AFRICA: The UN Security Council voted unanimously to put the brakes on the withdrawal of the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Sudan’s vast western Darfur region
AMERICAS: The US Senate passed a $750-billion defense policy bill with provisions that target China on issues from technology transfers to the sale of synthetic opioids, pushing to counter its influence around the world.
AFRICA: Madagascar holds parliamentary elections in what is being seen as the latest round of a bitter feud between President Andry Rajoelina and his longstanding rival Marc Ravalomanana.
AMERICAS: Venezeulan opposition leader Juan Guaido defended his decision to send delegates to Oslo for talks with representatives of President Nicolas Maduro’s government, warning that critics of the move risk becoming accomplices of his rival’s “dictatorship.”
ASIA: Senior National Security officials, the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton, and Taiwan’s National Security Chief David Lee, have held their first meeting in four decades this month, with the aim of deepening cooperation, the government in Taipei has said.