Tag: United States International Relations

Trump’s State Visit to Britain Is Set

LONDON — Britain plans to welcome President Trump in June with the formality of a state visit, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday, two and a half years after first extending the invitation. Prime Minister Theresa May invited Mr. Trump for a state visit when he took office in 2017, which he accepted. But it became […]

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U.S. to Stop Exempting Major Buyers of Iranian Oil From Biting Sanctions

The Trump administration moved to increase economic sanctions on Iran by announcing Monday that it would stop allowing five large nations to buy Iranian oil. Oil prices rose earlier in anticipation of the announcement, and oil and gasoline prices could continue to surge. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would no longer […]

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U.S. to Clamp Down on Iranian Oil Sales, Risking Rise in Gasoline Prices

NEW ORLEANS — The Trump administration is poised to end a program that has allowed five large nations, including China and India, to buy Iranian oil despite American sanctions, two senior American officials said on Sunday, a decision that is intended to squeeze Tehran’s government but could lead to higher oil and gasoline prices. The […]

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Editorial Observer: New to Congress, Wise to the World

Representative Max Rose thinks Congress has surrendered its national security authority, ceding too much power to presidents to make war and enter into international agreements. “Congress has just extricated itself from any involvement in foreign policy decisions,” said Mr. Rose, a Democratic freshman whose district includes Staten Island and part of southern Brooklyn. “Like, if […]

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North Korea Hits a Man With Glasses

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea dismissed President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, as “dim-sighted” on Saturday, after he said the North would have to show more evidence that it was ready to give up nuclear weapons before Mr. Trump would hold another meeting with its leader, Kim Jong-un. It was the latest signal […]

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Nonfiction: Why Did We Fight the Iraq War?

LEAP OF FAITH Hubris, Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy By Michael J. Mazarr The operative word in the title of “Leap of Faith: Hubris, Negligence, and America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy” is the last one: tragedy. Drawing on extensive interviews with unnamed “senior officials” as well as recently declassified documents, Michael J. Mazarr […]

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Mueller Hints at a National-Security Nightmare

The Mueller report isn’t actually close to a full account of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller. That’s not just because of the redactions. When he was hired, Mr. Mueller inherited supervision of a F.B.I. counterintelligence investigation. That is the missing piece of the Mueller report. President Trump may claim “exoneration” on a […]

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Benjamin Netanyahu and the Death of the Zionist Dream

From the 1920s onward, the Zionist movement was split into two groups that put forward rival ideas of the Jewish state, one liberal, the other right wing. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father and its longest serving prime minister, was the leader of Labor Zionism, the liberal vision; Zeev Jabotinsky was the founder of Revisionist Zionism […]

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Trump Administration Announces New Restrictions on Dealing With Cuba

The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed new restrictions on dealing with Cuba amid a broader toughening of its Latin American policy, limiting nonfamily travel to the island and how much money Cuban-Americans can send to relatives there, and allowing exiles to sue for property seized by the Castro government. “In our most fervent dreams, we […]

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Trump to Increase Pressure on Cuba by Lifting Lawsuit Limits

WASHINGTON — President Trump has approved a move intended to further choke off foreign investment in Cuba by lifting longstanding limits on American citizens seeking to sue over property confiscated by the Havana government going back to Fidel Castro’s revolution six decades ago, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. The decision, a sharp departure […]

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Cuba Sí, Cubs No

When President Barack Obama began thawing long-frozen relations with Cuba — a drive that included attending a baseball game in Havana alongside President Raúl Castro — Major League Baseball began negotiating with the Cuban Baseball Federation to start legally bringing Cuban stars to play in the United States. The deal, heralded as a way to […]

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U.S. Navy Sailor and Japanese Woman Are Found Dead in Okinawa

TOKYO — A United States Navy sailor and a Japanese woman have been found dead on the Japanese island of Okinawa in what the police are investigating as a murder-suicide. The Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the sailor appeared to have fatally stabbed the woman and then killed himself with the same […]

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Libyan Forces Fighting for the Capital Disavow Extremists

The United Nations-backed government of Libya sought on Saturday to reassure its Western supporters by distancing itself from terrorists and extremists. Some fighters with extremist ties or who have been targeted by United Nations sanctions have said this week that they were joining the Libyan government’s fight against an attack by a militia leader. The […]

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Mnuchin Says China Trade Talks Are Nearing Final Round

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday that he believed the United States and China were nearing the final stage of trade negotiations, moving closer to what he said would be the biggest change in the economic relationship between the countries in 40 years. Mr. Mnuchin’s note of optimism comes as the world’s […]

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Kim Jong-un Says He’s Open to Another Trump Meeting, With Conditions

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, said on Friday that he was willing to hold a third summit meeting with President Trump, but only if the United States changed its stance on enforcing sanctions by the end of this year, the country’s state media reported. Mr. Kim’s remarks came a day after […]

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As Ecuador Harbored Assange, It Was Subjected to Threats and Leaks

The secrets came directly from the phones of President Lenín Moreno of Ecuador: intimate pictures of him and his family on vacation, text messages from his wife, even a photograph of the president himself in a posh bedroom, eating a lobster in bed. The material, published last month on an anonymous website, was particularly embarrassing […]

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Assange: A Self-Proclaimed Foe of Secrecy Who Inspires Both Admiration and Fury

The shaky video clips of Julian Assange’s arrest flashed around the world on Thursday, the white-bearded prophet of the age of leaks being hauled by unsmiling security officers to a gray van marked Police. “We must resist!” he cried. “You can resist!” It was a scene that the very image-conscious Mr. Assange might appreciate: one […]

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Julian Assange’s Seven Strange Years in Self-Imposed Isolation

BRUSSELS — The spectacle of Julian Assange, bearded and haggard, resisting arrest while London police officers dragged him through the street, punctuated the end of seven confounding years inside the Ecuadorean Embassy, where he lived with his cat in a small corner room as the world’s most famous self-proclaimed political refugee. Mr. Assange, 47, has […]

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder, Is Arrested in London

LONDON — Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who released reams of secret documents that embarrassed the United States government, was arrested by the British police on Thursday at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he had lived for years, after Ecuador withdrew the asylum it had granted him seven years ago. President Lenín Moreno of […]

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In Netanyahu’s Win, Arabs See Another Nail in the Coffin of a Palestinian State

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Wednesday to be on his way to a fifth term as prime minister of Israel, solidifying the sense across the Arab world that the dream of a Palestinian state is more remote than ever — as is the chance that the United States will help create it. Throughout […]

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