"This year, a lot of our focus was on China moving beyond catching up and moving to surpass [the United States] in the economic field, [as well as in] technology, diplomacy and military," U.S.-China Commission Vice Chair Carolyn Bartholomew said.
"We can stand against such a difficult environment only by collective efforts," Belarusian presidentially appointed lawmaker Anatoly Isachenko told fellow members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
"For our region to live in peace and security, it's imperative to achieve independence, freedom, justice, and dignity for all," the Palestine Liberation Organization's Negotiations Affairs Department told Newsweek in a statement.
"The American people are probably surprised to see that Giuliani is defending a lying tyrant and terrorist in exchange for big money, but this is not new to Iranians," the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"The world economy is like the Pacific Ocean around us—it admits water from various rivers, and connects different parts of the world," China's Xi Jinping said. "As such, it has acquired a vast magnitude and enormous vitality."
Former Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Byrne claims he lost his job because he didn't back an attempt by his boss, Robert Wilkie, to discredit a Navy veteran whose sexual assault allegations he felt were a political plot against him.
In a statement sent to Newsweek, the Syrian mission to the United Nations accused President Donald Trump's administration of having "disdain and contempt of international law and the UN Charter."
"Naturally, we will have to take the necessary response measures, which we have talked about many times, proceeding from the tasks of ensuring national security and maintaining strategic stability," the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said.
"The United States is always seeking Iraq's oil wells, as well as the disintegration of Iraq and the division of its nation and officials," Revolutionary Guard aerospace commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said.
A German official told Newsweek that the decision to pull 12,000 troops and relocate a military headquarters would be extremely costly "so, a reversal of the decision would first and foremost be seen as something that simply makes sense."
A spokesperson for the Taliban's political office in Qatar told Newsweek the move would be "a practical step towards ending Afghanistan's nearly 20-year war and toward the country's independence."
"It is absolutely the right thing to do and is grounded on clear fundamental military realities, and is going to help the country," Daniel L. Davis, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and military expert, told Newsweek
"They're going to turn over some rocks, and they're going to find some genuine criminal misconduct," one former senior Trump administration official told Newsweek.
"If there is a balanced policy from Washington towards the continent, I think Washington would find Pakistan a willing partner," Pakistani permanent representative to the United Nations Munir Akram told Newsweek.
"What is happening right now isn't an 'over there' problem—it's a 'right here' problem," Freedom House President Mike Abramowitz told Newsweek. "This is an American president and an American election, and that's what's so dangerous about it."
Residents of Tehran shared with Newsweek their hopes, fears and stories of fireworks in response to former Vice President Joe Biden's projected victory, a development they hope will end an era of crushing "maximum pressure" against Iran.
Russia and Iran support Syria's efforts to bring back refugees, but President Bashar al-Assad said sanctions and insurgents are making it difficult, especially as the country's economy suffers a deep crisis compounded by COVID-19.
Iran expects the United States not only to return to its international obligations under the nuclear deal, but to pay for its violations, and time may be running out for what's left the agreement.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan called the move "unbelievably painful for me and our people" but said, "we will never recognize ourselves as the losers."
The Russian Ministry of Defense confirmed Monday that one of its Mil Mi-24 gunships were downed by over-the-shoulder missile fire while accompanying a 102nd military base convoy near an Armenian village along the border with Azerbaijan.
"The Secret Service would escort him off, they would treat him like any old man who'd wandered on the property," one former official involved in the transition process between former President Barack Obama and Trump told Newsweek.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif set out for Venezuela, Cuba and Bolivia, but the U.S. Western Hemisphere assistant secretary dismissed the trip, saying "their dealings together underscore their lack of legitimacy."
Esper is second only to commander-in-chief President Donald Trump himself when it comes to authority over the U.S. armed forces, even while election votes are counted.
As scrutiny surrounded a seemingly intractable U.S. election, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson criticized "the archaic nature of the relevant legislation and the lack of regulation in it on a number of fundamental points."
With no definite end in sight to the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the world watches on, captivated yet with many hesitant to comment on the uncertain situation.
"Our enemies are facing a decline in power, and with each passing day, the slope of this decline is accelerating," Revolutionary Guard commander Major General Hossein Salami set beside a new missile launch system.
"Those who play with fire will get burned," People's Liberation Army Senior Colonel Wu Qian warned.
"It's just one metric but it sure looks like its drop correlated with a rise in Trump's odds of winning the election," Hudson Institute senior fellow Rebeccah Heinrichs told Newsweek.
One North Korean male was reportedly captured, but the high alert remained until the situation was investigated.
"What would be in the interest of both countries and their people is that U.S. government officials change their policy from one of aggression to a return to diplomacy," Venezuelan Vice Minister Carlos Ron Martínez told Newsweek.