Mali’s military abandons isolated outposts amid attacks

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Dozens of soldiers posted to Mali’s remote northern town of Labezanga served as the last line of defense against extremists roaming the surrounding desert. Then o...

Spain's reinvigorated far right makes its presence felt

TORRE-PACHECO, Spain (AP) — To understand Spain's polarized politics, a visitor to the southern farming town of Torre-Pacheco needs only to read the graffiti scrawled near a main square. ...

US think tank: China spreads disinformation in Taiwan in favor of KMT's Han

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — More China-sponsored disinformation spread in favor of Kuomintang (KMT) candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) has been observed ahead of Taiwan's 2020 election, but Beijing may n...

Trump's sanctions won't bite a vulnerable Turkish economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The sanctions the U.S. announced against Turkey this week over its offensive in Syria fall well short of doing serious damage to an economy still healing from a recession and...

Analysis: After UN visit, Iran faces diminishing choices

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran has long prided itself on its forceful defiance of the United States and Israel, a resistance that has defined the Shiite-led Islamic Republic for the 40 years since its rev...

Isolated and restricted, Iran uses UN gathering for outreach

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran's delegates to the United Nations are confined to a roughly six-block radius of Manhattan, but that hasn't limited their reach as they mount a diplomatic blitz at the U.N. General...

Taiwan's President Tsai likely to be reelected because of Hong Kong: US scholar

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Jerome Cohen, a professor at the New York University School of Law, said that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is likely to be reelected because of Hong Kong during a seminar ...

Only China can untie its own knot in US relations: William Stanton

The joint opinion letter “China Is Not the Enemy” published in the Washington Post on July 3 may turn out to be one of the last ideological gasps of those 100 signatories – largely A...

US presses WTO to stop lenient trade treatment of China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed the World Trade Organization on Friday to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling th...

US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stay-at-home mom Maryam Alidadi used to lead a comfortable middle-class life. The 35-year-old and her husband, a mechanic, could afford a spacious rental apartment in a central nei...

In a divided Washington, British ambassador was a bridge

WASHINGTON (AP) — In America's deeply divided capital city, British Ambassador Kim Darroch was often the bridge. He had a direct line to President Donald Trump's top aides, as well a...

Declining Japan-South Korea relations could weaken East Asian security

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Sheila Smith, a senior fellow at the U.S. think tank Council on Foreign Relations, believes that Japan-Korea relations have already been damaged to the point of no return,...

Dear Washington, do not seek to appease the Chinese Communist Party

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – On July 3, the Washington Post published an op-ed entitled “China is not an enemy” addressed to the White House and Congress, which was endorsed by 100 signato...

How Europe hopes to keep trade flowing with Iran

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European countries want to convince Iran to stick to its nuclear deal with world powers, and are hoping to create a payment system that would let companies import and export ...

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