Monday's global agenda: Turmoil in Egypt, progress in Russia

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Magnitsky's death has become a rallying cry for U.S. lawmakers who want to maintain human-rights pressure on Russia before establishing permanent normal trade relations with the country when it joins the World Trade Organization next month. WTO membership came one step closer to becoming a reality on Monday when Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country's accession protocol was legitimate following a challenge by the opposition. [RIA Novosti]

Terror list: The U.S. House of Representatives is expected this evening to unanimously adopt legislation requiring the State Department to tell Congress whether the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network qualifies as a terrorist group and, if not, which criteria have not been met. The bill has already cleared the Senate amid growing bipartisan pressure on the Obama administration to take action.

The State Department announced in November that it was engaged in the “final formal review” on whether to designate the group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, and attacks on NATO troops have continued since then. Some government officials, however, worry that labeling the organization that way could hinder talks with the Taliban, who are closely affiliated with the Haqqani Network.

In other news

Libyan elections: A coalition of liberal parties appears to have edged out Islamists this weekend in Libya's first free legislative elections since Moammar Gadhafi took power in 1969, The Wall Street Journal reports. The preliminary results offer a stark contrast with the outcomes of elections in next-door Egypt and Tunisia. 

The death of three U.S. Army commandos in restive Mali is raising questions. [The Washington Post]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hailed international donors on Sunday for pledging to provide Afghanistan with $16 billion in aid thorough 2015 in exchange for commitments to crack down on corruption in that country. [The Hill]

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