Foreign policy

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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December 15, 2019 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In recent days, Iran hawks in Congress leveraged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s interest in a Senate run to win a key concession from the Trump administration that could help their bid to kill the nuclear deal with Tehran. Late last week, the State Department agreed to release a...
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In this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, photo, an image showing North Korea's missile launch is displayed at the Unification Observation Post in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea. North Korea on Saturday, Dec. 14, says it successfully performed another "crucial test" as its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its "reliable strategic nuclear deterrent. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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December 14, 2019 - 10:21 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent. The test — the second at the facility in a week, according to North Korea’s Academy of Defense Science — possibly...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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December 11, 2019 - 10:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign" against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions target Iran's state shipping line...
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in Istanbul. Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
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December 11, 2019 - 3:55 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that U.S...
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December 10, 2019 - 12:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday imposed economic sanctions on more than a dozen individuals suspected of human rights violations in six countries and banned two others from entering the United States, including a former Saudi official in Turkey for his alleged role in the...
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In this Dec. 7, 2019, photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, cuts the ribbon during a ceremonial opening of the Yangdok Hot Spring Cultural Recreation Center in South Pyongan Province, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
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December 09, 2019 - 3:06 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un opened a new mountain spa and ski resort that's intended for people to enjoy “high civilization under socialism” in another example of the country using tourism exemptions in sanctions to build revenue for its broken economy. Kim cut the...
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In this Dec. 4, 2019, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wait to take their seats prior to a NATO leaders meeting at The Grove hotel and resort in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. Three years into the Trump presidency, America’s new place in the world is coming into focus, with influence waning from NATO meeting rooms to the Middle East to the capital cities of key allies. And in many ways, that’s just fine with the White House. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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December 08, 2019 - 1:16 pm
It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats,...
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks while submitting next year's budget bill to the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. Rouhani said his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is designed to resist crippling U.S. trade embargoes. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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December 08, 2019 - 6:36 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president said on Sunday his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is designed to resist crippling U.S. trade embargoes. Iran is in the grip of an economic crisis. The U.S. re-imposed sanctions that block Iran from selling its crude oil...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks with Marjorie Costigan, of Elkader, Iowa, during his "No Malarkey" bus tour at Johnson's Reception Hall in Elkader, Iowa, on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP)
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December 07, 2019 - 12:11 am
STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Minutes after Joe Biden met Cathy Buxengard, he commandeered her cellphone to talk with her 99-year-old mother about her service as a World War II nurse and how worried she is about the United States today. “You took care of ‘em, Mom. ... Thank you, thank you, thank you,”...
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The European Union's political director Helga Schmid and Iran's deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, from left, wait for a bilateral meeting as part of the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna, Austria, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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December 06, 2019 - 11:36 am
VIENNA (AP) — World powers pressured Iran on Friday to reverse recent atomic activities that violate the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, but stopped short of deciding on whether to proceed with a move that could see the case brought before the UN Security Council and a “snapback” of sanctions that had...
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