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International Developments

Overall

– “The United States and Saudi Arabia promised each other and the region Monday that they would continue to work together, with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal saying “our two friendly countries” are busy dealing jointly with troublesome issues like Syria, Iran and the Mideast peace process.”

– Gallup: Northern America leads in workplace engagement

– “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Monday an attack that killed the Pakistani Taliban leader was justifiable but added Washington was sensitive to Pakistan’s concerns, after Islamabad denounced the raid as a blow to peace talks.

– Pew: Despite foreign policy attention waning, attention on Asia increasing by US public

– UN: 9.3 million Syrians need “humanitarian help” Rania Khalek has more.

– “In the end, the Malaysian defense contractor known in military circles as “Fat Leonard” would use prostitutes, plane tickets and other bribes to hook the U.S. Naval officer into a scheme that overbilled the Pentagon by millions, investigators say in court papers.

Middle East

– “A Bahraini court has sentenced four Shia Muslims to life and six others to 15 years in jail on charges of setting up a militant cell linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard aimed at assassinating public figures in the Gulf Arab kingdom.

– “Thousands of Iranian hardliners have rallied at the former US embassy in Tehran to commemorate the 1979 US hostage crisis, highlighting the domestic challenges the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, faces in his bid to mend ties with the west.

– Israel has planned new colonies and oil drilling on Palestinian lands during “peace process

– “A ceasefire between Yemeni Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims fighters intended to end days of clashes that have killed at least 100 combatants and civilians appeared to be crumbling on Monday after Sunnis reported a resumption of fighting.”

Asia & Oceania

– Julian Assange may be able to get a chance at a Senate seat in Western Australia

– “A high-ranking military officer in western China was sacked days after a deadly attack in the heart of Beijing, suggesting that the incident may have rattled China’s leadership enough to precipitate a political fallout.” [cont’d.]

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