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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…

Turkey: Suspected PKK Bomb Attacks Rock Izmir Province

Militants believed to be with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) detonated two bombs in Turkey’s Izmir province on March 29, Hurriyet reported. Read more…

U.K.: Brexit Process Begins

British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed a letter that will formally begin the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, BBC News reported March 28. Read more…

France: "The Jackal" Gets Third Life Sentence

A French court sentenced Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, the infamous terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal," to a life sentence on March 28 after convicting him for a deadly grenade attack in Paris in 1974, Reuters reported. Read more…

Philippines: No Joint Maritime Patrols Planned With Japan, Defense Secretary Says

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfine Lorenzana said March 27 that there would be no joint maritime patrols between Japan and Philippines in the foreseeable future, Inquirer reported. Read more…

South Africa: President May Fire Finance Minister

South African President Jacob Zuma reportedly told the South African Communist Party (SACP) that he plans to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Sunday Times South Africa reported March 28. Read more…

Russia: Truckers Begin New Round Of Anti-Tax Protests

Russian truck drivers restarted nationwide protests against the Platon road-tax system March 27, Moscow Times reported. Demonstrations were reported in Moscow, Karelia, Tatarstan and the North Caucasus. Read more…

U.K.: Deadline Set For Northern Ireland Power-Sharing Agreement

Political parties in Northern Ireland must reach a power-sharing agreement by April 18 or the British government could take action, including assuming direct control of Northern Ireland to ensure stability, Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire said March 28, BBC reported. Read more…

Australia: Queensland Braces for Cyclone Debbie

Authorities are ordering about 25,000 people in Australia's northeast Queensland state to evacuate ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Debbie, BBC reported March 27. Read more…

Russia: Navalny Given 15-Day Jail Sentence

Russian political activist and Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was given a 15-day jail sentence for organizing a large anti-government protest in Moscow on March 26, Reuters reported. Read more…

Saudi Arabia: Royal Order Imposes Income Tax On Energy Producers

Saudi Arabia has issued a royal order to impose an income tax on producers of oil and gas, the Saudi Press Agency and Al Arabiya reported March 27. Read more…

Palestinian Territories: Hamas Commander Killed In Gaza

A senior Hamas military commander, Mazen Fuqaha, was killed in his home in the Gaza Strip on March 24, according to news circulating on social media outlets and reporting from the Jerusalem Post. Read more…

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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…