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Barack Obama’s administration has abandoned efforts to get Congress to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Congressional leaders in both parties said they would not bring the trade deal forward during a lame-duck session of Congress.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first foreign leader to meet with Trump since his electoral victory over Hillary Clinton. Reports suggest that Abe is curious as to what Trump’s views are towards the nation's security alliance, as Japan is America's most historic ally in the Asia-Pacific region.
The United States has stated that it is ready to impose an arms embargo against South Sudan after the United Nations warned about the risk of genocide in the East-Central African nation, where there has been a civil war for three years.
Jet bombardments of rebel-held Syrian cities have had catastrophic effects on the civilians of the area. At least eight hospitals have been bombed in the last week, while food stores are running out of supply and countless civilians have been killed. Humanitarian agencies have condemned the latest bombings, describing them as deliberate attacks on health care facilities.
A suicide-bomber killed 52 people at a Sufi shrine in the province of Balochistan in Pakistan. The Islamic State terrorists have claimed responsibility.
Russia announced its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), a day after the court characterized Moscow’s actions in Crimea as an occupation. Moscow claimed the court is “one-sided and inefficient” to justify its leaving the court.
Germany conducted an intense raid on Muslim organizations accused of recruiting for ISIS. German officials searched 190 mosques, apartments and offices in 60 cities earlier this week to curb elevated fears of homegrown radicalization.
The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group officially signed a peace accord after years of negotiations. The new peace deal, a revision of a deal negotiated earlier this year and then defeated by Colombian voters in October, deal allows FARC to become a formal political party but also holds the rebel group responsible for reparations for victims.
A strong 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked New Zealand earlier this week, leaving two dead and thousands stranded in the coastline city of Kaikoura. Relief efforts have been underway by sea, air and land to help people until roads reopen.
The remains of Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos were buried in a national cemetery this week. The burial caused controversy because opponents of Marcos claimed he did not deserve the honor to be buried in a national cemetery for the numerous atrocities committed under his rule.
David Kleidermarcher, the chief security officer at Blackberry, writes that the United States will continue to experience data breaches and cybersecurity failures in 2017, despite massive government spending on cybersecurity.