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The US State Department has publicly said it still supports Afghanistan in ending the conflict through a peace and reconciliation process with the Taliban.
Under outgoing President Benigno Aquino, the Philippines moved closer to Washington, in turn straining ties with China.
A small number of US special operations forces will support the push on the ground to capture the “Manbij pocket” of territory, acting as advisers and staying back from the front lines.
The US president’s call in 2009 to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the US and its allies’ security strategies, reiterated during his visit to Hiroshima, has not been matched by action.
In fact, laws in the US did not even address the issue of separating public restrooms by sex until the end of the 19th century.
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Atomic bomb survivors have said an apology from Obama would be welcome but for many, the priority is ridding the world of nuclear arms, a goal that seems as elusive as ever.
If progress toward a “fix” on future forced displacement crises such as that which took place in the Andaman Sea a year ago was measured in the number of regional meetings that have taken place, it would be plentiful.
Many US allies fear Trump will feed insecurity in countries worried about China’s growing power, embolden nationalists and authoritarians, and unravel Obama’s “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific.
Obama’s trip to Vietnam, which borders China, underscored shared concerns about China’s growing military clout as Beijing aggressively advances sovereignty claims to the South China Sea.
The lawsuit accuses the Obama administration of “running roughshod over common sense policies” that protect children.
The US president has made extracting the United States from its 15-year war in Afghanistan a top priority, unsuccessfully pursuing efforts to bring the Taliban into talks with successive Afghan governments.
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The sale of arms, Barack Obama said, would depend on Vietnam’s human rights commitments and be made on a case-by-case basis.
The drone strike may have killed Mullah Mansour but what it has really done is to deal a deathblow to Pakistan’s perennial game of plausible deniability after harbouring terrorists and unleashing them on its neighbours.
“What we want to do is avoid any terms that just add fuel to the fire,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.
White House officials made clear that the final decision would be linked in part to Vietnam’s human rights situation.
The incident, likely to increase tension in and around the contested waterway, took place in international airspace on May 17 as the plane carried out “a routine US patrol”.
Some say a climate change denier being elected will dramatically threaten global action, but others say other countries will push ahead with the Paris Agreement regardless of who is the next US president.
The White House said President Barack Obama plans to veto the bill.
The group controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.
The US is eager to expand relations with Myanmar to help counteract China’s rise in Asia and take advantage of the opening of one of the world’s last “frontier markets.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has told field offices nationwide to launch a 30-day “surge” of arrests focused on mothers and children who have already been told to leave the US.
Australia has consistently supported US-led freedom of navigation activities in the South China Sea, where Beijing has been adding land reclamation to islands and reefs in waters claimed by several regional countries.
The freedom of navigation operation by the USS William P. Lawrence, was to “challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea,” Defense Department spokesman Bill Urban said.
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The Rust Belt, which includes Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and West Virginia, has suffered heavy job losses in sectors such as autos, coal and steel that have faced fierce competition from abroad. The region, home to many unionised workers, has been a stronghold for Democrats.
Obama called on the press and public to weigh past statements by Trump but did not point to any specific issues or remarks.
Donald Trump has proposed that tariffs on imported Chinese goods be increased to up to 45% and asserted that China had waged “economic war” against the US, taking American jobs. On May 1, he compared the US trade deficit with China to rape.
Washington and its allies have agreed to do more in their campaign to defeat ISIS, but more risks lay ahead.
Israel is seeking up to $10 billion more than the current 10-year package and billions more than the US administration is offering, partly by asking for guaranteed funding for missile defence projects hitherto funded on an ad hoc basis by the US Congress.
The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to reporters in Geneva denied that Saudi Arabia had “threatened” to withdraw investment from its close ally.
The planes, which were to be a parting gift from the Obama administration to the Pakistani military became a symbol of all that is wrong with US policy on Pakistan.
Key to the failure in Libya has been the influence of state interests, from the US’s wariness of over-committing, to the UK’s distraction by events elsewhere, to the overt hypocrisy of Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies.
US officials caution that calculations about the number of foreign fighters joining Islamic State’s self-described “caliphate” are estimates at best.
The US vice president’s visit is a sign of the progress Washington believes Iraqi forces have made in beating back militants over the past year and its hope that the northern city of Mosul can be recaptured before Barack Obama leaves office in January.
As Europe grappled with Syrians fleeing the country’s civil war last autumn, Obama promised to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of fiscal year 2016.
A poll this month showed a big gender gap in opinions about Trump. About two-thirds of women had an unfavourable view of the billionaire businessman, while 54% of men had a negative view of him.
Allied countries that still rely on the superpower for defence were alarmed by the use of the “America first” phrase, previously used in the 1930s by isolationists that sought to keep the US out of second world war.