International Relations

Pompeo: US forces in Persian Gulf just a deterrent

Jun 18, 2019

Pompeo says Trump administration is not seeking conflict with Iran and its military buildup in the Persian Gulf is aimed entirely at deterring Iranian aggression and threats to U.S. interests and international shipping

US-Iran move closer to a flashpoint as tensions spike

Jun 18, 2019

Iran and U.S. are getting closer to a flashpoint as Tehran says it's breaking compliance with nuclear accord and Trump administration orders more troops to Middle East

State media say Chinese President Xi to visit North Korea

Jun 17, 2019

Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to North Korea this week

Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks

Jun 17, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large, especially for Asian countries vitally dependent on that oil

UN counterterrorism chief makes controversy trip to Xinjiang

Jun 16, 2019

China says the U.N. counterterrorism chief has visited Xinjiang despite protests from the U.S. and a rights group that the trip would be inappropriate in light of the human rights conditions in the far west region

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun 15, 2019

President Donald Trump blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, while also hoping for talks with the Islamic Republic

US blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf

Jun 13, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. believes that Iran is responsible for attacks that damaged two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf

5 high schoolers selected as National Student Poets

Jun 13, 2019

Five 10th and 11th graders, from New York to Utah, have been named National Student Poets, serving as regional literary ambassadors through readings, workshops and other programs

Hong Kong protesters vow to keep fighting extradition law

Jun 12, 2019

Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the former British colony

US gift to China questions enforcement of N. Korea sanctions

Jun 11, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan recently presented his Chinese counterpart with a book of photos and satellite images of North Korean ships violating sanctions.