Money or not, world can’t drop Palestinian refugees, says UN

UNITED NATIONS — Facing a financial crisis after the United States cut funding, the head of the U.N. agency that helps 5.3 million Palestinian refugees says the problem of their well-being will continue to exist whether there’s money or not — and especially if it was forced to shut down. While the U.N. Relief and […]

Trump to world leaders: China out to meddle in 2018 election

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Taking center stage at the United Nations, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of trying to interfere in the upcoming U.S. congressional elections because it opposes his tough trade policies. The White House provided scant evidence of anything akin to the level of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. […]

Iran says US wants to overthrow govt, rejects two-way talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to overthrow his government, rejecting bilateral talks after President Donald Trump denounced Iran’s leaders and predicted stepped-up U.S. sanctions would get Tehran to negotiate over its nuclear program. Addressing world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, Rouhani accused the […]

Trump challenges UN, boasting of America’s go-it-alone might

UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump poured scorn on the “ideology of globalism” and heaped praise on his own administration’s achievements Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that drew headshakes and even mocking laughter from his audience of fellow world leaders. “The U.S. will not tell you how to live and work […]

Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump’s lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled. “I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them. It […]

Tanzania death toll 209 as survivor found in capsized ferry

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — It was a stunning discovery. As rescue divers probed a capsized Tanzanian ferry two days after the disaster and the death toll soared past 200, a man was found in an air pocket, alive. He was an engineer, regional commissioner John Mongella told reporters. As the badly overloaded ferry overturned on […]

COMMENTARY: The divide between North and South Korea

Sure, sure, it’s probably true that Kim Jong Un wants to unify the Korean Peninsula under his rule. So did his grandfather. So did his father. None has come close. What is not so widely understood, however, is that the South Korean elites don’t want to unify with the North even under South Korean rule. […]

COMMENTARY: Trump’s decision on Iran nuclear accord further isolates US

The move by the Donald Trump administration to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement — formally referred to as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — is troublesome. In an increasingly interdependent and globalized world, the Trump White House continues to cancel previous agreements, partly due to a reflexive antipathy to anything President Barack Obama […]

COMMENTARY: What will America’s role in Syria’s conflict be?

It almost seems like déjà vu. Like just around this time last year, Syria’s Assad government has apparently used chemical weapons on his own citizenry and civilians, leading to horrific casualties. Just like then, the footage and pictures from the region are tragic and devastating. With roughly 70 people estimated killed and hundreds more affected, […]

COMMENTARY: Trump foreign policy shaky after year in office

In December, I administered the final exam in my Fall 2017 American Foreign Policy (AFP) class, an open-book essay which focused on views about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy record after one year in office. Of the seven students in the class, six had negative comments about the Trump administration’s performance in this area, while […]