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Past articles by Kim:

Joe Biden set for Geneva showdown with Vladimir Putin after European tour of allies

Biden's first trip abroad as president ends with talks with the Russian president expected to focus on nuclear arms, cyber attacks and human rights. → Read More

Biden: Russia and China seeking to 'drive a wedge' in NATO solidarity

President Joe Biden used his first NATO summit since taking office to join other alliance members in calling for a response to China's growing power. → Read More

'Safe and effective': AstraZeneca-Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine gets green light from Europe's top drug regulator

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine is not available in the U.S., where a large-scale trial has been completed but not yet made public. → Read More

Black Britons never trusted the royal family. Meghan and Harry's interview made that easier

For Britain's Black community the royal family has never lived up to the image of glamour, prestige and cozy tradition that gets projected abroad. → Read More

Rockets strike Iraqi base housing US troops ahead of Pope Francis visit

Multiple rockets struck an airbase in Iraq hosting U.S. troops on Wednesday, according to a spokesman for U.S.-led coalition forces in the country. → Read More

Biden's Syria airstrikes test US role as world's police, get bipartisan support

Pentagon airstrikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria in response to a Feb. 15 attack in Iraq received both bipartisan praise — and criticism. → Read More

'A reckoning is near': America has a vast overseas military empire. Does it still need it?

The U.S. has enjoyed global military dominance for decades. But in the face of emerging threats, some say a new strategy is in order. → Read More

In new video, Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa says she is 'hostage'

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the daughter of Dubai's ruler, says in a new video she is being held captive by her family. → Read More

WHO will end research into 'extremely unlikely' theory that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan lab

The WHO spent two weeks on a fact-finding mission in Wuhan. It concluded COVID-19 most likely entered the human population through an animal. → Read More

Biden puts a twist on 'America First' even as he moves to unravel Trump's foreign policy

Americans want the U.S. to be No. 1, but 'don't appreciate going into endless costly wars.' Where does that leave the Biden administration? → Read More

Myanmar army seizes power in coup and declares state of emergency for one year

The military coup follows a disputed election in November and is a major blow to Myanmar's transition from military rule to democracy. → Read More

British officials say COVID-19 variant discovered in UK may be 30% more lethal

British scientists says there is a 'realistic possibility' the fast-spreading B117 variant is more deadly. Some, however, say it's too early to tell. → Read More

'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