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Scottish Whiskey, French Wine and Italian Cheeses Targeted For Tariffs
Foreign Affairs
Scottish Whiskey, French Wine and Italian Cheeses Targeted For Tariffs
2019-10-04 15:27:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Scottish whisky, French wine and Italian cheese all could feel the wallop of hefty tariffs now that the World Trade Organization decided it will allow the United States to place tariffs on $7.5 billion of European Union goods.... Read More

Top World Bank Official Tapped As New Chief at International Monetary Fund
Finance
Top World Bank Official Tapped As New Chief at International Monetary Fund
2019-09-27 20:51:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Kristalina Georgieva, a Bulgarian economist and top World Bank official, has been named the new head of the International Monetary Fund. She succeeds Christine Lagarde who is stepping down to take over as head of the European Central... Read More

Critics Demand Boris Johnson’s Resignation After Ruling Goes Against Him
Foreign Affairs
Critics Demand Boris Johnson’s Resignation After Ruling Goes Against Him

LONDON — Britain’s Supreme Court dealt Prime Minister Boris Johnson a staggering blow Tuesday, unanimously ruling that he acted unlawfully in suspending Parliament earlier this month during a crucial countdown to the country’s departure from the European Union. The ruling,... Read More

Controversy Deepens As Trump Suggests He Discussed Biden With Ukraine President
In The News
Controversy Deepens As Trump Suggests He Discussed Biden With Ukraine President

WASHINGTON — Fueling a political firestorm, President Trump appeared to acknowledge Sunday that he discussed political rival Joe Biden with the president of Ukraine during a July 25 phone call, at the same time renewing his attacks on a whistleblower... Read More

Bleak Prospects for Israel’s Netanyahu After Election Yields Inconclusive Result
Foreign Affairs
Bleak Prospects for Israel’s Netanyahu After Election Yields Inconclusive Result

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power appeared precarious Wednesday as nearly complete election results showed that his conservative Likud party and its allies fell short of a parliamentary majority. With the main Israeli stations reporting more... Read More

Esper Warns US Now Confronting New Era of 'Great Power Competition'
Geopolitics
Esper Warns US Now Confronting New Era of 'Great Power Competition'
2019-09-19 12:49:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper had a stark warning for attendees at a major U.S. Air Force conference Wednesday morning, telling them "great power competition has once again returned to the global stage" and as a result, "we must... Read More

Trump Names Robert C. O’Brien As New National Security Adviser
In The News
Trump Names Robert C. O’Brien As New National Security Adviser

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Robert O’Brien, the special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, will be his next national security adviser. O’Brien will be the fourth person to serve in the position under Trump.... Read More

Trump Says ‘No Rush’ to Respond to Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says ‘No Rush’ to Respond to Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that it appears Iran was behind air attacks on two major Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but he emphasized that he wants to avoid a new Middle East war even as he stressed that... Read More

Saudi Attacks Reveal Oil Supply Fragility in Asymmetric War
Geopolitics
Saudi Attacks Reveal Oil Supply Fragility in Asymmetric War

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The latest and most destructive attacks on Saudi oil facilities provide stark evidence of the vulnerability of global crude supply in an age of disruptive technologies that can bring a century-old industry to its knees... Read More

US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price
Syria
US Punishes Syria With Sanctions — But Allies Like Jordan Also Pay a Price

AMMAN, Jordan — Hamdi Tabaa, 83, a Jordanian business leader who once served as the nation’s trade minister, walked into a meeting called by U.S. Embassy officials in Amman. It was early March, and Tabaa and his colleagues at the... Read More

Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy
Foreign Affairs
Bolton’s Ousting As National Security Adviser May Open Door to Diplomacy
2019-09-13 19:43:11
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of National Security adviser John Bolton earlier this week could have big implications on the administration’s handling of its most challenging foreign policy issues. Bolton, described as a conservative hawk due to his... Read More

Trump Fires Bolton, But Ex-National Security Adviser Maintains He Offered to Leave
Foreign Affairs
Trump Fires Bolton, But Ex-National Security Adviser Maintains He Offered to Leave
2019-09-10 19:11:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fired John Bolton Tuesday, a little more than an hour before his hawkish national security adviser was set to participate in a White House briefing for reporters alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury... Read More

Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Planned Camp David Retreat With The Taliban Draws Flak From All Sides

WASHINGTON — Did the Taliban ever intend to come to Camp David this weekend, as President Trump claimed? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo insisted Sunday that the president had called off secretly planned talks at the presidential retreat in... Read More

Amid Trade Disputes and Reform Demands: WTO Stands at a Crossroads
Foreign Affairs
Amid Trade Disputes and Reform Demands: WTO Stands at a Crossroads
2019-09-06 21:51:07
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - International trade disputes have dominated the newscycle in 2019. Whether it’s the United States and China, the U.S. and the European Union or the EU and China, a functioning world economy needs a fair and regulated trade system. ... Read More

China Tariff Fight May Sound a Sour Note for Student Musicians
Trade
China Tariff Fight May Sound a Sour Note for Student Musicians

SEATTLE — For many young Seattle musicians, September means selecting their instrument for the new school year at Bischofberger Violins, where violins, violas and cellos for rent line the walls of rosin-scented rooms. But soon, parents of aspiring virtuosos may... Read More

Trump Administration Wades Again Into Brexit Quagmire
Foreign Affairs
Trump Administration Wades Again Into Brexit Quagmire

