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WARSAW, Poland | Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Although it is absent from the stage, Iran is nevertheless taking the spotlight at a Middle East security conference co-hosted by the United States and Poland that has highlighted deep divisions between the U.S. and some of its traditional allies. Amid uncertainty over its aims and questions about what it will … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland

WARSAW, Poland | US, Poland launch Mideast conference despite uncertain aims

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and Poland are kicking off an international conference on the Middle East on Wednesday amid uncertainty over its aims and questions about what it will deliver. Initially it was billed by President Donald Trump’s administration as an Iran-focused meeting, but the organizers significantly broadened its scope to include … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | US, Poland launch Mideast conference despite uncertain aims

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Pompeo visits Hungary, to raise concerns about China, Russia

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) is in Hungary on the first leg of a five-nation European tour on which he’ll raise concerns about China and Russia’s growing influence in Central Europe. Pompeo is to meet in Budapest on Monday with Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban to stress the … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Pompeo visits Hungary, to raise concerns about China, Russia

WASHINGTON | US commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address Tuesday, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned. IS militants have lost territory … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US commander: IS hold in Syria, Iraq on verge of collapse

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Trump’s evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Jan 14, 2019—  If Mike Pompeo was surprised, he didn’t show it. But the secretary of state had woken up in the capital of Saudi Arabia on Monday to find that President Donald Trump had tweeted a threat to NATO ally Turkey warning of economic harm should the Turks attack U.S.-backed rebel forces … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Trump’s evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat

WASHINGTON | US seeks close ties with Brazil’s new leader

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is seeking to cement close ties with Brazil’s incoming far-right leader with a visit to the country next week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo will lead the U.S. delegation to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration on New Year’s Day. The State Department said Friday that Pompeo would discuss increasing … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US seeks close ties with Brazil’s new leader

WASHINGTON | Trump loses his envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan

WASHINGTON — Less than two weeks ago, the U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting the Islamic State group said it would be “reckless” to consider the organization defeated and unwise to pull U.S. troops out of the fight. But after that, President Donald Trump declared victory and said the troops are coming back. That has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump loses his envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan

WASHINGTON | US NKorea envoy to visit SKorea amid uncertainty over talks

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s special envoy for North Korea is heading to South Korea this week amid growing uncertainty over the future of direct talks between Washington and Pyongyang, the State Department said Tuesday. Stephen Biegun will visit Seoul on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with senior South Korean officials on the status of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US NKorea envoy to visit SKorea amid uncertainty over talks