Tag: International Relations

Iran Threatens to Violate Nuclear Deal’s Limits on Uranium Enrichment

LONDON — Iran announced plans on Monday to stop complying with the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States withdrew from last year, leaving the door open to an “unlimited rise” in Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium amid escalating tensions between the two nations. The announcement by Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization was the country’s […]

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Why Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Have Put the World on Edge

Mysterious explosions that crippled two commercial tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday have set off a spike in oil prices, threats from President Trump and calls for calm from the secretary general of the United Nations. Even though both vessels were evacuated without serious injury, the incident raised immediate alarms about a potential […]

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Shelling Breaks Syria Cease-Fire Negotiated by Russia and Turkey

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A cease-fire negotiated between Syrian rebels and government forces in the country’s war-battered northwest was interrupted on Thursday by intermittent bombing and shelling in Idlib Province, the country’s last piece of rebel-held territory. Russia and Turkey, two of the dominant foreign powers in the area, had negotiated what Russian state news agencies […]

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Negotiating Venezuela’s Transition

Last month’s preliminary talks between representatives of Venezuela’s government and the democratic opposition, facilitated by the government of Norway and held in that country, are an important first step toward a democratic transition. Norway is well placed to take the lead in facilitating negotiations; it has considerable experience, expertise and international respect for its scrupulous […]

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As China Looms, Australia’s Military Refocuses on Pacific Neighbors

SYDNEY, Australia — For years, the graduating classes of Australia’s military training programs studied Dari and Pashto, the languages of distant war-torn lands, eschewing the Bahasa and the Pijin of Asia-Pacific nations close to home. But as Australian forces wind down their presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, where they have served alongside American troops since […]

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Trump Allows High-Tech U.S. Bomb Parts to Be Built in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration declared an emergency last month and fast-tracked the sale of more American arms to Saudi Arabia, it did more than anger members of Congress who opposed the sale on humanitarian grounds. It also raised concerns that the Saudis could gain access to technology that would let them produce their […]

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As Trump Dangles Post-Brexit Trade Deal, Some Britons See Opportunism

LONDON — President Trump on Tuesday urged Britain to forge ahead with plans to quit the European Union, reiterating his support for Brexit at a time of acute political crisis, as the prospect of a Britain overly dependent on the United States divided politicians and further inflamed thousands of anti-Trump protesters on the streets. Mr. […]

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Britain Dealt Defeat at U.N. Over Its Control of Chagos Islands

The United Nations General Assembly dealt Britain an embarrassing defeat on Wednesday in a protracted dispute over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, demanding that the British surrender the archipelago — home to an important American military base — to Mauritius, a former British colony. In a diplomatic showdown that underscored challenges to Britain’s […]

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