Trump Was Briefed on Uncorroborated Intelligence About Chinese Bounties

The unverified intelligence echoes a similar report, deemed credible by the C.I.A. but dismissed by the president, that Russian military agents had offered payments for attacks on Americans in Afghanistan.

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Biden on Trump, Covid-19: ‘More People May Die Because of Transition Delay’

Adopting a graver tone, the president-elect said that President Trump’s refusal to authorize a transition could have deadly consequences.

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‘More People May Die’ Because of Trump’s Transition Delay, Biden Says

Adopting a graver tone, the president-elect said that President Trump’s refusal to authorize a transition could have deadly consequences.

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Trump Pentagon Purge Could Accelerate His Goal to Pull Troops From Afghanistan

President Trump’s supporters hope he is the president to end America’s longest war.

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In the Trump Campaign, Government Agencies and Officials Have Often Provided Help

The sustained effort by President Trump, members of his cabinet and other officials to use the powers of incumbency has gone far beyond anything done by his predecessors.

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Trump Aide Insists U.S. Will Reduce Forces in Afghanistan to 2,500 Troops

The national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, reiterated a plan to draw down troops to 2,500 by early 2021, sidestepping President Trump’s call for a Christmas exit.

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Trump Said to Be Warned That Giuliani Was Conveying Russian Disinformation

President Trump shrugged off the warning from the intelligence agencies, officials said.

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Trump’s Tweets on Troop Withdrawals Unnerve Pentagon

The president’s demands to draw down forces in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria seek to fulfill a campaign promise. But officials warn rapid troop reductions could bolster adversaries.

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Houthi Rebels Free 2 American Hostages

Sandra Loli and Mikael Gidada were freed in an agreement with the United States and Oman that allowed 200 Houthi fighters to return to war-ravaged Yemen.

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Armenia’s Leader Seeks Trump’s Help as Conflict Rages With Azerbaijan

Nikol Pashinyan, Armenia’s prime minister, said he was promised a call with President Trump over Turkey’s role in the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Then Mr. Trump fell ill.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Democrats and Republicans

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly aiming at Biden campaign officials.

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Russian Intelligence Hackers Are Back, Microsoft Warns, Aiming at Officials of Both Parties

China is also growing more adept at targeting campaign workers. But contrary to Trump administration warnings, Beijing is mostly targeting Biden campaign officials.

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Brother of Impeachment Witness Says His Firing Was a Whistle-Blower Reprisal

Yevgeny Vindman, Alexander S. Vindman’s brother, says he was fired in retaliation for his role in the impeachment inquiry and for raising ethics and legal concerns about the national security adviser.

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Don’t Let Russian Meddling Derail Afghanistan Withdrawal Plans

Allegations of bounties paid for the deaths of U.S. soldiers are serious. But the White House ought to stay the course toward a peace deal.

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White House Dismisses Reports of Bounties, but Is Silent on Russia

Robert C. O’Brien, the national security adviser, told Fox News that President Trump knew nothing about the reports because the briefer “decided not to” share unverified intelligence with him.

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Five Takeaways From John Bolton’s Memoir

“The Room Where It Happened” describes Mr. Bolton’s 17 turbulent months at President Trump’s side through a multitude of crises and foreign policy challenges.

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U.S. to Sanction I.C.C. Investigators in War Crimes Inquiry

The International Criminal Court has collected evidence of torture, rape and other crimes by American forces during the war in Afghanistan.

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He Could Have Seen What Was Coming: Behind Trump’s Failure on the Virus

An examination reveals the president was warned about the potential for a pandemic but that internal divisions, lack of planning and his faith in his own instincts led to a halting response.

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Five Takeaways on What Trump Knew as the Virus Spread

An examination by The New York Times reveals that there were warnings from the intelligence community, national security aides and government health officials — even as the president played down the crisis.

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