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Engel Blasts Administration Freeze of Foreign Aid Funding
In The News
Engel Blasts Administration Freeze of Foreign Aid Funding
2019-08-08 13:09:18
by Dan McCue

The Trump administration's decision to put a temporary hold on the majority of congressionally approved foreign aid funds, drew a sharp rebuke from the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Wednesday. “This Administration's contempt for Congress is astounding,”... Read More

Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
Diplomacy
Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
2019-08-06 20:13:03
by Dan McCue

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, turned in his letter of resignation Monday, telling President Donald Trump that after two years in Moscow, its “time to reconnect with our growing family and responsibilities at home.” “American citizenship is a privilege... Read More

US Labels China a ‘Currency Manipulator’ As Stocks Fall And Trade War Worsens
Trade
US Labels China a ‘Currency Manipulator’ As Stocks Fall And Trade War Worsens

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-China trade war took a dangerous turn for the worse Monday as Beijing allowed its currency to weaken and said it was halting new American farm purchases, sending U.S. stocks in a tailspin and heightening risks of... Read More

Washington Hits Venezuela With Full Economic Embargo
Foreign Affairs
Washington Hits Venezuela With Full Economic Embargo

President Donald Trump late Monday signed an executive order imposing a harsh, Cuba-style economic embargo on Venezuela as part of Washington’s broad push to force leader Nicolas Maduro out of power. In a letter to Congress, Trump said the measure... Read More

Hong Kong Protesters Look to Shut Down City With Strike
Geopolitics
Hong Kong Protesters Look to Shut Down City With Strike

HONG KONG — Hong Kong protesters looked to shut down the city with a general strike on Monday after a ninth straight weekend of unrest triggered by Beijing’s tightening grip over the financial hub. Demonstrators plan to take leave or... Read More

Pompeo Seeks to Win Back US Influence in Southeast Asia Amid China’s Rise
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Seeks to Win Back US Influence in Southeast Asia Amid China’s Rise

BANGKOK — Against a backdrop of China’s rising economic and military power, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo arrived in the Thai capital of Bangkok this week with a difficult mission: Try to win back lost ground in Southeast Asia,... Read More

US to Impose New Tariffs on $300 Billion of Chinese Goods Starting September 1
Trade
US to Impose New Tariffs on $300 Billion of Chinese Goods Starting September 1
2019-08-02 18:26:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Thursday the U.S. is placing an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, effective September 1. “Trade talks are continuing, and during the talks the U.S. will start, on September 1st,... Read More

Pompeo Says Despite Speculation, Run for Senate 'Off The Table'
Political News
Pompeo Says Despite Speculation, Run for Senate 'Off The Table'
2019-07-30 15:01:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed widespread speculation that he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate, telling an audience of business men and women Monday that such a bid "is off the table, as a practical matter."... Read More

Pompeo Offers Sweeping View of US Foreign Policy at Economic Club Forum
Foreign Affairs
Pompeo Offers Sweeping View of US Foreign Policy at Economic Club Forum
2019-07-30 14:53:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump has ordered him to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by the 2020 election and begin the closing chapter of the nearly two-decade-old conflict. "That's... Read More

Hong Kong Police Struggle to Contain Unpredictable Protesters
Foreign Affairs
Hong Kong Police Struggle to Contain Unpredictable Protesters

HONG KONG — From an airport sit-in to violent clashes in a suburban area to aimless marches through busy shopping districts, Hong Kong’s weekend of unrest illustrated the challenge of quelling a protest movement that’s leaderless, unpredictable and widespread. Police... Read More

Brexit Booster Boris Johnson Wins Race to be UK Prime Minister
Foreign Affairs
Brexit Booster Boris Johnson Wins Race to be UK Prime Minister

LONDON — Boris Johnson helped sow the Brexit wind. Now, victorious in the race for British prime minister, he’ll reap the whirlwind. An eccentric and unpredictable politician with a winning populist touch, Johnson overwhelmingly won a party leadership contest on... Read More

Hong Kong Tempts China’s Ire As Protests Take More Violent Turn
In The News
Hong Kong Tempts China’s Ire As Protests Take More Violent Turn

HONG KONG — From stick-wielding mobs who attacked activists to one pro-independence group accused of stockpiling explosives, the latest unrest in Hong Kong has prompted new fears that protesters and the China-backed government are heading toward a violent confrontation. In... Read More

Turkey Moves Away From U.S. Under President Erdogan, No Signs of Turning Back
Foreign Affairs
Turkey Moves Away From U.S. Under President Erdogan, No Signs of Turning Back
2019-07-19 21:10:16
by HJ Mai

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile air defense system has put its relationship with the United States and the NATO alliance in jeopardy.  The White House responded to last week’s news of Ankara accepting the first delivery of the... Read More

Leak of Diplomatic Cables Won’t Have Lasting Effect on US-UK Relationship
Foreign Affairs
Leak of Diplomatic Cables Won’t Have Lasting Effect on US-UK Relationship
2019-07-12 19:16:48
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The diplomatic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom has been rattled by the recent leak of diplomatic cables that described the Trump administration as in a state of disarray.  The leak led to the resignation... Read More

The Provocations of Trump’s Ambassador to Israel Are Upturning Decades of US Diplomacy
Foreign Affairs
The Provocations of Trump’s Ambassador to Israel Are Upturning Decades of US Diplomacy

JERUSALEM — Beaming and triumphant, David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, presided last week over a Fourth of July gala — the first to be held with the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. He pulled out all the stops. It... Read More

Trump’s Strong Reaction to Leak of British Memos Puts a Chill on Diplomacy
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Strong Reaction to Leak of British Memos Puts a Chill on Diplomacy

