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US, Saudi Arabia Have Leverage on Each Other; Using It Has Costs

The United States and Saudi Arabia have had a mutually dependent relationship for seven decades based on a central bargain: the kingdom would pump oil and the superpower would provide security. The interests that bind, and sometimes divide, the two range from the price of oil and containing Iran, to counter-terrorism, the wars in Syria and ...

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Border Insecurity in Iran Amid Regime Crackdown on Minorities   

Armed conflict between Iranian security forces and separatist militants on the Iranian border is growing, as the government tightens its grip on the minority population.  With a population of more than 80 million people, Iran is predominantly ethnic Persian. The country's religion is Shi'ite Islam, and it is home to millions of ethno-religious ...

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Washington Has Stood by Riyadh through Multiple Crises

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has enjoyed the ultimate protected status from the United States throughout its short history. Riyadh has had a special ...

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Market Can Cope with Push for Zero Iranian Oil Sales, Says US Envoy

The United States still aims to cut Iran's oil sales to zero and does not expect restored oil sanctions against Tehran to have a negative impact on a ...

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Trump Suggests Defense Chief Could Leave

U.S. President Donald Trump is suggesting Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis could be one of his next key officials to leave the government. The ...

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Trump Says he May Pick new UN Ambassador This Month

In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump’s turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced she is resigning at the ...

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What Did Mike Pompeo Get From Kim Jong-un? Four Takeaways

Absent in statements on the secretary of state’s visit to North Korea is any indication that Kim Jong-un will dismantle his nuclear weapons.

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A Second Trump-Kim Appears Closer, Experts Still Await Concrete Denuclearization Steps

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his fourth trip to Pyongyang Sunday. During his day-long trip to North Korea, Pompeo and leader Kim Jong Un agreed to arrange a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump "as soon as possible." Pompeo called the talks with Kim, productive and “another step forward" to denuclearization. However, experts ...

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Pompeo Seeks Allied Unity in Dealing With N. Korea

America's top diplomat left Tokyo for Pyongyang on Sunday after pledging that the U.S. would coordinate with allies Japan and South Korea on efforts to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. On the eve of his fourth visit to North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saturday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to try ...

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Solar panels unveiled at Chernobyl nuclear power site

Ukraine launches its first solar plant in the abandoned area around the former nuclear power station.

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Pompeo Arrives in Japan, First Stop on Asia Tour

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Japan Saturday where he met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Kono. Heading ...

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Pompeo Faces Challenges in Second Trump-Kim Summit

Heading to Asia, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that he hoped to develop options for the timing and location of the next summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The top U.S. diplomat will ...

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Allies Warn Russia Against Violation of International Laws

Western nations are warning Russia to stop aggressive behavior, including a violation of an arms control treaty, widespread cyberattacks and attempts to kill citizens in other countries. At a NATO meeting in Belgium Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Russia is violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The ...

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US Service Member Killed in Combat in Southern Afghanistan

The U.S. service member killed Thursday in southern Afghanistan was conducting combat operations against Taliban forces, a defense official told VOA. International forces in the country had announced earlier in the day, without providing details, that one American service member had been killed in action. A press release said the death was ...

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Pentagon Chief: Russia's Violation of Arms Control Pact 'Untenable'

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday Russia's violation of a global arms control treaty is "untenable" and warned the U.S. would be forced to match Moscow's military capabilities if it continues to violate the pact. The U.S. maintains ...

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US Announces Charges Against 7 Russian Intelligence Officers

The U.S. Justice Department filed criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers n connection with hacking the computer networks of ...

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US Ends 1955 Treaty with Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the United States has ended a treaty with Iran after the highest U.N. court ordered Washington to ...

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UN Court Orders US to Lift Some Iran Sanctions

The top U.N. court has ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran involving medicine, food and airplane parts in the latest step in a legal battle over measures the Trump administration put back in place earlier this year. Iran had complained to the International Court of Justice the U.S. move to reimpose sanctions that had been lifted ...

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The Challenging Road Ahead to a Second Trump-Kim Summit

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Asia Saturday and will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sunday, as the pair begin making arrangements for a second summit between the United States and North Korea. While Washington had forecasted the trip for some time, it comes days after Seoul acknowledged Pyongyang may have ...

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France Ties Iran to Bomb Plot, and Freezes Spy Agency Assets

The decision suggested that France believes that it is possible to punish Iran for hostile actions at the same time that it tries to preserve the nuclear deal.

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Iran's Zarif: EU support for deal better than expected

Iran’s foreign minister praises European efforts to preserve the nuclear deal despite US sanctions.

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Trump’s ambassador to NATO sets off diplomatic incident with a nuclear edge

Kay Bailey Hutchison later said she didn’t intend to say the U.S. would preemptively strike Russia.

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Trump says he 'fell in love' with Kim Jong Un. Here's how the GOP responded.

Unlike Trump, the GOP has been quite clear about how it feels about Kim Jong Un's nuclear ambitions — that is, until recently.

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US Bombers in South China Sea Satisfy Southeast Asia by Needling China

Recent U.S. bomber flights over the contested South China Sea could boost the security of Southeast Asian countries that claim the waterway as ...

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DPRK Says Will Not Denuclearize Before More Trust in US

North Korea’s foreign minister said Saturday that his government would not denuclearize before it has sufficient trust in the United States. “Without any trust in the U.S., there will be no confidence in our national security, and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first,” Ri Yong Ho told the U.N. ...

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US Pulls Diplomats From Iraqi City, Citing Threats From Iran

The United States announced Friday that it would effectively close its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following increasing threats from Iran and Iran-backed militia, including rocket fire. The decision added to mounting tension between the United States and Iran, which is the target of ...

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US Diplomat: Syria Could Face Tough Sanctions If It Blocks Political Process

The United States will pursue "a strategy of isolation," including sanctions, with its allies if President Bashar al-Assad holds up a political process aimed at ending Syria's seven-year war, a top U.S. diplomat for Syria told Reuters on ...

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