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Pelosi pledges long-term U.S. backing of NATO, EU

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

In an implicit message the Republican president is not omnipotent, the most powerful Democrat says she and fellow visiting congressmen are asserting the role of their legislative branch as co-equal to the executive

US BACKING. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi addresses a press conference after leading a high-level US Congressional delegation in participating in a NATO parliamentary assembly in Brussels on February 19, 2019. Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Iran takes aim at 'hateful' Pence comments

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US Vice President Mike Pence's comments against Iran 'are both ridiculous but at the same time very very dangerous'

Take back jihadists, Trump tells Europe

Feb 17, 2019 - 3:49 PM

'The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,' says American President Donald Trump in a tweet

TAKE BACK. US President Donald Trump says European countries should take back and put to trial its citizens who left to join the Islamic State. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S.-China trade talks: What's under debate

Feb 17, 2019 - 1:42 PM

The two sides are working towards a Memorandum of Understanding to detail their commitments ahead of a potential meeting between Trump and X

ENDING SOON? Talks on the US-China trade war are set to begin soon. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-Fox News host ends bid to be next U.S. ambassador to U.N.

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'The past two months have been gruelling for my family and therefore it is in the best interest of my family that I withdraw,' says former Fox news anchor and state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert

HEATHER NAUERT. In this file photo taken on November 30, 2017, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

No decision made on spending for Trump's wall – Pentagon chief

Feb 17, 2019 - 9:11 AM

'We have not made any decisions. ... There has been no determination by me,' says Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

BORDER WALL? A US Customs and Border Protection helicopter flies over the border wall during a safety drill in the Anapra area in Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States, across from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on January 31, 2019. Photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Gunman kills 5 in mass shooting at U.S. manufacturing facility

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:39 PM

The incident is the latest in the list of at least 37 mass shootings in the United States in 2019 alone

Trump campaign chief faces up to 24 years in jail after breaking plea deal

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Paul Manafort is one of 7 former Trump campaign associates who have been charged by the team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

INDICTED. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2017 former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves Federal Court in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Maduro blasts U.S. for 'stealing' billions and offering 'crumbs'

Feb 16, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'It's a booby trap, they're putting on a show with rotten and contaminated food,' Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro says

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech during the ceremony of recognition by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) after being sworn in for a second term, at the Fuerte Tiuna Military Complex, in Caracas on January 10, 2019. - Maduro begins a new term that critics dismiss as illegitimate, with the economy in free fall and the country more isolated than ever. (Photo by Federico PARRA / AFP)

Trump says will sign 'emergency' to build border wall

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:52 PM

President Donald Trump repeats his claim that a wall is needed to stop an 'invasion' of drugs, gangs, human traffickers and undocumented migrants over the US border with Mexico

BORDER WALL. US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Letting Venezuela chair world disarmament body would be 'travesty' – U.S.

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The United States is among more than 50 countries that have recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president

Yemen FM says seated next to Netanyahu in 'error'

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Protocol errors are the responsibility of the organizers, as is always the case in international conferences,' Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani writes on Twitter

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Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) US Vice President Mike Pence takes direct aim at allies Britain, France, and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions

ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices delight after an opening dinner where he spoke in the same room as top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain

WARSAW TALKS. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

Canada 'deeply troubled' by Maria Ressa arrest

Feb 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

After the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Canada stresses that journalists should be 'free from harassment and intimidation'

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the NBI Cybercrime Division office after her arrest on February 13, 2019. Photo ny LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump, Colombian president meet over Venezuela crisis

Feb 14, 2019 - 1:23 AM

Colombia plays a crucial role because it has taken in the lion's share of the more than two million Venezuelans fleeing chaos, poverty, and political violence

TRADE TALKS. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019, to discuss the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. fails to halt Iran bid to free frozen billions

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:47 PM

(UPDATED) The International Court of Justice 'finds that it has jurisdiction' in the case which was filed by Iran in 2016

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

Trump ready to sign border deal, averting shutdown – reports

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:10 PM

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders won't confirm or deny the reports, but says 'there are positive pieces' in the deal

BORDER DEAL. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2017. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S., Israeli leaders head to Poland with eyes on pressing Iran

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'This is a global coalition that is built to deliver on the important mission of reducing the risk that has emanated from the Middle East for far too long,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'GLOBAL COALITION.' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Taliban unveils negotiating team ahead of U.S. peace talks

