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"Irrespective of who controls the House and Congress, we want to work very closely with the U.S. on every level of government and intend to do so with President Trump," said Estonian Foreign Minister Sven Mikser, who emphasizes the importance of NATO. (Associated Press)

Estonia sees crucial roles for U.S., NATO despite Trump doubts

Like much of Europe — like much of the world — many Estonians acknowledge being bemused and sometimes confused by President Trump’s first weeks in the White House. But the tiny Baltic country’s top diplomat knows that when you are a stone’s throw from Russia, you cannot afford to argue with the leader of the free world.

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari advises critics of President Trump to give his foreign policy a chance. (Associated Press)

Pakistan’s former president urges Trump to send envoy to region

- The Washington Times

President Trump should quickly appoint a high-level envoy to South Asia to underscore U.S. leadership in the region and seize an opportunity missed by the Obama administration to coordinate a top-level response to the regional terrorist threat, said former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliye after making statements before their meeting at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Azerbaijan envoy defends country’s rights record after presidential visit

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration’s decision to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the sidelines of last month’s nuclear summit has sparked a debate over the country human rights record and the decision to welcome an authoritarian leader who has drawn heat from critics — including the U.S. State Department — for his record back home.

Pakistan and India face tension after an attack earlier this month on an Indian military base in Indian Kashmir that left many soldiers dead. (Associated Press)

Pakistan says India risks ‘self-destructive war’ by escalating Kashmir tensions

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The top Pakistani official in the volatile dispute over Kashmir warned in an interview that India is dangerously escalating a war of words over the divided territory between the two nuclear-armed powers, vehemently denying that Islamabad was behind a recent attack that killed 18 soldiers at an Indian military base there.

Rep. Michael T. McCaul of the House Committee on Homeland Security said President Obama's policies have failed to dent the Islamic State. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Michael McCaul blasts ‘willfully blind’ Obama for enabling Islamic State ‘terror surge’

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Obama administration oversaw the 2011 takedown of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden but has since failed to confront honestly the more dangerous rise of the Islamic State, according to the Republican head of the House Committee on Homeland Security, who worries that the president’s “tone-deaf” posture toward Islamist terrorism has damaged the intelligence community’s own assessment of the new group.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting with governors in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, Turkey's education ministry says 11,285 of its personnel have been suspended amid suspicions they may be linked to Turkey's outlawed Kurdish rebels. (Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)

Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey ‘joint operation’ in Syria

- The Washington Times

EXCLUSIVE: A key political ally of Turkey’s president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation — a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration’s current policy.

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Tanzanian ambassador urges American companies to compete for USA contracts

- The Washington Times

With the U.S. government poised to invest billions of dollars more in aid to Africa, American companies are in danger of failing to cash in on the new largesse because of fears about the continent's stability, the ambassador from one of Washington's major African allies told editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Monday.

Gubernatorial candidate Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II says he is focused on Virginia, not social issues such as gay marriage. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Virginia GOP governor candidate Kenneth Cuccinelli rejects attempts to label him on cultural issues

- The Washington Times

Last week's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage have amplified a split in the Republican Party between social conservatives urging a call to arms and a more libertarian wing that says it's an issue for the states to decide. So in which camp is Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who has defended the state's 2006 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage?

Mortgage industry insider warns about a stifling regulatory cliff

- The Washington Times

Lending to homebuyers in the U.S. remains little above the depressed levels hit during the recession because banks are wary about lending amid a slew of regulations coming out next year and proliferation of enforcement actions by state and federal regulators, a top mortgage banking official told The Washington Times.

Obama’s re-election seen as vote for clean energy

- The Washington Times

A majority of Americans didn't just cast a vote for President Obama on Nov. 6. They also came down firmly on the side of renewable energy and the federal government's efforts to "level the playing field" with fossil fuels, argues the chairman of the solar power industry's leading trade group.

Republicans urged to call Democrats’ bluff

- The Washington Times

Grover Norquist says Republicans will emerge victorious from the "fiscal cliff" fight if they put television cameras in the negotiating room and smoke out Democrats over their reluctance to cut entitlement programs — the biggest drivers of federal spending and the national debt.

D.C. on its way to health care compliance

- The Washington Times

President Obama's re-election on Tuesday smoothed the way for states to implement his signature health-care reforms, a challenge the District took on with vigor while other states waited to see if Republican opponent Mitt Romney could deliver on a promise to unravel the controversial law.

Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Confident conservative Jordan: Stand ground on taxes

- The Washington Times

Other Republicans may be worried about the campaign prospects of Mitt Romney but not Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the conservative caucus in the House, who said voters have made the decision to reject President Obama and replace him with the GOP nominee.

** FILE ** Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia meets with editors and reporters of The Washington Times on Friday, July 27, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Va. Gov. McDonnell sees Paul platform influence

- The Washington Times

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said the rise of the tea party and Rep. Ron Paul's supporters within the Republican Party will push the GOP platform this year to focus more on matters such as the deficit and constitutional liberties.

Moroccan Ambassador to the U.S. Mohammed Rachad Bouhlal talks to editors and reporters at The Washington Times on Wednesday. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

European woes spark challenges for Moroccans

- The Washington Times

Morocco may have avoided the upheaval of an Arab Spring revolution, but it faces other challenges due to its economic closeness to crisis-riddled Europe and heavy reliance on remittances.

Zoltan Kovacs, Hungary's state secretary for government communication, said his country's government has become a "whipping boy" of the Western media. As a result, "we've found that whatever we do is being criticized." Judicial, media, banking and religious laws pushed through by the Fidsz Party's parliamentary supermajority have raised concern. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Hungarian leaders see hysteria among critics of reforms

- The Washington Times

The United States and the European Union have fallen victim to a "kind of hysteria" in their reactions to the new constitution enacted this year by Hungary's ruling nationalist, a leading spokesman for the Central European nation says.