WASHINGTON — When a cache of sensitive, embarrassing U.S. diplomatic cables was leaked nine years ago, a chill ran down the spine of many ambassadors and their staffs. Confidential memos, some criticizing key foreign partners, were suddenly blanketing the press.... Read More

British Ambassador Kim Darroch Quits After Leaked Memos Spur Trump Attack
Foreign Affairs
British Ambassador Kim Darroch Quits After Leaked Memos Spur Trump Attack

LONDON — Washington’s “special relationship” with Britain has had its ups and downs under Donald Trump. But this week, to the disbelieving eyes of many observers across the Atlantic, it seemingly was turned on its head. Britain’s ambassador to the... Read More

US Approves Possible $2 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan
Foreign Affairs
US Approves Possible $2 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of tanks, Stinger missiles and other armaments to Taiwan, a decision certain to irritate China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. “This proposed sale serves U.S. national,... Read More

Trump’s DMZ Summit Shows How Little Kim Has Conceded on Nukes
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s DMZ Summit Shows How Little Kim Has Conceded on Nukes

WASHINGTON — For decades, U.S. presidents visiting the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean Peninsula have followed roughly the same playbook: Peer through binoculars at North Korean border guards. Look stern. Warn Pyongyang that provocations won’t be rewarded. President Donald Trump... Read More

White House’s Middle East Economic Plan Lacks Historical Understanding
Foreign Affairs
White House’s Middle East Economic Plan Lacks Historical Understanding
2019-06-28 20:48:04
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The White House earlier this week unveiled its long-awaited and highly touted Middle East peace plan. Well, at least the economic portion of it.  To unveil the plan, Washington convened a two-day workshop in Manama, Bahrain, on June... Read More

Trump Says He’s Open to Iran Talks Without Preconditions
Foreign Affairs
Trump Says He’s Open to Iran Talks Without Preconditions

WASHINGTON — President Trump, who says he made an 11th-hour decision last week to call off a retaliatory military strike against Iran, declared in an interview aired Sunday that war would mean “obliteration” for the Islamic republic. But he also... Read More

‘Averse to Using Military Force,’ Trump Calls Off Military Strike, Cites Potential Casualties
Foreign Affairs
‘Averse to Using Military Force,’ Trump Calls Off Military Strike, Cites Potential Casualties
2019-06-21 20:14:55
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The escalation tensions between the United States and Iran nearly reached a tipping point Thursday after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a branch of Iran’s armed forces, confirmed that it shot down an unmanned U.S. Navy drone. President... Read More

US-Saudi Alliance Faces Increased Scrutiny Over MBS Behavior
Foreign Affairs
US-Saudi Alliance Faces Increased Scrutiny Over MBS Behavior
2019-06-14 18:56:43
by HJ Mai

WASHINGTON - The strategic alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dates back to World War II, though the primary focus in the early years of the relationship at that time was oil. The alliance between... Read More

Suspected Attacks on Tankers in Gulf of Oman Stoke Worry About U.S.-Iran Conflict
Foreign Affairs
Suspected Attacks on Tankers in Gulf of Oman Stoke Worry About U.S.-Iran Conflict

BEIRUT — Explosions aboard a pair of oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday heightened regional tensions with Iran in an already volatile showdown with Washington and sent energy prices soaring in jittery global markets. U.S. Secretary of... Read More

U.S.-China Tensions Dominate Gathering of Asian Defense Leaders
Foreign Affairs
U.S.-China Tensions Dominate Gathering of Asian Defense Leaders

SINGAPORE — China’s defense minister on Sunday rejected U.S. allegations of aggressive behavior in Asia and vowed Beijing would take military action to defend its claims over Taiwan and the contested South China Sea. Wei Fenghe defended China’s construction of... Read More

Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Talk to Iran Without Preconditions
Iran
Pompeo Says U.S. Ready to Talk to Iran Without Preconditions

DUBAI — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration would be ready to negotiate with Iran without preconditions, even as an American fighter bomber and aircraft carrier practiced strike operations in the Arabian Sea. Iran sent similarly... Read More

As Netanyahu Faces Another Election, White House Peace Plan May Be the First Casualty
Foreign Affairs
As Netanyahu Faces Another Election, White House Peace Plan May Be the First Casualty

JERUSALEM — It was as if the night before had never happened. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and his entourage, all smiles and handshakes, met here Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss a... Read More

Rep. Ilhan Omar, With ‘Perspective of a Foreigner,’ Sets Ambitious Global Agenda
Foreign Affairs
Rep. Ilhan Omar, With ‘Perspective of a Foreigner,’ Sets Ambitious Global Agenda

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has aggressively pursued a foreign policy legacy in her first five months in office, drawing sharp blowback from the Trump administration as she seeks to be a prominent voice on world affairs. The Somali-born... Read More

Trump’s Still-Murky Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Already Meeting Stiff Opposition
Foreign Affairs
Trump’s Still-Murky Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan Already Meeting Stiff Opposition

WASHINGTON — After numerous false starts, the Trump administration is finally preparing to unveil its long-promised Mideast peace plan in coming weeks, and initial indications suggest it is aimed at pleasing Israel while offering financial incentives to the Palestinians but... Read More

Trump, in Japan, Sides With Kim Jong Un in War of Insults With Joe Biden
Foreign Affairs
Trump, in Japan, Sides With Kim Jong Un in War of Insults With Joe Biden

TOKYO — President Donald Trump spent his first morning in Japan on Sunday stoking new controversies, as he sided with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a war of words with former Vice President Joe Biden and appeared to... Read More

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