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World Watches, Worries and Wags a Finger as US Election Count Drags On

SINGAPORE — Transfixed by a U.S. presidential vote that failed to swiftly yield a clear winner, a watching world responded Wednesday with a... Read More

SINGAPORE — Transfixed by a U.S. presidential vote that failed to swiftly yield a clear winner, a watching world responded Wednesday with a mixture of worry, disbelief and, in some quarters, scorn. Many foreign allies weighed in with precisely the kind of counsel... Read More

Nation by Nation, the World Watches Election Day in the US

For four years, the world’s nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community —... Read More

For four years, the world’s nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn’t. Longtime alliances have been strained, agreements wiped away, tariffs erected, funding withdrawn. Some nations have been the objects... Read More

2020-10-27 20:22:50
by Kate Michael
Madeleine Albright, Richard Haass Outline 2020 Election’s Foreign Policy Implications

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and diplomat Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations,... Read More

WASHINGTON — Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and diplomat Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke at a virtual discussion convened by the think tank in the week before the U.S. presidential election about the... Read More

Amnesty: Credible Reports Protesters Shot Dead in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the... Read More

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International said late Tuesday there was “credible but disturbing evidence” that security forces in the megacity of Lagos had fatally shot protesters who were demonstrating against police brutality despite a new curfew going into effect.... Read More

2020-10-16 19:31:54
by Kate Michael
Countering China and Unleashing American Innovation on 5G

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up... Read More

WASHINGTON — The term 5G is all over telecommunications these days. It comes with the promise of data speeds up to 100 times faster than current connections and the ability to support devices that will perform functions not yet imaginable.... Read More

2020-10-01 14:30:38
by Reece Nations
Bipartisan Delegation and National Security Advisor Meet to Discuss China Policy

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan delegation of Congressional leaders met Wednesday with National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger to discuss the United... Read More

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan delegation of Congressional leaders met Wednesday with National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger to discuss the United States' foreign policy toward China in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are grateful to Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew... Read More

2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton
Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and... Read More

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

Japan PM Shinzo Abe Says He's Resigning for Health Reasons

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said Friday he is stepping down because a chronic health problem... Read More

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said Friday he is stepping down because a chronic health problem has resurfaced. He told reporters that it was “gut wrenching” to leave many of his goals unfinished. Abe has had... Read More

Russia's Navalny in Coma in ICU After Alleged Poisoning

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity. The 44-year-old... Read More

Russia’s New Sputnik Launch Raises Risks in Dash for COVID-19 Shots

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics... Read More

Russia’s decision to approve a coronavirus shot before crucial tests have shown it’s safe and effective raises worries that politics will trump public health in the quest for a vaccine. The country’s plan to start mass inoculations as soon as... Read More

2020-08-07 19:36:15
by Kate Michael
Assessing U.S. Canadian Border Policy’s Future Effects

WASHINGTON - Canada is not usually at the center of debate on U.S. immigration, but policy changes due to COVID-19... Read More

WASHINGTON - Canada is not usually at the center of debate on U.S. immigration, but policy changes due to COVID-19 have atypically limited travel to Canada and affected the United States’ and Canada’s control of the movement of people and... Read More

Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 60, Injures Thousands

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital... Read More

BEIRUT (AP) — A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured,... Read More

Trump Says He Never Raised Taliban Bounties in Talks With Putin

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hasn’t discussed reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he hasn’t discussed reports that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan with Russian President Vladimir Putin, despite having numerous phone calls as recently as last week. “I have... Read More

2020-07-28 20:36:24
by Sara Wilkerson
Permanent Closings Possible as UK Arts Sector Faces Ongoing Crisis

As the United Kingdom sets out its plan of guiding and supporting its arts industry amid the pandemic, the sector... Read More

As the United Kingdom sets out its plan of guiding and supporting its arts industry amid the pandemic, the sector remains in a state of crisis as freelancers in the British theatre sector consider leaving the profession and theatres face... Read More

Analysis: How Bad Could US-China Relations Get?

