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Beijing denounces U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 20, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The People's Liberation Army has organized air and naval forces to warn the USS Preble to leave after it entered waters near China-claimed Scarborough Shoal on Monday morning, May 20

USS PREBLE. This file photo released by the US Navy Visual News Service on March 14, 2011 shows an HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off March 13, 2011 from the guided-missile destroyer USS Preble (DDG 88) after refueling. File photo by MC3 Alexander Tidd/Navy Visual News Service (NVNS)/AFP

Tehran says Trump's 'genocidal taunts won't end Iran'

May 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

'Never threaten an Iranian. Try respect – it works!' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif writes on Twitter

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Huawei will not bow to U.S. pressure – founder

May 19, 2019 - 11:55 PM

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says the company will continue to develop its own components to reduce its dependence on outside suppliers

DENIES. File photo of Huawei Founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei speaking during a session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 22, 2015 in Davos. Photo by Fabrice Cofrini/AFP

U.S. holds Iran scientist 'hostage' for 7 months – brother

May 19, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Masoud Soleimani, 49, a professor and senior stem cell researcher at Tehran's Tarbiat Moddares University, left for the US on October 22, 2018, state news agency IRNA says

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016 United Nations, New York Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Trump says he is 'Pro-Life' but favors exceptions for rape, incest

May 19, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We must stick together and Win for Life in 2020,' says US President Donald Trump of abortion, expected to be a hot-button issue in the upcoming elections

'PRO-LIFE.' US President Donald Trump calls himself "pro-life" amid backlash from several states' newly passed anti-abortion laws. File photo by Doug Mills/POOL/AFP

Canada aims to ratify trade deal after lifting of tariffs

May 19, 2019 - 9:28 AM

But Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it would be 'naive' to think US protectionism is no longer a threat

TRADE WAR. Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill on March 15, 2018 in Portage, Indiana. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Iran FM discounts prospect of war with U.S.

May 18, 2019 - 10:36 PM

US President Donald Trump 'does not want war but the people around him are pushing him towards war under the pretext of making America stronger against Iran,' adds Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

DIPLOMATIC TOUR. In this file photo, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Will the US Supreme Court reconsider abortion rights?

May 18, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Forty-six years after its landmark Roe v Wade decision, the high court is at the heart of a heated offensive led by states with conservative majorities who oppose the voluntary termination of pregnancy

PROTEST. Activist Tamara Stevens with the Handmaids Coalition of Georgia leaves the Georgia Capitol after Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) addressed an event to speak out against the recently passed "heartbeat" bill on May 16, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by John Amis / AFP

Iran urges China, Russia 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

May 17, 2019 - 10:26 PM

'Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to 6 months

May 17, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'Within 180 days...the Trade Representative shall update me on the outcome of the negotiations,' President Donald Trump says in a proclamation issued by the White House

DELAY. In this file photo taken on February 15, 2019 US President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran accuses U.S. of 'unacceptable' escalation in tensions

May 16, 2019 - 11:18 PM

'We exercise maximum restraint...in spite of the fact that the United States withdrew from JCPOA last May,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) walks to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo on May 16, 2019. Photo by Eugene Hoshiko/POOL/AFP

New York Mayor de Blasio joins 2020 race

May 16, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Bill de Blasio becomes the 23rd prospective Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump

BILL DE BLASIO. In this file photo taken on June 21, 2018, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to a crowd at the Tornillo Port of Entry near El Paso, Texas, during a protest rally by several US mayors against the immigrant family separation policy. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

'Extreme drought' in North Korea – KCNA

May 16, 2019 - 12:15 AM

From January to early May this year, North Korea only received 54.4 millimeters of rain or snow, the smallest amount since the same period in 1982, the state-run KCNA says

FOOD PRODUCTION. This file photo shows farms and farm houses near the shores of the River Taedong, close to the port of Nampho in South Phyongan Province of North Korea in April 2011. AFP photo

Trump plans to delay auto tariffs for 6 months – industry sources

May 15, 2019 - 11:45 PM

New tariffs risk exploding already tense trade relations with Washington's major trading partners, who are angry about punitive duties on steel and aluminum imposed last year

US TARIFFS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center in Crosby, Texas, on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, Arbil

May 15, 2019 - 7:31 PM

A State Department advisory announcing the partial embassy closures warns of numerous terrorist and insurgent groups active in Iraq

US-IRAN TENSIONS. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) walks with Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department David Satterfield and Charge D'affaires at the US Embassy in Baghdad Joey Hood (2nd R) upon arrival in Baghdad for meetings on May 7, 2019. File photo by  Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

U.S. does 'not seek a war with Iran' – Pompeo

May 15, 2019 - 3:04 AM

Pompeo's comments come during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S. police move to eject pro-Maduro activists from Venezuela embassy

