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A man in a patriotic shirt during the ‘Salute to America’ event on the Fourth of July on the National Mall in Washington, July 4, 2019. [Damon Winter/The New York Times]
THE NEW YORK TIMES

In the last six months I’ve heard one phrase more often than I had in my previous 66 years: “Can you believe this is happening in America?” As in: “I spent the whole day hunting online for a drugstore to get a Covid vaccination. Can you believe this is happening in America?” “Fellow Americans ransacked […]


US President Joe Biden announces changes to the main US coronavirus disease aid program for small businesses during brief remarks in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, US, February 22, 2021. [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]
DIPLOMACY

For Europe, Joe Biden’s presidency brings high hopes for reinvigorating the transatlantic partnership. For the United States, succeeding in this task is a prerequisite for achieving an ambitious broader agenda.

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UNITED STATES

Endy Zemenides, executive director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC), expressed concern over reports that the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) is reconsidering its commitment to Southeast Europe, including closing down its office for the Aegean & Western Balkans in Belgrade, Serbia. 


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DEFENSE

Turkey has hired a Washington-based law firm to lobby for its readmission to the US F-35 fighter jet program after it was suspended over its purchase of Russian air defenses, a contract filed with the US Department of Justice showed.

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TURKEY

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is gradually realizing that he no longer has a friend in the White House.


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POLITICS

Blue Lives Matter is officially dead. People may continue to chant and post the slogan, but it is dead. Senate Republicans killed it last week when they voted to acquit Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection that left one officer dead and 138 injured. (Two officers who responded to the insurrection later died by suicide.)



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DEFENSE

Turkey will not turn back from its acquisition of Russian S-400 defense systems, over which the United States sanctioned Ankara, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday, adding that Ankara would seek to resolve issues with its NATO ally through dialogue.