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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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Talks Begin on Disarming Korean Border Village

The United Nations Command and representatives from both Koreas will discuss erasing the demarcation line at Panmunjom, officials said, as a way to ...

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Three-Way Talks Begin on Disarming Key Part of Korean Border

Negotiators from North and South Korea, along with the U.S.-led United Nations Command, are holding their first talks Tuesday on demilitarizing a ...

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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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Iran Widens an Already Huge Rift Between Europe and U.S.

Since President Trump announced that he would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, European leaders are actively working to help Tehran get around new sanctions.

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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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US, China Trade Criticism in Testy Beijing Meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Chinese counterpart the United States has "grave concerns" about China's actions, in a meeting that underscores worsening relations between Washington and Beijing. "We have a fundamental disagreement," Pompeo told Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Monday in Beijing, which saw both sides use unusually ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 to Asia on Friday, Pompeo said 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. His Asia tour will ...

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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 meet with Kim during his North Korean visit, which will be his fourth. "There are complex scheduling, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 remove sanctions on Tehran that limit imports of humanitarian goods. The International Court of Justice ordered the United States to lift sanctions on Iran involving medicine, food and airplane ...

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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 ...

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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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Koreas begin clearing landmines from heavily fortified border

The move to clear some 800,000 mines was agreed at a recent meeting between the leaders in Pyongyang.

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Koreas Start Clearing Land Mines at DMZ in Effort to Ease Tensions

Work to remove land mines at the border will pave the way for a joint search for the remains of Korean War dead, including U.S. and French troops.

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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 Washington’s planes help check any maritime expansion by the dispute’s major player, China. Analysts ...

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