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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.

Sim Tack on the Battle for Mosul

Speaking with The Daily Beast, Stratfor Senior Analyst Sim Tack examines recent satellite imagery showing coalition airstrikes on Mosul bridges.

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New Zealand: Prime Minister Resigns

New Zealander Prime Minister John Key announced Dec. 5 that he will not seek a fourth term in office and will resign his post, because of family reasons, BBC reported. Read more…

Iraq: Parliament Delays 2017 Budget Vote

The Iraqi Parliament postponed the planned Dec. 5 session to pass the 2017 budget bill until Dec. 7, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Philippines: Vice President Resigns From Cabinet, Vows To Take On Duterte

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet on Dec. 5, vowing to lead the opposition against the president’s controversial policies, Rappler and the Manila Times reported. Read more…

Uzbekistan: Shavkat Mirziyoyev Wins Presidential Election

Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev won Uzbekistan's presidential election held Dec. 4, receiving 88.6 percent of the vote, RFE/RL reported Dec. 5. Read more…

Austria: Independent Candidate Wins Presidential Election

Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer lost Austria's presidential election Dec. 4, conceding victory to independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, BBC reported. Read more…

Philippines: President Duterte Speaks With U.S. President-Elect Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by telephone late Dec. 2, according to a Philippine statement Dec. 3, Fox News reported. Read more…

South Korea: Protests Continue In Seoul Ahead Of Impeachment Vote

Dec. 3 protests in Seoul brought as many as 1.7 million people into the streets for the sixth weekend in a row to demand the resignation of President Park Geun Hye, Al Jazeera reported. Read more…

U.S.: Beijing Condemns President-Elect Trump's Taiwan Call

Beijing lodged a formal diplomatic protest Dec. 3 in response to a phone conversation between U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Reuters reported. Read more…

United States: President-Elect Trump Speaks With Taiwan President, Courts China's Ire

In an extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented break with decades of U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic protocol, President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone Dec. 2 with Taiwan President Tsai Ying-wen. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: King Orders Replacement Of Prominent Leaders

Saudi King Salman ordered by royal decree Dec. 2 a reshuffle of the Council of Senior Scholars, the Saudi Press Agency and other Saudi sources reported. Read more…

Angola: President Will Not Stand For Re-Election

After holding power since 1979, Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos will not stand for re-election next year, Reuters reported Dec. 2. Read more…

Russia: President Approves First Revised Strategic Concept Since 2013

For the first time since 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved Dec. 1 a new iteration of the country's Strategic Concept, the official document that outlines the country's fundamental security tasks and strategy, RIA Novosti reported. Read more…

France: President Will Not Run For Re-Election

President Francois Hollande has surprised French voters by declaring Dec. 1 that he will not run for re-election next year, the BBC reported. Read more…

Russia: Contact Lost With Resupply Space Craft Bound For International Space Station

Russian authorities lost contact with an unmanned spacecraft launched Dec. 1 to bring supplies to the International Space Agency, Russia's space agency said, The Verge reported. Read more…

South Sudan: Aid Convoys Blocked, Envoy Warns Of Ethnic Cleansing

Humanitarian convoys seeking to provide aid to civilians in South Sudan have been attacked and blocked from reaching their destinations, top U.N. officials in the country said, Reuters reported Dec. 1. Read more…

Thailand: Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn Becomes King

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne in Thailand on Dec. 1, Bangkok Post reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Kiev Begins Missile Tests

Ukraine has begun a round of of surface-to-air missile tests over the Black Sea, BBC reported. Read more…

Ethiopia: Opposition Leader Detained After Trip To Europe

Prominent Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was detained upon arriving at the Addis Ababa airport on Nov. 30, BBC reported Dec. 1. Read more…

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