Midday Briefing, International

Welcome back to your weekly international edition of the daily briefing, where we try to highlight a little of what's going on around the world.

First, from NCR yesterday:

Our editorial: Conservatives should tackle Defense Department's waste

Catholics in Baltic states ponder response to new Russian aggressiveness

And from Global Sisters Report:

Closing the circle of ministry: Sister communities share property

Dominicans' hostel supports college students in Vietnam

Syrian civil war:

Aleppo rebel evacuation underway after ceasefire deal

Brexit frustrations:

As Brexit approaches, signs of a gathering economic storm for Britain

'It terrifies me': Britons in Europe on how Brexit is going to affect them           

An EU dinner with Brexit for each course

Parts far and wide:

China appears to confirm it has militarized disputed Spratly Islands

Taiwan is both exhilarated and unnerved by Trump's China remarks

Abe, Putin agree to revive Japan-Russia security talks, discuss Syria

From Italy with love:

With success comes dissension in Italy’s Five Star Movement

Italy's new government looks much like just-ended one

Italy's quiet man prime minister: Who is Paolo Gentiloni?

How a Monte dei Paschi rescue is unlikely to solve Italy's banking problems

Ideas for next week? Drop me a line:

[Joshua J. McElwee is NCR Vatican correspondent. His email address is jmcelwee@ncronline.org. Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.]

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