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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics and Capitol Hill, and spent eight years on the foreign desk as senior diplomatic correspondent. He is currently the deputy editor for politics. In addition, he has reviewed books and written feature stories for the newspaper and authored The Times' weekly chess column since 1993. He is also senior writer for Washington GolfStyles, a monthly publication covering the Mid-Atlantic golf scene.


Articles by David R. Sands

Walter Browne, six-time U.S chess champ, dies suddenly at 66

Walter Browne, a fearless attacker and indomitable competitor who dominated the American chess scene in the years after world champion Bobby Fischer retired from the game, died suddenly in his sleep Wednesday at the age of 66. Published June 25, 2015

No soap: Russia bans baby detergent from Ukraine

The standoff between Russia and neighboring Ukraine reached new heights -- or depths -- Tuesday as health officials in Moscow announced a ban on baby laundry detergent made by Ukraine's leading producer, citing what they said were violations of sanitary and epidemiological regulations. Published June 9, 2015

Pakistan is prepping a major oil pipeline to run through Iran while its neighbor and rival, India, begins talks with Tehran on a shipping port. (Associated Press)

U.S. allies not waiting for Iran's sanctions to come down

Italian oil executives visit Tehran, scouting out deals. French farmers and fisheries discuss technological exchanges with their Iranian counterparts. Pakistan prepares to lay down a major oil pipeline through Iran, while rival India opens talks with Iranian officials about developing a major port in the Gulf of Oman to ship Indian goods to Afghanistan. Published May 27, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Russia closes NATO supply corridor to Afghanistan

The Russian government has closed down a key military transport corridor that allowed the U.S. and its NATO allies to supply forces serving in neighboring Afghanistan. Published May 19, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center) arrives to attend a ceremony in Tehran on April 9, 2015, marking National Nuclear Technology Day, as he is accompanied by head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi (left) and Vice President for Science and Technology Affairs Sorena Sattari (right). (Associated Press) **FILE**

Iranian ayatollah: U.S. 'hallucinating' about access to military nuke sites

Iranian top officials are vowing that the country's military bases will not be opened to international inspectors under any deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programs, throwing a major potential roadblock in President Obama's hopes of concluding a breakthrough deal by next month's deadline. Published May 15, 2015

There were lots of angry people who were $100 lighter after watching Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (left) victory Saturday night over Manny Pacquiao. (Associated Press)

Periscope chief: Live-streaming app not about piracy

The co-founder of Periscope Inc. said the new live videostreaming app is "unequivocally" opposed to pirating after the company faced complaints that users were effectively stealing and instantly re-broadcasting video of the recent Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match on pay-per-view. Published May 6, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are said to have a budding "bromance." Their nations plan joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean and cooperation in China's proposed development bank. (Associated Press)

New Russia-China alliance latest diplomatic, strategic blow to Obama

From the moon to the Mediterranean to the heart of Moscow, China and Russia in recent days have announced a striking number of moves to strengthen military, financial and political ties, raising the specter of a deeper alliance between the U.S. rivals. Published April 30, 2015