September 22, 2009 |
The U.S. military commander in Afghanistan says he has evidence that factions of Pakistani and Iranian spy services are supporting insurgent groups that carry out attacks on coalition troops. Taliban fighters in Afghanistan are being aided by "elements of some intelligence agencies," Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal wrote in a detailed analysis of the military situation delivered to the White House earlier this month. McChrystal went on to single out Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency as well as the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as contributing to the external forces working to undermine U.S. interests and destabilize the government in Kabul.
March 7, 2009 |
The U.S. and Russia may be able to find common ground on the key issues of missile defense and nuclear arms reductions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday. Lavrov and Clinton spoke positively, if cautiously, after meeting in Geneva in an effort to ease tensions between the countries. "We did not agree on everything, of course, but we agreed to work on every issue," Lavrov said.
October 5, 2007 |
Could Ecuador become a major coca-growing country like its neighbors, Colombia and Peru? That fear was expressed this week by Ecuadorean and U.S. counter-narcotics officials as this Andean country reported an alarming increase in illegal coca crops destroyed this year along its northern border with Colombia.
October 1, 2002 |
President Bush signed legislation that requires his administration to identify Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Faced with a choice between endorsing the controversial bill passed by Congress and shutting down U.S. diplomatic activity, Bush put his signature on the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for 2003, which gives the administration more than $4 billion for running the State Department. In a written statement, Bush said U.S. policy regarding Jerusalem "has not changed."
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June 1, 2001 |
Listening to all of the tremors that rearranged the political geology on Capitol Hill last week, the casual observer might have imagined that the change in party control resulting from Vermont Sen. James M. Jeffords' shucking his GOP identity was strictly a Democrat versus Republican event. The defection, however, has triggered a series of aftershocks within both parties, and nowhere has the disturbance been as great as among the triumphant Democrats.
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January 10, 1997
Secretary of State-designate Madeleine Albright charmed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at her confirmation hearings this week. But the real test of her influence will be in how persuasive her advocacy proves to be on a Congress that doesn't seem to know or care very much about the tasks and challenges facing American diplomacy in a world that still looks to this country for leadership.
August 12, 2004 |
Pouring money into political parties, charities and armed organizations in a semi-covert campaign for influence and control, Iran has emerged as a silent and powerful force in postwar Iraq, Iraqi officials and Western diplomats said. As a neighbor, former enemy in war and sometime haven for opponents of Saddam Hussein, Iran has long been a factor in Iraq's political life.
July 15, 2002 |
Lifting the ban on Americans traveling to Cuba would boost the U.S. economy by as much as $1.6 billion annually and create up to 23,000 jobs each year, according to a study to be released today. The report, conducted by consulting firm Brattle Group, analyzed the economic effect of the United States' lifting the travel restrictions. The study's release coincides with a renewed effort this week by members of the House to lift the travel ban.
August 5, 2009 |
This sprawling industrial park south of Nairobi was supposed to be a centerpiece of a Clinton-era U.S.-Africa trade program designed to make "Made in Kenya" almost as familiar as clothing labels from China and Taiwan. Well-known American brands, including wrinkle-free Dockers, Gloria Vanderbilt jeans and Izod polo shirts, roll off sewing assembly lines here before being shipped to Target, Sears and other U.S. retailers.
June 12, 2005 |
The young Chinese man in a dirty black jacket had a lonely, mournful air about him, but he spoke softly of big dreams. Zheng Chao was drawn to Siberia's vast expanse of black earth four years ago, part of a growing wave of Chinese peasants using their greenhouse skills to grow vegetables for Russians in a land where winter lasts half the year. The 26-year-old gets paid only once a year. But he saves it all.