a key significance—India is preparing to fight off China’s salami slicing.
- On 25 August Ata Ullah, the Pakistan-born Rohingya man who started Arsa after an earlier wave of communal violence in Rakhine state in 2012, issued a video, flanked by hooded armed fighters.
- If Donald Trump decides this week to withdraw his endorsement of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, its fate and the potential for a major conflict will be determined by a complex battle in Congress.
- Fast Fact: US President has until October 15 to certify or withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
- Trump’s recent threat to decertify the Iran nuclear deal is the latest and most dangerous Trumpian gambit yet, and it has emerged that the US is working to designate the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group.
- Two attackers have blown themselves up near the police command centre in the Syrian capital, Damascus, according to state media.
- Turkish President Erdogan says US consulate staffer is a spy.
- The United Kingdom is keeping a close eye on the final use of weapons it sells to Saudi Arabia, according to a top diplomat.
- The US is offering multimillion-dollar rewards for two high-level officials of the Lebanese group Hezbollah as the US administration prepares to unveil a strategy to counter Iran’s perceived regional influence.
- In a surprising turn of events, Raila Odinga announced on October 10 that he was withdrawing from the scheduled October 26 rerun of the 2017 presidential election.
- Odinga said on Tuesday he would boycott the polls because opposition demands for electoral body reform have not been met.
- Scotland’s 2014 “No” vote and the violence in the lead-up to this month’s independence referendum in Catalonia appear to have weakened the independence drive elsewhere in Europe, too.
- Russia is ready and willing to mediate in establishing relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov has stated.
- After Republicans were unable to fulfill their longstanding promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the tax cut proposal is the only remaining game in town for the struggling majority and its allies on K Street.
- For an industry that is supposed to be struggling to find cash and partners due to crippling western sanctions, Russia’s energy sector is showing few signs of feeling abandoned.
- It is, perhaps, the worst kept secret in Washington that President Donald Trump will later this week announce that America is about to enter a new era of confrontation with Iran.
- The Lawfare Podcast: Carrie Cordero and Paul Rosenzweig Weigh in on Comey. Carrie Cordero, a former attorney at the National Security Division of the Justice Department, and Paul Rosenzweig, who worked for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, talk through the seriousness of the testimony and rate how bad it was for Trump. A piece they mention on the podcast is John Carlin’s Washington Post piece, “Sitting presidents can’t be prosecuted. Probably.” Lawfare also put up an abridged version of the Comey testimony––a condensed, only-the-good-stuff audio version of Thursday’s hearing.
- Slate’s Amicus podcast with Dahlia Lithwick: Nice Little FBI You’ve Got Here. Pity if Something Happened to It. Informative discussion of the ins and outs of what constitutes obstruction of justice and how that kind of case could be built here with Stanford Law School professor Robert Weisberg. The second part of the podcast is also a very interesting discussion of the legal weight of Trump’s tweets, specifically his tweets about the travel ban.
- Slate’s Trumpcast: Oh Lordy Jim Comey! Jamelle Bouie talks to the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent about the testimony and what might possibly be going on in elected Republicans’s heads and what it might take for them to take action on Trump.
- The NYT’s The Daily: James Comey’s Testimony. This one’s short and sweet. First, a reaction and analysis from Times reporter Matt Apuzzo, and then some backstory from Michael Schmidt, the reporter to whom Comey leaked his memo via a friend at Columbia Law. The Times also provides a full transcript of the testimony and some video highlights.
- FiveThirtyEight’s Emergency Politics Podcast: Comey’s Testimony. Some FiveThirty journalists take stock of exactly how big a deal what just happened was.
- NPR’s Politics Podcast: James Comey Testifies. This is more of the same––journalists eagerly dissecting the drama––but with some great specific insights.
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- Libya topples back into civil war as rival sides battle for control of oil terminals.
- UK-funded refugee camps in Libya are indefinitely detaining asylum-seekers.
- Kenyan security forces, the recipients of a fair amount of US counterterrorism funding, are accused of torture, executions, and disappearances.
- “Besieged: A 360º experience in Sudan’s Nuba mountains.”
- Japan ends its five year peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
- War consumes South Sudan.
- Amid famine, the South Sudanese government signaled that it will increase the cost of work permits for foreign aid workers.
- Israel passed a law banning those supporting a boycott of the country from entering.
- A former Guantánamo inmate was killed in a US airstrike in Yemen.
- The Trump administration looks to resume Saudi arms sales.
- The UN urges Turkey to investigate killings in the southeast.
- Emin Ozmen’s photos of the Syrian refugee experience in Turkey.
- The Syrian war enters its seventh year, with millions internally displaced and millions more in need of humanitarian aid.
- The US puts hundreds of Marines on the ground in the fight for Raqqa, adding to the international power struggle in the conflict.
- US forces headed to Manbij to disrupt fighting between rival US-allied forces.
- Syrian children are suffering toxic stress, showing a range of symptoms as a result of their constant, lifelong exposure to violence and fear.
- Warlords and armed militias are taking control inside Assad’s territory.
