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Broken Bromance: Trump and Macron Clash in Lengthy Bickerfest at NATO Summit
Foreign Affairs
Broken Bromance: Trump and Macron Clash in Lengthy Bickerfest at NATO Summit

One of the world’s most unlikely world leader bromances appears to be over. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron clashed Tuesday in a remarkable question-and-answer session with reporters that was broadcast around the globe. From U.S.-French trade to... Read More

US Mulls Duties on $2.4 Billion in French Goods Over Tech Tax
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US Mulls Duties on $2.4 Billion in French Goods Over Tech Tax

WASHINGTON — The U.S. proposed tariffs on roughly $2.4 billion in French products, in response to a tax on digital revenues that hits large American tech companies including Google, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. “France’s digital services tax... Read More

Trump Heads to NATO Summit as Impeachment Looms
NATO
Trump Heads to NATO Summit as Impeachment Looms

WASHINGTON — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Western allies since he was elected three years ago on a platform that bashed existing treaties, trade deals and alliances. He leaves Monday for a two-day summit... Read More

As Beijing Seethes, Protesters Celebrate Trump’s Signing of Hong Kong Act
In The News
As Beijing Seethes, Protesters Celebrate Trump’s Signing of Hong Kong Act

HONG KONG — Dozens of American flags fluttered in the wind on Thanksgiving night in Hong Kong as thousands gathered at a rally in appreciation of the U.S. passage of two bills supporting human rights in Hong Kong that were... Read More

Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
In The News
Nation’s Mayors Urge Administration to Rescind Executive Order Reducing Refugee Admissions
2019-11-26 22:32:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Eighty-eight mayors representing cities across the country are urging the Trump administration to rescind an executive order that revamped the nation's system for resettling refugees and could entirely curtail the resettlement of refugees in their communities. In a... Read More

$35 Million in Pentagon Aid Hasn’t Reached Ukraine, Despite White House Assurances
Foreign Affairs
$35 Million in Pentagon Aid Hasn’t Reached Ukraine, Despite White House Assurances

WASHINGTON — More than $35 million of the roughly $400 million in aid to Ukraine that President Donald Trump delayed, sparking the impeachment inquiry, has not been released to the country, according to a Pentagon spending document obtained by the... Read More

Trump Changes Decades-old US Position on Illegality of Israeli Settlements
Foreign Affairs
Trump Changes Decades-old US Position on Illegality of Israeli Settlements

WASHINGTON — Reversing decades of carefully worded U.S. policy, the Trump administration on Monday said that, in its view, Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank do not violate international law. The move could clear the way for Israel’s annexation... Read More

House Votes to Renew Export-Import Bank Charter Over GOP Opposition
Trade
House Votes to Renew Export-Import Bank Charter Over GOP Opposition
2019-11-18 18:57:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House voted on Friday to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. agency that provides loans and other help to foreign buyers of U.S. exports, despite opposition from Republican lawmakers. Despite the bank having historically... Read More

Ousted Ambassador Tells Impeachment Panel She Felt Threatened When Trump Denounced Her
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Ousted Ambassador Tells Impeachment Panel She Felt Threatened When Trump Denounced Her
2019-11-15 22:31:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, told a House impeachment panel Friday that abruptly being ousted from her post was a heartbreaking experience that was compounded weeks later when she learned President Donald Trump had bad-mouthed... Read More

Erdogan’s White House Visit Renews Tensions Over Turkey’s Aggression
Foreign Affairs
Erdogan’s White House Visit Renews Tensions Over Turkey’s Aggression

WASHINGTON — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the White House drew sharp bipartisan criticism from Congress and rallied protesters across the capital on Wednesday who decried Turkey’s recent military foray into northeastern Syria. Erdogan arrived at the White... Read More

The Hong Kong Police Gunshot That Unleashed a Day of Mayhem
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The Hong Kong Police Gunshot That Unleashed a Day of Mayhem

HONG KONG — Even before most of Hong Kong got to work Monday, protesters already had a fresh grievance against the police. A traffic cop seeking to break up a rush-hour roadblock grabbed a masked protester in a headlock and... Read More

Bolivia’s Evo Morales Resigns Amid Fraud Allegations, Growing Protests
In The News
Bolivia’s Evo Morales Resigns Amid Fraud Allegations, Growing Protests

Evo Morales — the man who rose from being a community organizer and coca farmer to one of Bolivia’s most enduring and powerful presidents — resigned Sunday amid a growing backlash sparked by a troubled Oct. 20 presidential election. In... Read More

House Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide
Geopolitics
House Overwhelmingly Approves Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly reaffirmed that the U.S. government should recognize the century-old killings of 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide. The resolution, which is not legally binding, marked the first time in 35 years that either... Read More

Death of al-Baghdadi Ends a Decade-Long Manhunt
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Death of al-Baghdadi Ends a Decade-Long Manhunt

WASHINGTON — The U.S. special forces operation in Syria that led to the reported death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group, brought to a close a manhunt that lasted nearly a decade and dealt... Read More

US Officials Try to Contain the Damage And Assure Allies After Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
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US Officials Try to Contain the Damage And Assure Allies After Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump claims victory in the Turkish-Russian takeover of northern Syria, members of his government are traveling the globe in an attempt to control the damage and reassure spooked allies about U.S. intentions. Defense Secretary Mark... Read More

Trump Pushes Back At Doral G-7 Controversy: 'It Would Have Been Best Ever'
Foreign Affairs
Trump Pushes Back At Doral G-7 Controversy: 'It Would Have Been Best Ever'
2019-10-22 15:14:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday pushed back at the widespread criticism of his now abandoned plan to host the upcoming G-7 summit at his Doral resort in South Florida. "You people, with this phony Emoluments Clause," the president... Read More

