Israeli Reports Say Netanyahu Met Saudi Crown Prince, but Saudis Deny It

The reported visit on Sunday night, amid talk of warming relations, would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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Netanyahu Meets With Saudi Crown Prince

The reported visit on Sunday night would be the first known meeting between high-level Israeli and Saudi leaders.

#group-of-twenty, #international-relations, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia

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An End to Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Dangerous War

The feud between Armenia and Azerbaijan has only been put on hold.

#armenians, #defense-and-military-forces, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #pompeo-mike, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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Pompeo Calls B.D.S. Movement Anti-Semitic

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also expected to make precedent-setting visits to a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and to the Golan Heights.

#anti-semitism, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #golan-heights, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-transition-us, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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Barr the Bad or Rudy the Ridiculous?

The Worst of Trump winners are in!

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Israel Strikes Syria and Iranian Forces as Pompeo Flies In

Israel launched the retaliatory airstrikes in Syria hours before a meeting in Jerusalem with the Bahraini foreign minister and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

#bahrain, #defense-and-military-forces, #golan-heights, #international-relations, #iran, #israel, #pompeo-mike, #quds-force, #syria, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Sought Options for Attacking Iran to Stop Its Growing Nuclear Program

The president was dissuaded from moving ahead with a strike by advisers who warned that it could escalate into a broader conflict in his last weeks in office.

#defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #iraq, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pence-mike, #pompeo-mike, #stockpiling, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uranium

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President Tru, Pack Your Bags and Be Gone

Trump wants to preserve, protect and defend only himself.

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Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

So far, there is no evidence the appointees harbor a secret agenda or arrived with an action plan. But their sudden appearance amounts to a purge of the Pentagon’s top civilian hierarchy without recent precedent.

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Trump’s Post-Election Tactics Put Him in Unsavory Company

Denying defeat, claiming fraud and using government machinery to reverse election results are the time-honored tools of dictators.

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He Sidestepped Pompeo and Got Slapped Down. Now He’s the New Pentagon Chief.

President Trump’s new acting secretary of defense began a since-aborted diplomatic gambit last month to negotiate with a Somali terrorist group — drawing the ire of the secretary of state.

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Hints on Obamacare’s Future

Pompeo joins other top Republicans in defying the election results: This is your morning tip sheet.

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China Extends Reach in the Caribbean, Unsettling the U.S.

The region has strategic importance as a hub for logistics, banking and commerce. It is also very close to the United States.

#caribbean-area, #china, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Lebanese Politician Allied With Hezbollah

The action continued the administration’s efforts to dial up pressure against Tehran before the end of President Trump’s term.

#beirut-lebanon, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hezbollah, #pompeo-mike, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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U.S. Diplomat Coughs Online, and European Allies Wonder if They Were Exposed

A senior State Department official who tested positive for the coronavirus after a trip to Europe has angered other diplomats and irritated foreign officials whom he could have infected.

#biegun-stephen-e, #brussels-belgium, #budapest-hungary, #chatham-house-the-royal-institute-of-international-affairs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hutchison-kay-bailey, #kerry-john, #london-england, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #paris-france, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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A Trump Victory May Push His Defense Secretary Out an Open Door

Mark Esper’s strained relationship with President Trump, since he balked at using active-duty troops to quell civil unrest, may result in Mr. Trump choosing his fourth defense secretary if he keeps the White House.

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U.S. Still Unsure of Havana Syndrome’s Cause Years Later

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said officials continued to investigate the episodes, which began in 2016, but diplomats and C.I.A. officers have accused the administration of a cover-up.

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State Dept. to Remove Sudan From List of Terrorist States

The move clears the way for the African nation to seek international assistance and potentially to normalize relations with Israel, which officials said could happen within days.

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Trump’s Sanctions on International Court May Do Little Beyond Alienating Allies

Critics say the administration has targeted a human rights lawyer with economic penalties meant for warlords, dictators and authoritarian governments.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #assad-bashar-al, #bensouda-fatou, #bolton-john-r, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #national-security-council, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinian-authority, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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For Trump, Defying Mideast Truisms Produced Breakthroughs and Backfires

Disregarding norms and accepted wisdom, President Trump went his own way in the Middle East and, in some cases, got what he wanted.

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Election Less Than a Month Away, Trump Leans on Barr and Pompeo for a Lift

The secretary of state said he would make Hillary Clinton’s emails public, handing the president a weapon to attack his political foes as the attorney general resisted his overtures to prosecute them.

#barr-william-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durham-john-h, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #judicial-watch, #justice-department, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Pompeo’s Message in Japan: Countering China Is Worth Meeting Face to Face

The American diplomat’s willingness to meet with allies in Asia, despite the crisis embroiling the White House, speaks to fears of China’s rise.

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Rebuffed by Vatican, Pompeo Assails China and Aligns With Pope’s Critics

Pope Francis declined to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is demanding a harder Vatican line on China. The Holy See said meeting just before a U.S. election would be inappropriate.

#china, #francis, #gallagher-paul-r-1954, #gingrich-callista, #gingrich-newt, #pompeo-mike, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-international-relations

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

U.S. and Iraqi officials say they are surprised by the proposed retreat, which could set back American efforts to fight the Islamic State and to limit Iranian influence.