- After the second Islamic State occupation, Palmyra remains majestic despite the devastation.
- The Islamic State leaves Mosul’s antiquities museum in ruins.
- Iraqi troops find Assyrian treasures in the Islamic State’s network of tunnels beneath Mosul.
- As Iraqi security forces advance through Mosul, the Islamic State deploys vicious and rapidly evolving counterattacks.
- Bahrain has moved to ban the main opposition party and to shift a number of civilian cases to a military court.
- Gunmen dressed as medics killed dozens in an attack on Kabul’s main military hospital.
- NPR interviews Afghanistan’s ambassador to Washington, Hamdullah Mohib.
- The impossible job of Afghanistan’s attorney general.
- Putting a human face on the cost of terror in Kabul.
- The head of US Central Command wants more troops for Afghanistan.
- A dangerous new development in Myanmar: the formation of the first Rohingya insurgent group in decades.
- The International Court of Justice declined to reopen the genocide case against Serbia.
- History repeats itself in Ukraine.
- Two weeks after being released from prison, police detained Putin critic and activist Ildar Dadin.
- German lawmakers approved broadened security measures, including expanded video surveillance.
- The US Army is scouting two facilities in northern Germany as potential spots for bases.
- Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the first public confirmation that Russia had deployed a cruise missile in violation of an arms treaty.
- A man who spent years lobbying the Pentagon on behalf of Palantir has taken a job as special assistant to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
- Attorney General Sessions has said he would adviseTrump to place captured terror suspects in Guantánamo.
- WikiLeaks published a leak of CIA documents largely on hacking and surveillance.
- After reporting that US Marines shared nude photographs of female Marines on Facebook, the scandal has widened to other branches of service.
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- Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was acquittedby Egypt’s top appeals court in the deaths of protesters in 2011.
- Three extremist groups in Mali merged and pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda.
- Burundi’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza, is waging war on an independent media, using an intimidation and disinformation campaign to protect himself and stoke ethnic tensions.
- Nigerians report massacres carried out, not by Boko Haram, but by the military they believed was there to help them.
- Gambians seek justice for those disappeared under Jammeh’s rule.
- Politicized humanitarian aid exacerbates and fuels South Sudan’s conflict.
- Is Somalia ready for the withdrawal of AMISOM?
- China and the US become wary neighbors in east Africa.
- Opposition journalists, activists, and members of parliament have been swept up in a wave of arrests in Turkey preceding a referendum that would grant President Erdoğan wide-ranging power.
- Israel has been detaining Palestinians under a 2002 law that strips them of due process rights.
- Upcoming Palestinian municipal elections will be held in the occupied West Bank, but not in Gaza, where Hamas reportedly refuses to hold elections.
- A snapshot of life in rural, famine-burdened Yemen.
- Pro-government Syrian forces recaptured Palmyra from the Islamic State.
- Rival groups race for control of Raqqa.
- Russia bombed US-backed Syrian fighters, apparently by mistake.
- The Syrian state’s victims and their families are pursuing justice through European courts.
- A UN report states that the Assad government carried outa number of war crimes in Aleppo in 2016, including chlorine attacks.
- The Islamic State used a massive sinkhole outside of Mosul as a site of executions and body dumps; thousands of bodies are believed to be there, though the group has filled it in and booby-trapped it.
- Rival Kurdish group’s clash in Iraq’s Sinjar region.
- In the final weeks of Obama’s presidency, negotiations took place with Iran for the release of two American prisoners, collapsing days before Trump’s inauguration.
- An uptick in terrorism in Pakistan is straining its relationship with Afghanistan.
- Pakistan’s cabinet approved a planned reform package for the tribal areas, including the extension of basic constitutional rights and the ability to vote to those citizens.
- Philippines police falsify evidence in order justify unlawful killings in the country’s ongoing drug war.
- A Russian activist recounts his experiences of torture after being imprisoned under the country’s new anti-protest laws.
- In Syria and Ukraine, Russia positions itself as a solution to problems it created.
- Blockaders in Ukraine aim to cut off rail traffic from the east.
- Amid worries about Russian aggression, Sweden reintroduces military conscription.
- New guidance from the British Home Office callously says that gay Afghan asylum seekers can be deportedback home, where homosexuality is illegal, and pretend to be straight.
- German firms turn to the US and UK when laws in Germany block them from exporting weapons to conflict-affected countries.
- Leaked court documents show evidence that the 2016 assassination of Honduran environmental activist Berta Cáceres was an extrajudicial killing carried out by military intelligence specialists linked to the country’s US–trained special forces.
- Trump’s latest moves to publish lists of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants is drawing comparison to Hitler’s lists of crimes committed by Jews.
- “Money will not fix what ails our military. We don’t have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy.”
- In the last days of the Obama administration, officials rushed to preserve evidence of Russian hacking and Trump campaign links to Russia.
- Two years ago, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the new national security advisor, was investigated by the Army and admonished for allowing two lieutenants to attend Ranger School even though they were under criminal investigation for sexual assault.