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 writer Maria Gracia Santillana publishes reposts daily and produces synthesis reports weekly. Our section editor is Kevin Moya.
(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.
(Channel News Asia - Indonesia) Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed pessimism on Tuesday that the United States and China will resolve their trade dispute when the leaders of the world's two biggest economies meet at the G20 summit in Argentina at the end of this week.
(The Standard - United Kingdom) Theresea May will tell world leaders at the G20 summit that her Brexit Dealwill be good for the global economy.The Prime Minister will take the opportunity to voice her determination for the UK to “play a full and active role on trade on the global stage” after Brexit.
(The Washington Post - Mexico) The man tapped to head Mexico’s finance ministry after Dec. 1 says officials are expected to sign a revamped trade agreement with the United States and Canada at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina this week.
(The Guardian - France) French presidential aide confirms they spoke about Khashoggi murder and Yemen after microphone picks up informal talk
(CGTN - South Africa) A South African economist urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to use the platform of Group of 20 (G20) summit to demonstrate South Africa’s readiness to welcome new business and investment.
(Aljazeera - Turkey) Cavusoglu says Erdogan has no reason not to meet MBS during G20 summit later this week, German newspaper reports
(The Brazilian Report - Brazil) Even tough [Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s President-elect] has not been sworn in yet (and chose not to attend the event), it will be a sort of “debut” of his platform on the world stage.
(BNN Bloomberg - Canada) The U.S., Canada and Mexico signed a new trade deal championed by President Donald Trump to replace the quarter-century-old NAFTA pact, capping a year of intense negotiations and offering a glimmer of certainty amid rising global tensions over trade.
(Economic Times - Italy) Italy agreed to let India host the G20 summit in 2022 in its place owing to the momentum in bilateral ties in the past two years that allowed the two countries to overcome the dispute over two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen, said people aware of the matter.
(DW- Germany) A plane carrying the German chancellor had to turn around and land in Cologne after only an hour in the air due to a technical difficulty. She is now on her way to Buenos Aires on a commercial flight.
(Newshub - New Zealand) Dozens of world leaders gathered in Buenos Aires last week for the G20 summit, but Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a hard time being recognised.
(The Japan Times - Japan) Argentina, which holds the presidency this year, selected the theme “Building consensus for fair and sustainable development,” and picked three key issues — the future of work, infrastructure for development and a sustainable food future — for the deliberations.
(The Diplomat - India) At the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s outreach to various world leaders signaled how pragmatism has become a key driver of Indian foreign policy behavior.
(Al Jazeera - Argentina) Thousands march against capitalism, abuse of activists as world leaders gather for annual G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Hundreds of thousands of anti-capitalist and other protesters marched against the G20 Summit hrough the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Friday.
(BBC - Argentina) World leaders have held the opening session of their annual G20 summit, with any number of disputes and disagreements on the table. Host president, Argentina's Mauricio Macri, said the solution was "dialogue, dialogue and dialogue" and called for a clear message of shared responsibility.
(Moscow Times - Russia) Russia fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval ships on Sunday as they attempted to pass through the narrow stretch Kerch Strait into the Sea of Azov which lies between Russia and Ukraine.
After 20 months of fierce debate, the European Union finally agreed upon a withdrawal deal for the United Kingdom. The 599 page document was finalized on Nov. 25 and contains two main Brexit documents. One is the settlement of UK’s 39 billion pound “divorce settlement,” citizen rights and the Northern Ireland border, which would remain open should negotiations stall.
(Financial Times - UK) John McDonnell has predicted that a second EU referendum is “inevitable” in comments that will add to the sense of growing momentum behind the controversial idea.
(Reuters - France) France on Thursday led calls among European Union states for changes to the draft agreement on Britain’s exit from the bloc, adding to uncertainty over the fate of the deal as British Prime Minister Theresa faced an uproar at home.
(BBC - Belgium) EU leaders have approved an agreement on the UK's withdrawal and future relations - insisting it is the "best and only deal possible".