United States International Relations

Pence Praises Egypt Partnership in Meeting With Sisi

Photo Vice President Mike Pence meeting with the Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Saturday in Cairo. Credit Khaled Desouki/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images CAIRO — Vice President Mike Pence and the Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pledged a united front against terrorism in the Middle East as Mr. Pence, …

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Trying to Defend President Trump’s Derision, Diplomatically

“I’ve advised people to keep their heads down and focus on the job at hand,” he said, adding: “It’s not easy.” Historically, few jobs are better than those given to United States ambassadors. Meals come on white tablecloths, maids do the laundry and a car and driver are always waiting …

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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

It would also, he said, hold the line between S.D.F.-held territory and areas held by Syrian government forces, roughly along the Euphrates River. The territory includes large swaths of land captured from the Islamic State by the S.D.F., the Kurdish and Arab militia that has been the United States’ main …

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Turkey’s President Assails U.S.-Trained Kurdish Border Force

“The U.S. has now acknowledged that it has established a terror army along our borders,” Mr. Erdogan said in a tweet on Monday. “Our duty, in return, is to nip this terror army in the bud.” President Erdoğan: “The U.S. has now acknowledged that it has established a terror army …

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Hawaii False Alarm Hints at Thin Line Between Mishap and Nuclear War

Ronald Reagan had taken office in 1981 pledging to confront the Soviet Union. Though he intended to deter Soviet aggression, Moscow read his threats and condemnations — he had declared its government an “evil empire” that must be brought to an end — as preludes to war. Mr. Trump’s White …

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World’s Eyes on Kosovo Amid Push to Halt War Crimes Court

The court is viewed by world powers as a vital prerequisite for regional reconciliation in the aftermath of the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s. But the moves to halt the court before it has even begun hearings have infuriated Kosovo’s Western backers. They warned the country’s leaders against sabotaging …

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Trump’s Demand to Rewrite Iran Deal Tests a Weakened Diplomatic Corps

He also ordered targeted sanctions against the head of Iran’s judiciary, Sadeq Larijani, a powerful figure whom the administration holds culpable for the violent crackdown on the protests, as well as against an Iranian cyberwarfare unit that it accuses of internet censorship. The nuclear deal, Mr. Trump said, drove Iranians …

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North and South Korea Begin First Direct Talks in Years

The talks at Panmunjom provide an opportunity to gauge whether North Korea is willing to moderate its behavior after a year of provocative nuclear and missile tests that have raised fears of all-out war on the Korean Peninsula. But the initial focus will be on the Olympics. To get the …

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Europe Resists Trump’s Call for Tougher Measures on Iran

The nuclear deal “is in the background of all this for the Europeans and for Rouhani, too, especially given sanctions renewal in mid-January,” Ms. Geranmayeh said. So far, the European Union and its member states have issued statements condemning the violence and warning the Iranian government not to overreact. But …

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A Foreign Hand in Protests? Iranians See Confirmation in Their History

American intelligence officials and Iran watchers say the protests appear to have started organically. The demonstrations, which are widespread and amorphous, do not match the playbook that Western intelligence agencies have used to mount covert operations in Iran — namely, sustained resource-intense operations that focus on the narrowly defined and …

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