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World Mar 22U.S. tells allies to do more amid new offensive against IS
WASHINGTON — Declaring the Islamic State group's destruction its top Middle East priority, the Trump administration on Wednesday urged coalition partners to contribute more to forces who are retaking Iraq's second largest city and readying an assault on the extremists'…
World Mar 13Tillerson heads to Asia with North Korea tensions high
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plunges this week into the increasingly volatile situation in North Asia with visits to Japan, South Korea and China, the region's central players for dealing with North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests. Complicating the…
Nation Mar 01Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list
President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say.
Politics Feb 16Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to U.S.-Russia ties
The Trump administration signaled Thursday there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russian relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington.
World Jan 13Obama ends U.S. economic embargo on Sudan
The Obama administration announced Friday the end of a U.S. economic embargo on Sudan, lifting trade and financial sanctions in an eleventh-hour push to expand ties with the long-estranged African government and build on positive signs of counterterrorism cooperation.
Nation Jan 09Kerry sorry for past State Department discrimination against gays
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry publicly apologized on Monday for the State Department's institutional discrimination in the past against gay and lesbian diplomats.
Politics Nov 10Moscow officials say experts from Russia made contact with Trump staff during campaign
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied such contacts.
Nation Oct 26U.S. says it will abstain on UN vote on Cuba embargo
The United States announced Tuesday that it will abstain for the first time in 25 years on a U.N. resolution condemning America's economic embargo against Cuba.
Nation Oct 08U.S. turns up heat on Russia as ties deteriorate
The Obama administration accused Russia of hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election.
World Oct 05U.S. again lashes out at Israeli settlements in West Bank
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday once again condemned Israel for plans to construct housing on land claimed by the Palestinians, saying a new project announced last week profoundly hurts efforts to forge a two-state solution to the long-running…