The Cable

On Hong Kong, China Tells Key Senator to Butt Out

The Chinese government rebuked the powerful chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, instructing New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez to keep his opinions about Hong Kong's democratic unrest to himself. On Tuesday, Menendez had sent a letter to Hong Kong's chief executive, urging him to respect the democratic rights of Hong Kong's people.

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Obama's Foreign Fighters Campaign Is a Gift to the World's Police States

China is not signing up for the U.S.-led fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But the Middle Kingdom has found a lot to cheer for in President Barack Obama's growing push to rally international support for a crackdown on the Islamic extremists flocking to Syria and Iraq to expand the group's self-proclaimed caliphate there.

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Iraqi Prime Minister's Terror Warning Baffles Washington

In his first big turn on the international stage, Iraq's new prime minister seemingly tumbled.

In an exchange with reporters at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Thursday, Haider al-Abadi seized global attention by saying that the Iraqi government uncovered a plot by the self-proclaimed Islamic State to attack subway systems in the United States and in Paris. It was an astonishing warning, particularly coming on the heels of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, which began on Monday, and following the beheading of a French hostage by an Islamic State-linked group in retaliation.

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