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The Brexit Has Begun: Now What?

The United Kingdom has filed for divorce from the European Union, but before talks over its departure can begin, the bloc must decide how it wants to proceed. Read more…

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U.S.: SpaceX Successfully Reuses Orbital Rocket

SpaceX successfully launched and recovered a previously used Falcon 9 rocket March 30, marking the first time that an orbital rocket has been reused. Read more…

South Africa: President Fires Finance Minister, Sources Say

South African President Jacob Zuma reportedly replaced Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan with Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on March 30, anonymous sources said, eNCA reported. Read more…

Malaysia: Government Releases Body Of Kim Jong Nam To North Korea

Malaysia sent the body of Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to North Korea on March 30, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Fresh Protests Being Organized For April 2

A new round of protests in Russia is being organized for April 2, according to reports circulating on various Western and Russian social media platforms. Read more…

U.S., South Korea: Oil Exports To North Korea Could Be Targeted In Case Of Nuclear Test

The United States and South Korea are considering reining in oil exports to North Korea in the event that it carries out another nuclear test, diplomatic sources said, Yonhap reported March 30. Read more…

U.K.: Government White Paper Describes Great Repeal Bill

The British government published on March 30 a white paper describing its plan to repatriate EU laws into the British legislative system using a "great repeal bill," The Guardian reported. Read more…

Ethiopia: Parliament Extends State Of Emergency 4 More Months

Ethiopia's parliament extended the country's state of emergency for four more months on March 30, AP and the Washington Post reported. Read more…

Venezuela: Supreme Court To Take Over Congressional Responsibilities

Venezuela's Supreme Court ruled late on March 29 that it will assume the responsibilities of the National Assembly, El Estimulo reported. Read more…

U.K., Belgium: Lloyd's Plans EU Hub In Brussels

Lloyd's of London, the centuries-old British insurance market, will open an EU hub in Brussels, company Chairman John Nelson said, Bloomberg reported March 30. Read more…

North Korea: Increased Activity Seen At Nuclear Test Site

New satellite imagery shows a substantial increase in activity around North Korea’s main nuclear test site, raising speculation that Pyongyang is preparing for its sixth nuclear test, Kyodo and the Japan Times reported March 29, citing analysis done by U.S.-based research center 38 North. Read more…

China: Beijing Confirms Upcoming Xi-Trump Meeting

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on April 6-7 at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said March 30, Caixin reported. Read more…

U.S.: Senate Approves Montenegro Joining NATO

The U.S. Senate approved Montenegro's bid to join NATO on March 28, the Financial Times reported March 29. Read more…

Libya, Italy: Nearly 150 Migrants Drown After Boat Sinks

Nearly 150 migrants drowned after a rubber boat they were traveling in sank recently in the Mediterranean Sea, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said March 29, Reuters reported Read more…

Malaysia, China: Committee On Defense And Security Established

Malaysia and China agreed March 29 to establish a high-level committee on defense and security, Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said, The Star Online reported. Read more…

Sudan: Senior British Delegation To Visit Khartoum

A senior British delegation will visit Khartoum this week, including top leadership for Africa within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Sudan Tribune reported March 29. Read more…

Ukraine: Polish Consulate In Lutsk Attacked

The Polish consulate in the western Ukrainian town of Lutsk was attacked overnight March 29, a statement from Ukraine's SBU security service said, Interfax-Ukraine reported. Read more…

China, Philippines: Bilateral Talks On Maritime Dispute To Be Held In May

China and the Philippines will hold direct bilateral talks on their maritime dispute in the South China Sea in May, Philippine officials said March 29, Today Online reported. Read more…

Jordan: 2017 Arab League Leaders' Summit Begins

The 2017 Arab League Leaders' Summit opened in Jordan on March 29, with leaders from around the Arab world gathering for two days of talks on a number of issues, Gulf News reported. Read more…

Forecasts

2017 Annual ForecastFree

Long-term trends tend to quietly build over decades and then noisily surface as the politics catch up. Such is the case for 2017. Read more…