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Politics Dec 24U.S. says it will open a consulate in disputed Western Sahara
Trump announced on December 10 that the U.S. would recognize Morocco's claim to Western Sahara as part of a deal for the North African country to normalize relations with Israel.
Politics Dec 19Trump downplays Russia in first comments on cyberattack
President Donald Trump on Saturday suggested without evidence that China — not Russia — may be behind the cyberattack against the United States and tried to minimized its impact.
Politics Dec 18With Trump silent, response to hacks may fall to Biden
The lack of any statement casts doubt on the likelihood of a swift response to the attacks and suggests any retaliation will be left in the hands of President-elect Joe Biden's incoming administration.
Politics Dec 10Watchdog clears Pompeo’s wife of travel ethics charges
But it also determined that the State Department did not secure proper written approval or documentation for six of Susan Pompeo's eight trips covered by the investigation.
World Dec 10Trump announces Israel and Morocco to normalize relations
Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalize relations, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday, marking the fourth Arab-Israel agreement in four months.
Politics Dec 09Appointment of new VOA chief raises fears for U.S. broadcaster
The appointment of a new director of Voice of America has raised new concerns about the direction of the government's flagship international broadcaster as President Donald Trump's term winds down.
Politics Nov 24WATCH: Biden formally introduces national security team
It's his first substantive offering of how he’ll shift from President Donald Trump’s “America First” policies by relying on a slate of foreign policy and national security experts from the Democratic establishment.
World Oct 23U.S. wades in cautiously to Armenia-Azerbaijan peace effort
The Trump administration is wading cautiously into international efforts to halt fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan which are engaged in their worst conflict in more than 25 years.
Economy Oct 08U.S. sanctions hit all of Iran’s financial sector
The Trump administration has blacklisted virtually all of Iran’s financial sector, dealing another blow to an economy that is already reeling under U.S. sanctions. The move will deepen tensions with European nations over Iran.
World Oct 01Trump administration plans to slash refugee admissions to U.S. to record low
In a notice sent to Congress late Wednesday, the Trump administration said it intended to admit a maximum of 15,000 refugees in fiscal year 2021.