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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

Cyprus' president Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci shake hands after a meeting at U.N. buffer zone at Ledra Palace Hotel in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus in September. The heads of Cyprus' Christian and Muslim communities are meeting with the ethnically divided island's rival leaders to lend their support to ongoing reunification talks. (Associated Press)

In Cyprus, hopes for a thaw in a long-frozen standoff

It ranks among the world's oldest frozen conflicts, but an "unusual alignment of the stars" is raising new hopes that Cyprus may soon be on the road to reunification, the top diplomat of the divided island's Turkish Cypriot government said in an interview. Published October 6, 2015

Hilik Bar, a deputy speaker of the Knesset, said Israel's major parties were lined up behind Likud Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in opposing the agreement with Tehran, which will give Iran relief from punishing international sanctions in exchange for more restrictions and monitoring of its suspect nuclear programs for the next decade. (Associated Press)

Israel needs U.S. military aid, intelligence sharing in wake of Iran deal, top lawmaker says

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Having struck a nuclear deal with Iran over Israel's strong objections, the Obama administration and its allies now must step up to ensure the security of the Jewish state through military aid and greater intelligence-sharing, a top foreign policy voice for Israel's opposition Labor Party said in an interview. Published September 22, 2015

Liberal Catholics have clearly been exhilarated and energized by the statements and early moves of Pope Francis, elected to succeed the more-conservative Pope Benedict in March 2013. (Associated Press)

Pope Francis' message may divide U.S. Catholics

The messenger will be guaranteed a warm welcome, but his message may prove more divisive as America's Catholics prepare to greet Pope Francis for a history-making six-day visit starting Tuesday. Published September 21, 2015

Kremlin: No plans for Putin, Obama to meet at U.N. gathering

He has Pope Francis on his schedule, but Russian President Vladimir Putin right now has no plans to meet with President Obama when he travels to New York later this month for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the U.N. General Assembly, the Russian leader's spokesman said Thursday. Published September 10, 2015

"The Chinese 'normal' has now changed. It is no longer the 9 percent, 10 percent, 11 percent growth rate," Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. "So the world needs other engines to carry the growth process, and in a slowdown environment in the world, an economy which can grow at 8 to 9 percent like India certainly has viable shoulders to provide the support to the global economy." (Associated Press)

China's economic woes provide India with 'great opportunity'

India's economy has long labored in the shadow of its great Asian rival, but now officials in New Delhi and private economists say Beijing's recent stumbles could provide a big opportunity for India to close the gap. Published September 3, 2015

Trader Eugene Mauro (right) works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 1, 2015. (Associated Press)

China woes send U.S. stock markets plummeting

Fresh economic data showing softness in the Chinese economy sent U.S. and global stocks plummeting Tuesday, with the blue-chip Dow Jones index of top stocks down some 469 points, or 2.84 percent, to 16,058, and the broader S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq market also posting losses of more than 2 percent for the day. Published September 1, 2015

Chinese officials are casting about for scapegoats to blame for the country's mishandling of a recent stock bubble that dented the country's economy. (Associated Press)

China's leaders on the spot after economic stumbles

Chinese officials say they know exactly who is to blame for a wild week that rocked global stock markets, battered the currencies of emerging markets around the globe, sent commodity prices lower and may have shaved a percentage point or two off of global GDP growth next year: anybody but China. Published August 30, 2015

Trader Robert Oswald, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. U.S. stocks are opening sharply higher Wednesday after slumping for six straight days amid concern that growth in China was slowing more quickly than previously thought. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Wall Street roars back: 619-point gain wipes out 6 days of losses

Wall Street started strong Wednesday and this time didn't falter at the finish line, with the blue chip Dow Jones industrial average reversing six days of losses with a gain of 619 points, or 3.95 percent, to finish at 16,285. The daily increase was the third-biggest point rally in the market's history. Published August 26, 2015

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. U.S. stocks are sharply lower in midday trading on concerns about the Chinese economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

U.S., world markets pummeled by China fears

U.S. stock markets experienced one of the wildest trading day in years Monday, with the Dow Jones index losing nearly 1,100 points -- nearly 6 percent of its total value -- in the first few minutes after trading began, staging a spirited rally, but turning strongly negative again to finish off 588 points, or 3.58 percent. Published August 24, 2015