Israel Sees Warming Ties With Sudan as Symbolic Progress in Hostile Region

Sudan holds historic significance for Israeli leaders because it was the scene of a landmark resolution by Arab states that vowed to shun Israel. The two countries have had a rocky, colorful track record.

#al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #arab-league, #arab-israeli-war-1948, #arab-israeli-war-1967, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #defense-and-military-forces, #israel, #khartoum-sudan, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestine-liberation-organization, #sudan, #united-states-international-relations

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Will Cuba Tip Florida to Trump?

Sixty-two years after the revolution, America’s relations with its neighbor to the south loom large.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #castro-raul, #cuba, #cuban-americans, #democratic-party, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #florida, #miami-fla, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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As China Clamps Down, Activists Flee Hong Kong for Refuge in the West

China calls them “violent criminals.” Asylum seekers from Hong Kong are the latest catalyst for deteriorating relations between Beijing and Western countries.

#asylum-right-of, #canada, #cheng-simon, #china, #germany, #great-britain, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Announces Sudan Will Move to Normalize Relations With Israel

But the deal appears to fall short of full diplomatic ties, as there was no mention of opening embassies in the others’ capitals, as Israel is planning to do with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

#arab-league, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #hezbollah, #israel, #obama-barack, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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In Xi’s Homage to Korean War, a Jab at the U.S.

China is commemorating the war with a barrage of nationalistic propaganda. “They smashed the myth that the American military was invincible,” China’s leader said.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #korean-war, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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What Do Polls Say About the Issues on the Agenda for Tonight’s Debate?

On topics from climate change to leadership, most Americans say they prefer Joe Biden over President Trump.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #debates-political, #families-and-family-life, #global-warming, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Europe Wonders if It Can Rely on U.S. Again, Whoever Wins

America’s deeply polarized politics have marked foreign policy, too, undermining Washington’s authority and reputation for reliability.

#europe, #european-union, #group-of-seven, #international-trade-and-world-market, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #merkel-angela, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-health-organization, #world-trade-organization

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Grenell Pursued Talks Over Change of Power in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #grenell-richard, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

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Richard Grenell Pursued Talks of Maduro, Power Change in Venezuela

A close ally of President Trump quietly met with an associate of President Nicolás Maduro, whom the United States does not recognize as the leader of Venezuela.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #grenell-richard, #guaido-juan, #maduro-nicolas, #presidential-election-of-2020, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venezuela

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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.

#americans-abroad, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #cuba, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #pompeo-mike, #russia, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.S. and Russia Appear to Edge Toward Extension of Nuclear Treaty

Russia proposed that the two countries make a “political obligation” to freeze their existing arsenals of warheads for one year.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #stockpiling, #strategic-arms-reduction-treaty, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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U.A.E. and Israel Agree to Visa Waivers and Direct Flights

In the first official U.A.E. visit to Israel since the countries normalized relations, they agreed to ease travel and upgrade West Bank checkpoints. Palestinians called it tacit assent to Israeli occupation.

#israel, #mnuchin-steven-t, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #pipelines, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-international-relations, #west-bank

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U.S. Diplomats and Spies Battle Trump Administration Over Suspected Attacks

American officials in China, Cuba and Russia say U.S. agencies are concealing the true extent of the episodes, leaving colleagues vulnerable to hostile actions abroad.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #cuba, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-employees, #headaches, #microwaves-electromagnetic-waves, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-office-of-special-counsel, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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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.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #al-burhan-abdel-fattah, #arab-league, #bashir-omar-hassan-al, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #hamdok-abdalla, #hezbollah, #netanyahu-benjamin, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sudan, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Armenians Under Fire: Who Will Help?

A humanitarian asks if America will step in to prevent an atrocity.

#armenians, #azerbaijan, #nagorno-karabakh, #russia, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Diplomats from China and Taiwan Scuffle in Fiji

Two mainland diplomats attended an event, uninvited, and took offense at symbols of Taiwan — including a flag on a cake. A scuffle ensued.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #fiji, #international-relations, #taipei-taiwan, #taiwan, #united-states-international-relations

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China Threatens to Detain Americans if U.S. Prosecutes Chinese Scholars

American officials said China had insisted that the Justice Department not proceed with cases against the arrested scholars, who are in the Chinese military and face charges of visa fraud.

#china, #colleges-and-universities, #defense-and-military-forces, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #justice-department, #state-department, #travel-warnings, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Refugees Who Assisted U.S. Military Denied Entry Into U.S.

President Trump has reduced the flow of refugees into the country to a trickle, and even Iraqis and Afghans who risked their lives for American service members have been cut off.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #iraq-war-2003-11, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department, #translation-and-interpreters, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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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Donald Trump’s Incompetent Foreign Policy

For all the sound and fury, Trump’s foreign policy has few accomplishments.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bolton-john-r, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #duterte-rodrigo, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #khashoggi-jamal, #kim-jong-un, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #maduro-nicolas, #may-theresa-m, #milley-mark-a, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance

Two new books, David H. Rundell’s “Vision or Mirage” and Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck’s “Blood and Oil,” offer insights into an enigmatic country.

#blood-and-oil-mohammed-bin-salmans-ruthless-quest-for-global-power-book, #books-and-literature, #hope-bradley, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #rundell-david-h, #saudi-arabia, #scheck-justin, #united-states-international-relations, #vision-or-mirage-saudi-arabia-at-the-crossroads-book

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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.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #bolton-john-r, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #milley-mark-a, #national-public-radio, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #china, #defense-department, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #milley-mark-a, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #presidential-election-of-2020, #russia, #shabab, #somalia, #syria, #targeted-killings, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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America Has No Reason to Be So Powerful

Eighty years ago, the United States made a tragic decision to pursue global supremacy. The project has outlived its purpose.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #international-relations, #luce-henry-robinson, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Trump Thought He Had a Nuclear Deal With Putin. Not So Fast, Russia Said.

