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Trump Halts Entry Into US From Brazil, White House Says
Foreign Affairs
Trump Halts Entry Into US From Brazil, White House Says

The U.S. will restrict the entry of non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil, where coronavirus cases are spiking, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. The order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, and the entry of all foreigners who’ve... Read More

Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Geopolitics
Trump to Withdraw From ‘Open Skies’ Arms Control Treaty With Russia
2020-05-22 12:47:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Thursday that he 's decided to withdraw from yet another arms control accord, the third he's walked away from in the past two years. The Open Skies Treaty, negotiated three decades ago, allows nations... Read More

Pompeo Faces Scrutiny as House Chair Reveals Ousted Watchdog Probed Arms Sales
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Faces Scrutiny as House Chair Reveals Ousted Watchdog Probed Arms Sales

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel on Monday raised the possibility that the State Department’s inspector general was fired because he was investigating President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration last year that expedited an arms sale to... Read More

Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Says Sudan Liable for $4.3 Billion in Damages for 1998 Embassy Bombings
2020-05-18 17:07:48
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Sudan is liable for $4.3 billion in punitive damages for the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that left 224 people dead and injured thousands. Despite the court's unanimous ruling, however,... Read More

France to Unveil End-of-Lockdown Plan Within 2 Weeks
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France to Unveil End-of-Lockdown Plan Within 2 Weeks

France will unveil within two weeks a plan to progressively lift restrictions on travel and business that aimed to curb the coronavirus epidemic, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Sunday. After May 11, when the lockdown starts to get lifted,... Read More

German Ambassador Details Her Country’s Response to Coronavirus
Health
German Ambassador Details Her Country’s Response to Coronavirus
2020-04-13 19:29:36
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - H.E. Emily Haber, Ambassador of Germany to the U.S. claimed the German response to confronting the coronavirus epidemic on the health front was not that different from other European Union countries, but that Germany was able to better... Read More

Trump Brags About China Travel Ban; Health Experts Say It’s Had Little Effect
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Trump Brags About China Travel Ban; Health Experts Say It’s Had Little Effect

WASHINGTON — Confronted with criticism about the lagging federal response to the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump often boasts about his Jan. 31 decision to restrict travel from China, where the outbreak began, claiming he saved thousands of American lives.... Read More

China to Expel US Newspaper Journalists
Foreign Affairs
China to Expel US Newspaper Journalists

WASHINGTON — Political skirmishing between Washington and Beijing escalated Tuesday when China announced it was expelling U.S. journalists working for three American news outlets in response to Trump administration restrictions on Chinese media here. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R.... Read More

Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe to US Over ‘Horrible’ Coronavirus Pandemic
Health
Trump Suspends All Travel From Europe to US Over ‘Horrible’ Coronavirus Pandemic

President Donald Trump took the extraordinary step Wednesday of announcing a suspension of all travel from Europe to the U.S. in an effort to contain the coronavirus, calling the fast-spreading respiratory illness a “horrible” pandemic that requires an “aggressive” response.... Read More

Trump Urged to Increase Pressure on North Korea to Denuclearize
Geopolitics
Trump Urged to Increase Pressure on North Korea to Denuclearize
2020-02-27 15:18:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Foreign policy experts told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that North Korea has returned to its hardline militarization and human rights abuses despite earlier pledges to President Donald Trump of more moderate politics. The Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee held... Read More

US Considering New Wave of China Tech Restrictions
Geopolitics
US Considering New Wave of China Tech Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering new restrictions on exports of cutting-edge technology to China in a push aimed at limiting Chinese progress in developing its own passenger jets and clamping down further on tech giant Huawei’s access to... Read More

Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
Law
Turkish Security Guards Face Prosecution After Protester Beatings in DC
2020-02-13 16:19:11
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Security guards for Turkey’s president must face civil prosecution in Washington, D.C. after they beat protesters on Embassy Row three years ago, a federal judge ruled last week. Attorneys for the government of Turkey argued the security personnel... Read More

A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
Geopolitics
A Weakened State Department Could Mean Diminishing US Influence
2020-02-13 16:15:13
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment trial which resulted, according to the White House press secretary, in his acquittal and his “full vindication and exoneration.”  But... Read More

Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran
Foreign Affairs
Senate Moves Toward Vote Restraining Trump on Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward approval in the Senate. The resolution, authored by Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, asserts that Trump must win approval... Read More

Women Hong Kong Protesters Upend Gender Roles in Democracy Fight
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Women Hong Kong Protesters Upend Gender Roles in Democracy Fight

HONG KONG — During Hong Kong’s Occupy protests in 2014, Aria listened to Lady Gaga, put on makeup and wore cute outfits, embracing the ubiquitous “Goddess of Democracy” moniker at a time when online polls asked whether the city’s few... Read More

