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Explainer: In Biden's foreign policy duo, he has a team - but not of rivals

23 Nov 2020

Two of the top national security officials https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election/biden-names-team-to-steer-u-s-foreign-policy-in-post-trump-era-idUSKBN2830EB President-elect Joe Biden named on Monday, Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser, are known for collegiality, support for U.S. alliances and a reflex for using diplomacy as the tool of first resort.

Blinken is president-elect's pick as U.S. secretary of state - Biden ally

23 Nov 2020

NEW YORK/WILMINGTON, Del. Joe Biden will pick Antony Blinken as U.S. secretary of state, a person close to the president-elect's transition said on Sunday, elevating one of his most seasoned and trusted aides as he prepares to undo President Donald Trump's foreign policy. | Video

Biden push to restore U.S. global role starts with Blinken

23 Nov 2020

WILMINGTON, Del./NEW YORK President-elect Joe Biden is moving forward on his campaign pledge to restore America as a leader on the global stage and lean on experts, tapping veteran diplomats for key posts even as President Donald Trump continues to refuse to concede.

U.S. approves $23.37 billion advanced arms sale to UAE, Pompeo says

10 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON The Trump administration told Congress on Tuesday it had approved the U.S. sale of more than $23 billion in advanced weapons systems, including F-35 fighter jets and armed drones, to the United Arab Emirates, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

U.S. plans sanctions on Iranians for violence against protesters - sources

10 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON The United States is expected to impose sanctions as early as next week on Iranians involved in a violent crackdown against anti-government demonstrations in Iran a year ago, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

U.S. plans sanctions on Iranians for violence against protesters -sources

09 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON, Nov 9 The United States is expected to impose sanctions as early as next week on Iranians involved in a violent crackdown against anti-government demonstrations in Iran a year ago, three sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Despite change at the White House, U.S. allies will remain wary after Trump

07 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Seated in front of photographers in the Oval Office in 2017, German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaned toward U.S. President Donald Trump during their first meeting: "They want (us) to have a handshake." But Trump ignored her and Merkel was unable to hide a look of incredulity as she turned to face the cameras.

Trump-to-Biden presidential transition could be rockier than most

07 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. law maps out clear instructions for an orderly transfer of power from one president to the next, but Joe Biden's path is expected to be rockier than most of his modern-day predecessors.

U.S. imposes sanctions on Lebanese president's son-in-law

06 Nov 2020

WASHINGTON The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on Gebran Bassil, the leader of Lebanon's biggest Christian political bloc and son-in-law of President Michel Aoun, accusing him of corruption and ties to Hezbollah.

Exclusive: Biden, if elected, would consult allies on future of U.S. tariffs on China - advisers

30 Oct 2020

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Democrat Joe Biden would immediately consult with America’s main allies before deciding on the future of U.S. tariffs on China, seeking “collective leverage” to strengthen his hand against Beijing if he is elected president, Biden top advisers said on Wednesday.

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