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Rohingya Leader Shot Dead in Bangladesh Refugee Camp

Bangladeshi authorities arrested a suspect (Dhaka Tribune) in the Wednesday killing of Mohib Ullah, a teacher and community leader. Local and international…

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Australia to Relax Travel Rules After Stringent Restrictions

The country has maintained a strict cap on international arrivals and required that people quarantine outside their homes for much…

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Ethiopia Expels Seven UN Officials as Famine Looms

The UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting today (AFP) to discuss Ethiopia’s announcement that it will expel seven top UN officials…

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U.S. Generals Testify That They Advised Continued Troop Presence in Afghanistan

In testimony to the Senate, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark A. Milley and General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. said…

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Former Peruvian President Loses Extradition Battle

A U.S. judge ruled that former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo must return to Peru (BBC) to be tried for corruption. He was…

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Russia’s Putin, Turkey’s Erdogan Meet in Sochi

Before the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today, a Turkish official said Erdogan would…

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Probe Implicates WHO Staff in DRC Sex Abuse

An independent investigation found that the World Health Organization (WHO) employed twenty-one of the eighty-three aid workers who allegedly committed sexual…

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Meeting to Draft Syrian Constitution Set for October 18

The UN-facilitated initiative (AP) comes after five previous meetings of the Syrian government, the opposition, and civil society representatives failed to produce…

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Plummeting Currency Worsens Myanmar’s Postcoup Slump

Myanmar’s currency has lost more than 60 percent of its value (Reuters) since the beginning of September, and the World Bank predicts…

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Study: China’s BRI Projects Experience Corruption, Pollution

Thirty-five percent of infrastructure projects financed through China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) struggle with corruption (Reuters), labor violations, environmental pollution,…

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Former Foreign Minister Elected to Lead Japan’s Ruling Party

Fumio Kishida, a former foreign minister favored by leaders in Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), won a tight election (Kyodo) to…

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Fed Meeting Expected to Focus on Timeline for Slowing Bond Purchases

The Federal Reserve is expected to signal (WSJ) how soon it could slow the bond-purchasing program meant to cushion the pandemic shock.

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Argentine, Brazilian Plants to Develop MRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

As part of a World Health Organization program, two research centers in Argentina and Brazil will develop and manufacture mRNA…

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United Kingdom Explores Entering USMCA Trade Deal

London is weighing the possibility (FT) of joining the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after Washington signaled that a bilateral trade deal, which British…

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Ethiopia Seeks New IMF Deal

The country solicited a new credit arrangement (Bloomberg) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to replace one that recently expired. Last week,…

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House Democrats Strip Funding for Israel’s Air Defense System

After pressure from progressive Democrats, the funding was removed (ABC) from a bill to prevent a government shutdown, which the U.S. House…

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Taliban Name UN Envoy, Ask to Speak at UNGA

The request raises tensions (Reuters) with an envoy in New York City who represents the Afghan government that the Taliban ousted last…

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Report: U.S. State Department to Increase Staff Monitoring China

The plan could include adding twenty to thirty staff members in Washington and at embassies around the world to monitor…

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Biden Pushes for Increased COVID-19 Vaccine Access on Heels of UNGA Climate Pledges

U.S. President Joe Biden will meet (NYT) with foreign leaders and representatives of drug companies in a virtual summit today that aims…

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U.S. to Allow Air Travel by Vaccinated Foreigners Beginning in November

The shift will mark an end to pandemic travel bans (Politico) by the United States that have caused tensions with international allies.…

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