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Obama urges Xi to help end conflicts over cybersecurity

Feb 11, 2015

Obama urges Xi to help end conflicts over cybersecurity

President Barack Obama in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for “swift work” to narrow the countries’ differences over cybersecurity issues, the White House said. The world’s two biggest economies have been trying to ease tensions amid mutual accusations ...

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

| Feb 10, 2015

Obama's Ukraine policy is at a crossroads

Russian-backed rebels’ violent offensive in eastern Ukraine leaves President Barack Obama with perplexing and urgent choices, but aides say he will exercise his typical caution in deciding his next move. Should Obama provide lethal weaponry to the Western-backed Kiev government to staunch Europe’s worst ...

As China circles, U.S.-Thai military relations suffer

Feb 10, 2015

As China circles, U.S.-Thai military relations suffer

Perturbed by Thailand’s coup, the United States has scaled back a showpiece joint military exercise with its Southeast Asian ally. However, analysts say that with China circling for influence Washington will not push the kingdom’s generals too far. Famed for its jungle bonding sessions ...

Iran tells West: Rouhani at risk if nuclear talks fizzle

Feb 9, 2015

Iran tells West: Rouhani at risk if nuclear talks fizzle

Iran’s foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old standoff nears its end-game. Mohammad Javad Zarif pressed the ...