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Foreign Affairs

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

WASHINGTON - The House voted on Friday to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank, the U.S. agency that provides... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, told a House impeachment panel Friday that abruptly being ousted... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the White House drew sharp bipartisan criticism from Congress and rallied... Read More

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

HONG KONG — Even before most of Hong Kong got to work Monday, protesters already had a fresh grievance against... Read More

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

Evo Morales — the man who rose from being a community organizer and coca farmer to one of Bolivia’s most... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly reaffirmed that the U.S. government should recognize the century-old killings of 1.5 million... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — The U.S. special forces operation in Syria that led to the reported death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump claims victory in the Turkish-Russian takeover of northern Syria, members of his government are... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday pushed back at the widespread criticism of his now abandoned plan to host... Read More

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

LONDON — Boris Johnson will make a fresh attempt to deliver on his pledge to take Britain out of the... Read More

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

MIAMI — President Donald Trump changed his mind about hosting a summit of world leaders at his own resort in... Read More

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

DAHUK, Iraq — As Turkish artillery battered her neighborhood, Haifa Ahmad gathered up her kids and fled last week from... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth in the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Friday that President Trump has authorized his department to impose "very... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Scottish whisky, French wine and Italian cheese all could feel the wallop of hefty tariffs now that the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Kristalina Georgieva, a Bulgarian economist and top World Bank official, has been named the new head of the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper had a stark warning for attendees at a major U.S. Air Force conference Wednesday... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s firing of National Security adviser John Bolton earlier this week could have big implications... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fired John Bolton Tuesday, a little more than an hour before his hawkish national security... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - International trade disputes have dominated the newscycle in 2019. Whether it’s the United States and China, the U.S.... Read More

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

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

The longest war in the history of the United States could soon come to an end after reports that the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - With trade tensions between U.S. and China still on a high boil, Australia stands poised to become the... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — China on Friday announced tariff hikes on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's... Read More

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

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

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday he will not visit Denmark next month, after the Danish prime minister rebuffed his proposal... Read More

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

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

The Trump administration's decision to put a temporary hold on the majority of congressionally approved foreign aid funds, drew a... Read More

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

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

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, turned in his letter of resignation Monday, telling President Donald Trump that after two... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Thursday the U.S. is placing an additional 10% tariff on $300 billion worth of... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo addressed widespread speculation that he's considering a run for the U.S. Senate, telling... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump has ordered him to reduce the number... Read More

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

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

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile air defense system has put its relationship with the United States and the... Read More

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

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