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Bloodshed Dodged or Simply Deferred? Transitional Deal Reached in Sudan

Anti-Bashir graffiti in Khartoum, Sudan. , cc Obai Alsadig , modified - https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=khartoum%20protest&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search

Following a long and violent protest movement, a transitional deal has finally been reached in Sudan. But can it bring democracy to the long-suffering country?

Next-Gen British Tempest Fighter Finds a Partner in Sweden

A Eurofighter Typhoon jet; the new, British-led consortium is seeking to build its replacement. CC Flickr, Max Pfandl, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In a blow to separate Franco-German efforts, Sweden has apparently signed onto the British-led consortium to build a next generation European fighter jet.

Italy’s League in Russia-Funding Scandal

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, modified, US Department of State, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

In a case of the FPO’s Ibiza scandal redux, Italy’s League is now embroiled in a Russian funding scandal.

Macron in Last-Ditch Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

MacronTrump, cc Flickr White House, modified, public domain

However much the French president wants to save the Iran nuclear deal, Europe’s inability to insulate Tehran from US sanctions has already been laid bare.

Is India’s Nagaland Peace Process Nearing a Breakthrough?

India Prime Minister Modi, cc Kremlin.ru, modifeid, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/60747

There is hope that a breakthrough might be imminent in one of India’s longest-running ethnic conflicts.

UK-China Relations: To Bend or Break?

HKProtest, cc Flickr Studio Incendo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Events in Hong Kong have put a strain on a bilateral relationship that London has been emphasizing over the course of successive governments.

EU Inks Free Trade Deal with Mercosur

Mercosul-04-jul-2005, cc Ricardo Stuckert/PR via www.agenciabrasil.gov.br, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mercosul-04-jul-2005.jpeg

Completed following decades of negotiation, the deal will create a market of over 770 million people. Was it worth the wait?

BIS Sounds Early Alarm on US Corporate Debt

Wall Street, cc Flickr caccamo, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Are collateralized loan obligations brimming with toxic corporate debt just a little bit of history repeating?

Can the U.S. Break China’s Rare Earth Monopoly?

A strip mine near Globe Arizona, circa 1990; cc Flickr Phillip Capper, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Rare earths have emerged as a new variable in the US-China trade war. Is China’s near-monopoly on these strategic resources its ultimate trump card, or will US producers be able to diversify supply amid the new normal of bilateral tension.

Sudan Protesters Return to the Streets as Negotiations Stall

Sudan Protests, cc Flickr sari omer, modified, https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

Weeks after paramilitaries unleashed a wave of brutality on Khartoum, Sudan’s civilian protest movement does not appear to be losing any momentum.

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