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China gets vulgar about White House meeting with Hong Kong leaders

Martin Lee and Anson Chan meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Special to Traveling to the U.S. to appeal to foreigners was a bad move made by Hong Kong’s pan-democracy advocates, China’s state media said in a series of rhetorical blasts against Martin Lee and Anson Chan. The two prominent pro-democracy leaders met the U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden in the White House last [...]

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Mother of Saudi princesses: King, Obama turned deaf ear to their complaints about poverty

Princess Alanoud Al Fayez (center) married then Prince Abdullah in an arranged marriage when she as just 15. She bore him four daughters: Sahar, Maha, Hala and Jawaher who are now being held as prisoners in a compound in Jeddah.

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi King Abdullah imprisoned his four daughters after they pleaded with their father to alleviate poverty in the Gulf Cooperation Council state. Abdullah’s ex-wife has disclosed that the king kept their daughters in confinement for 13 years. Al Anood Al Fayez, now in exile in London, said the daughters [...]

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Obama approves export of jet parts to Iran by Boeing, GE


Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved the export of jet components to Iran, despite  opposition in Congress. The Treasury Department has approved export licenses to two major U.S. aerospace suppliers. In a statement on April 4, the companies were identified as Boeing and General Electric, which produced aircraft [...]

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Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between the United States and the Soviet Union. In their view, America was to blame for [...]

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U.S., Israel continue to haggle over Jonathan Pollard, concessions to Palestinians

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has raised the prospect of the release of former U.S. Navy analyst Jonathan Pollard for Israeli concessions toward the establishment of a Palestinian state over the next year. Officials acknowledged media reports that the administration of President Barack Obama agreed to discuss the release of Pollard, sentenced [...]

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State Dept. hits U.S. ambassador in Bahrain with close ties to Fifth Fleet

Thomas Krajeski

Special to WASHINGTON — In an unusual move, the State Department has criticized the conduct of the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain. The State Department’s inspector-general has concluded that ambassador Thomas Krajeski failed to improve U.S. relations with Bahrain. In a 43-page report, the inspector-general criticized his conduct and leadership of the embassy in Manama. [...]

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Obama scrambles ahead of return visit to Saudi Arabia to offset ‘diplomatic disaster’

President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia on March 28.  /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has dismissed the prospect of a breakthrough with Saudi Arabia. Officials said Obama would visit Saudi Arabia on the night of March 28. The officials said the president cut short his visit to Riyad after King Abdullah rejected Obama’s request to convene a Gulf Cooperation Council summit [...]

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Israel lobbies Congress to resume U.S. military aid to Egypt

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress could block any decision to resume deliveries of U.S. combat platforms to Egypt. Congressional sources said the House and Senate have not reached a consensus on the resumption of U.S. military aid to Egypt. They said a decision by the administration of President Barack Obama to release major combat [...]

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No bow this time: Saudis want Obama to confront king over holding daughters under palace arrest

President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in April 2009. Photo: Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — Saudi King Abdullah has imprisoned his daughters for more than a decade, the opposition said. The Institute for Gulf Affairs charged that the Saudi king had confined four of her daughters since 2001. The opposition institute, based in Washington, said the four women were under “physiological torture.” “The sisters have [...]

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Congressional resolution calls on Obama to withdraw recognition of Assad regime

Rep. Ed Royce

Special to WASHINGTON — Three years after the Sunni revolt, the United States continues to recognize the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Congressional sources said the administration of President Barack Obama, despite numerous statements, refused to withdraw U.S. recognition of the Assad regime. The sources said leading members of Congress were urging Obama [...]

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