Johnson to Renew Push to Get Brexit Deal Through Parliament
Brexit
Johnson to Renew Push to Get Brexit Deal Through Parliament

LONDON — Boris Johnson will make a fresh attempt to deliver on his pledge to take Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31 as optimism grows that he now has enough support to get his deal through Parliament.... Read More

Trump ‘Surprised’ at Pushback to Hosting G-7 at His Doral Resort, Chief of Staff Says
Geopolitics
Trump ‘Surprised’ at Pushback to Hosting G-7 at His Doral Resort, Chief of Staff Says

MIAMI — President Donald Trump changed his mind about hosting a summit of world leaders at his own resort in Doral after being “surprised at the level of push-back” to last week’s announcement, his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney,... Read More

Kurds in Growing Refugee Camp Plead for Help, End to Losses, Suffering
Foreign Affairs
Kurds in Growing Refugee Camp Plead for Help, End to Losses, Suffering

DAHUK, Iraq — As Turkish artillery battered her neighborhood, Haifa Ahmad gathered up her kids and fled last week from Qamishli, a mostly Kurdish city on Syria’s northern border with Turkey. Now, she, her four children — along with her... Read More

Trump to Host G-7 Summit at His Doral Resort, White House Says
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Trump to Host G-7 Summit at His Doral Resort, White House Says

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump intends to host next year’s Group of Seven conference at his Doral International Resort in Miami in June, the White House confirmed Thursday, a controversial decision certain to raise conflict-of-interest questions given the financial benefit... Read More

IMF Downgrades Outlook for World Economy, Citing Ongoing Trade Wars
Economy
IMF Downgrades Outlook for World Economy, Citing Ongoing Trade Wars
2019-10-15 19:52:40
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth in the developed world this year, stymied by trade conflicts, will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis. During a press... Read More

‘It’s Not About the Money’: What Beijing Doesn’t Get About Hong Kong Protesters
Foreign Affairs
‘It’s Not About the Money’: What Beijing Doesn’t Get About Hong Kong Protesters

BEIJING — Chinese state media released a video this month that was directed at Hong Kong youth and titled: “Shenzhen’s success could be yours too.” It features old and new shots of the mainland city located just across the border... Read More

Under Fire for Syria Withdrawal, Trump Imposes Sanctions, Higher Tariffs on Turkey
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Under Fire for Syria Withdrawal, Trump Imposes Sanctions, Higher Tariffs on Turkey

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, facing blowback over his abrupt troop withdrawal from Syria and amid reports that Islamic State detainees have escaped in the ensuing chaos, imposed sanctions Monday on three Turkish officials and two government agencies, and called... Read More

Trump Orders Troops Out of Northern Syria; Many Escape Islamic State Camps
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Trump Orders Troops Out of Northern Syria; Many Escape Islamic State Camps

AMMAN, Jordan — As President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of the 1,000 remaining U.S. troops from northern Syria, hundreds of Islamic State family members Sunday escaped from a detention camp managed by Syrian Kurdish forces amid a Turkish barrage.... Read More

Mnuchin Warns Turkey 'Powerful Sanctions' Are In Offing for Military Incursion
Foreign Affairs
Mnuchin Warns Turkey 'Powerful Sanctions' Are In Offing for Military Incursion
2019-10-11 21:53:58
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Friday that President Trump has authorized his department to impose "very significant new sanctions" against Turkey for its military incursion into northern Syria. "I want to emphasize, at this point, we... Read More

US Weighing Currency Pact With China as Part of Partial Deal
Trade
US Weighing Currency Pact With China as Part of Partial Deal

WASHINGTON — The White House is looking at rolling out a previously agreed currency pact with China as part of an early harvest deal that could also see a tariff increase next week suspended, according to people familiar with the... Read More

Turkish Airstrikes Target Kurdish Fighters in Syria After US Troop Pullout
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Turkish Airstrikes Target Kurdish Fighters in Syria After US Troop Pullout

AMMAN, Jordan — In a move to excise a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia, Turkey launched an incursion into northern Syria on Wednesday that frustrated lawmakers in Washington who had hoped to prevent an abandonment of an important ally against Islamic State... Read More

Trump’s Plan to Pull Troops Back in Syria Threatens Chaos in The Region
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Trump’s Plan to Pull Troops Back in Syria Threatens Chaos in The Region

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to pull remaining U.S. troops back from northeastern Syria threatens to revive the Islamic State terrorist group and destabilize the volatile region, senior U.S. officials said Monday, while senior Republicans in Congress angrily rebuked... Read More

Brexit Deal Prospects Fade as Talks Stall, EU Signals Pessimism
Brexit
Brexit Deal Prospects Fade as Talks Stall, EU Signals Pessimism

LONDON — Prospects of a Brexit deal faded after talks between the two sides stalled and European leaders cast doubt on reaching an agreement in time for Halloween. Boris Johnson struck a defiant tone on Sunday, saying the U.K. will... Read More

Italy’s Spy Chief Met Twice With Barr to Aid Inquiry: Repubblica
Foreign Affairs
Italy’s Spy Chief Met Twice With Barr to Aid Inquiry: Repubblica

ROME — Italy’s spy chief Gennaro Vecchione met twice in August with U.S. Attorney General William Barr and prosecutor John Durham to help an investigation into the scandal involving President Donald Trump’s possible ties to Russia, one of Italy’s leading... Read More

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