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:43 PM

United States special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has undertaken extensive recent peace talks with the Taliban about ending the 17-year war in Afghanistan, with another round expected in late February

TALKS. This file photo shows participants attending the opening of the two-day talks of the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives at the President Hotel in Moscow on February 5, 2019. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Pompeo pledges Slovakia support on latest stop to curb Russia, China

Feb 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Mike Pompeo, the first US secretary of state to visit Slovakia in 14 years, tells President Andrej Kiska as they meet: 'It's been too long since America has been deeply engaged here'

POMPEO VISIT. Slovak President Andrej Kiska and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo give statements on February 12,2019, at the al palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, during Pompeo's week-long tour across Central Europe. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

U.S. presents Middle East vision in Warsaw, but no converts

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:08 PM

The countries that are sending top officials to Warsaw are pushing for a tough line on Iran

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Pompeo says U.S. 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:19 AM

'The president has been very clear – couldn't be more clear – as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US PROBE. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

U.S.-backed Syrian forces battle to take last ISIS pocket

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:47 PM

More than 4 years after the extremists declared a 'caliphate' across large parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq, several offensives have whittled that proto-state down to a tiny holdout

LAST POCKET. Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces walk in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq, on February 2, 2019. FILE Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Mammoth crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran... means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,' says President Hassan Rouhani, decrying a 'conspiracy' involving Washington

40TH ANNIVERSARY. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on February 11, 2019 shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing crowds during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

China says U.S. aims to 'stir up trouble' with naval sail-by

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The guided-missile destroyers USS Spruance and USS Preble sail near the Beijing-claimed Spratly Islands earlier Monday, February 11, as part of what Washington calls 'freedom of navigation operations'

SPRATLY. This file photo taken on April 21, 2017 shows an aerial shot of a reef in the disputed Spratly islands on April 21, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Kim-Trump summit a 'remarkable breakthrough' for peace – Moon

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:08 PM

'For us, the era of peace and prosperity on the peninsula has drawn closer,' says President Moon Jae-in in his first comments since the summit was announced

'BREAKTHROUGH.' This handout photo taken on June 12, 2018 and released by The Straits Times shows US President Donald Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (L) looking on as documents are exchanged between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (2nd R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong (2nd L) at a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore. AFP PHOTO / The Straits Times / Kevin LIM

U.S., North Korea to continue summit talks next week – Seoul

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:45 PM

Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi from February 27 to 28 this year following their landmark first summit in Singapore in June 2018

NEXT SUMMIT. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit in June 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

South Korea announces hike in payment for U.S. troops

Feb 10, 2019 - 4:26 PM

US President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained about the expense of keeping American forces on the peninsula

FOAL EAGLE. This image obtained from the US Navy shows the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (L) and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer during a surface maneuvers exercise on March 22, 2017, east of the Korean peninsula, with several other US and Republic of Korea Navy ships and submarines during exercise Foal Eagle 2017. US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan Harper/AFP

Racism and redemption: Virginia blackface row sparks national debate

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:46 PM

It's a question the state of Virginia has been grappling with since last week when its governor, Ralph Northam, was caught up in a row over blackface

DIVIDED. A flag of the Confederate States of America flies at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia were state politics are in a state of upheaval after leaders were associated with the use of blackface. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

High-stakes U.S.-China trade talks resume as deadline approaches

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:48 AM

Financial markets worldwide have lost ground in recent days as comments about the status of the talks turned more cautious

VISIT. An official delegation from the United States will be visiting China. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. seeks U.N. draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Diplomats say Russia is likely to use its vetor power on the draft resolution as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro's regime

New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump ignores deadline

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The US president is given 120 days to designate those responsible, but no definitive action is done on the deadline

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

During a press conference in Istanbul for a book on Jamal Khashoggi's life, Hatice Cengiz leaves the door open to a meeting with US President Donald Trump if certain conditions are met

HOPE. Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi speaks to medias on February 8, 2019 during a presentation press conference of her book named 'Jamal Khashoggi' in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Long-serving U.S. lawmaker John Dingell dead at 92

Feb 08, 2019 - 7:40 PM

In recent years, in retirement, John Dingell was known for stinging criticism of President Donald Trump

JOHN DINGELL. Former US Representative John Dingell died on February 7, 2019 at the age of 92, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer confirms on Twitter. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump says Democrat probes into him should 'never be allowed'