White House Says China Guilty of 'Massive' Intellectual Property Theft, FBI Vows Crackdown
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White House Says China Guilty of 'Massive' Intellectual Property Theft, FBI Vows Crackdown
2020-02-07 16:51:18
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told a gathering of world ambassadors this week that China has engaged in a "massive theft" of Intellectual property from the U.S., complicating diplomatic relations and making events like the recent trade dispute... Read More

European Parliament Approves UK‘s Departure From the EU
Brexit
European Parliament Approves UK‘s Departure From the EU
2020-01-29 19:11:10
by Dan McCue

The European Parliament approved the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Wednesday, paving the way for the U.K. to leave the EU on Friday. The vote in the European Parliament was 621-49. After the vote, emotional members of parliament sang "Auld Lang Syne."... Read More

White House Unveils Long-Awaited Middle East Peace Plan
Geopolitics
White House Unveils Long-Awaited Middle East Peace Plan
2020-01-28 21:02:35
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, earning applause from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu despite staunch opposition from Palestinians who say it falls short of what they had hoped. The White House... Read More

Trump Says Mideast Peace Plan to Be Unveiled Before Tuesday
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says Mideast Peace Plan to Be Unveiled Before Tuesday

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he plans to release the Middle East peace plan that he’s been promising since his 2016 campaign, pledging to reveal it before Israeli leaders visit the White House on Tuesday. “Sometime prior to that,”... Read More

Multiple Rockets Fall Near US Embassy in Baghdad
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Multiple Rockets Fall Near US Embassy in Baghdad

Three rockets fell inside Baghdad’s Green Zone on Tuesday morning, with a couple of them hitting near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, according to multiple reports. Based on video taken by a BBC reporter at the embassy complex, rocket attack... Read More

Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
Trade
Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
2020-01-17 17:02:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade deal, the same day the chamber turned its attention to the president's impeachment trial. Once it's signed by Trump, USMCA... Read More

Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia
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Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to... Read More

Debt in Developing Economies Growing at Fastest Pace in 50 Years
Foreign Affairs
Debt in Developing Economies Growing at Fastest Pace in 50 Years
2020-01-08 21:27:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Debt in emerging and developing countries climbed to a record $55 trillion in 2018, the result of an eight-year surge that has been the largest and fastest in nearly 50 years, a study by the World Bank says.... Read More

State Department Says Giuliani Was Freelancing in Venezuela
Foreign Affairs
State Department Says Giuliani Was Freelancing in Venezuela

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s personal lawyer went rogue when he attempted back-channel diplomacy with embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, according to Elliott Abrams, the senior State Department official in charge of Venezuela policy. In an interview with McClatchy and the... Read More

Analysis: Will Iran Resume and Accelerate Its Race for Nuclear Weapons?
Geopolitics
Analysis: Will Iran Resume and Accelerate Its Race for Nuclear Weapons?

WASHINGTON — Iran’s announcement Sunday that it will no longer abide by the most important limits in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal could place Tehran back on the headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, one of the widening consequences of the... Read More

Iran-Backed Iraq Militia Withdraws After Attack on US Embassy
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Iran-Backed Iraq Militia Withdraws After Attack on US Embassy

An Iran-backed Iraqi militia broke up its encampment outside the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, a move that could ease tensions between Tehran and Washington that escalated after fighters attacked the compound. The Popular Mobilization Units had called on the fighters... Read More

Raising a Glass of Champagne Will Get More Expensive Under Trump’s Tariff Plan
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Raising a Glass of Champagne Will Get More Expensive Under Trump’s Tariff Plan

WASHINGTON — That glass of Champagne being raised to welcome in the New Year is about to get a lot more expensive. Absent a major breakthrough in trade negotiations with France, the Trump administration is preparing to raise tariffs on... Read More

Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
Geopolitics
Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”
2019-12-13 14:47:29
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and members of Congress urged that tougher policies be adopted to oppose human rights abuses in China and Hong Kong during a congressional hearing earlier this week. They accused China of mass incarceration of political... Read More

State Dept. Officials Warn Senate About Russian Threats to US
Geopolitics
State Dept. Officials Warn Senate About Russian Threats to US
2019-12-05 20:10:23
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Top U.S. State Department officials warned Tuesday about aggression from Russia as Congress considers legislation to counter the country’s military and political threats. The officials spoke during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as it reviewed... Read More

Phone Records Connect Giuliani to Nunes During Ukraine Efforts
Political News
Phone Records Connect Giuliani to Nunes During Ukraine Efforts

WASHINGTON — Call records released Tuesday in the House impeachment probe show President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani had extensive contacts with the White House as well as interactions with Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee. Giuliani... Read More

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