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South China Sea: China To Project Power From Spratlys Within Months, U.S. Intel Chief Says

China will be able to project "substantial offensive military power" from artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea's disputed Spratly Islands within months, the director of U.S. national intelligence said March 10, Reuters reported. Read more…

Brazil: Former President Charged With Money Laundering, Identity Fraud

Prosecutors charged former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with money laundering and identity fraud in relation to a posh beachfront apartment, Reuters reported March 10. Read more…

France: Gunfire Outside Of Paris Restaurant

Two suspects are on the run after a shooting outside a Paris restaurant in the city's Bastille district, The Independent reported. Read more…

Colombia: FARC Cease-Fire Expected March 23

The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) will sign a cease-fire agreement on March 23, according to FARC senior negotiator Jesus Santrich and former Senator Piedad Cordoba, Caracol Radio reported March 10. Read more…

U.S.: Saudi Arabia, Iran Must Make Peace, President Says

Middle Eastern conflict will not end until Saudi Arabia and Iran can come to some sort of peaceful arrangement, U.S. President Barack Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic released March 10, Reuters reported. Read more…

Libya: Political Dialogue For Unity Government Begins

A U.N.-backed committee aiming to overcome legal obstacles to Libya's new unity government convened in Tunis on March 10, Libya Herald reported. Read more…

Egypt: Islamic State Gaining Initiative In Northern Sinai, Source Says

According to a source close to Egyptian security issues, the Islamic State is gaining the initiative over the Egyptian army in the northern Sinai. Read more…

Jordan: U.S. Vice President Visits Amman

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Jordan for talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Al Arabiya reported March 10. Read more…

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