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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…

South Korea: Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant For Ex-President

Prosecutors in South Korea asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for former South Korean President Park Geun Hye over corruption allegations that led to her ouster, Yonhap news agency reported March 27. Read more…

Syria: U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Take Tabqa Air Base

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, on March 26 took Tabqa air base in northern Syria held by the Islamic State, Reuters reported. Read more…

Germany: Chancellor's Christian Democratic Union Wins Saarland State Election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won a regional election in the western state of Saarland on March 26, preliminary official figures showed, Reuters reported. Read more…

Bulgaria: GERB Party Wins Parliamentary Elections, Partial Results Show

Bulgaria's center-right GERB party narrowly won parliamentary elections on March 26, partial official results showed, Reuters reported. Read more…

Russia: Opposition Leader, Protesters Detained At Demonstrations Nationwide

Police detained dozens of protesters across Russia on March 26, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev, Reuters reported. Read more…

Hong Kong: Carrie Lam Elected Chief Executive

Carrie Lam was elected March 26 as Hong Kong's chief executive, Reuters reported. Read more…

Turkey: President May Call Referendum On EU Accession

Turkey may hold a referendum to decide on whether to continue EU accession talks, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said March 25, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Military Pauses Operations In Western Mosul

Anti-Islamic State forces temporarily halted their push to retake control of western Mosul on March 25 out of concern for high civilian casualties, an Iraqi military representative said, Reuters reported. 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…