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US Indictment of Venezuela’s Maduro Carries Echoes of Noriega. Will It End the Same Way?
Venezuela
US Indictment of Venezuela’s Maduro Carries Echoes of Noriega. Will It End the Same Way?

MIAMI — In January of 1990, a once powerful Latin American leader stood before a Miami judge to face charges that he’d taken $4.6 million in bribes in exchange for allowing his nation to become a hub for Colombian cocaine... Read More

It’s the National Dish That Brought Down a Dictator. And It’s Delicious
Iraq
It’s the National Dish That Brought Down a Dictator. And It’s Delicious

BAGHDAD — Standing by a small concrete pool, chef Mohammad Qassem thrusts his hand into the murky water. Out comes a sizable carp, 6 pounds or so. As the fish thrashes, he grabs a club. He thwacks once. He thwacks... Read More

Amid Death Threats, a Polish Judge Who Fought Communists Now Battles His Nationalist Government
Poland
Amid Death Threats, a Polish Judge Who Fought Communists Now Battles His Nationalist Government

KATOWICE, Poland — People want to kill Waldemar Zurek. They shout epithets at him on the street. News sites call him a traitor, thief and disgrace to his country. His crime, as he put it recently stepping out of a... Read More

US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord
Geopolitics
US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord

WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes carried out an airstrike against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just days after the two sides signed a tentative peace agreement that now seems at risk. The U.S. planes targeted militants in Helmand province... Read More

In Tit for Tat, Trump Limits Number of Chinese Journalists in US
Geopolitics
In Tit for Tat, Trump Limits Number of Chinese Journalists in US

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday ordered several Chinese media organizations to dismiss 60 U.S.-based Chinese nationals in retaliation for a “long-standing trend” of actions by Beijing against journalists, including the expulsion last month of three Wall Street Journal... Read More

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

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

White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference
2020 Elections
White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president, said Sunday he had no knowledge of intelligence agency warnings that Russia is trying once again to help Trump by... Read More

Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
Elections
Blue Dogs Call For Fast, Bipartisan Action on Russia Election Meddling Reports
2020-02-22 00:09:25
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats on Friday called for the immediate passage of bipartisan legislation safeguarding the nation's elections in the wake of a New York Times report Russia is meddling in the 2020 race to assure President... Read More

Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda
Russia
Russian Tatars Feel Threatened As Putin Pursues Nationalist Agenda

KAZAN, Russia — This month, school officials across Tatarstan were ordered to trim by half the number of hours of optional lessons offered in the Tatar language — from four a week down to two. The directive came two years... Read More

China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters
Geopolitics
China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters
2020-02-19 19:24:21
by Dan McCue

China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters Wednesday saying it was revoking their credentials due to a headline that appeared above an opinion column two weeks ago. The expulsions came less than 24 hours after the Trump administration designated five... Read More

Afghanistan’s Ghani Declared Winner in Disputed Presidential Election
Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s Ghani Declared Winner in Disputed Presidential Election

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani, has been declared the winner of a disputed presidential vote that’s been tainted by accusations of vote-rigging. Ghani led the poll with 50.64% of the 1.8 million votes cast, defeating his top... Read More

US Considering New Wave of China Tech Restrictions
Geopolitics
US Considering New Wave of China Tech Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering new restrictions on exports of cutting-edge technology to China in a push aimed at limiting Chinese progress in developing its own passenger jets and clamping down further on tech giant Huawei’s access to... Read More

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