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China Still Implementing US Trade Deal, Chinese Envoy Says

China’s ambassador to the U.S. said his country is still implementing the first phase of a trade agreement signed with... Read More

China’s ambassador to the U.S. said his country is still implementing the first phase of a trade agreement signed with the U.S. earlier this year and called for both nations to assess the changing situation as the coronavirus presents global... Read More

OPEC, Oil Nations Agree to Nearly 10M Barrel Cut Amid Virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations on Sunday finalized an unprecedented production cut of... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — OPEC, Russia and other oil-producing nations on Sunday finalized an unprecedented production cut of nearly 10 million barrels, or a tenth of global supply, in hopes of boosting crashing prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and a... Read More

2020-04-10 18:37:23
by Dan McCue
COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need... Read More

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need to resist the temptation to erect new barriers to trade, an international trade watchdog said Friday. Further, the report said,... Read More

US Strikes Taliban a Day After Trump Hails Their Afghan Accord

WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes carried out an airstrike against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just days after the... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. warplanes carried out an airstrike against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, just days after the two sides signed a tentative peace agreement that now seems at risk. The U.S. planes targeted militants in Helmand province... Read More

In Tit for Tat, Trump Limits Number of Chinese Journalists in US

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday ordered several Chinese media organizations to dismiss 60 U.S.-based Chinese nationals in retaliation... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday ordered several Chinese media organizations to dismiss 60 U.S.-based Chinese nationals in retaliation for a “long-standing trend” of actions by Beijing against journalists, including the expulsion last month of three Wall Street Journal... Read More

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

WASHINGTON -- Foreign policy experts told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that North Korea has returned to its hardline militarization and... Read More

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

White House Seeks to Downplay Russian Election Interference

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president,... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security advisor, in an exchange that touched on a perennial sore point for the president, said Sunday he had no knowledge of intelligence agency warnings that Russia is trying once again to help Trump by... Read More

2020-02-19 19:24:21
by Dan McCue
China, US Media Dispute Heats Up As Beijing Expels Three Reporters

China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters Wednesday saying it was revoking their credentials due to a headline that appeared... Read More

China expelled three Wall Street Journal reporters Wednesday saying it was revoking their credentials due to a headline that appeared above an opinion column two weeks ago. The expulsions came less than 24 hours after the Trump administration designated five... Read More

Afghanistan’s Ghani Declared Winner in Disputed Presidential Election

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani, has been declared the winner of a disputed presidential vote that’s been... Read More

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s incumbent president, Ashraf Ghani, has been declared the winner of a disputed presidential vote that’s been tainted by accusations of vote-rigging. Ghani led the poll with 50.64% of the 1.8 million votes cast, defeating his top... Read More

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... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is forging the next chapter of his presidency following the conclusion of the Senate impeachment... Read More

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan measure limiting President Donald Trump's authority to launch military operations against Iran is moving toward... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told a gathering of world ambassadors this week that China has engaged in... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan on Tuesday, earning applause from Israeli Prime Minister... Read More

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

2020-01-27 18:05:08
by Dan McCue
Mideast Peace Plan Proposal Brings Netanyahu, Chief Rival to White House

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival met separately with President Donald Trump Monday ahead... Read More

WASHINGTON - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief political rival met separately with President Donald Trump Monday ahead of the administration's unveiling of its highly-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and... Read More

2020-01-24 18:54:44
by HJ Mai
Iran Nuclear Deal Remains on Life Support

WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has been on life support for nearly two years since President Donald Trump decided... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Iran nuclear deal has been on life support for nearly two years since President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from it. The remaining signatories of the deal, which is officially called the Joint Comprehensive... Read More

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... Read More

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

2020-01-23 15:56:34
by Dan McCue
Davos Breakthrough: France, US Agree to Press Ahead With Global 'Digital Tax' Talks

The United States and France agreed Thursday to proceed with talks that could result in a global rewrite of cross-border... Read More

The United States and France agreed Thursday to proceed with talks that could result in a global rewrite of cross-border tax rules for the digital era. The agreement to temporarily set aside a brewing tariff war over France’s digital tax... Read More

US Border Authorities See Spike in Unaccompanied Minors From Mexico

TIJUANA, Mexico — It’s 10 a.m., but it’s still pretty early for a group of teenage boys who are just... Read More

TIJUANA, Mexico — It’s 10 a.m., but it’s still pretty early for a group of teenage boys who are just waking up inside a migrant shelter for unaccompanied children along a busy highway in Tijuana. At Casa YMCA de Menores... Read More

Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China... Read More

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China on Wednesday that provides the president with political bragging rights but allows both sides to put off the most difficult... Read More

2020-01-15 21:36:00
by Kate Michael
Pompeo Skips House Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on Iran Policy

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to attend a hearing on Tuesday to examine the Administration’s policy on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to attend a hearing on Tuesday to examine the Administration’s policy on Iran, including its recent decision to assassinate Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. Pompeo had been invited to attend the House Foreign... Read More

Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the... Read More

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin's intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends. Prime... Read More

Defense Chief Admits He ‘Didn’t See’ Evidence for Trump Claim That Iran Planned Attacks

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s senior aides struggled Sunday to reconcile conflicting statements over the reasons for killing a top Iranian... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s senior aides struggled Sunday to reconcile conflicting statements over the reasons for killing a top Iranian general, including Trump’s assertion that attacks were being actively planned against a quartet of American embassies. At the same time,... Read More

House Passes War Powers Resolution to Restrain Trump’s Military Actions in Iran

WASHINGTON — With Thursday’s House vote to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress took its latest stab... Read More

WASHINGTON — With Thursday’s House vote to limit President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran, Congress took its latest stab at reaffirming its constitutional authority to declare war, part of a long-standing power struggle between the executive and legislative branches... Read More

House to Vote on War Powers Resolution

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on a war powers resolution Thursday to limit what military action President Donald Trump... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on a war powers resolution Thursday to limit what military action President Donald Trump can take against Iran after Democrats — and even a couple of Republicans — complained a Trump administration briefing on... Read More

Iran Fires Missiles at Two Bases Housing US Forces in Iraq

WASHINGTON — Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at two military bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon said... Read More

WASHINGTON — Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at two military bases used by U.S. forces in Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday night, as long-simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran erupted into fiery explosions and fears of all-out war after the... Read More

Repercussions Mount Over Lethal US Airstrike in Iraq

BAGHDAD — In a rapidly intensifying regional backlash to the Trump administration’s killing of a senior Iranian general, Iran declared... Read More

BAGHDAD — In a rapidly intensifying regional backlash to the Trump administration’s killing of a senior Iranian general, Iran declared Sunday that it was tossing aside a pledge to limit the production of nuclear fuel, and the Iraqi parliament voted... Read More

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... Read More

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

2020-01-04 00:06:32
by Dan McCue
On Capitol Hill, Lawmakers Brace For What's Next After Killing of Iran's Top General

WASHINGTON - The killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq sent shockwaves across the Middle East,... Read More

WASHINGTON - The killing of Iran's top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq sent shockwaves across the Middle East, and inspired statements of grim anticipation among lawmakers on Capitol Hill as they await a response by Iran and further... Read More

'A More Dangerous World': Iran Killing Triggers Global Alarm

PARIS (AP) — Global powers warned Friday that the world became a more dangerous place after the U.S. assassinated Iran’s top general,... Read More

PARIS (AP) — Global powers warned Friday that the world became a more dangerous place after the U.S. assassinated Iran’s top general, urging restraint on all sides. Britain and Germany also suggested that Iran shared some blame for provoking the targeted killing... Read More

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