May 14, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The activists attempt to prevent the entry of the representative of opposition leader Juan Guaido

North Korea demands return of detained cargo ship

May 14, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The United States Justice Department has taken possession of the North Korea-registered bulk carrier M/V Wise Honest for allegedly taking part in illicit sanctions-busting activities

U.S. announces $160-M 'peace' funding payment to Colombia

May 14, 2019 - 12:09 PM

The funds is allotted for the 'implementation of peace" and to 'formalize land' in areas ravaged by half a century of armed conflict

A man holds a Colombian national flag with white stripes during a demo to demand the immediate endorsement of the new peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrilla outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota, on November 30, 2016.  Colombia's Congress is debating the government's controversial revised peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist FARC rebels after last month voters surprisingly snubbed an earlier version of the accord in a referendum. Now the government hopes to implement a revised accord through its majority in the legislature. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA

U.S., Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin

May 14, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The renewed diplomacy follows the long-awaited report in the United States which found that Russia interfered in the 2016 election

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter undergoes surgery after fall

May 14, 2019 - 5:15 AM

'He is recovering comfortably from surgery to repair a broken hip,' says the Carter Center

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Former president Jimmy Carter prior to the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, Xi could meet next month on trade – White House aide

May 12, 2019 - 10:23 PM

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow says the chances of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping meeting during the Group of 20 summit in Japan in late June 'are probably pretty good'

SHAKING HANDS. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping at the end of a press conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Trump to China: Trade deal now or it will be 'far worse' after 2020

May 12, 2019 - 12:20 PM

'Would be wise for them (China) to act now,' United States President Donald Trump says in a tweet

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Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit – State Department

May 12, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The top US diplomat will meet Putin on Tuesday, May 14, in Sochi to 'discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges'

TOP DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump orders tariff hike on remaining Chinese imports

May 11, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The developments comes as two days of talks to resolve the trade battle ended with no deal, but no immediate breakdown either

TRUMP. In this file photo, 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

U.S. sends naval strike group as tensions rise with Iran

May 11, 2019 - 6:03 PM

'The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region,' the Pentagon says

CARRIER. The Pentagon announced on May 10, 2019 that it is deploying the amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to bolster an aircraft carrier force sent to counter alleged threats from Iran. Photo by MC3 Chris Roys/Navy Office of Information/AFP

U.S.-Taliban talks wrap up in Doha with 'some progress' – Taliban

May 09, 2019 - 11:55 PM

'In general, this round was positive and constructive. Both sides listened to each other with care and patience,' says Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban's political spokesman in Doha

US-TALIBAN TALKS. In this file photo taken on February 8, 2019, US Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad participates in a discussion on 'The Prospects for Peace in Afghanistan' at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

North Korea fires missiles as U.S. envoy visits Seoul

May 09, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) South Korean President Moon Jae-in says Pyongyang's latest move had 'an element of protest and is a pressuring action to steer the nuclear talks in a direction it desires'

PROJECTILES FIRED. Replicas of North Korean Scud-B missile (C back) and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles (front) are displayed at the Korean War Memorial in Seoul on June 10, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

IMF chief says U.S.-China tensions 'threat' to world economy

May 07, 2019 - 8:50 PM

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde also says recent 'rumors and tweets' make an agreement between the United States and China less likely

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde addresses the Paris Forum at the Economy Ministry in Paris on May 7, 2019. (Photo by ERIC PIERMONT / AFP)

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen, off to prison, says still 'much to be told'

May 06, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'There still remains much to be told. And I look forward to the day that I can share the truth,' Michael Cohen tells reporters as he leaves his Manhattan residence for the federal prison in Otisville, New York

Beijing slams U.S. warship sail-by in South China Sea

May 06, 2019 - 6:24 PM

China's foreign ministry says the Chinese navy asked the US vessels to leave after they entered waters adjacent to Gaven and Chigua reefs in the Spratly Islands, which Beijing calls Nansha

CHIGUA REEF. This undated handout photo released by the Department of Foreign Affairs shows the alleged reclamation by China on what is internationally recognized as the Johnson South Reef in the South China Sea, otherwise known as the Mabini Reef by the Philippines and Chigua Reef by China. AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (DFA)

Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite U.S. 'threats'

May 05, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The S-400 purchase is one dispute fuelling tensions between two nations also at odds over US support for Syrian Kurdish militias

Trump says still confident in Kim after North Korea test launch

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 AM

'He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!' tweets US President Trump

TRUMP-KIM SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump makes a statement before saying goodbye to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un (L) after their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Susan Walsh/AFP

Boeing plane skids into Florida river in crash-landing, no fatalities

May 04, 2019 - 6:56 PM

All 136 passengers and 7 aircrew on board had been accounted for

WATER LANDING. This handout image obtained courtesy of Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff's Office on May 3, 2019, shows a Boeing 737 aircraft after it went off the runway at Naval Air Station Jacksonville and into the St. Johns river, near Jacksonville, Florida on May 3, 2019. Photo from Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff's Office/AFP

Former White House chief joins firm that detains migrant children

May 04, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls accuse John Kelly of profiting from policies he had supervised during his stint in President Trump's administration

EX-CHIEF OF STAFF. In this file photo, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Diamonds bought with stolen 1MDB money to be handed to U.S.

