Tag: United States International Relations

She Wouldn’t Promise Not to Boycott Israel, So a Texas School District Stopped Paying Her

For nearly a decade, Bahia Amawi worked as a speech pathologist and therapist for children in the Pflugerville Independent School District, which includes schools in Austin. She was, to her knowledge, the only certified speech pathologist working for the district who spoke Arabic, which made her indispensable to children whose first language was Arabic. She […]

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Hacked European Cables Reveal a World of Anxiety About Trump, Russia and Iran

WASHINGTON — Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an unpredictable Trump administration and struggles to deal with Russia, China and the risk that Iran would revive its nuclear program. In one cable, European diplomats described a meeting between President Trump and President Vladimir […]

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Fragile Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Yemen. Why Now and What’s Next?

CAIRO — An internationally backed cease-fire in the key Yemen port of Hudaydah got off to a shaky start on Tuesday when fighting erupted moments after it took effect at midnight. The clashes died down hours later, and by late Tuesday residents of the war-torn port were enjoying their first respite from a fight that […]

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4 Takeaways From Xi Jinping’s Speech

BEIJING — When President Xi Jinping of China spoke at a meeting on Tuesday to celebrate the country’s shift 40 years ago to an era of “reform and opening up,” expectations were high that he would enumerate steps for revamping the economy and defusing trade tensions with the United States and others. The meeting commemorated […]

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Huawei’s ‘Wolf Culture’ Helped It Grow, and Got It Into Trouble

SHENZHEN, China — Earthquakes, terrorist attacks and low oxygen levels on Mount Everest could not hold them back. As the Chinese tech giant Huawei expanded around the globe, supplying equipment to bring mobile phone and data service to the planet’s farthest reaches, its employees were urged on by a culture that celebrated daring feats in […]

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Trump Wishes Michael Flynn Good Luck Before Sentencing

WASHINGTON — Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser, is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday for lying to federal investigators about his conversations with the Russian ambassador during the presidential transition. Mr. Flynn was one of the few defendants whose cooperation with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, paid off with […]

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How to Make the Trade War Even Worse

You may think the Trump administration’s appetite for trade wars couldn’t get much bigger. You’d be wrong. Last week, the United States trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, blocked the nomination of new judges to the World Trade Organization’s appellate body, a move that could make it impossible for the United States to enforce whatever wins it […]

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Yemen’s Deadly Seas: Fishermen Come Under Fire in Saudi War

KHOKHA, Yemen — The first sign of trouble was the helicopter that hovered over the small Yemeni fishing trawler as it cut across the Red Sea. Then a warship appeared, its guns pointed at the boat. Bullets thumped into the water around the boat, the Afaq, then rippled through its flimsy wooden hull. One fishermen […]

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Taliban Appear Ready to Discuss Peace Talks, Except With Afghan Officials

KABUL, Afghanistan — Representatives from the Taliban, the United States and several Asian countries gathered in the United Arab Emirates on Monday for what officials cautiously described as important meetings that could lead to formal talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. The optimism fostered by months of urgent American diplomacy was dampened by […]

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U.S. Is ‘Working On’ Extraditing Gulen, Top Turkish Official Says

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s foreign minister said Sunday that the United States was “working on” extraditing Fethullah Gulen, the Muslim religious leader who is wanted in Turkey on charges that he instigated a failed coup there two years ago. The presence of Mr. Gulen in the United States — he has lived in self-imposed exile in […]

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Hard-Line U.S. Tactics Will ‘Block’ Path to Denuclearization, North Korea Warns

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea warned on Sunday that if the United States continued to escalate its sanctions and human rights campaign against the North, that approach could permanently shatter any chance of denuclearizing the country. Washington is holding fast to its policy of exerting “maximum” economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea, even […]

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The Canadians Detained in China: An Ex-Diplomat and a Daring ‘Fixer’

MONTREAL — One was a self-fashioned fixer in North Korea who had met that country’s enigmatic leader, Kim Jong-un, and drank Long Island iced teas with him on his private yacht. The other was an experienced diplomat and Sinophile who had spent years investigating sensitive subjects like the human rights of minority groups in China. […]

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Bolton Outlines a Strategy for Africa That’s Really About Countering China

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration rolled out a new strategy for Africa on Thursday, but it was really all about China. John R. Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, said the United States would lavish money and greater attention on the African continent, casting it as a crucial battleground in the global economic contest between […]

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Clashes Over Trade and Detentions: What China, the U.S. and Canada Are Fighting Over

HONG KONG — The growing tensions over trade between the United States and China temporarily eased after a meeting between President Trump and China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, earlier this month. But at the same time distrust between the two countries, and now Canada, has escalated over the detentions of a leading Chinese executive in […]

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China Is Said to Question a 2nd Canadian, Escalating Diplomatic Feud

BEIJING — China appeared to intensify its punitive campaign against Canada over the arrest of a top Chinese technology executive as a second Canadian working here was questioned by security officials and then dropped out of contact with his government. The second case involves Michael Spavor, a writer and entrepreneur who operates a cultural organization […]

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News Analysis: Trump’s Intervention in Huawei Case Would Be Legal, but Bad Precedent, Experts Say

WASHINGTON — When President Trump said in an interview this week that he was willing to intercede in the case of a Chinese telecom executive facing extradition to the United States if it helped achieve “the largest trade deal ever made,” it was a clear signal that his White House saw no problem intervening in […]

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A Weakened China Tries a Different Approach With the U.S.: Treading Lightly

BEIJING — The recent arrest of a top Chinese tech executive at the Trump administration’s request seemed certain to provoke a geopolitical showdown pitting Beijing against Washington. The detained executive is a daughter of one of China’s most admired business leaders. She helps run a company, Huawei, at the center of a global race to […]

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Dozens More Cambodian Immigrants to Be Deported From U.S., Officials Say

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The Trump administration is preparing to deport the largest group yet of legal Cambodian immigrants to the United States over the next few days, according to human rights groups and an American official, continuing a wave of deportation that has fallen heavily on refugees who fled the upheaval surrounding the Vietnam […]

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