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In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo Czech Republic's President Vaclav Klaus speaks during a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Heinz Fischer, unseen, at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Vaclav Klaus seeks European revolution against EU

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus argues that Europe desperately needs to be liberated from the clutches of globalists and multiculturalists, and from a European Union bent on imposing open borders and crushing the principle of sovereign rights.

Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal talks to media outside the accountability court where Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. A Pakistani court has postponed the indictment of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for a week after his children, who are co-defendants in the case, did not appear in court. The court on Monday set Oct. 9 for the indictments against Sharif, his two sons, daughter and son in-law. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan critical to Trump Afghanistan war plan, top official says

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The U.S. needs Pakistan if President Trump's war plan for Afghanistan is to have a chance of succeeding, Pakistan's top internal security official said in an interview Tuesday, warning that bad blood between Washington and Islamabad risks triggering an era of instability across the region.

Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani attends the US Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Department, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

ISIS still mortal threat to Middle East, Qatar foreign minister warns

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Islamic State remains a mortal threat to the region despite its recent battlefield defeats, Qatar's foreign minister warned in an interview Wednesday, cautioning that the terrorist group could rise again if Washington and its Arab allies fail to address the root causes fueling religious extremism.

"It has been clear from the outset [of his presidency] that President Trump is willing to do what it takes to bring the North Koreans to the negotiating table," said Choo Mi-ae, a leader of South Korea's Democratic Party. (Associated Press/File)

Choo Mi-ae, South Korean party leader, sees promise in Trump's hawkish stand on North Korea

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: President Trump has broken with his predecessors in making North Korea's nuclear programs a priority from the first day of his administration, improving the prospects for a negotiated solution to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula despite the angry rhetoric and provocative moves from both Washington and Pyongyang, the head of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party said in an interview.

Kurdish leaders remain committed to a political settlement but say their famed peshmerga militia forces are ready to take up arms to defend their homeland. (Associated Press/File)

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdish delegate, urges U.S. to push Iraq deal

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: The Trump administration must do more to push a negotiated settlement between the Iraqi government and the country's Kurdish minority over a blocked Kurdish push for independence, the Iraqi Kurds' top representative in Washington said in an interview, warning that the current truce may not hold and the Kurds will fight back if pushed too far.

Hamdullah Mohib (left), Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, said the Trump administration's plan for a long-term occupation in his country is the right way to capitalize on gains made in the past 16 years of war. (Associated Press/File)

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's ambassador, welcomes Trump's plan for long-term U.S. occupation

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: A country that has long fiercely resisted foreign occupiers is ready to accept a long-term U.S. military presence to ensure stability and security, Afghanistan's ambassador to Washington said in an interview, adding that Kabul is also ready to forge stronger ties with regional powers such as Iran and India to defeat terrorism and serve as a check to neighboring Pakistan.

Europol's director Rob Wainwright said as many as 2,500 European-born fighters are likely to be in "various stages of returning" to the continent after joining the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. (Associated Press/File)

Europe braces for ISIS fighters returning from battlefield

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Europe's top intelligence and counterterrorism officials are bracing for a surge of battle-hardened Islamic State foreign fighters returning home to the continent as the jihadi group loses its territorial base in the Middle East, the head of the European Union's main law enforcement agency says.

Pakistani Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said his country will have plenty of economic opportunity in coming years that could be at risk from violence in neighboring Afghanistan. (Associated Press/File)

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistan's ambassador, awaits Trump's Afghanistan policy

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: Pakistan's military has swept terrorist groups from the nation's once-lawless tribal areas, but the gains could be put at risk if the security situation across the border in Afghanistan is not brought under control, Islamabad's diplomat in Washington said, stressing that his nation is waiting for the Trump administration to clarify its strategy for the Afghanistan conflict.

In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, rescue workers work the site of airstrikes in  the al-Sakhour neighborhood of the rebel-held part of eastern Aleppo, Syria, Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016. Ibrahim Alhaj, a member of the volunteer first responders known as the Syria Civil Defense, said 24 people were killed in a series of bombings in several parts of the besieged city Aleppo on Wednesday.  (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Raed Salah, White Helmets activist in Syria, sees hope with Trump

- The Washington Times

NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW: When the U.S. fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at a Syria airfield last month in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack, it drew praise from across the Middle East from those frustrated by America's perceived lack of strategy toward the region's bloodiest conflict.