May 02, 2019 - 7:34 PM

A spokesman for Jho Low says he is 'pleased to learn that the United States Department of Justice and all the relevant parties are working to amicably resolve these matters'

1MDB. A motorist rides past a hoarding at the construction site of the 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) flagship Tun Razak Exchange in Kuala Lumpur on July 8, 2015. File photo by Manan Vatsayana/AFP

U.S. Federal Reserve leaves key rate unchanged amid mixed economic signals

May 02, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The United States Federal Reserve votes unanimously to keep the benchmark interest rate in a range of 2.25% to 2.5%

Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a press conference after a Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, DC, on May1, 2019. - The US Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged amid mixed signals about the direction of the US economy. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Venezuela opposition leader calls for massive May Day protest

May 01, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says the opposition rally on May 1 will be 'the biggest in the history of Venezuela' as he presses his attempt to unseat the president

MAY DAY PROTEST. People walk past a burned bus in Caracas on May 1, 2019 after a day of violent clashes on the streets of the capital spurred by opposition leader Juan Guaido's call on the military to rise up against President Nicolas Maduro. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Barr faces tough questions on handling of Mueller report

May 01, 2019 - 11:12 PM

US Attorney General Bill Barr 'whitewashed the report,' Senator Dick Durbin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tells CNN ahead of the hearing

MUELLER REPORT. In this file photo, US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

North Korea slams 'foolish and dangerous' Pompeo

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February

NORTH KOREA AND POMPEO. Pyongyang and Washington have been at loggerheads since the collapse of a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in February. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

U.S.-China trade talks nearing decisive moment – official

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:30 PM

'We hope within the next two rounds...to be at the point where we can either recommend to the president we have a deal or make a recommendation that we don't,' says US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

Iran: Exiting nuclear pact one of 'many options' after U.S. sanctions

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The country's officials are deliberating different options and measures, including pulling out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, says Iran's foreign minister

IRAN FM. In this file photo, Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari attends a meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

U.S. oil sanctions take effect on Venezuela as crisis intensifies

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The United States will take action against anyone who deals with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA

View of the monument in homage to the struggles of the Venezuelan people for the conquest of their oil heritage, in front of the headquarters of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas, on January 29, 2019. - The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela's state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to cripple embattled President Nicolas Maduro's power base. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)

U.S. reels from deadly synagogue attack on final day of Passover

Apr 28, 2019 - 4:20 PM

A woman dies and 3 others are injured after a 19-year-old gunman stormed into the Chabad of Poway synagogue in California and opened fire

A woman and a young girl place notes on a light post near flowers across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on April 27, 2019 in Poway, California. - A gunman opened fire at a synagogue in California, killing one person and injuring three others including the rabbi as worshippers marked the final day of Passover, officials said Saturday, April 27, 2019. The shooting in the town of Poway came exactly six months after a white supremacist shot dead 11 people at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue -- the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States. (Photo by SANDY HUFFAKER / AFP)

Xi asks for 'fair and friendly' treatment for Chinese

Apr 28, 2019 - 3:30 PM

At the Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeals to all countries to 'create a good investment environment' and to treat the Chinese 'equally'

China's President Xi Jinping waves as he arrives for a press briefing at the end of the final day of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Centere at the Yanqi Lake venue outside Beijing on April 27, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / POOL / AFP)

San Francisco Board of Supervisors hits Duterte drug war, De Lima detention

Apr 28, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Malacañang slams the 'toxic and unacceptable intrusion' into Philippine sovereignty

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump: we paid North Korea nothing for Warmbier's release

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:34 AM

The Washington Post quotes unidentified sources as saying that a US official was made to sign a pledge to pay $2 million in medical costs before being allowed to fly Warmbier back home from Pyongyang in 2017

MOURNING. This handout photo obtained courtesy of the Warmbier family shows a mourner signing a guest book at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, on June 22, 2017, during the funeral for Otto Warmbier. Photo from the Warmbier Family / AFP Handout / FAMILY HANDOUT / AFP

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The leader of a small Russian gun rights group, Maria Butina used her ties to the NRA firearms lobby to build a network of powerful Republican contacts

GUILTY PLEA. This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff'€™s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff'€™s Office