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U.S. Prepares to Take Sudan Off List of States That Support Terrorism

Coming before the election, the move would give President Trump another chance to broker diplomacy on Israel’s behalf. But it could be at the cost of compensation for terrorism victims.

#cole-uss, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hamdok-abdalla, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trying to Hammer Iran With U.N. Sanctions, U.S. Issues More of Its Own

The Trump administration targeted Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs after the U.N. refused to enforce international penalties that the U.S. said it had triggered over the weekend.

#arms-trade, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #maduro-nicolas, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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War Crimes Risk Grows for U.S. Over Saudi Strikes in Yemen

State Department officials have raised alarms about the legal risk in aiding airstrikes that kill civilians. The Trump administration recently suppressed findings as it sold more weapons to Gulf nations.

#arms-trade, #bombs-and-explosives, #bureau-of-political-military-affairs, #civilian-casualties, #defense-department, #house-of-representatives, #houthis, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #international-relations, #iran, #law-and-legislation, #middle-east, #obama-barack, #pompeo-mike, #saudi-arabia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #yemen

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Terry Branstad, Trump’s Ambassador to China, is Stepping Down

Terry Branstad, a former Republican governor of Iowa and early supporter of Mr. Trump’s candidacy, will leave his post as the top American diplomat in China.

#branstad-terry-e, #china, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bahrain Will Normalize Relations With Israel, Trump Says

The island kingdom in the Persian Gulf becomes the second Arab nation in a month to more openly embrace Israel, dismissing Palestinian objections.

#kushner-jared, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy

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Netanyahu Privately Condoned U.S. Plan to Sell Arms to U.A.E., Officials Say

The package being pushed by the Trump White House — which could shift the military balance in the Middle East — includes an electronic warfare plane, the EA-18G Growler.

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U.S.-Russia Military Tensions Intensify in the Air and on the Ground Worldwide

Recent altercations in Europe, the Middle East and off the coast of Alaska have heightened tensions between the two rival powers.

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An American Disaster Foretold

Europeans look at “containment” as the means to deal with Trump.

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House Panel Moves to Hold Pompeo in Contempt of Congress

The House Foreign Affairs Committee cited Mike Pompeo’s defiance of subpoenas related to the State Department’s compliance with Senate Republicans’ investigation targeting the Bidens.

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R.N.C. Skims Over Trump’s ‘Unfinished Business’ in Foreign Policy

From Iran to North Korea, President Trump has failed to achieve many of his stated foreign policy goals. He is asking for a second term to get them done.

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Three Trump Supporters Have a New Target: Germany

The United States needs allies. Punishing Berlin over a Russian gas pipeline is a needless provocation.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations

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Republican Convention: Best and Worst Moments From Night 2

Our columnists and contributors give their rankings.

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The Epic Shamelessness of the Republican Convention

Norms are for chumps, not for Trumps.

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RNC Night 2: Watch the Moments That Mattered

It was all a blur (of lines not usually crossed): Two of our reporters break down highlights from the second night of the Republican National Convention.

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Trump Leverages Powers of Office as He Seeks to Broaden Appeal

In an abrupt swerve from the dire tone of the convention’s first night, President Trump staged a grab-bag of gauzy events and personal testimonials aimed at female and minority voters. His program blurred the lines between campaigning and governing.

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Security Council Leader Rejects U.S. Demand for U.N. Sanctions on Iran

The setback elicited an angry reaction from the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who accused her counterparts of standing with terrorists.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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What to Watch For on Night 2 of the RNC: Melania, Eric and Tiffany Trump

Three of President Trump’s family members will speak tonight, including his wife, Melania.

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Day 2 of the G.O.P. Convention: Schedule, Speakers and How to Watch

The event’s second night will feature Melania Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Senator Rand Paul.

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Pompeo to Deliver R.N.C. Speech From Israel With Eye on 2024

No sitting secretary of state has addressed a national political convention in at least 75 years.

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Radical Break From Tradition: Trump to Accept Nomination at the White House

But President Trump’s convention speech — and those of Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — are only the latest examples of how Mr. Trump has further blurred the lines between the government and his campaign.

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Pompeo Arrives in Israel to Push Mideast Ties

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s five-day tour is intended to discuss regional peace and security. He also planned to use Jerusalem as a backdrop for an address to the Republican National Convention.

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Instead of Isolating Iran, U.S. Finds Itself on the Outside Over Nuclear Deal

Allies and adversaries alike have refused to recognize the Trump administration’s demand for sanctions, potentially weakening American authority worldwide.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #pompeo-mike, #security-council-un, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. Heads to United Nations to Demand ‘Snapback’ of Sanctions Against Iran

Without European support, it is not clear how the United States alone would enforce U.N. sanctions to punish Iran for violating the 2015 nuclear deal that world powers are trying to save.

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U.S. Suspends Bilateral Agreements With Hong Kong, Escalating Tensions With China

The actions are part of the Trump administration’s broader efforts to punish China for its attempts to stifle political dissent in Hong Kong.

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Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

A new U.S. intelligence report says top officials in Beijing were in the dark in early January on the true dangers of the virus. That could affect U.S. policy on China.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #pompeo-mike, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #wuhan-china, #xi-jinping

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