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Posted December 5, 2018 9:58 p.m. EST

Mexico Once Saw Migration as a U.S. Problem. Now It Needs Answers of Its Own.

After taking the oath of office, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador addressed Mexico’s Congress on Saturday, covering all the hallmarks of his Mexico-first politics. Notably absent from his speech was a specific reference to one of the most pressing matters of his young administration: the thousands of migrants who traveled through the region in caravans and are now gathered at the Mexico-United States border. The Tijuana crisis has pushed to the forefront the challenges posed by large-scale migration through the region and the pressure it puts on Mexico’s relationships with Central America, from which the majority of migrants are from, and the United States, where most are headed.

Suspected of Crimes, Netanyahu Is Also Suspected of Fear-Mongering

No sooner had the Israeli military excavators begun to drill into the rocky ground than the suspicions burst forth. Few Israelis were completely surprised at their government’s assertion that Hezbollah, Israel’s archenemy to the north, had dug tunnels under the Lebanese border. Instead, the distrust was directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is facing increasing legal woes. The military operation to expose and destroy what his government described as tunnels into Israeli territory began two days after the Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted on bribery, fraud and other charges.

France’s ‘Yellow Vests’: A Populist Movement Following Its Own Playbook

Too little, too late: That was the reaction of the Yellow Vest protesters to the French government’s sudden retreat this week on a gas tax increase. But what makes France’s revolt different is that it has not followed the usual populist playbook. It is not tethered to a political party, let alone to a right-wing one. It is not focusing on race or migration. It is not led by a single fire-breathing leader. Nationalism is not on the agenda. The uprising is instead mostly organic, spontaneous and self-determined. It is mostly about economic class. It is about the inability to pay the bills.

London Police’s Tactic to Stop Thieves on Scooters: Ram Them

The London police wanted to send a message to thieves on scooters and motorcycles in London: We will catch you however we can. The Metropolitan Police published a compilation of videos last month showing officers ramming fleeing motorcycle and scooter riders in the hope that “offenders will think twice about their actions.” But the release attracted criticism for a tactic seen as unusually aggressive, and a labor group for officers warned it might even be against the law. The video shows riders bouncing off the hoods of the cars that hit them, swerving dangerously in traffic and falling to the pavement.

To Feed U.S. Troops, Businessman Violated Iran Sanctions, Charges Say

A wealthy businessman who until recently was head of the company that feeds U.S. troops in Afghanistan has been charged in federal court with violating sanctions against trade with Iran, along with other offenses. The federal indictment charged Abul Huda Farouki, 75, a Jordanian-American and philanthropist from Virginia with long-standing ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, with conspiracy to commit money laundering, violating sanctions against Iran, and fraud. The charges are in connection with more than $8 billion in contracts held by his company, Anham FZCO, to provide food and other logistical support to U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Turkey Calls for Arrest of Aides to Saudi Crown Prince in Khashoggi Killing

Istanbul’s top prosecutor on Wednesday filed arrest warrants for two senior Saudi officials who are close to the Saudi crown prince, accusing them of masterminding the killing of dissident Jamal Khashoggi, according to a senior Turkish official familiar with the investigation. The two Saudis, Maj. Gen. Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud el-Qahtani, are both close aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the kingdom, and Western and Turkish officials have said that Khashoggi’s killing could not have been conducted without the crown prince’s approval. Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Putin Vows to Match Any New U.S. Intermediate-Range Nuclear Missiles

President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia will respond in kind if the United States decides to develop new intermediate-range nuclear missiles. The United States has long accused Russia of developing such missiles in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which limits ground-based intermediate-range missiles. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would within 60 days start the formal process of abandoning the treaty unless Russia re-established compliance with its terms. In recent years, both sides have had reason to rethink their commitment. Russia has grown uneasy as many countries along its extensive southern border began developing such weapons.