Tag: International Relations

Trump Will Host 2020 G7 Summit at His Doral Resort

WASHINGTON — President Trump will host next year’s Group of 7 meeting next June at Trump Doral, his luxury resort near Miami, the president’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters on Thursday. “‘It’s almost like they built this facility to host this type of event,’” Mr. Mulvaney said during a press briefing, quoting […]

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Assad Forces Surge Forward in Syria as U.S. Pulls Back

DOHUK, Iraq — Syrian government forces streamed into the country’s northeast on Monday, seizing towns where they had not stepped foot in years and filling a vacuum opened up by President Trump’s decision to abandon the United States’ Syrian Kurdish allies. Less than a week after Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria with Mr. […]

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Xi Jinping Comes to Nepal Bearing Investments, and India Is Watching

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Xi Jinping touched down in Nepal on Saturday, the first visit by a Chinese president to the country in more than two decades, underscoring Beijing’s increasing interest in South Asia as a strategic hub for defense and transit projects. Ahead of Mr. Xi’s two-day visit, which follows a trip to India, thousands […]

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The Strange Life of a Shadow Venezuelan Diplomat

PARIS — When I first met Isadora Zubillaga in New York some 20 years ago, she was a young venture capitalist investing in Latin American start-ups, and I was an equally young reporter covering Latin America. She never mentioned politics. We soon lost touch. So I was surprised when Ms. Zubillaga emailed me out of […]

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China’s Global Message: We Are Tough but Not Threatening

BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China watched from a rostrum above the iconic portrait of Mao, the weapons came one after the other down the Avenue of Eternal Peace. Intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering multiple nuclear warheads. Drones built for precision strikes. Tanks and armored personnel carriers bearing soldiers in green uniforms. […]

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‘Ours Will No Longer Be a Nation Subject to Insult and Humiliation’

The past few months have been challenging for China: A trade war with the United States has taken a toll on the economy, while months of protests in Hong Kong have raised questions about the sustainability of Chinese political control at the edges of its rule. But rather than play down these challenges at home, […]

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The Berlin Police Are Confident the Killer Is in Jail. They Just Don’t Know His Name.

BERLIN — At the outset, the German officers investigating the brazen daylight assassination of a former Chechen separatist commander were lucky. The killer, a man in a wig who had gunned down the victim in a Berlin park, was spotted by two teenagers, who called the police. Officers arrested the suspect near the Spree River […]

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Trump Celebrates Nationalism in U.N. Speech and Plays Down Iran Crisis

President Trump delivered a sharp nationalist message and assailed “globalists” in remarks to the world’s leading international body on Tuesday, while taking a notably moderate line on Iranian aggression in the Middle East. “If you want freedom, hold on to your sovereignty, and if you want peace, love your nation,” Mr. Trump said, as he […]

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The United Nations General Assembly: Live Updates

Day 1 of speeches at the General Assembly: Leading off the day: four bombastic presidents, bookended by Brexit’s chief advocate. ImagePrime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain during the Climate Action Summit. The summit meeting was held at the United Nations ahead of the General Assembly plenary.   CreditTimothy A. Clary/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Trump […]

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600 Meetings and a World of Conflict: What to Expect at the U.N. General Assembly

The annual United Nations General Assembly will unfold this week against a backdrop of crises — from the warming planet to economic uncertainty to flaring conflicts that threaten to further entangle the United States in the volatile Middle East. Trade wars, migration, energy supplies, climate change and the eradication of poverty underpin the basic themes […]

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Anti-Immigrant Venom Killed Their South African Dreams

LAGOS, Nigeria — They fled mob attacks and the torching of their stores and arrived with nothing but their children and their suitcases. More than 300 Nigerians landed in Lagos on a flight from Johannesburg late Wednesday because their old lives — as immigrants living in South Africa — had become untenable. They arrived after […]

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Kiribati Cuts Taiwan Ties in Favor of China, Further Challenging Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan — For the second time in a week, a Pacific island nation has decided to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan in order to establish official relations with China, further isolating Taiwan diplomatically as Beijing spreads its wealth to court the handful of nations that still recognize the government in Taipei. The government of […]

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Spanish Court Calls U.S. Extradition Request Politically Motivated

MADRID — Spain rejected a United States request to extradite Hugo Carvajal, the former intelligence chief of Venezuela, because the request was politically motivated, a Spanish court said on Tuesday. The court ruling also said the drug trafficking charges leveled against Mr. Carvajal were too “abstract,” and lacking sufficient detail. At his extradition hearing in […]

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Five Policy Clashes Between John Bolton and President Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired his third national security adviser, John R. Bolton, as their positions on major foreign policy issues clashed, most recently on pursuing a peace plan with the Taliban. The two men have regularly been at odds over how to take on major foreign policy challenges facing the United States. […]

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Russia and Ukraine Exchange Dozens of Prisoners, Aiming to Defuse Tensions

MOSCOW — Russia and Ukraine began a long-anticipated swap of dozens of prisoners on Saturday, with government planes taking off from both countries’ capitals around the same time, as the two nations moved to defuse tensions. A plane carrying 24 Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia in the Kerch Strait last year took off from Vnukovo […]

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Imran Khan: The World Can’t Ignore Kashmir. We Are All in Danger.

ISLAMABAD — After I was elected prime minister of Pakistan last August, one of my foremost priorities was to work for lasting and just peace in South Asia. India and Pakistan, despite our difficult history, confront similar challenges of poverty, unemployment and climate change, especially the threat of melting glaciers and scarcity of water for […]

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Who Owns the Amazon?

News Update: Brazil rejected the $22 million in Amazon aid pledged at the G7. At the Group of 7 summit, aides to President Trump complained that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, was focusing the summit not on the global economy but on “niche issues” — among them climate change. At the same time, fires continued […]

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How Emmanuel Macron Positioned Himself as Star of the G7 Show

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron of France seemed to be everywhere at once during the Group of 7 summit. For the space of a weekend, at least, the West appeared to have one person running the show, and it was not the American president. One day, Mr. Macron was wooing President Trump over a long, […]

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At G7 Summit, Trump Pivots Again on Trade War, Saying China Wants a Deal

BIARRITZ, France — President Trump shifted tone on his trade war with China yet again on Monday, expressing confidence that the two sides can reach a deal and calling President Xi Jinping a “great leader” three days after branding him an “enemy.” As he completed an international summit meeting, Mr. Trump told reporters that Chinese […]

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Johnson Walks Tightrope at G7, as Trump Pledges ‘Very Big Trade Deal’ for U.K.

LONDON — At his first international summit meeting as prime minister of Britain, Boris Johnson won approval for his approach to Brexit from President Trump, who praised the new leader as the “right man for the job” and promised a “very big trade deal” with the United States. The comments, which followed a meeting on […]

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