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Matthew Bey on Latest SpaceX Delays

Stratfor's Matthew Bey tells The Christian Science Monitor there is industry acceptance that SpaceX will succeed, but that the question is when.

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Stratfor Announces New Chief Product Officer

Ken Maranian joins Stratfor to lead corporate innovation and the creation of next-generation products, including a suite of new industry-specific enterprise products.

Adriano Bosoni on the Italian Referendum

Stratfor Senior Europe Analyst Adriano Bosoni tells CNBC the referendum result and resignation of Italy's prime minister puts the country's future with the EU in doubt.


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Iraq: Coalition Captures Eastern Mosul Neighborhood

Iraqi troops took control of Mosul’s eastern Tamim district Dec. 9. Meanwhile, coalition airstrikes destroyed three production plants that Islamic State used to make vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, along with associated storage sites, Lt. Gen. Abdul Ameer Rasheed Yarallah said, Reuters reported. Read more…

Egypt: Giza Blast Kills Six Police Officers

A Dec. 9 blast caused by an improvised explosive device planted near roadblocks on Al-Haram Street in the city of Giza, part of the greater Cairo metropolis, killed six police officers, Daily News Egypt reported. Read more…

South Korea: Parliament Votes To Impeach President

The South Korean parliament voted 234-56 to impeach President Park Geun Hye on Dec. 9 over her alleged link to a corruption scandal, Yonhap news agency reported. Read more…

Philippines: Support For U.S. South China Sea Operations Unlikely, Defense Secretary Says

The Philippines is highly unlikely to allow the U.S. military to use Philippine territory as a springboard for so-called freedom of navigation operations (FONOPs) through disputed parts of the South China Sea, Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Dec. 8, Gulf News reported. Read more…

Colombia: U.S. Says FARC Still Involved In Drug Trafficking

Despite peace talks with the Colombian government, factions of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are still involved in drug trafficking, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said, Caracol reported Dec. 7. Read more…

Russia: Former Adviser To U.S. President-Elect Arrives In Moscow

Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser to U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, arrived in Moscow on Dec. 8 for a trip that will last through Dec. 13, Vestnik Kavkaza reported. Read more…

Italy: Renzi Resigns

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi officially resigned on Dec. 7, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Western Powers Call For Aleppo Cease-Fire

Western powers including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Canada issued a joint statement Dec. 7 calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, AP reported. Read more…

Ghana: Voters Head To Polls For Presidential Vote

Voters in Ghana head to the polls Dec. 7 to cast their votes in the country's presidential election, which pits incumbent President John Dramani Mahama against main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo and several other candidates, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Rebels Withdraw From Aleppo's Old City As Government Advance Continues

Rebels withdrew from Aleppo's old city overnight Dec. 7, allowing Syrian government forces and their allies to move into an area that had long been an opposition bastion in the city, The Guardian reported. Read more…

U.K.: Prime Minister Agrees To Publish Brexit Plan Before Triggering Article 50

British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed Dec. 6 that her government would publish its Brexit plan before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would formally set the process in motion, The Independent reported Dec. 7. Read more…

Indonesia: Earthquake Rocks Northern Sumatra

An earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra early Dec. 7, killing dozens of people and injuring many others, government agencies said, New York Times reported. Read more…

Pakistan: Plane Crashes In North, Survivors Unlikely

A commercial plane crashed in northern Pakistan on Dec. 7, officials from Pakistan International Airlines said, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: New President's First Foreign Visit Will Be To Russia

The first foreign visit for newly elected Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will be to Russia, a senior Uzbek government source said, Izvestia reported Dec. 7. Read more…

France: Cazeneuve Named New Prime Minister

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has been named the country's new prime minister, BBC reported Dec. 6. Read more…

U.S.: Supreme Court Sides With Samsung In Patent Dispute With Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Samsung on Dec. 6 over a nearly $400 million patent dispute with Apple, BRG and Reuters reported. Read more…

Brazil: Supreme Court Removes Senate President

Brazil's supreme court issued a ruling Dec. 5 to remove Sen. Renan Calheiros from his position as president of the Senate, Valor reported. Read more…

Italy: Treasury Reportedly Has Rescue Plan For Historic Bank

Italy's Treasury has reportedly prepared a plan for direct state intervention to save Monte dei Paschi di Siena, one of the country's top commercial and retail banks, The Guardian and Financial Times reported Dec. 6. Read more…