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Honeymoon over? Saudi Arabia-U.S. ties face reset with Biden win

7:45am BST

RIYADH/WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia's crown prince enjoyed a near free pass under his personal relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, but the kingdom's brazen young leader will have to tread more carefully should Democrats take the White House and reset strategic ties.

U.S. welcomes Russian offer to freeze warheads totals to extend nuclear pact by a year

21 Oct 2020

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON The last U.S.-Russia strategic nuclear arms control pact gained momentum toward a one-year extension on Tuesday as Washington welcomed a proposal by Moscow to prolong it if both sides agreed to freeze their stocks of all nuclear warheads for that period. | Video

Taiwan should fortify itself against future Chinese invasion -White House adviser

16 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON While China probably is not ready to invade Taiwan for now, the island needs to "fortify itself" against a future attack or any bid to isolate it through nonmilitary means, such as an embargo, the White House national security adviser said on Friday.

Taiwan should fortify itself against future Chinese invasion: White House adviser

16 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON While China probably is not ready to invade Taiwan for now, the island needs to "fortify itself" against a future attack or any bid to isolate it through nonmilitary means, such as an embargo, the White House national security adviser said on Friday.

U.S. pleased Iraq doing more to protect U.S. embassy - Pompeo

14 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday the United States was pleased that the Iraqi government was doing more to protect the U.S. embassy in Baghdad from Iran-backed Shiite Muslim militias but declined to provide an update on whether Washington was still considering to shut down its embassy.

CIA, NSA chiefs opposed release of unverified Russia intelligence to Republican lawmaker - sources

02 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON The CIA and National Security Agency directors opposed U.S. spy chief John Ratcliffe's decision to declassify and send to a top Republican lawmaker unverified Russian intelligence that may have been fabricated, according to current and former U.S. officials.

U.S. holding back on Belarus sanctions, hopes for joint move with EU - sources

01 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON The United States has held off on joining Britain and Canada in imposing sanctions on Belarus in hopes the European Union can overcome an internal dispute, paving the way to coordinated U.S. and EU sanctions, four sources said on Wednesday.

Ex-FBI Director Comey defends FBI Russia probe in Senate hearing

01 Oct 2020

Former FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday defended the bureau's probe of links between Russia and President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign against attacks by Republican senators over the secret monitoring of a former campaign aide.

U.S. blacklists Ukrainian accused of meddling in 2020 election

11 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON The United States imposed sanctions on Thursday on a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker linked to Republican efforts to dig up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter, accusing him of trying to interfere in the U.S. election. | Video

U.S. intelligence official told to halt Russian 2020 election meddling threat assessments - whistleblower

10 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf told a former top aide to stop providing assessments of the threat of Russian interference in the Nov. 3 election and to play down U.S. white supremacist activity, according to a whistleblower complaint released on Wednesday. | Video

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