Situation/Intelligence Reports

U.S.: Fast-Track For Trans-Pacific Partnership Stalled By Senate

A motion to begin debating a bill that would give U.S. President Barack Obama the ability to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement failed to pass after coming up eight votes short in the Senate on May 12, The New York Times reported. Read more…

Yemen: U.N. Envoy Arrives To Mark Start Of Cease-Fire

U.N. envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived in Sanaa on May 12 to mark the beginning of a cease-fire between Houthi fighters and Saudi-supported forces loyal to exiled President Abd Rabboh Mansour Hadi, AFP reported. Read more…

Israel: No Alternative To Hamas Exists, General Says

Head of Israel Defense Forces Southern Command Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman said there are no alternatives to Hamas rule in Gaza and that overthrowing the group is not immediately achievable, the Guardian reported May 12. Read more…

Iraq: Government Condemns Hungary For Kurdish Support

The Iraqi government reprehended Hungary in a statement released May 12 for allegedly supporting Kurdish independence, Rudaw reported. Read more…

Nepal: Another Quake Kills At Least 37

A magnitude-7.3 quake hit a remote region of Nepal on May 12, killing at least 37 people, AP reported. Read more…

Turkey: Current Account Gap Rises More Than Expected

Over the past year, Turkey's current account deficit has increased by $1.58 billion, reaching $4.96 billion in March, a greater total than expected, Hurriyet Daily News reported May 12. Read more…

Russia: U.S. Leader Arrives In Sochi For Talks With President

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Russia on May 12 for the first top-level U.S. visit to the country in two years, The Wall Street Journal reported. Read more…

U.S.: Interior Department Conditionally Approves Arctic Drilling

The U.S. Interior Department gave conditional approval May 11 for Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to begin drilling for oil and natural gas in the Arctic Ocean this summer, the New York Times reported. Read more…

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