BEIJING — Fears are rising on both sides of the Pacific that the U.S. and China could be headed for... Read More

BEIJING — Fears are rising on both sides of the Pacific that the U.S. and China could be headed for a total breakdown of relations and even outright conflict within the next few months. As the two powers ordered the... Read More

2020-07-23 20:25:35
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Confronts China Threat to Beat Out U.S. Economy

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate tried to figure out a response Wednesday to a trade war with China that is... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate tried to figure out a response Wednesday to a trade war with China that is taking on new urgency during the coronavirus pandemic. Republican and Democratic senators identified Chinese computer hackers and patent thieves as... Read More

2020-07-15 15:27:40
by Tom Ramstack
International Cooperation on COVID-19 Urged During Congressional Hearing

WASHINGTON - U.S. experts on European financial and political policy added their voices to an international call for greater cooperation... Read More

WASHINGTON - U.S. experts on European financial and political policy added their voices to an international call for greater cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic during a congressional hearing Tuesday. They described the struggle to find a vaccine and to... Read More

US Rejects Nearly All Chinese Claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration escalated its actions against China on Monday by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and rejecting outright nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China... Read More

2020-07-07 23:33:36
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Told Russia’s Putin is a Growing Threat to the U.S.

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule... Read More

WASHINGTON - Foreign policy experts at a congressional hearing Tuesday described the Russian government as increasingly troubled under the rule of Vladimir Putin and a growing threat to the United States. They said recent reports that the Russian military paid... Read More

2020-07-06 17:05:47
by Gaspard Le Dem
Blue Dogs Push Bill To Crack Down On Chinese Efforts to ‘Exploit’ Pandemic

WASHINGTON - A group of moderate House Democrats wants the U.S. government to track down potential attempts by the Chinese... Read More

WASHINGTON - A group of moderate House Democrats wants the U.S. government to track down potential attempts by the Chinese government to use the coronavirus crisis to its advantage. The Blue Dog Coalition, an alliance of 26 centrist lawmakers, introduced... Read More

2020-06-29 18:18:32
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Upholds Prostitution Pledge for AIDS Funding

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld a provision of federal law Monday that requires foreign affiliates of U.S.-based health organizations... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court upheld a provision of federal law Monday that requires foreign affiliates of U.S.-based health organizations to denounce prostitution as a condition of receiving taxpayer money to fight AIDS around the world.  Writing for the majority... Read More

2020-06-22 19:35:10
by Sara Wilkerson
US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes

Trade agreement talks between the United States and the United Kingdom have been tabled for the foreseeable future over a... Read More

Trade agreement talks between the United States and the United Kingdom have been tabled for the foreseeable future over a disagreement concerning agricultural practices. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer revealed the impasse during testimony before the House Ways and Means... Read More

2020-06-11 21:13:09
by Jacob Pederson
Report Suggests Pandemic Underscored Importance of Sustainable Fisheries Management

Global demand for fish has reached an all-time high despite the economic and supply challenges posed by COVID-19.  This year,... Read More

Global demand for fish has reached an all-time high despite the economic and supply challenges posed by COVID-19.  This year, the world consumed enough fish for every man, woman, and child on the planet to have about 45 pounds each.... Read More

Lawmakers Ejected in Hong Kong Debate on Chinese Anthem Bill

HONG KONG (AP) — Three pro-democracy lawmakers were ejected from Hong Kong's legislative chamber Thursday morning, disrupting the second day... Read More

HONG KONG (AP) — Three pro-democracy lawmakers were ejected from Hong Kong's legislative chamber Thursday morning, disrupting the second day of debate on a contentious bill that would criminalize insulting or abusing the Chinese national anthem. The legislature’s president, Andrew... Read More

2020-05-27 19:03:43
by Dan McCue
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong... Read More

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of... Read More

2020-05-22 12:47:50
by Dan McCue
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the third he's walked away from in the past two years. The Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago, allows nations... Read More

2020-05-18 17:07:48
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead and injured thousands. Despite the court's unanimous ruling, however,... Read More

2020-04-13 19:29:36
by Kate Michael
German Ambassador Details Her Country’s Response to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON - H.E. Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S. claimed the German response to confronting the coronavirus epidemic... Read More

WASHINGTON - H.E. Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S. claimed the German response to confronting the coronavirus epidemic on the health front was not that different from other European Union countries, but that Germany was able to better... Read More

Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe to US Over ‘Horrible’ Coronavirus Pandemic

President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step Wednesday of announcing a suspension of all travel from Europe to the U.S.... Read More

President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step Wednesday of announcing a suspension of all travel from Europe to the U.S. in an effort to contain the coronavirus, calling the fast-spreading respiratory illness a “horrible” pandemic that requires an “aggressive” response.... Read More

2020-02-27 15:18:12
by Tom Ramstack
Trump Urged to Increase Pressure on North Korea to Denuclearize

WASHINGTON -- Foreign policy experts told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that North Korea has returned to its hardline militarization and... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Foreign policy experts told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that North Korea has returned to its hardline militarization and human rights abuses despite earlier pledges to President Donald Trump of more moderate politics. The Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee held... Read More

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