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Biden administration calls China sanctions on Trump officials 'unproductive and cynical'

China’s move to sanction former Trump administration officials was “unproductive and cynical”, a spokeswoman for President Joe Biden’s National Security Council said on Wednesd...

Yellen taps Obama administration vets for key Treasury roles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that Didem Nisanci will serve as Janet Yellen's chief of staff once Yellen is confirmed by the Senate. Nisanci, who most...

Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is filling out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to...

Trump's presidency not just a blip in US foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s plan to scrap President Donald Trump’s vision of “America First” in favor of “diplomacy first” will depend on whether he's able to regain the trust of all...

US down to 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, as ordered by Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has met its goal of reducing the number of troops in Afghanistan to about 2,500 by Friday, a drawdown that appears to violate a last-minute congressional prohibitio...

Obama-era official Kurt Campbell picked as Biden’s Asia coordinator

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Kurt Campbell, the U.S. assistant secretary of state handling Asia-Pacific affairs during the Obama era, will join the incoming Biden administration as the top official re...

Biden picks Samantha Power, former UN envoy, for US aid post

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, to run the U.S. Agency for International Development. T...

Protesters arrested for criticizing Kazakhstan's vote

MOSCOW (AP) — Dozens of people protesting Kazakhstan’s opposition-free election were arrested Sunday in the country’s capital and in its principal city. Five parties are competing f...

Trump finally faces reality — amid talk of early ouster

WASHINGTON (AP) — With 12 days left in his term, President Donald Trump has finally bent to reality amid growing talk of trying to force him out early, acknowledging he’ll peacefully leave after Congr...

After riot, fears grow about Trump's final days in office

WASHINGTON (AP) — With 13 days left in President Donald Trump’s term, a nation shaken by the violence carried out in his name was left wondering what he might do next, and there was open talk in Washi...

'What else could I do?' NJ Rep. Kim helps clean up Capitol

Water bottles, clothing, Trump flags, even a U.S. flag littered the ground inside the U.S. Capitol after a mob backing President Donald Trump ransacked the building. New Jersey Rep. ...

Afghanistan sees rise in targeted killings of civilians: report

Afghanistan saw one of the most violent years in terms of assassinations in 2020, according to data published on Sunday by The New York Times (NYT). Despite a lack of official figures, the NYT docume...

Taiwan officials vow to crack down on pork-related price gouging

Taiwanese government officials on Saturday vowed to deal firmly with anyone caught artificially inflating the price of pork, following reports that vendors were raising prices amid concerns about a ne...

US looks to boost Taiwan economic ties after it lifts import barriers

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The U.S. applauded Taiwan’s decision to further open its market and allow the import of American beef and pork products, which took effect on Friday (Jan. 1) despite...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 29 The Post and Courier on the COVID-19 vaccine campaign and convincing ...