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China Says Biden Will “Restore Normalcy” In Relations

The New York Daily News reports: Chinese officials believe that President-elect Joe Biden will “restore normalcy” in US-China relations — claiming that “a new window of hope” is opening with the exit of the uncompromising Trump administration. “China-US relations have come to a new crossroads, and a new window of hope is opening,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi [photo] said …

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Bolsonaro Says He’ll Reach Out To Winner Joe Biden

NPR reports: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday said he had begun the process of reaching out formally to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, making the far-right South American leader one of the last world leaders to do so. In an interview with Brazil’s TV Band, Bolsonaro said that with the vote now confirmed by the U.S. Electoral College, he would …

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Mexican President Sends “Chilly” Congrats To Biden

The Associated Press reports: Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Tuesday he sent a letter of congratulations to U.S. President-elect Jose Biden, becoming one of the last world leaders to do so. The tardy and somewhat chilly letter López Obrador sent late Monday contrasted with the cordial and friendly relationship he had with President Donald Trump. The move by …

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EU Looks Forward To Post-Trump Alliances With US

Reuters reports: European Union members debated on Monday how best to “renew and reinvigorate” transatlantic relations after the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an internal document seen by Reuters. Ambassadors from the 27 EU countries considered five broad policy areas on which they see greater opportunities for cooperation when Joe Biden takes over as president after four …

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China Formally Congratulates Biden And Harris On Win

Just in from China’s state-run media agency: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday sent a message to Joe Biden to congratulate him on election as U.S. president. Promoting healthy and stable development of China-U.S. relations not only serves the fundamental interests of the people in both countries, but also meets the common expectation of the international community, Xi said. Xi …

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China Congratulates Joe Biden As President-Elect

The Associated Press reports: China on Friday became one of the last major countries to congratulate U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to make few changes to U.S. policy in conflicts with Beijing over trade, technology and security. China, along with Russia, avoided joining the throng that congratulated Biden last weekend after he and vice presidential running mate Kamala …

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World Leaders Congratulate Biden And Harris

CTV News reports: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is “really looking forward” to working with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and his running mate California Senator Kamala Harris, congratulating the pair on their historic election victory that was declared Saturday morning. “Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. …

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On What A Trump Loss Could Mean For World Leaders

The Associated Press today published a lengthy review of what a Trump loss could mean for world leaders: Perhaps none has so much riding on a Trump victory as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli leader, who had a rocky relationship with President Barack Obama, has praised Trump as “the greatest friend” Israel ever had in the White House. …

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Trump Won’t Attend United Nations General Assembly

Politico reports: White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows ended the “Will he? Won’t he?” intrigue surrounding President Donald Trump’s possible in-person appearance at the U.N., telling reporters aboard Air Force One Thursday night that the president will not go to New York next week to give his speech to the assembly. Diplomats are even more reticent than usual when …

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Kerry: Biden Will Never “Lavish Praise On Dictators”

The Guardian reports: Biden says he will host a summit for democracy in his first year in office, to “strengthen democratic institutions” and “defend against authoritarianism.” The Democratic nominee has made it clear he would confront Russia, where Trump makes every effort to do the opposite. “He’d never lavish praise on dictators. But guess what? He knows how to work …

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BRITAIN: Virtual Trial Sought For Wife Of US Diplomat

ABC News reports: A U.K. lawmaker has asked the government to hold a virtual trial for the wife of an American diplomat who left Britain after being involved in a road accident that killed a British teenager. The decision to charge Anne Sacoolas, who has claimed diplomatic immunity, has caused tensions between the U.K. and the United States. The Americans …

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Britain Ends Immunity “Loophole” After Fatal Crash

The New York Times reports: Britain and the United States have agreed to end a legal loophole that allowed an American woman to flee Britain after she was involved in a car accident that killed a teenager, the British authorities said, almost a year after the crash started a diplomatic tug of war between the two countries and sparked widespread …

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France Ditches “Minister of Attractiveness” Job Title

Politico reports: When the English Twitter account for the French foreign ministry revealed Franck Riester’s new title of junior minister for trade and “attractiveness,” it immediately elicited mocking online and questions about whether it had been mistranslated. In France, the term “attractivité” is often used to refer to attracting investment. The French foreign ministry assured its followers it had looked …

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REPORT: Trump Called Merkel “Stupid” In Phone Call

The Insider reports: German officials were so alarmed by President Donald Trump’s “very aggressive” conversations with Chancellor Angela Merkel that they kept their calls secret, sources told CNN. In calls with the German chancellor, Trump bullied and disparaged Merkel in a “near-sadistic” fashion, according to the CNN report by Carl Bernstein, the longtime journalist known for his reporting on the …

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Top Insiders: Trump Is Often “Delusional” On Calls With Foreign Leaders, Danger To Security Of United States

CNN reports: In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some …

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Interpol: Wife Of US Diplomat Now A Global Fugitive

The Guardian reports: An Interpol notice has been circulated worldwide making Anne Sacoolas effectively a fugitive from justice if she sets foot outside her native United States. Sacoolas was charged in the UK withcausing the death by dangerous driving of 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn last August. The US refused to accept an extradition warrant, saying she enjoyed diplomatic immunity at …

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Only 15% Of Brits Would Vote For Trump If They Could

Newsweek reports: More than half of British voters say they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump, if given the chance to participate in the upcoming 2020 election, exclusive Newsweek polling reveals. Conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, the poll, which saw 1,500 adults surveyed online on Sunday, found that 51 percent of British voters …

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IRAN: Top Official Dies Of Virus, US Help Rejected

The Associated Press reports: A member of a council that advises Iran’s supreme leader died Monday after falling sick from the new coronavirus, state radio reported, becoming the first top official to succumb to the illness striking both citizens and leaders of the Islamic Republic. The death of Expediency Council member Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, came as Iran announced the virus …

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US Signs “Historic” Deal With Taliban To End Conflict

The BBC reports: The US and the Taliban have signed an agreement aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. The US and its NATO allies have agreed to withdraw all their troops from the country within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and …

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Johnson Pressures Trump On Returning Killer Driver

The Guardian reports: Boris Johnson “reiterated the need” for the suspect charged with causing the death of Harry Dunn to return to the UK during a phone call with Donald Trump, a Downing Street spokeswoman said. Dunn, 19, died after a crash outside a US military base in Croughton, Northamptonshire, on 27 August 2019. Anne Sacoolas, 42, was charged with …

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