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Pope: Corruption is ‘social virus’ infecting Latin America

The Washington Post | Saturday January 20, 2018

Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a “social virus” infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru’s president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region’s biggest graft scandal.

US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

The Washington Post | Saturday January 20, 2018

The United States is urging Pakistan not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations” — and Pakistan is demanding that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade.

Mexico ruling party hopeful proposes graft law to boost election campaign

Reuters | Saturday January 20, 2018

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Struggling to kick-start his campaign and clean up the image of the graft-stained ruling party he hopes to lead to election victory, Mexican presidential hopeful Jose Antonio Meade on Friday proposed tougher anti-corruption legislation.

Linking Youth Funding to Abortion Rights Spawns Backlash in Canada and Beyond

The New York Times | Saturday January 20, 2018

The Trudeau government has linked federal funding of a youth employment program to support for abortion rights.

Egypt's Sisi to run for second term in March election

Reuters | Friday January 19, 2018

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Friday he will run for a second term in office in an election in March, which the former military commander is widely expected to win.

Trump administration says U.S. mistakenly backed China WTO accession in 2001

Reuters | Friday January 19, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States mistakenly supported China's membership of the World Trade Organization in 2001 on terms that have failed to force Beijing to open its economy, the Trump administration said on Friday as it prepares to clamp down on Chinese trade.

U.S. charges Honduran congressman with drug trafficking conspiracy

Reuters | Friday January 19, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal authorities announced drug trafficking and weapons charges against a congressman from Honduras on Friday, the latest U.S. case accusing current and former officials of the Central American country of involvement in the drug trade.

Senate, Supreme Court, Menendez: Your Friday Evening Briefing

The New York Times | Friday January 19, 2018

Here's what you need to know at the end of the day.

Sudan Jails Journalists in New Sign of Repression

The New York Times | Friday January 19, 2018

The arrests of seven reporters covering economic protests reflect what advocacy groups call increasingly harsh censorship in the vast African country.

Russia exhorts Trump to counter ‘Russo-phobic’ intrigues

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

Russia’s top diplomat exhorted President Donald Trump on Friday to counter what he called “Russo-phobic” intrigues against him in the United States in order to improve ties between Washington and Moscow.

Honduran congressman indicted in US for drug trafficking

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

A Honduran legislator has been charged in a U.S. federal court with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and related weapons offenses.

With Merkel’s fate in the balance, would-be partners prepare to vote in Germany

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

The country’s Social Democrats must decide whether to abandon talks or forge ahead. 

Airliners Have Become China's Newest Means of Pressuring Taiwan

The New York Times | Friday January 19, 2018

China has opened a new air route for civilian airliners through the tense Taiwan Strait, at a time when it is also sending bombers and warships near Taiwan.

Egypt’s el-Sissi says he will run for a second term

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has announced he will run for a second, four-year term in elections due in March.

German officials believe rapper-turned-militant Denis Cuspert has been killed

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

Three German security officials and one person close to Cuspert told The Washington Post that photos appeared to show his lifeless body.

Turkey faces balancing act amid border offensive in Syria

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

As Turkey threatens a bloody confrontation with U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Afrin — the main Syrian Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria — it faces the challenge of maintaining its old alliance with Washington and reinforcing a new rapprochement with Moscow.

Not guilty verdict reached in Quebec train disaster trial

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

Three men charged in a criminal negligence trial stemming from a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in the Canadian province of Quebec have all been found not guilty.

Justice Department says it will retry Sen. Robert Menendez following mistrial on bribery charges

The Washington Post | Friday January 19, 2018

Filing to court comes after New Jersey Democrat dared prosecutors to ‘bring it on.’

Failure to launch: Egypt opposition hits roadblock on path to presidency

Reuters | Friday January 19, 2018

CAIRO (Reuters) - Six months into laying the groundwork for his presidential bid, Egyptian hopeful Mohamed Anwar Sadat hit a snag: he could not find a hotel prepared to hire him a space to launch his campaign.