Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday canceled a planned Jan. 31 meeting with President Donald J. Trump, hours after Trump tweeted that the meeting should be scrapped if Mexico won’t pay for a border wall.
Some 70,000 Syrians are stranded in a demilitarized zone on the Jordan-Syria border, with aid severely limited and subject to tight restrictions. While the UN delivers assistance by crane or by contractor, the US NGO World Vision is taking a different and controversial approach: using a “moderate” Syrian militia to help bring in supplies. While this route has its critics, the NGO says it’s effective and getting aid where it needs to go.
Dr. Margaret Chan’s term as head of the World Health Organization is expiring and there is much intrigue as the race to replace her heats up. Later today, the WHO’s executive board will announce the three finalists from a “shortlist” of five candidates.
President Donald Trump yanked the United States out of a major Pacific trade deal Monday, making good on an election campaign promise and delivering a hammer blow to Asian allies. Trump said he had “terminated” the Trans-Pacific Partnership — a trade deal binding the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Vietnam and seven other allies against growing Chinese economic clout. Together, TPP members represent 40 percent of the world economy.
Israel’s prime minister on Sunday accepted an invitation to visit the White House next month in hopes of forging a “common vision” for the region with President Donald Trump that could include expanded settlement construction on occupied territories and a tougher policy toward Iran.
Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, ushering in a new and more unpredictable era in which he vowed to shatter the established order and restore American greatness. From the West Front of the Capitol, overlooking a crowd of hundreds of thousands as rain began to fall, Trump presented a dark vision of a nation afflicted by division and dislocation, exploited and forgotten by a group of Washington elites and diminished around the world. His arrival, he promised, would finally turn it around.
Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist group linked to al Qaeda, claimed a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali on Wednesday that killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 100 others, according to a Mauritanian news agency. The attack struck at the heart of still-fragile efforts by the government and rival armed groups to work together to quell the violence that has plagued the restive desert north for years.
The president of The Gambia declared a state of emergency in the west African country two days before he is due to leave office. The declaration is the latest in a series of attempts by Yahya Jammeh to hang onto power beyond his current tally of 22 years.
The U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs will reduce spending by at least $20 million in 2017. The 10 percent cuts, including at least 173 staff layoffs, come along with an internal reform process sparked by a damning independent review. … In the short term, OCHA will close offices in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mauritania. It will reduce its presence in Colombia, Haiti, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita told reporters on Saturday that leaders from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, had reached no deal after mediation efforts in the Gambia. The bloc has said it would consider military action if Gambian President Yahya Jammeh does not step down.