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World Mar 19U.S. citizen accused of human rights violations freed in Lebanon
A U.S. citizen who had faced decades-old murder and torture charges in Lebanon has been freed, a senator who had pushed for his release announced Thursday.
World Feb 29U.S., Taliban sign deal aimed at ending war in Afghanistan
The United States and the Taliban have signed an historic peace agreement aimed at ending the 18-year war in Afghanistan, America's longest.
World Feb 28U.S., Taliban set to sign peace deal Saturday
More than 18 years since President George W. Bush ordered bombing in response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the agreement will set the stage for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, some of whom were not yet born when the…
World Feb 25WATCH: Pompeo blasts China and Iran for virus response
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the two governments of censorship and of trying to cover up the severity of the spread of the deadly illness.
World Feb 21U.S.-Taliban ‘reduction in violence’ takes effect, setting stage for peace deal
The seven-day reduction in violence will start the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States at the end of the month.
Politics Feb 19Trump taps Richard Grenell as nation’s top intel official
The move puts a staunch Trump ally in charge of the nation's 17 spy agencies, which the president has only tepidly embraced.
Politics Feb 15Esper says Taliban deal is promising but not without risk
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday that a truce agreement between the United States and the Taliban that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan is not without risk but “looks very promising."…
Nation Feb 14U.S. has reached a truce with Taliban in Afghanistan, official says
A senior U.S.official said Friday the United States and the Taliban have reached a truce agreement that will take effect “very soon” and could lead to withdrawals of American troops from Afghanistan.
World Feb 13Top U.S. officials head to Munich at tense moment for trans-Atlantic relationship
Strains in the trans-Atlantic relationship have cast doubt on whether they can count on much help from European leaders in advancing Trump's agenda.
World Feb 03After NPR dust-up, Pompeo defends press freedom abroad
In Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan over the weekend and again on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised human rights issues, including freedom of the press, with his interlocutors and denied any double-standard was at play.