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Russia Changes Its Tone

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Stratfor's Rodger Baker on South Korea's Political Storm

"It's hard for this crisis not to have at least some impact [on South Korean President Park Geun-Hye]. Her administration has already faced a lot of criticism on reforms as well as international junkets," Baker said. This week's events interfere with her ability to focus on policy issues and help push them through the parliament, he added.

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Stratfor's Scott Stewart on the Latest Threats by ISIS

The nature of ISIS's recent threats actually speaks to the group's limitations, says Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at Stratfor. He says that if a militant group has the ability to conduct a strike, it's not going to foreshadow it online, "they're just going to do it. It's when they can't do it themselves that they need to ask others for help."

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Afghanistan: Taliban Discuss Government Peace Talks

The Taliban have begun internal discussions about possible peace talks in Qatar with the Afghan government, Afghanistan's High Peace Council said April 20, Shamshad TV reported. Read more…

Egypt, Saudi Arabia: Foreign Ministers To Discuss Enhanced Cooperation

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri will travel to Riyadh on April 20 to meet with his Saudi counterpart, Prince Saud al-Faisal, MENA News reported, Read more…

Yemen: Rocket Fragments Hit Mauritanian Embassy

Fragments of rockets aimed at Houthi sites hit the Mauritanian embassy in Sanaa on April 20, Sahara Media reported. Read more…

India: Navy Chief Wary Of China-Pakistan Naval Ties

Indian Naval Chief Adm. Robin K. Dhowan said April 20 that India was carefully monitoring military ties between Pakistan and China, IBN Live reported. Read more…

Guinea: At Least 2 Wounded During Election Protests

At least two people were injured April 20 during protests, which began last week in Conakry, Reuters reported. Read more…

Colombia: FARC Leader Upholds Unilateral Cease-Fire

Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia negotiator Ivan Marquez has ratified the militant group's decision to maintain its unilateral cease-fire despite the Colombian government's decision to resume airstrikes against the group, El Espectador reported April 20. Read more…

Kenya: Thousands Of Police Recruited To Combat Al Shabaab

Kenyan officials hope to hire 6,000 new officers and 4,000 police administrators to combat al Shabaab, World Bulletin reported. Read more…

Iraq: Government Grants BP More Oil In Lieu Of Payment

The Iraqi government has been allowing BP to export more crude oil from the country as payment for developing oil fields, Reuters reported April 20. Read more…

Germany: Officials Call For A Political Solution In Yemen Crisis

Germany's deputy foreign minister visited Iran and Saudi Arabia to discuss a political solution to the crisis in Yemen, IRNA reported April 20. Read more…

Greece: Public Funds Seized For IMF Payment

The Greek government announced April 20 that local governments would have to immediately transfer their cash balances to the Greek central bank, Bloomberg News reported. Read more…

Syria: Government Airstrikes Intensify In Northeast, Killing At Least 20

At least 20 people were killed during Syrian government airstrikes against rebel-held areas in the north and south of the country, the Daily Star reported April 20. Read more…

Italy: Rome Will Not Intervene Militarily In Libya, Prime Minister Said

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said April 20 that Italy was not considering military intervention in Libya to stem the flow of seaborne migrants in the Mediterranean, Reuters reported. Read more…

Finland: After Elections, Negotiations Begin

With no one party able to form a government, coalition talks will focus on the domestic economy and the Greek bailout. Read more…

Iran: Tehran May Aim to Mitigate U.S. Congressional Influence

Abbas Ali Mansouri-Arani, a member of the Iranian Foreign Policy Committee, has called on Iran to counter the U.S. draft bill that could give the U.S. Congress influence over the outcome of nuclear negotiations, ISNA reported April 20. Read more…

Somalia: Al Shabaab Suspected Of Attack On U.N.

Nine U.N. guards were killed in a bomb attack outside the United Nations compound in Garowe on April 20, Reuters reports. Read more…

U.S.: 6 Arrested For Links To Terrorism

The FBI has arrested at least six men in Minnesota and California for planning a terrorist attack, CNN reported April 20. Read more…

Egypt: 22 Brotherhood Members Sentenced To Death

An Egyptian court sentenced 22 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death for a 2013 attack on a police station, Reuters reported April 20. Read more…

Israel: President Extends Deadline For New Government

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin granted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a 14-day extension to form a new government, AFP reported April 20. Read more…

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