Feb 07, 2019 - 11:21 PM

Adam Schiff, the congressman heading the House intelligence committee, says it will look into suspicions of collusion between Trump and Russia and also broader allegations of financial wrongdoing in Trump's inner circle

RUSSIA PROBE. US President Donald Trump speaks during a working session with mayors in the East Room of the White House on January 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. AFP file photo

Pompeo tells allies U.S. still committed to fight ISIS

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

'We ask each of your countries to stand with us and, through our efforts and God's help, the day will come when the permanent defeat of ISIS is a reality,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

ON ISIS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS at the Department of State in Washington, DC, on February 6, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Russia to develop new missile systems in 2 years after treaty pullout

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:54 PM

'During 2019-2020 we have to develop a land-based version of the seaborne Kalibr system equipped with a long-range cruise missile which showed good results in Syria,' says Russia's defense minister Sergei Shoigu

MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) attends a meeting with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Moscow on February 2, 2019. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

World Bank leadership search likely to end with U.S. candidate – again

Feb 05, 2019 - 2:45 PM

The World Bank has been led by an American ever since it was founded in the aftermath of World War II. Will this change?

A person walks by the building of the Washington-based global development lender, The World Bank Group, in Washington on January 17, 2019. - World Bank current President Jim Yong Kim announced on January 7, 2019, that he would cut short his tenure as president more than three years before his second term was to end. The World Bank Board said it would start accepting nominations for a new leader early next month and name a replacement for Kim by mid-April 2019. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)

U.S., South Korea meet on eve of Trump-Kim II preparatory talks

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:08 PM

A senior South Korean presidential official says 'South Korea and the US have been working well together, and we have high expectations for the meeting between Pyongyang and Washington'

PREPARATION. US envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun (centre R) arrives at Incheon international airport on February 3, 2019. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Stacey Abrams to deliver Democrat rebuttal to Trump speech

Jan 30, 2019 - 12:47 PM

Stacey Abrams is a former Georgia legislative leader but holds no current political office, an unusual status for someone delivering a national party's response to the president

REBUTTAL. This file photo shows then Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams addressing supporters at an election watch party on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. File photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks with a chill in the air

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:44 AM

The world's two largest economies are battling for nothing less than future dominance in critical high-tech industries, according to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the lead US negotiator

TRADE TALKS. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (C) walks through a hotel lobby on his way to the Diaoyutai State Guest House to meet Chinese officials in Beijing on May 4, 2018. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

U.S. hands bank accounts to Venezuela's Guaido

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has signed off on the order for Juan Guaido to control holdings in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and federally insured banks

INTERIM. In this file photo, Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during an extraordinary open meeting in front of the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme in Caracas on January 11, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

U.S. goes after Venezuela's oil to hit Maduro

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The measures against PDVSA are presented as a way of preventing Nicolas Maduro from looting the coffers before he is replaced by the man Washington says is the rightful interim president – opposition leader Juan Guaido

BOLTON AND MNUCHIN. National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks as US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin looks on during a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 28, 2019. Photo by Mandel NGAN/AFP

Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban

Jan 28, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'I call on the Taliban to... show their Afghan will, and accept Afghans' demand for peace, and enter serious talks with the Afghan government,' says Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

TALKS. In this file photo, Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani speaks during a press conference at Presidential Palace in Kabul on June 30, 2018. File photo by Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

Top judge's suspension not linked to election – Nigeria

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen is accused of failing to declare foreign currency bank accounts, in breach of rules governing the declaration of assets by public officials

NIGERIA ELECTION. President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended Nigeria's top judge pending the outcome of his disputed trial on corruption charges, the government said on January 25, 2019. Photo by Sodiq Adelakun/AFP

Trudeau sacks Canadian envoy to China after Huawei controversy

Jan 27, 2019 - 9:25 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asks for and accepts the resignation of Canada's Ambassador to China John McCallum

SACKING. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fires Ambassador to China John McCallum, but not before hailing the latter's two-decades worth of public service. File photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

U.S. calls to 'stand with freedom' in Venezuela as EU gives ultimatum

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:30 AM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also denounces Russia and China, which have stood by Maduro. Meanwhile, Russia denounces the United States for interference.

UN VOTE. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo votes before addressing the United Nations Security Council in a meeting which was requested by the United States to offer a statement on the current situation in for Venezuela on January 26, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP