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Recent articles by Kim:

'U.S. political system is broken': World watches as Trump exits, Biden takes over

The whole world is watching as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be sworn in – and President Donald Trump departs the White House one last time, turning the page on an administration that has hurt America's image abroad. → Read More

Over 20,000 National Guard troops to provide security against inauguration threats in Washington

That's more soldiers than we have in Afghanistan and Iraq combined. → Read More

Politics updates: Majority wants Trump removed; Kellyanne Conway says 'don't excuse' Capitol riot

Former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tweeted "don't excuse" the riot at the Capitol. "The more we see & learn, the worse it is," she said. → Read More

British judge denies U.S. extradition request for WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, citing suicide risk

Julian Assange was indicted in 2019 by the Justice Department on 18 counts, alleging 17 forms of espionage and one instance of computer misuse crimes. → Read More

Lockerbie bombing anniversary: Attorney General Barr unveils new charges in 1988 attack

The 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killed 270 people, the majority of them Americans. After 32 years, new charges. → Read More

Russian leader Vladimir Putin congratulates Joe Biden on winning election

Vladimir Putin was one of the last world leaders who had not acknowledged Joe Biden's victory. President Donald Trump has not still not conceded. → Read More

'V-Day': A year after COVID-19 pandemic began in China, U.K. first to start Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations

The U.K. is the first western country to start vaccinating its population against a virus that has killed more than 1.5 million people worldwide. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, was given the first shot. → Read More

UK authorizes emergency use of Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Pfizer and BioNTech win permission for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first shot backed by rigorous science. → Read More

Iranian scientist credited with masterminding past covert nuclear weapons program assassinated: senior official

Israel has alleged Mohsen Fakhrizadeh led a military program examining the feasibility of building a nuclear weapon in Iran. → Read More

Even Trump's fiercest critics say he may have gotten some world affairs right

Some experts, ex-diplomats and even President Donald Trump's opponents concede his overseas initiatives have produced limited, qualified successes. → Read More

President-elect Joe Biden unveils COVID-19 task force. It includes a Trump whistleblower.

The task force, almost all doctors, will offer guidance to President-elect Joe Biden and his staff as they prepare to take over the presidency. → Read More

Twitter bans ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon for encouraging violence against Anthony Fauci

A Twitter account belonging to President Donald Trump's former White House chief strategist was suspended after he suggested America's top infectious-disease expert should be beheaded. → Read More

The U.S. election hinges on these states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina

Election results are still rolling in for Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and North Carolina to decide the next president. → Read More

'Clear but unspoken preference': As America votes, the world is watching with bated breath

There are leaders and populations who shudder at the idea of four more years of Trump and those whose consternation is tied to his potential defeat. → Read More

'Treating us like garbage': New sanctions announced as many Iranian Americans feel fed up with Trump

Iranian Americans who have no loyalty to the repressive regime in Tehran are upset with a White House that has vilified their homeland. → Read More

Will Trump accept the result of 2020 election? During debate, Pence wouldn't say

The topic of whether President Donald Trump will accept a peaceful transition of power if he loses has followed the him around for weeks. → Read More

President Donald Trump's coronavirus infection draws international sympathy and a degree of schadenfreude

"I am certain that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope," said Russia President Vladimir Putin. → Read More

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