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Recent articles by Kim:

Trump administration insists UN sanctions on Iran are restored. No, they're not, says United Nations

Trump administration declares that UN sanctions eased against Iran as part of a nuclear accord have been reimposed. It is virtually alone in this. → Read More

US cuts troop presence in Iraq as military expresses confidence in Iraqi security forces

The move is in keeping with President Donald Trump's pledge to cut the number of U.S. military personnel deployed overseas. → Read More

Putin opponent Alexei Navalny poisoned with Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, Germany finds

Germany tested the Russian opposition leader and found the same poison used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. → Read More

How did your country handle coronavirus? Americans, Brits have most negative responses

Less than half of Americans and Britons had a good impression of their government's handling of COVID-19 compared with 73% who gave good reviews in Denmark, Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Italy and Sweden. → Read More

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigns due to chronic illness

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, says he’s resigning because a chronic illness has resurfaced. → Read More

As Hiroshima bombing turns 75, a look at 6 changes to nuclear arms under Trump

On Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb nicknamed "Little Boy" over Hiroshima, Japan, instantly killing 70,000 people. By 1950, 200,000 died. → Read More

FBI believes Chinese researcher with links to Beijing's military in hiding in consulate in San Francisco

The FBI believes that a Chinese scientist with links to Beijing's military is hiding out in China's consulate in San Francisco to evade arrest. → Read More

China orders US to close consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for Houston outpost closure

Dueling diplomatic face-slap amps up already fraught US-China relations as experts warn normalized ties that took decades to achieve could unravel. → Read More

Iran's navy shoots missile at mock-up of US aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz

Footage on Iranian state TV showed the replica being struck as part of an exercise Iran called "Great Prophet 14." → Read More

Pentagon to pull 12,000 US troops from Germany following Trump demands, slammed as 'gift to Russia'

The Pentagon is proceeding with President Donald Trump's plan to move 12,000 U.S. troops out of Germany, which will cost billions of dollars. → Read More

Americans see China more negatively than ever amid coronavirus pandemic, Trump attacks, poll finds

A new poll finds 73 percent of Americans view China negatively, a record high as coronavirus cases spike and the Trump administration ramps up attacks on Beijing. → Read More

China vows retaliation after U.S. ordered its Houston consulate closed within 72 hours

The U.S. State Department said in a statement that the closure was to protect American intellectual property and private information. → Read More

US, Canada, UK accuse Russia of hacking COVID-19 vaccine trials

Britain, the United States and Canada say Russia is trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine. → Read More

'I'm leaving and I'm just not coming back': Fed up with racism, Black Americans head overseas

Feeling cornered and powerless in the face of persistent racial and economic struggles in the USA, some Black Americans decide to settle abroad. → Read More

North Korea blows up diplomatic office amid escalating tensions with South Korea

Pyongyang has warned Seoul it needs to stop defectors sending anti-North Korea leaflets across the border. Denuclearization talks are gridlocked. → Read More

Black Lives Matter banner removed from U.S. Embassy in South Korea

A Black Lives Matter banner was unfurled Saturday at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. By Monday, it was gone. → Read More

Former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, convicted of espionage charges in Russia, gets 16-year prison sentence

Paul Whelan denies espionage charges and claims he was set up in a sting operation orchestrated by Russia's intelligence services. → Read More

Trump threatens to permanently cut WHO funding and withdraw U.S. membership

Trump's threat, made in a letter to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is an escalation of his attacks on the global health body. → Read More

Dr. Deborah Birx wins praise for managing the White House's coronavirus message and Trump

Deborah Birx has maintained her composure, and sometimes corrected President Trump, without triggering the wrath of the president or his supporters. → Read More

'What about COVID-20?' U.S. cuts funding to group studying bat coronaviruses in China

Funding for EcoHealth Alliance's research into bat-borne coronaviruses in China was abruptly terminated. It hasn't been given a full explanation why. → Read More