Olympic Détente Upends U.S. Strategy on North Korea

Olympic Détente Upends U.S. Strategy on North Korea

The White House this week welcomed the announcement but played down its significance, noting that it was not the first time that athletes from the two Koreas had competed together. “Let’s hope that the experience gives the North Korean athletes...
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Trump Comments, Infuriating Africans, May Set Back U.S. Interests

Trump Comments, Infuriating Africans, May Set Back U.S. Interests

“Africa and the African diaspora has contributed significantly to the United States and to its development into the country that it is today,” Clayson Monyela, a spokesman for the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said on...
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Best of Late Night: Late-Night TV Highlights in 2017: Trump, Russia, Weinstein and More

Best of Late Night: Late-Night TV Highlights in 2017: Trump, Russia, Weinstein and More

Photo Stephen Colbert, whose ratings ticked up when he started to consistently attack President Trump on “The Late Show.” Credit Scott Kowalchyk/CBS In the first year of President Trump’s administration, the role of late-night TV comedians has changed dr...
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Trump Moves to Widen U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

Trump Moves to Widen U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

Some critics of Mr. Trump praised him on Thursday for focusing on diplomatic pressure rather than saber rattling. R. Nicholas Burns, a former under secretary of state under President George W. Bush, said the new American sanctions were “a smart...
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Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy

Trump Likened to ‘a Dog Barking’ by North Korea’s Top Envoy

Other than Mr. Ri’s remarks, there has been no reaction from the North Korean government or Mr. Kim. But on Thursday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported that Mr. Kim had been visiting orchards. “I feel so good...
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With Combative Style and Epithets, Trump Takes America First to the U.N.

With Combative Style and Epithets, Trump Takes America First to the U.N.

Mr. Trump singled out North Korea, broadening his indictment of the Pyongyang government beyond its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its treatment of its own people and captured foreigners like the American college student who died shortly after being sent...
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Live briefing: United Nations General Assembly Convenes in New York

Live briefing: United Nations General Assembly Convenes in New York

The longest speech was Fidel Castro’s in 1960, at 4 hours and 29 minutes, which the Cuban leader began with these words: “Although we have been given the reputation of speaking at great length, the Assembly need not worry. We...
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Trump Soft-Soaps the U.N. Of Course, It Was Only Day 1 . . .

Trump Soft-Soaps the U.N. Of Course, It Was Only Day 1 . . .

“It appears that he left out the anti-U. N. rhetoric he was so fond of during the campaign and instead recognized the potential of the U.N. to be involved in solving global crises and with an important role to play,”...
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Digging In for Next Decade, U.S. Expands Kabul Security Zone

Digging In for Next Decade, U.S. Expands Kabul Security Zone

No one wants to say when any final pullout will take place, because the emphasis now is on a conditions-based withdrawal — presumably meaning after the Afghan government can handle the war alone. But President Trump has kept secret the...
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Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers and Trump on DACA

Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers and Trump on DACA

Photo Pope Francis talking to journalists on Monday while flying to Rome at the end of a five-day visit to Colombia. Credit Pool photo by Andrew Medichini ROME — As he flew near Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma on...
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Indonesia, Long on Sidelines, Starts to Confront China’s Territorial Claims

Indonesia, Long on Sidelines, Starts to Confront China’s Territorial Claims

The pushback from Indonesia takes direct aim at Beijing’s claims within the so-called “nine-dash line,” which on Chinese maps delineates the vast area that China claims in the South China Sea. It also adds a new player to the volatile...
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