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Politics Aug 15Where do the presidential candidates stand on North Korea?
Pariah state North Korea could soon be capable of targeting America with nuclear weapons. Economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation have failed to halt its progress. What can the U.S. do to stop the authoritarian government from building up a nuclear…
World Jul 06U.S. imposes sanctions on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time
The U.S. imposed sanctions Wednesday on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and 10 other top officials for human rights abuses in an escalation of Washington's effort to isolate the authoritarian government.
World Jun 30U.S. takes Thailand off human trafficking blacklist
The U.S. has removed Thailand from its human trafficking blacklist, though forced labor is still widespread in the nation's lucrative seafood industry.
Politics Jun 29Trump gets rock-bottom ratings in international survey
A new multi-nation survey finds that confidence in Donald Trump's ability to manage foreign policy should he become U.S. president is rock-bottom in a host of countries in Europe and Asia.
Politics Jun 08Modi says India, U.S. have overcome ‘the hesitations of history’
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a joint meeting of Congress today after years of being shunned in Washington over religious violence in his home state.
World May 19U.S. could lift arms embargo on Vietnam (which wouldn’t please China)
President Barack Obama could lift restrictions on arms sales when he makes his first visit to Vietnam next week. That would remove a final vestige of wartime animosity but would not please China, which views growing U.S. defense ties in…
World May 17U.S. eases Myanmar sanctions after civilian government takes power
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration lifted sanctions against 10 state-run Myanmar companies and banks Tuesday in response to the Southeast Asian nation's historic transition to democracy, but it retained restrictions on trade and investment with the still-powerful military.
World May 14Business lobby calls for U.S. to drop sanctions on Myanmar
The U.S. business lobby says it is high time to drop the remaining U.S. sanctions on Myanmar, but human rights activists and U.S. lawmakers say not so fast.
World May 07Front-runner in Philippine election could be a wild card for U.S.
Front-running candidate Rodrigo Duterte is known for his profanity-laden speeches and has been likened to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
World Apr 29John Kerry urges action by Bangladesh to prevent killings
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry called on Bangladesh's leader to step up law enforcement to prevent a wave of killings targeting liberal voices, the State Department said Friday.