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Ahead of Pence Balkans Trip, Senior US Diplomat Vows Sustained Regional Commitment

As Vice President Mike Pence prepares to visit Montenegro for talks with Western Balkan leaders, a senior State Department official says U.S. engagement in the region remains strong. The comments by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia, Hoyt Brian Yee, come amid concerns that deep cuts in the proposed State Department budget could diminish Washington’s role in fragile democracies exposed to Russian interference. On issues where U.S. and Russian interests align in the region, such as counterterrorism, Yee said the United States will try to work closely…

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HMD Global CEO leaves abruptly ahead of Nokia 8 launch

This is an odd one. HMD Global (better known as just “HMD”), the company now making Nokia-branded phones, has parted ways with CEO Arto Nummela despite the company being in the middle of a re-launch of the Nokia brand. HMD calls this a “mutual agreement,” which sounds rather ominous and adds to the confusion over why Nummela would leave as the company seems as though it’s on an upswing. HMD’s new Nokia 3, 5, and 6, as well as the nostalgia-laden Nokia 3310, have been on the radar of many…

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Trump adds nuance to pro-Israel approach ahead of Netanyahu visit

Top Stories WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – During his election campaign, Donald Trump signaled his presidency would be a boon for Israel and tough on Palestinians. The U.S. Embassy would move to Jerusalem, he would name an ambassador who backs Israeli settlements on land Palestinians seek for a state and there would be no pressure for peace talks. Trump adds nuance to pro-Israel approach ahead of Netanyahu visit

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