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Erica Brosnan

Articles by Erica Brosnan

In this image taken and made available by the Taiwan Presidential Office on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen shakes hands with crew members aboard a Taiwan Navy ship before it sets out to patrol in the South China Sea from the naval base in the southern port city of Khaohsiung, Taiwan. Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday it will continue to send planes and ships to the South China Sea to carry out patrol missions and defend Taiwan's territory and sovereignty despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling in The Hague, said the Central News Agency.  (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

Taiwan resists Hague-based tribunal’s South China Sea ruling

China wasn't the only loser in this week's decision by an international tribunal over who controls the South China Sea. The Hague-based panel also unexpectedly rejected Taiwan's claim to a key outpost in the Spratly Islands, and new President Tsai Ing-wen has been much more forceful than Beijing in expressing her displeasure. Published July 14, 2016

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the government offices in Sydney, Sunday, July 10, 2016. Turnbull said that his conservative coalition government was re-elected for a second three-year term, after a chaotic national election that left the country in a state of political paralysis for more than a week while officials scrambled to sort out who had won the tight race. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Election meant to clarify leaves things just as muddled in Australia

Australia's conservative prime minister finally declared victory Sunday, a full week after the national election was held, but a slimmer majority for the ruling coalition has only fed the growing concern about the fate of the new government's agenda. Published July 11, 2016

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., is seen during a congressional panel at the 2016 Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Mackinac Island, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) ** FILE **

Hill critics pushing to block Boeing Iran deal

U.S. lawmakers expressed mounting concern Thursday over the proposed $17 billion-plus deal by Boeing to sell commercial jets to Iran -- by far the largest deal inked by an American company since the signing of the landmark deal to curb Iran's nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions a year ago. The House voted late Thursday to effectively scuttle the deal. Published July 7, 2016

** FILE ** This Jan. 10, 2012, file photo shows Hostess Twinkies in New York. Twinkies first came onto the scene in 1930 and contained real fruit until rationing during World War II led to the vanilla cream Twinkie. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

Back from the dead, Twinkie-maker Hostess plans public stock sale

Buyers can soon strike gold on the stock market with the makers of Twinkies planning to go public. Nearly four years after filing for bankruptcy protection and prompting fear that its snack line of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Sno Balls would become extinct, Hostess Brands LLC, the producer of the indestructible snack, is preparing to debut on the Nasdaq market in the third quarter of 2016. Published July 5, 2016

The kitchen at Ben's Chili Bowl churns out its take on the iconic capital food known as a half-smoke, often smothered in chili. (The Washington Times)

Half-smokes inspire wholehearted love in D.C.

It's not just a local culinary mainstay in a transient, cosmopolitan town, not just a humble, versatile delicacy whose appeal -- served plain or smothered in chili -- embraces all classes, races and political persuasions, not just the undisputed signature dish of Washington, D.C. Published July 3, 2016

An Afghan policeman watches over Kabul. (Associated Press/File)

U.S. plans big investment in Afghanistan: Envoy

The Obama administration is pledging $1 billion per year to support the Afghan National Security Forces from 2018 to 2020, the administration's point man for the region said Tuesday, despite a mixed record for U.S. and other Western aid in recent years. Published June 21, 2016

Libyan forces loyal to the unity government have been waging an offensive since last month to dislodge Islamic State militants from the coastal city of Sirte. Emadeddin Zahri Muntasser, an entrepreneur and founding board member of the Libyan American Public Affairs Council, said the U.S. must send medical aid or risk missing the "incredible opportunity" to defeat the terrorist group in the North African nation. (Associated Press)

Islamic State gains in Libya aimed to be turned back with U.S. help

The State Department's point man on Libya told lawmakers Wednesday the U.S. is playing a critical role in gathering support for the U.N.-backed unity government in Tripoli as it takes the fight to Islamic State forces operating in the country. Published June 15, 2016