FOREIGN NEWS MONITORING
The Foreign News Monitoring Section of IR Insider publishes breaking news reports and analyses which synthesize global perspectives on a specific current event or topic. Writers of the Foreign News Monitoring Section track a particular subject for a week-long interval and produce a concluding, synthesizing report at the close of the tracking period. Additionally, writers of the Foreign News Monitoring Section repost relevant publications from various foreign media outlets throughout the tracking period. Topics covered by the Foreign News Monitoring are not necessarily tied to a specific region and writers may therefore cover any current world event. Our section editor is Kevin Moya.
(Syrian Arab News Agency — Syria) People took to the streets across Syria on Tuesday to protest United States President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Israel’s authority over the highly-disputed Golan Heights region.
(New York Times — United States) United States President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Monday recognizing Israel’s claim to the historically-disputed Golan Heights region, reversing decades of American policy in doing so.
Years of delay and dithering have dominated the political environment surrounding ‘Brexit’ as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union. The process of arranging Britain’s divorce from the E.U. has left high levels of uncertainty and division, both within the UK Parliament and the international community with regards to how, when, or even if Brexit will take place.
(Reuters—United States) United States President Donald Trump said Thursday that he anticipates a “large scale” trade deal with the United Kingdom as the British government prepares to leave the European Union.
(France 24—France) French customs agents striking to demand better pay and more resources for the extra work that is anticipated with Brexit nearing rejected an offer of 14 million euros from the French government on Wednesday.
(BBC — United Kingdom) British lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised Brexit deal on Tuesday by another overwhelming margin, raising the possibility of Britain crashing out of the European Union with no deal.
(Reuters — European Union) European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker said Monday that he agreed on a revised Brexit deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May to make the agreement better-suited to some demands from UK lawmakers, who are set to vote on the deal on Tuesday.
(Xinhua - South Africa) South Africa supports the lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe in order to allow for economic development, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said on Thursday.
(African News - Zimbabwe) Zimbabwe’s government on Wednesday responded to the renewal of sanctions by the United States, saying the decision was regrettable and that it would continue engaging Washington and the European Union to remove the measures that have ‘stifled’ its economy.
For nearly three weeks, tensions have continued to escalate between India and Pakistan after a suicide car bomb attack by Pakistani terrorists killed dozens of Indian soldiers in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir on February 14. The attack, claimed by Pakistani jihadist group Jaish-e-Mohammed, sparked a sharp rise in hostilities between the Pakistani and Indian militaries.
(The Economic Times — China) China has praised Pakistan for showing “restraint” and its willingness to talk with India after a suicide bombing that killed Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir last month sparked intense hostilities between the two countries.
(Reuters - United States) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday extended by one year sanctions against Zimbabwe saying that the new government’s policies continue to pose an “unusual and extraordinary” threat to U.S. foreign policy.
(Times of India — India) The Indian Air Force (IAF) has maintained that it hit its intended targets during an air raid on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Pakistan in February, despite conflicting reports that claim satellite images show the camp has been largely unchanged since April of 2018.
(Al Jazeera— Pakistan) Pakistani authorities said Tuesday that they have arrested 44 people with ties to various armed outlawed organizations, including relatives of Masood Azhar, the founder of an extremist group that claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack on February 14 on India’s side of Kashmir.
(Reuters — United States) As tensions continue to escalate between India and Pakistan, the United States is looking to prevent the conflict from spilling over and impacting the already fragile peace negotiations in Afghanistan, which are aimed at bringing a 17-year-old war with Taliban insurgents to an end.
Following weeks of international anticipation and optimism, talks between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula collapsed on Thursday at a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
(Washington Post — United States) U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un abruptly ended their negotiations in Hanoi, Vietnam on Thursday after failing to reach a joint-agreement on North Korean denuclearization. The surprising collapse of talks not only represented a diplomatic failure for President Trump, but it also came at a time in which the President faces intense scrutiny, both at home and abroad.
(South China Morning Post — Japan) The Japanese government has informed the United States it will continue to impose its sanctions against North Korea, even though the U.S. has offered to ease its own sanctions against the North if the country takes concrete steps toward denuclearization at the ongoing U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
(The New York Times — Vietnam) Vietnamese officials have expressed their hopes for North Korea to end its hostile relationship with the United States and look to emulate the economic reforms implemented by Vietnam following the country’s normalization of relations with Washington in 1995. The news comes a day before the beginning of a two-day summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam.
(Yonhap News Agency — South Korea) South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to work towards economic cooperation with North Korea in an effort to incentivize the North to denuclearize ahead of the much-anticipated summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and United States President Donald Trump that will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam this week.
(Reuters - Venezuela) Venezuela’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, said on Monday his team had delivered a first cargo of the humanitarian aid that has become a flashpoint in his tussle with President Nicolas Maduro, without specifying how it had received it.
(The Bogota Times - Colombia) President Ivan Duque not only reiterated Colombia’s departure from the Union of South American States (USAN, also known as “Unasur” in Spanish), but also proposed the formation of a new organization called Prosur, which would exclude Venezuela and serve to “protect democracy and the free market.”
(Loop - Trinidad and Tobago) U.S. humanitarian aid destined for Venezuela was being prepared at a warehouse on the Colombian border Friday, as opposition leader Juan Guaido assured his desperate countrymen that supplies would reach them despite objections from embattled President Nicolas Maduro.
(New York Times - US) When President Trump slapped surprise oil sanctions on Venezuela aimed at toppling President Nicolás Maduro, exports plunged and banking froze as the effects hit harder and faster than expected.
(Global News - Canada) Canadian Minister Chrystia Freeland said Monday that Venezuela's interim government, led by interim president Juan Guaido, has been welcomed as a full member of the Lima Group.
(The Korea Times - South Korea) President Moon Jae-in plans to ask U.S. President Donald Trump to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as early as possible, a presidential aide said Friday.
(The China Briefing - China) US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have struck a temporary 90-day ceasefire to deescalate trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
The truce was formed following a high-stakes working dinner on the sidelines of the G20 meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 1, 2018.
(The New York Magazine - United States) President Trump had a successful trip to the G20 summit in Buenos Aires — if by successful we mean that his behavior didn’t raise the specter of imminent war or generate any other incident that cut into weekend coverage of the death of former president George H.W. Bush. In 2018, that counts as good news.
(The Guardian - Argentina) Writ presented by Human Rights Watch calls for prosecution over mass civilian casualties in Yemen and murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
(The Washington Post - Russia) Russia is putting on a brave face after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly junked a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s all about internal U.S. politics and “anti-Russian hysteria,” Russian officials shrug.