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‘Open lines of communication’ are crucial to improving relations with Beijing, Amb Nicholas Burns says

US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns was in the room this week when Secretary of State Antony Blinken sat down with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Amb. Burns spoke with The World’s Marco Werman about Taiwan, Ukraine and why US and Chinese military leaders have stopped talking to one another.

Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton listens as US President Donald Trump holds a Cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 9, 2018.

Nicholas Burns: Bolton allegations on Trump ‘as damaging as any in modern American history’

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Experts update predictions on economic crisis; Iraqi protesters are regrouping; Saving a trove of Viking artifacts

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Nicholas Burns: US’ ‘unusual’ absence from world stage is bad for Americans

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is shown removing a white protective face mask and wearing a blue suit with the Japanese flag in the distance.

World leaders push for drugs, vaccines to fight coronavirus; Maduro detains Americans; How are people coping with ‘skin hunger’?

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Is coronavirus reshuffling the global power deck?


Experts say international cooperation is critical to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, but as more and more country borders close, global leadership is also retreating. 

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Trump appears to recognize magnitude of virus; Economic disarray, as coronavirus prompts bailouts; Nine years on, we still dream of a free Syria

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US President Donald Trump appears to more clearly understand the severity of the novel coronavirus pandemic after months of downplaying the crisis. And, the economic ramifications of the pandemic are widespread — and unprecedented. How will the global economy revive itself? Also, it’s been nine years since the start of the Syrian war. One doctor shares his reflections.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland addresses a news conference at the American embassy in Kiev, Ukraine on February 7, 2014.

What’s an ‘F-Bomb’ between friends?

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US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland used profanity to express her frustration with the European Union over the crisis in Ukraine. She thought she was talking to a friend, until the whole Internet heard their conversation when it was leaked, presumably by Russia.

A Syrian girl is rescued from a damaged building after both of her parents died in what activists said was a government air strike.

Iran’s role in Syria peace talks throws discussions into disarray

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UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn his last minute invitation for Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday. Aryn Baker, Time Magazine’s Middle East bureau chief, says the rebels argued for Iran to be “uninvited” to the talks because Tehran was unwilling to back the creation of a transitional government in Syria.

Devyani Khobragade

India gets even for its indicted diplomat by expelling a US diplomat

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The dispute over the indicted Devyani Khobragade, a deputy Consul General in the Indian embassy in New York, continues to play out. Khobragade’s maid had sought shelter for exploitative conditions. In an apparent deal, the US let the diplomat leave the country. Now India is getting even.