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UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

On 50th anniversary, Post Falls Marine veteran remembers Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia

David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door …


Trump is known for his aggressive handshakes – what will happen when he meets the queen?

More than any other president, shaking hands (or in German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s case, not shaking hands) has become a sort of awkward performance art for Trump, or at the …


Pompeo pushes back against North Korea’s ‘gangster-like’ criticism

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back against North Korea on Sunday, saying the regime’s criticism that U.S. negotiators acted in a “gangster-like” way during his two-day visit to Pyongyang …


Ethiopia’s leader makes historic visit to Eritrean capital after 20-year military standoff

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed traveled Sunday to Eritrea, once a bitter adversary, and agreed to normalize ties after an unprecedented summit.


Republican lawmakers come to Moscow, raising hopes there of US-Russia thaw

Republican members of Congress sounded a newly conciliatory tone in meetings with Russian lawmakers and officials here Tuesday in a rare visit to Moscow and a preview of the looming …


Ethiopia, Eritrea leaders to meet ‘soon’ in surprising thaw

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea will meet “soon” amid a surprising diplomatic thaw between the rival nations, Ethiopia’s top diplomat said Thursday, as an end to one of Africa’s …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:20 p.m.

U.S. opens door to possible Trump-Putin White House meeting

An aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone last month, but …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Trump is hopeful, but some skeptical ahead of U.S.-North Korea talks

President Donald Trump said Wednesday there’s “a good chance” that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will “do what is right for his people and for humanity” and make moves …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Kim, Xi portray strong ties after North Korea leader’s China trip

With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

U.S. officials say no added conditions for North Korea talks

Trump administration officials said Sunday there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation’s leaders beyond the North’s promise not to …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

White House will see if North Korea is serious about talks

The White House said Sunday it would take a wait-and-see approach to a new overture by North Korea for talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy after …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 4:26 p.m.

Seoul: North Korea to send nominal head of state to South Korea

North Korea will send its nominal head of state and other senior officials to South Korea this week, Seoul officials said Sunday, as the rivals push through with rare rapprochement …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team

The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 8:51 p.m.

Trump open to U.S.-N. Korea talks ‘under right circumstances’

President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea’s leader Wednesday that the U.S. was open to talks with Kim Jong Un’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

After Olympic deal, S. Korea floats summit with NKorea’s Kim

South Korea’s president said Wednesday he’s open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks and …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

Ray of hope, then deep hostility between U.S. and North Korea

In the first month of Donald Trump’s presidency, an American scholar quietly met with North Korean officials and relayed a message: The new administration in Washington appreciated an extended halt …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Tillerson’s offer of talks with North Korea left hanging

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has softened America’s stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it “unrealistic” to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 9:24 a.m.

Amid low morale, Tillerson says changes coming to State Dept

Seeking to reassure American diplomats amid low morale, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson unveiled changes Tuesday to the State Department that he said would help workers perform better and position …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 2:46 p.m.

U.S., Russia seek understanding on next steps in Syria

As the Islamic State group nears defeat, the United States and Russia are discussing next steps that could prevent the two military powers from inadvertently clashing in Syria and improve …


Russia takes on Mideast diplomacy as U.S. retreats

After watching for years as the United States called the shots in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seizing the reins of diplomacy in the Middle East, establishing footholds …


Questions loom as Mattis visits South Korea: Can diplomacy work?

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Ominous …


Tillerson: North Korea diplomacy continues until 1st ‘bomb drops’

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis “will continue until the first bomb drops.”


Trudy Rubin: Tillerson is toast, so is diplomacy

Even if Tillerson stayed in place, it’s unclear that he could counter his boss’s deepest instincts. Nor is it clear that any successor to Tillerson can convince Trump that diplomacy …


Trump’s latest nickname: Rocket Man

With President Donald Trump, a good enemy deserves a good nickname. In his debut appearance before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Trump embraced his latest label – calling North Korean …


Trump nominee says Russia’s election meddling led to low level of trust

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Russia, told Congress on Tuesday that Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election led directly to …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 3:50 p.m.

At U.N., Trump threatens ‘total destruction’ of North Korea

President Donald Trump, in a combative debut speech to the U.N. General Assembly, threatened the “total destruction“’ of North Korea if it does not abandon its drive toward nuclear weapons.


How Trump’s advisers schooled him on globalism

On a sweltering Washington summer day, President Donald Trump’s motorcade pulled up to the Pentagon for a meeting largely billed as a briefing on the Afghanistan conflict and the fight …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Trump’s week anchored by speech to U.N. General Assembly

President Donald Trump made his debut at the United Nations on Monday, using his first moments at the world body to urge the 193-nation organization to reduce bureaucracy and costs …


Tillerson vows ‘peaceful pressure campaign’ against North Korea

The U.S. seeks a peaceful resolution but is prepared to use military force if diplomatic efforts cannot end the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear-weapons program, Secretary of State …


Tillerson’s State Department plan slashes envoys for climate, Muslims, Syria

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outlined a major reorganization of the State Department, eliminating a raft of special envoy posts established to reach out to Muslim communities, support anti-government fighters …