Tag: United States International Relations

Indictment Details How Emirates Sought Influence in 2016 Campaign

The donors referred to their campaign contributions as baked goods, usually “baklava.” They called Hillary Clinton “Our Sister” or “the Big Lady.” And they referred to their ultimate sponsor by the initials H.H., for His Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates, one of the Pentagon’s closest partners in the Middle […]

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U.S. Objects to World Bank’s Lending Plans for China

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has formally objected to the World Bank’s plans to continue lending to China, the latest flash point in a long-running battle between the world’s largest economies. The objection comes at a delicate moment, as Washington and Beijing try to reach a Phase 1 trade agreement within the next 10 days. […]

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With Internal Squabbling on Vivid Display, What’s Next for NATO?

LONDON — When President Trump left the NATO gathering early and in a huff on Wednesday, it only reinforced the fear that with America distracted and retreating, the West’s celebrated alliance has lost focus. The 70th anniversary celebrations in London largely illuminated NATO’s uncertainty about whether its primary mission is defending against a disruptive Russia, […]

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Huawei Hits Back at the F.C.C. With a Legal Challenge

SHENZHEN, China — Huawei, the Chinese technology powerhouse, is challenging the Federal Communications Commission in court for choking off its sales in the United States, the latest in the besieged company’s widening efforts to hit back at regulators and critics across the globe. The F.C.C. voted last month to bar American telecommunications companies from using […]

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Trump Administration Moves to Upgrade Diplomatic Ties With Sudan

WASHINGTON — The United States said on Wednesday that it would begin exchanging ambassadors with Sudan after a 23-year gap, a sign the countries intend to strengthen diplomatic ties. The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the Trump administration’s vote of confidence in a new Sudanese civilian-led government installed in August after a […]

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Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials. The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its […]

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Kim Jong-un Visits Sacred Mountain on Horseback. Analysts Watch His Next Move.

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, this week took a second ride in less than two months on a white horse to the country’s sacred, snow-covered Mount Paektu. The images showing him “riding a steed through knee-high virgin snow” may look like typical propaganda. But analysts are holding their breath because of […]

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Live Updates: NATO Chief Vows Unity at Celebration, Despite Tensions

Here’s what you need to know: Stoltenberg begins the meeting with a nod to tensions. ImageJens Stoltenberg, the NATO secretary general of NATO, on Wednesday called the grouping “the most effective alliance in history.”Credit…Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, spoke before the meetings on Wednesday, acknowledging the external and internal pressures facing […]

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From Friends to Frenemies? Trump’s Relationships With World Leaders

LONDON — Their bromance once made headlines. But on Tuesday, it was clear that the days of President Trump and President Emmanuel Macron of France trading cheek kisses and clasping hands were gone. On the sidelines of a gathering for the 70th anniversary of NATO, Mr. Trump took his one-time friend to task, denouncing comments […]

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A Mysterious ‘-1’ and Other Call Records Show How Giuliani Pressured Ukraine

WASHINGTON — In the two days before President Trump forced out the American ambassador to Ukraine in April, his personal lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani was on the phone with the White House more than a dozen times. Phone records cited in the impeachment report released Tuesday by the House Intelligence Committee illustrate the sprawling reach […]

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Trump Inflames the Trade Wars, Again

LONDON — President Trump disrupted the global economy on Tuesday when he threatened NATO allies and suggested that he could wait a year to reach a trade agreement with China, sending stock markets swooning. In comments to reporters sandwiched between meetings with fellow leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Mr. Trump said a trade […]

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For Trump and Europe, a Surprising Role Reversal

LONDON — President Trump has always relished throwing European leaders off balance, antagonizing allies, embracing insurgents and setting off a frantic contest for how best to deal with him. Now, as Europe undergoes dizzying political changes of its own, it is throwing Mr. Trump off balance. In London for a NATO summit meeting, Mr. Trump […]

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Trump Warns Trade Talks With China May Last Past 2020 Election

LONDON — President Trump signaled on Tuesday that he was in no rush to end a long trade war with China, suggesting that he could wait until after the 2020 presidential election to strike a deal. “I have no deadline,” Mr. Trump told reporters during a wide-ranging 52-minute appearance in London with Jens Stoltenberg, the […]

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Ukraine Knew of Aid Freeze in July, Says Ex-Top Official in Kyiv

KYIV, Ukraine — As deputy foreign minister, it was Olena Zerkal’s job to read incoming diplomatic cables from embassies around the world. One from Washington caught her eye back in July, she recalled: It said the Trump administration had frozen military aid for Ukraine. “We had this information,” Ms. Zerkal said in an interview. “It […]

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Will Europe Ever Trust America Again?

VIENNA — In 1991, I arrived in Detroit for my first-ever visit to the United States. My hosts, from the now-defunct United States Information Agency, were determined to show me and the other Bulgarians in my group not only the American dream but also America’s underbelly. Before we could tour the city, we received instructions […]

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Trump Begins NATO Summit by Targeting Macron’s ‘Brain Death’ Comment

LONDON — President Trump began a two-day summit meeting on Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of NATO — an alliance that has been strained, in part, by his own brash handling of overseas allies — by lashing out at one of them. In a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of NATO, Mr. […]

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White House Lifts Mysterious Hold on Military Aid to Lebanon

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that it had lifted a hold last week on $105 million of military aid to Lebanon that budget officials had imposed without explanation. In recent weeks, lawmakers and reporters had asked administration officials about the mysterious monthslong hold, which echoed the freeze of military aid to […]

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French Wine Could Face 100% Tariffs as Trump Confronts France Over Tech Taxes

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Monday that a new French tax that hit American technology companies discriminated against the United States, a declaration that could lead to retaliatory tariffs of as high as 100 percent on French wines. It could also jeopardize international efforts to negotiate a truce on so-called digital taxes. The […]

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The New Cold War? It’s With China, and It Has Already Begun

Turning Point: The United States and China intensified their trade war in 2019, plunging global markets into uncertainty. When did Cold War II begin? Future historians will say it was in 2019. Some will insist that a new Cold War had already begun — with Russia — in 2014, when Moscow sent its troops into […]

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Sanctions May Have Fueled Iran Protests, but Have Yet to Further U.S. Goals

President Trump likes to say that Iran is “a different country” after 18 months of punishing American sanctions, and the protests sweeping Iranian cities suggest he may be right. Even his most vociferous critics acknowledge that Mr. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign helped fuel that unrest. But it is far from clear that what is unfolding […]

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Trump Says U.S. Will Reinstate Metal Tariffs on Brazil and Argentina

President Trump said on Monday that he would reinstate tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, accusing the two countries of artificially weakening their currencies and hurting American farmers. Mr. Trump, in a message on Twitter, said the currency manipulation by Brazil and Argentina was hurting American farmers. “There, effective immediately, I will […]

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He Gave a Cryptocurrency Talk in North Korea. The U.S. Arrested Him.

He was a former hacker from Alabama who styled himself a “disruptive technologist” and believed that he was using his data-mining expertise as a force for good. But then, in April, Virgil Griffith traveled to North Korea with a visa he had obtained from a diplomatic mission in New York City, going through China to […]

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NATO Readies a 70th Birthday Party, With Low-Key Celebrations

BRUSSELS — For an anniversary bash, the guests are unusually anxious. The leaders of NATO are traveling to London this week to commemorate the alliance’s 70th birthday — but they will do so at a carefully crafted, foreshortened gathering, not at a full-blown summit meeting. The low-key celebration seems intended to avoid more awkward comments […]

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