International News Coverage
Iran, Terrorism, Abkhazia, Morocco, Jerusalem, South China Sea
Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl | Reuters
Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal.
Schools, prisons and councils are to be required by law to put in place measures to stop would-be extremists from being drawn into terrorism, the Home Secretary has announced.
Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco’s south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.
Vladmir Isachenkov | Associated Press
Russia further tightened its control over Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia on Monday with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia.
William Booth and Taylor Luck | Washington Post
The rising animosity between Jordan and Israel, whose governments are tethered by a peace treaty, could undermine U.S.-led efforts to fight Islamist extremists. It also threatens a multibillion-dollar natural gas deal that is important to both countries.
Katie Hunt | CNN
China is building an island in the South China Sea that could accommodate the country’s first airstrip in bitterly contested waters, according to satellite images.
Lynne O’Donnell | Associated Press
With U.S. and NATO combat troops set to withdraw by the end of the year and many international organizations also scaling back operations, they fear that the Afghan government will be under less pressure to uphold women’s rights.
Technology & the Environment
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.
Eric Niller | Wired.com
Once in place, the Webb, with its 21-foot mirror, will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, able to capture images of very dim, very old light. It will also probe the atmospheres of exoplanets to check for oxygen, water, and maybe even alien pollution.
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December 8 @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm
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ASP will host Special Envoy Hochstein on how the United States can use energy diplomacy in the Middle East, from encouraging cooperation to as a tool in combating ISIS.
ASP Conference – Pakistan: Aid, Trade, and Security
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