Diplomacy

FILE - In this file photo taken Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, Chinese Foreign Ministry new spokesman Zhao Lijian gestures as he speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
April 24, 2020 - 2:04 am
BEIJING (AP) — From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. They belong to a new generation of “Wolf Warrior” diplomats...
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FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the North Korean government on April 12, 2020, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects an air defense unit in western area, North Korea. The South Korean government is looking into reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in fragile condition after surgery. Officials from South Korea’s Unification Ministry and National Intelligence Service couldn’t immediately confirm the reports citing an anonymous U.S. official who said Kim was in “grave danger.” Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)
April 21, 2020 - 7:41 pm
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials reported no unusual activity in North Korea on Tuesday following unconfirmed media reports that leader Kim Jong Un was in fragile health after surgery. But the possibly of high-level instability raised troubling questions about the future of a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2019 file photo, Christopher Landau, the new U.S. ambassador to Mexico, delivers a statement to members of the media at the Benito Juarez International Airport, upon his arrival to Mexico City. Ambassadorr Landau launched a Twitter campaign on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, urging efforts to keep supply chains between Mexico and the U.S. intact. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)
April 21, 2020 - 7:07 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.S. pressed Mexico on Tuesday to reopen border assembly plants that are key to the U.S. supply chain, including defense contractors, as more employees staged walkouts and protests at the facilities because of fears over the coronavirus. Christopher Landau, the U.S...
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FILE - In this file photo taken from undated footage distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, an intercontinental ballistic missile Avangard lifts off from a truck-mounted launcher somewhere in Russia. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the Avangard can be included in the New START arms reduction treaty with the United States. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)
April 17, 2020 - 1:33 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed arms control and other issues Friday as Moscow has signaled readiness to include some of its latest nuclear weapons in the last remaining arms control pact between the two countries if Washington...
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Lee Hae-chan, left, Chairperson of the Election Campaign Committee of the ruling Democratic Party, places a sticker onto one of the party's winning candidates' photographs for parliamentary election at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. South Korean voters wore masks and moved slowly between lines of tape at polling stations on Wednesday to elect lawmakers in the shadows of the spreading coronavirus. (Kim In-chul/Yonhap via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 5:21 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's ruling liberal party secured a resounding victory in parliamentary elections that had the highest turnout in nearly three decades, despite the coronavirus forcing social distancing at polling places. The ruling Democratic Party and a satellite party it...
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Thae Yong Ho, former North Korean diplomat, who defected to South Korea in 2016 and a candidate of the main opposition United Future Party, wipes his tear after he was certain to secure victory in the parliamentary elections in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 16, 2020. Thae on Thursday won a constituency seat in South Korea’s parliamentary elections, the first such achievement among tens of thousands of North Koreans who have fled their authoritarian, impoverished homeland. (Shin Jun-hee/Yonhap via AP)
April 16, 2020 - 1:51 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A former senior North Korean diplomat won a constituency seat in South Korea’s parliamentary elections, the first such achievement among tens of thousands of North Koreans who have fled their authoritarian, impoverished homeland. Thae Yong Ho, a former minister at the...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron, right, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin wave at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France. Spring is not turning out the way Russian President Vladimir Putin might have planned it. A nationwide vote on April 22, 2020 was supposed to finalize sweeping constitutional reforms that would allow him to stay in power until 2036, if he wished. But after the coronavirus spread in Russia, that plebiscite had to be postponed – an action so abrupt that billboards promoting it already had been erected in Moscow and other big cities. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
April 15, 2020 - 4:33 pm
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says he hopes that “in the coming days” the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council can discuss and endorse U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call for a cease-fire to all conflicts in the world in order to tackle the coronavirus...
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A South Korean Confucian scholar wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus casts his vote for the parliamentary elections at a polling station in Nonsan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. South Korean voters wore masks and moved slowly between lines of tape at polling stations on Wednesday to elect lawmakers in the shadows of the spreading coronavirus. (Kim Jun-beom/Yonhap via AP)
April 15, 2020 - 10:41 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Millions of South Korean voters wore masks and maintained social distancing as they voted in parliamentary elections on Wednesday, with a surprisingly high turnout despite the spreading coronavirus. The government resisted calls to postpone the elections billed as a midterm...
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In this April 13, 2020, photo, a woman wearing a face mask walks by a Chinese flag placed on a street prior a curfew set up to limit the spread of the new coronavirus in Belgrade, Serbia. While China struggles elsewhere to polish its image tarnished by its initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak, Beijing has no problem maintaining its hard-won influence in Eastern Europe, where it battles for clout with the EU as well as with Russia in countries like Serbia. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
April 14, 2020 - 9:07 am
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — When China’s first shipment of coronavirus medical aid landed in Belgrade, the president of Serbia was there to kiss the Chinese flag. In Hungary, officials have played down assistance from the European Union and praised Beijing’s help. In the Czech Republic, its president...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint press conference with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto in the House of the Estates in Helsinki, Finland, Tuesday March 3, 2020. (Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva via AP)
April 14, 2020 - 8:21 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday angrily rejected Western claims that Moscow has used the coronavirus crisis to expand its political influence, saying the world needs unity to surmount the pandemic. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that suggestions from some in the West that...
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