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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Russia announced Friday that it will withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Joe Biden’s burden grows as Russia moves to leave Open Skies Treaty

- The Washington Times

President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s foreign policy to-do list just got a little longer after Russia announced late last week with was following the Trump administration’s lead and withdrawing from the multinational Open Skies Treaty designed to lower suspicions and improve transparency on both sides of the old Cold War divide.

In this April 3, 2017, file photo, students walk past the "Great Dome" atop Building 10 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in an Oct. 17, 2019, letter provided to The Associated Press, that it has opened an investigation into "radiation safety and compliance" at the university's Bates Research and Engineering Center in Middleton, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

MIT professor charged with illegal work for China

- The Washington Times

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor was arrested Thursday and charged with secretly working for China’s technology collection programs and failing to disclose the work to the Energy Department.

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AP EXCLUSIVE: Maduro ally presses for dialogue with Biden

- Associated Press

A close ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said Friday he’s hopeful the Biden administration will roll back a “cruel” sanctions policy and instead give room for diplomacy that could lead to the reopening of the U.S. Embassy and the release of several jailed American citizens.

Mexico says US 'fabricated' charges, releases evidence

- Associated Press

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Friday that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had “fabricated” drug trafficking accusations against his country's former defense minister and then his government published what he said was the entire case file provided by U.S. authorities when they sent him back to Mexico.

Rare conviction of South Sudan soldiers for rape raises hope

- Associated Press

First, the soldiers stole their belongings. Then they took their food. On their third and final visit, the woman said, the soldiers raped her and her daughter-in-law until they were unable to walk.

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, Secretary of Defense Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda arrives for a review of the troops that will participate in the Independence Day parade, in Mexico City. Mexican prosecutors on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against Cienfuegos who was arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

Mexico clears ex-defense secretary of all US accusations

- Associated Press

Mexican prosecutors on Thursday declared completely unfounded the U.S. case against a former defense secretary arrested on drug charges in the United States and then returned under pressure from the Mexican government.

NY Democrat's ties to Maduro may help Biden unlock stalemate

- Associated Press

It was the aftermath of a failed coup against Hugo Chávez and Rep. Gregory Meeks was lounging at the Kennedy compound on Cape Cod with a young lawmaker from Venezuela with a bushy moustache named Nicolás Maduro.

US rejects UN plea to reverse Yemen rebel terror designation

- Associated Press

The U.N. chief and top officials urged the United States on Thursday to reverse its decision to declare Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels a terrorist group to prevent massive famine and death in the conflict-torn Arab nation - but the Trump administration in its final days stood by its action.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

US imposes new sanction on Beijing over South China Sea

- Associated Press

The Trump administration on Thursday imposed new sanctions on Chinese officials over Beijing's increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea. The penalties are yet another Trump administration move that may make President-elect Joe Biden's diplomacy with China more difficult when he takes office next week.

Sudanese protesters rally, demand detention centers closed

- Associated Press

Dozens of Sudanese rallied in the capital, Khartoum, on Thursday to demand the closure of illegal detention centers following the alleged torturing and killing of a man by a paramilitary force whose members once formed the backbone of a militia accused of war crimes in Darfur.