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — weathering a week in which Parliament rejected his hard-line Brexit strategy, a score of party loyalists turned against him and his brother quit the government to protest his policies — was all smiles Thursday... Read More

Defying Prime Minister, UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Block No-Deal Brexit
Foreign Affairs
Defying Prime Minister, UK Lawmakers Pass Bill to Block No-Deal Brexit

Britain’s messy, drawn-out exit from the European Union — Brexit — has already toppled two prime ministers. Now the tenure of a third leader, Boris Johnson, is hanging by a thread, and there’s new uncertainty over when and how the... Read More

An Afghan Balancing Act: Ending America’s Longest War vs. Guaranteeing Safety
Foreign Affairs
An Afghan Balancing Act: Ending America’s Longest War vs. Guaranteeing Safety
2019-08-30 19:11:22
by HJ Mai

The longest war in the history of the United States could soon come to an end after reports that the peace negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban have hit the final stretch.  But concerns about the Taliban’s ability to... Read More

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament to Further Brexit
Foreign Affairs
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Suspends Parliament to Further Brexit

LONDON — A scant nine weeks before Britain is due to exit the European Union, Boris Johnson has made his first big power play as prime minister — one that heightens the prospects of a chaotic departure, a bruising general... Read More

Ruling Against Carnival on Cuba Cruises Leads to Rash of Lawsuits
Litigation
Ruling Against Carnival on Cuba Cruises Leads to Rash of Lawsuits

A lawsuit seeking to punish Carnival Corporation for doing business in Cuba using assets that were expropriated by the Fidel Castro government will move forward, a federal judge in Miami has ruled. Javier Garcia-Bengochea, the descendant of a Cuban business... Read More

Australia Could Play Bigger Role In Supplying U.S. Military With Rare Earth Minerals
Dep. of Defense
Australia Could Play Bigger Role In Supplying U.S. Military With Rare Earth Minerals
2019-08-27 19:38:21
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With trade tensions between U.S. and China still on a high boil, Australia stands poised to become the Defense Department's primary supplier of Rare Earth metals, a department official said Monday. Rare Earth metals are a collection of... Read More

Trump Says He Wouldn’t Profit From a G-7 Summit at Doral
Donald Trump
Trump Says He Wouldn’t Profit From a G-7 Summit at Doral

President Donald Trump said Monday that next year’s Group of 7 summit — an annual gathering of world leaders representing powerful democracies — could take place at his own golf resort in Florida. If the summit were to take place... Read More

Trump Says He’s Willing to Negotiate With Iran, Doesn’t Want Leadership Change
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says He’s Willing to Negotiate With Iran, Doesn’t Want Leadership Change

BIARRITZ, France — President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly denounced his predecessor’s diplomacy with Iran, said Monday that he’s open to negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear program, signaling a possible new approach toward a government that he’s sanctioned for... Read More

How Macron Pulled A Fast One On Trump With a Gamble Over Iran
Foreign Affairs
How Macron Pulled A Fast One On Trump With a Gamble Over Iran

BIARRITZ, France — In a break in summit talks on Sunday afternoon, cameras caught British Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulating his French host on his handling of a tense dinner the night before. “Well played,” Johnson told Emmanuel Macron, breaking,... Read More

China Hits US With New Tariffs on $75 Billion Worth of Products
Economy
China Hits US With New Tariffs on $75 Billion Worth of Products
2019-08-23 17:16:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest planned increase, deepening the trade conflict between the two nations at a time when the president insists "China wants... Read More

Feeling Bipartisan Heat, Trump Backs Off Foreign Aid Cuts
Political News
Feeling Bipartisan Heat, Trump Backs Off Foreign Aid Cuts

WASHINGTON — Succumbing to bipartisan pressure, the White House abandoned plans Thursday to cut billions of dollars from the State Department budget for foreign aid, several officials said. A proposal to freeze as much as $4 billion in aid approved... Read More

Discord Dominates As Trump And Other Leaders Plan G-7 Summit
Foreign Affairs
Discord Dominates As Trump And Other Leaders Plan G-7 Summit

BIARRITZ, France — French President Emmanuel Macron, the host of this weekend’s Group of Seven summit, has publicly expressed hope that the G-7 leaders will reaffirm a shared commitment to democratic ideals and multilateral cooperation in an era of political... Read More

As Big Cuts In Foreign Aid Loom, State Department Again Endures Resignations And Turmoil
Political News
As Big Cuts In Foreign Aid Loom, State Department Again Endures Resignations And Turmoil

WASHINGTON — Saying he could no longer be “complicit” in the Trump administration, Chuck Park, an eight-year State Department veteran most recently posted to a U.S. consulate in Mexico, last week became the latest American diplomat to publicly and pointedly... Read More

Trump Cancels Denmark Visit After Learning Greenland Is Not For Sale
Foreign Affairs
Trump Cancels Denmark Visit After Learning Greenland Is Not For Sale
2019-08-21 14:09:56
by TWN Staff

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will not visit Denmark next month, after the Danish prime minister rebuffed his proposal to buy Greenland. Trump announced his decision by tweet after the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen dismissed the notion of... Read More

Trump Calls Greenland ‘Interesting’ As Denmark Rules Out A Sale
Foreign Affairs
Trump Calls Greenland ‘Interesting’ As Denmark Rules Out A Sale

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said buying Greenland would be “a large real estate deal” that could ease a financial burden on Denmark, which administers the island, but hours earlier its Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen ruled out any sale to... Read More

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