Trump administration officials want to broaden the New START accord and warn that the price of a new deal will rise after the election. Joe Biden supports a straight five-year extension of the deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #nuclear-weapons, #presidential-election-of-2020, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Indonesian Defense Chief, Accused of Rights Abuses, Will Visit Pentagon

Prabowo Subianto, former head of Indonesia’s feared special forces under Suharto and now the minister of defense, had been barred from entering the United States for years.

#defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #prabowo-subianto, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Iran’s Covid-19 Death Toll Is Rising. Show Mercy, Mr. Trump.

U.S. efforts to cut Iran off from the rest of the world in the midst of the pandemic are cruel. So is Iran’s refusal to release political prisoners.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defenders-of-human-rights-center, #evin-prison, #international-monetary-fund, #iran, #mohammadi-narges-1972, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sotoudeh-nasrin, #united-states-international-relations, #womens-rights

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Turkish Defector Says He Was Ordered to Kill Politician in Austria

The testimony by the man, who claimed to be an intelligence agent, offers insight into President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pursuit of foes and undermines the conviction of a U.S. Consulate employee in Istanbul.

#austria, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #gulen-fethullah, #politics-and-government, #topuz-metin, #turkey, #united-states-international-relations

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With Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine, Putin Jumps Ahead of Trump

As America retreats from world affairs, Russia is promising other nations help on the pandemic.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #general-assembly-un, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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When the U.S. and China Fight, It Is the Environment That Suffers

The Trump administration’s moves to decouple the two economies means less leverage over Beijing’s green policies.

#air-pollution, #carbon-dioxide, #chengdu-china, #coal, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #environment, #gansu-province-china, #general-assembly-un, #global-warming, #green-climate-fund, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hong-kong, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan, #liu-he-1952, #obama-barack, #outsourcing, #pacific-ocean, #paris-agreement, #pew-research-center, #pollution, #steel-and-iron, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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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.

#islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kushner-jared, #middle-east, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #netanyahu-benjamin, #obama-barack, #palestinians, #pompeo-mike, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump’s Campaign Talk of Troop Withdrawals Doesn’t Match Military Reality

President Trump has brought home few American combat troops over all even as his pressure campaign against Iran risks a new Middle East conflict.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #iran, #iraq-war-2003-11, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #presidential-election-of-2020, #syria, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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North Korea Unveils New ICBM During Military Parade

The weapon appeared to be bigger than the North’s previous long-range missile, indicating that it might be able to fly farther with a more powerful nuclear warhead.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #kim-jong-un, #missiles-and-missile-defense-systems, #north-korea, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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5 Were Cleared to Leave Guantánamo. Then Trump Was Elected.

The president reversed Obama-era policies on detainees, leaving in limbo five prisoners who had been judged eligible for transfer to other countries. Their fate could rest on the 2020 election.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #international-committee-of-the-red-cross, #nasser-abdul-latif, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #state-department, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #wolosky-lee-s

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U.S. Issues Additional Sanctions Against Iranian Banks

The penalties, which could effectively lock Iran out of the global financial system, were the latest sign that the Trump administration plans to maintain its maximum pressure campaign against the country.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #iran, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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The Conflict Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Could Spiral Out of Control

Without engagement from the United States, the region may be engulfed in war.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #nagorno-karabakh, #russia, #stepanakert-nagorno-karabakh-republic, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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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.

#australia, #china, #india, #jaishankar-subrahmanyam, #japan, #motegi-toshimitsu, #pompeo-mike, #suga-yoshihide, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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Distrust of China Jumps to New Highs in Democratic Nations

The sharpest rise in negative views was in Australia, while unfavorable opinions jumped in the United States and Europe, a Pew survey found.

#australia, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #international-relations, #japan, #pew-research-center, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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America May Need International Intervention

Even Democrats may find it hard to imagine, but the “leader of the free world” would benefit from United Nations oversight.

#anderson-carol-author, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #du-bois-w-e-b, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #presidential-election-of-2020, #race-and-ethnicity, #trump-donald-j, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Did the U.S. Try to Assassinate Lenin in 1918?

In “The Lenin Plot” Barnes Carr tells the mostly unknown story of America’s intervention in the earliest days of the Soviet Union.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #books-and-literature, #carr-barnes, #lenin-vladimir, #politics-and-government, #russia, #the-lenin-plot-the-untold-story-of-americas-midnight-war-against-russia-book, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Where Does American Foreign Policy Go From Here?

Two books, Philip H. Gordon’s “Losing the Long Game” and Charles A. Kupchan’s “Isolationism,” offer suggestions to avoid the mistakes of the past.

#books-and-literature, #council-on-foreign-relations, #gordon-philip-h, #isolationism-book, #kupchan-charles-a, #losing-the-long-game-the-false-promise-of-regime-change-in-the-middle-east-book, #united-states-international-relations

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Top China Critic Becomes Its Defender

Robert E. Lighthizer, President Trump’s trade negotiator, has cautioned against actions that could anger Beijing in an attempt to preserve the U.S.-China trade deal.

#china, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lighthizer-robert-e, #taiwan, #treasury-department, #trump-donald-j, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations

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China Ramps Up a War of Words, Warning the U.S. of Its Red Lines

As the United States and Taiwan draw closer, state propaganda is sending the message that China will go to war if necessary.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #defense-and-military-forces, #global-times, #hu-xijin, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xi-jinping

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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.

#armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #defense-and-military-forces, #nagorno-karabakh, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #obrien-robert-c-1952, #pashinyan-nikol, #russia, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #united-states-international-relations

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