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US Kills Iran's Most Powerful General in Baghdad Airstrike

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States killed Iran's top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle... Read More

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States killed Iran's top general and the architect of Tehran’s proxy wars in the Middle East in an airstrike at Baghdad's international airport early on Friday, an attack that threatens to dramatically ratchet up tensions... Read More

Saudis Sentence 5 People to Death for Khashoggi's Killing

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of... Read More

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose grisly slaying in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew international... Read More

When Iran Blocked the Internet, Tech Experts in the US Tried to Hack a Solution. Here’s Why They Couldn’t

TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranian authorities recently imposed a near-total internet blackout for almost a week to help quell massive... Read More

TEHRAN, Iran — When Iranian authorities recently imposed a near-total internet blackout for almost a week to help quell massive street protests, U.S.-based tech entrepreneur Nima Fatemi bolted into action. Fatemi and other security experts have been finding ways around... Read More

No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade... Read More

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away.... Read More

2019-12-13 14:47:29
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Discusses US Reaction to Chinese “Authoritarianism”

WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and members of Congress urged that tougher policies be adopted to oppose human rights abuses... Read More

WASHINGTON - Civil rights leaders and members of Congress urged that tougher policies be adopted to oppose human rights abuses in China and Hong Kong during a congressional hearing earlier this week. They accused China of mass incarceration of political... Read More

Congress Holds First Hearing on Haiti in 20 Years Amid Political Instability

WASHINGTON — Minutes after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson entered... Read More

WASHINGTON — Minutes after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson entered a meeting room in Washington and asked a group of Haitian activists about efforts to impeach their embattled president, Jovenel... Read More

Report Sharply Criticizes FBI But Finds No Partisan Bias in Russia Probe

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog sharply criticized the FBI on Monday for its clandestine surveillance of a former... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog sharply criticized the FBI on Monday for its clandestine surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser suspected of working with Russian intelligence, describing a systematic breakdown and numerous errors in a politically charged... Read More

2019-12-06 15:59:55
by Tom Ramstack
More US Troops Could Be Headed to Mideast as Iranian Threat Intensifies

WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Defense Department official acknowledged during a Senate hearing Thursday that the U.S. government is considering sending... Read More

WASHINGTON - A high-ranking Defense Department official acknowledged during a Senate hearing Thursday that the U.S. government is considering sending more troops to the Middle East to counter an Iranian military buildup. “We’re concerned about the threat stream we’re seeing,”... Read More

2019-12-05 20:10:23
by Tom Ramstack
State Dept. Officials Warn Senate About Russian Threats to US

WASHINGTON -- Top U.S. State Department officials warned Tuesday about aggression from Russia as Congress considers legislation to counter the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Top U.S. State Department officials warned Tuesday about aggression from Russia as Congress considers legislation to counter the country’s military and political threats. The officials spoke during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as it reviewed... Read More

From Pimples to Politics: A Hong Kong Boy Band Takes on China

HONG KONG — It was Eddie Ho’s worst nightmare: calling one of the boys’ parents to say that they’d been... Read More

HONG KONG — It was Eddie Ho’s worst nightmare: calling one of the boys’ parents to say that they’d been arrested. Ho, 31, had managed Boyz Reborn, a teenage boy band in Hong Kong, since the boys were elementary school... Read More

Inside the Bloody Cartel War for Mexico’s Multibillion-Dollar Avocado Industry

URUAPAN, Mexico — The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and... Read More

URUAPAN, Mexico — The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and chainsaws. Soon they were cutting timber day and night, the crash of falling trees echoing throughout the virgin forest. When... Read More

Unprecedented Hong Kong Chaos Raises Fears About What’s Next

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has seen many violent days since the unrest began in June, but the disruption this... Read More

HONG KONG — Hong Kong has seen many violent days since the unrest began in June, but the disruption this week has taken things to a new level — and fears are growing as to what may come next. Protesters... Read More

They Were Hostages in Iran for 444 days. Decades later, They’re Waiting for Compensation

LOS ANGELES — Dorothea Morefield was sipping coffee at her kitchen counter when a call came in: Iranian students protesting... Read More

LOS ANGELES — Dorothea Morefield was sipping coffee at her kitchen counter when a call came in: Iranian students protesting outside the U.S. Embassy in Tehran had stormed the building, a State Department official told her. Her husband, Richard, the... Read More

Trump Says China Trade Deal Will Be Signed Somewhere in US

WASHINGTON — The “Phase One” trade deal with China, once completed, will be signed somewhere in the U.S., President Donald... Read More

WASHINGTON — The “Phase One” trade deal with China, once completed, will be signed somewhere in the U.S., President Donald Trump told reporters on Sunday at the White House. Trump had previously suggested Iowa, the largest U.S. corn and hog... Read More

2019-11-01 20:38:40
by Dan McCue
WTO Says China Can Impose Sanctions On $3.5B Worth Of US Goods

WASHINGTON - The World Trade Organization said Friday that China can place new trade sanctions on $3.5 billion of U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON - The World Trade Organization said Friday that China can place new trade sanctions on $3.5 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for U.S. restrictions on Chinese furniture, steel products and solar panels. The award by an arbitration panel... 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

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

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

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

2019-09-19 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

2019-09-06 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

2019-08-13 22:53:29
by Dan McCue
As Recession Fears Grow, Trump Delays Tariffs On Some Chinese Goods

WASHINGTON -- After days of growing indications the U.S. may lapse into a recession before the 2020 election, the Trump... Read More

WASHINGTON -- After days of growing indications the U.S. may lapse into a recession before the 2020 election, the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying some of the additional tariffs it planned to impose on Chinese goods on... 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 20:16:33
by HJ Mai
The INF Treaty Is History and the World Less Safe, Expert Says

The United States on Friday officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, more commonly referred to as the INF... Read More

The United States on Friday officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, more commonly referred to as the INF Treaty. This Cold War-era arms control agreement was hailed as historic at the time of its signing and resulted in... 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 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

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

WASHINGTON - The strategic alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia dates back to World War... Read More

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

2019-05-24 19:01:35
by HJ Mai
Escalating US-Iran Tensions: Sanctions Often Don’t Work in Changing a State’s Behavior

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led... Read More

The bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran has been strained for decades, but the recent tensions have led to growing concerns over a potential military conflict. The Trump administration this month deployed an aircraft carrier strike group, bombers... Read More

2019-05-21 21:38:28
by Dan McCue
After A Day of Briefings on Iran, House Democrats Decry Trump's Lack of a 'Coherent Strategy'

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States... Read More

As tension continues to mount here and in the Persian Gulf over a potential armed conflict between the United States and Iran, members of New Democrat Coalition in the House of Representatives say they are "deeply concerned" over the Trump... Read More

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