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Recent articles by Tom:

Exclusive: Poland Envoy Says Winter Will 'Test' West's Unity Against Russia in Ukraine

"I do fear that there will be more cracks and the divides will be even deeper," Polish Ambassador to the U.S. Marek Magierowski told Newsweek. → Read More

As Iran Unrest Turns to Armed Clashes, Government Prepares Fight to Survive

One European diplomat told Newsweek that militant and separatist groups have "rushed to reorganize themselves and enter Iranian territory" amid the protests. → Read More

Pentagon Estimates China Has Doubled Number of Missiles That Can Hit U.S.

The latest China Military Power report released by the U.S. military assesses China fields 300 intercontinental ballistic missiles, twice as many as last year. → Read More

After Tripping Up in Saudi Arabia, Biden Seeks to Regain Foothold in Egypt

"To have a less robust relationship would give the U.S. less leverage," Jonathan Cohen, Biden's former ambassador to Egypt, told Newsweek. → Read More

U.S., Poland Probe Possible Russian Missile Hit on NATO Soil Near Ukraine

The Polish National Defense Ministry told Newsweek "we are verifying and checking the information regarding the incident in Przewodów." → Read More

Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa BRICS Bloc Grows with U.S. Left Out

Algeria has reportedly become the latest nation to apply to join BRICS, following applications by Argentina and Iran and interest from several other countries. → Read More

Exclusive: Top Cuba Diplomat Urges Biden to End Sanctions Now—World Agrees

As 185 nations condemned U.S. sanctions on Cuba, FM Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla told Newsweek that "President Biden could change this situation with a signature." → Read More

Joe Biden's Venezuela Problem Just Got Much Worse

"Changes of government in Colombia and Brazil are almost the final nails in the coffin of the Trump-era policy," Crisis Group's Phil Gunson told Newsweek. → Read More

Kim Jong Un Issues New Nuclear Warning as U.S. Boosts Deterrence in Korea

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the launch of a "long-range strategic cruise missile" in what he said was a "warning to the enemy." → Read More

As Nuclear Deal Stalls, Dissident Kurds Seek U.S. Support Amid Iran Unrest

"It's time that the United States engaged with the Iranian Kurdish, or otherwise democratic opposition," Komala leader Abdullah Mohtadi said. → Read More

North Korea Missile Flies Over Japan, Prompting Take Shelter Warnings

The reported North Korean missile launch prompted the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo to alert its citizens as well. → Read More

As Iran Hits Kurdish Foes, U.S. Also Worries About Turkey's Strikes in Iraq

"We have repeatedly expressed our concerns regarding Turkish operations in Iraq," a State Department spokesperson told Newsweek. → Read More

Row Over Japan Consul Spy Accusation Risks Tension at Another Russia Border

A Japanese official told Newsweek that Russia's detention and expulsion of a Japanese diplomat accused of spying was "deplorable and unacceptable." → Read More

NATO 'Closely' Watching Baltic Sea Situation as Pipeline Sabotage Suspected

"Allies are looking into the gas leaks and exchanging information, also with Finland and Sweden," a NATO official told Newsweek. → Read More

Raisi: Iran Joining China-Russia Bloc Is Economic 'Opportunity' for Mideast

After joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Iran's Ebrahim Raisi plans to extend "collaboration and cooperation to east and west among our neighbors." → Read More

Japan's Stance 'Unchanged' After Biden Taiwan Pledge But Wary Over Ukraine

"We must be prepared for the emergence of an entity that tramples on peace and the security of countries by force," Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio warned. → Read More

Exclusive: Russia's Sergey Lavrov Warns U.S. It Risks Becoming Combatant in Ukraine War

Newsweek spoke with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who defended his nation's war in Ukraine and Moscow's efforts to counter a U.S.-led world order. → Read More

Afghan Chief Swapped for U.S. Hostage Was First Eyed for 2014 Bergdahl Deal

"The Noorzai deal was a long time coming," retired Special Forces officer Jason Amerine, who led efforts to free detained soldier Bowe Bergdahl, told Newsweek. → Read More

Israeli Major Reveals Once-Quiet Military Ties With Arab World Are Growing

"The IDF is coming back to the neighborhood," the head of the Israel Defense Forces' new Regional Cooperation Department told Newsweek. → Read More

Why Biden Sees Iran Nuclear Deal 'Sunsets' As No Obstacle to Arms Control

"The focus on sunsets is a red herring," a White House National Security Council spokesperson told Newsweek. "The deal blocks every pathway to a weapon." → Read More