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International Developments


– “Obama Rebukes Israeli-Saudi Attack on Iran Nuclear Deal

– The new agreement with Iran means a greater role for IAEA

– “The White House has issued an appeal to Iran for the return of a missing former FBI agent who on Tuesday became what is believed to be the longest-held American hostage in history.

– “China is on a charm offensive in Eastern Europe, an attempt to secure business ties in a region where the European Union and Russia are increasingly jostling for influence.”

Middle East

– “How the Foremost Weapons Expert on the Syrian Civil War Scoops Major News Organizations from the Comfort of His Easy Chair

– Free Syrian Army: There will be no ceasefire into Geneva talks

– “The United Nations says its aid convoys cannot reach around 250,000 people in areas besieged by Syrian government forces or rebels, despite “growing needs and intensifying conflict”.

– “White House threatens to pull all US troops out of Afghanistan

At least 2,153 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2001

– Suicide bombings in Iraq kill 13 soldiers and officers and wounded 24

Asia & Oceania

– “China should harness the positive influence of moderate religious believers, including their traditions of benevolence and tolerance, and recognize their contributions to society, the country’s top religious affairs official wrote on Tuesday.

– Gallup: “South Asia leads the world in suffering

– “Indonesia’s police confirmed they had suspended cooperation with their Australian counterparts after a diplomatic rift between the neighbors, raising the possibility of a surge in asylum seekers heading to Australia from Indonesian shores.

– U.S. flies into East China Sea, despite warnings by China not to

– Thai protesters have forced the government to close ministries

– “What’s the protests about anyway?” you may ask. Here’s some answers courtesy of the AP

– China arrests nine over oil pipeline explosions [cont’d.]

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