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Mueller submits report on bombshell Trump-Russia probe

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:38 PM

The report is confidential, but Attorney General Bill Barr says he will summarize its 'principal conclusions' for Congress

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 21, 2017 former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russia investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington. - An explosive report from BuzzFeed News alleging that US President Donald Trump directed his lawyer to lie to Congress is "not accurate," a spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office said on January 18, 2019, a rare statement disputing a news report. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Trump accepts Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Mar 22, 2019 - 1:07 AM

(UPDATED) The Golan recognition is only the latest diplomatic bombshell dropped by Washington, which is Israel's principal backer, in seeking to redraw the fraught Middle East map

GOLAN HEIGHTS. In this file photo taken on June 28, 2017 the Jewish settlement of Qatzrin in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. US President Donald Trump on March 21, 2019, announces the US should recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. File photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

China protests Taiwan leader's U.S. transit

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Taiwan is typically low-key in announcing its leader's specific itineraries, fearing China will use its power to disrupt her visits

Pompeo visits Western Wall with Netanyahu in break with diplomatic practice

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 PM

(UPDATED) It could be taken as tacit approval of Israel's sovereignty over the site, one of the holiest in Judaism and located in mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem

TOGETHER. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on March 21, 2019, during the second day of Pompeo's visit as part of his five-day regional tour of the Middle East. Photo by Abir Sultan/POOL/AFP

U.S. Fed now expects no rate hikes in 2019

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The United States Federal Reserve's surprising change of direction follows the 4 rate increases in 2018

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell during a press briefing following a Federal Open Market Committee meeting March 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. - Powell said Wednesday it could be "some time" before the US central bank will have to change the key lending rate. The Fed kept the benchmark borrowing rate unchanged and forecast no more increases this year. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Pompeo on Middle East tour to counter Iran, boost Netanyahu

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:56 PM

The US secretary of state kicks off his regional tour in Kuwait where he meets Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Israel and Lebanon

MIDDLE EAST TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah give a joint press conference in Kuwait City on March 20, 2019. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP

Trump, right-wing Bolsonaro announce special relationship

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Washington has had strained relations with Brazil's long string of leftist governments but the rise of Jair Bolsonaro has opened a new door for the Trump administration

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in the Rose Garden at the White House on March 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Syria's Kurds criticize Damascus 'threats'

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub says his government will recapture all areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces 'in one of two ways: a reconciliation agreement or...by force'

ON KURDS. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on March 18, 2019 shows Syrian Defense Minister Ali Abdullah Ayyoub speaking during a press conference with Iraq and Iran's Chiefs of Staff in the Syrian capital Damascus. AFP PHOTO / HO / SANA

Fed to hold fire on interest rates as world economy slows

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Economists also expect the United States Federal Reserve to once again lower the number of rate hikes projected in 2019

U.S. FEDERAL RESERVE. Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2018. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Russia slams 'hypocrisy' of new Western sanctions

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Russia also accuses United States and Canada of 'Russophobia'

HYPOCRITE? The United States, Canada, and the European Union slammed Russia with new sanctions, which the Russian government calls a 'hypocrisy.' AFP file photo

North Korea considering suspending nuclear talks with U.S. – TASS

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'We have no intention to yield to the US demands in any form, nor are we willing to engage in negotiations of this kind,' Russian news agency TASS cites vice foreign minister Choe Son-hui as saying

US-NORTH KOREA TALKS. North Korean Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son-hui poses for a photo ahead the welcome ceremony of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un (not pictured) at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. File photo by Luong Thai Linh/Pool/AFP

European parliament deals setback to EU-U.S. trade talks

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The European Parliament only has an advisory role with regard to the EU's negotiating mandate, but it will have the final say once an agreement has been concluded

EU-US TRADE TALKS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) give a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Democratic rising star Beto O'Rourke announces White House run

Mar 14, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Beto O'Rourke vows to run a positive campaign that will seek to 'bring out the very best from every single one of us'

O'ROURKE. In this file photo taken on November 6, 2018 Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke gives his concession speech during the election night party at Southwest University Park in downtown El Paso. File photo by Paul Ratje/AFP

Trump ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort jailed for 43 more months

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:25 AM

Paul Manafort's case is the highest-profile yet stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election

ANOTHER 43 MONTHS. In this file photo taken on June 15, 2018 Paul Manafort goes through security as he arrives for a hearing at US District Court on June 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

China offers to help Venezuela restore power after vast blackout

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:40 PM

(UPDATED) 'China is willing to offer assistance and technical support to Venezuela to restore the power system,' says foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang

BLACKOUT. View of Caracas during a partial power outage on March 9, 2019. File photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Biden teases 2020 presidential bid in address to firefighters

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:20 PM

Former US vice president Joe Biden would be an instant frontrunner should he enter the race

'RUN JOE RUN.' Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the International Association of Fire Fighters conference in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

North Korea 'missile launch' plans under scrutiny as concern mounts

Mar 11, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Satellite analysis now indicates increased activity at two key sites – the Samundong missile research facility and the Sohae rocket launch center

NORTH KOREA. A general view shows Kim Il-sung square and the Pyongyang city skyline on March 9, 2019. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

China will not devalue renminbi to spur exports – central bank chief

Mar 10, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'We will never use the exchange rate for the purpose of competition, nor will we use the exchange rate to increase China's exports,' says People's Bank of China Governor Yi Gang

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30 injured as turbulence hits Turkish Airlines flight to New York

Mar 10, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The injured are taken to local hospitals, mainly for treatment of bumps, cuts, and bruises

TURBULENCE BEFORE LANDING. A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 flight from Istanbul to New York is hit with turbulence 45 minutes before landing. Photo from Wikimedia commons

Trump to host Brazil's far-right president Bolsonaro

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dubbed 'South America's Trump', has vowed to forge close ties with Washington

'TROPICAL TRUMP.' Jair Bolsonaro has been in line with Donald Trump in key international stands. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Trump tags Democrats an 'anti-Jewish' party

Mar 09, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'The Democrats have become an anti-Israel party, they've become an anti-Jewish party,' claims United States President Donald Trump

STRONGER STANCE DEMANDED. US President Donald Trump wants the Democratic Party to condemn statements of one of its own members, congresswoman Ilhan Omar. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump won't sign China trade pact unless it's 'great'

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) US and Chinese officials have said they are making progress toward a resolution of the dispute but a US diplomat in Beijing says Friday, March 8, that an agreement is not imminent

US-CHINA TRADE DEAL. 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. File photo by Doug Mills/Pool/AFP

Trump says relationship with North Korea's Kim 'remains good'

Mar 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

North Korea's state media acknowledges for the first time the collapse of the high-stakes Hanoi summit, which ended without any agreement on reducing Pyongyang's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief

'GOOD' RELATIONSHIP. US President Donald Trump (L) listens to North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 27, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Taliban deny discussing ceasefire, Afghan dialogue with U.S.

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The Taliban have repeatedly refused to meet with the Afghan government, whom they dismiss as 'puppets'

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

North Korea rocket site appears 'operational' again – U.S. experts

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:41 PM

'Given that construction, plus activity at other areas of the site, Sohae (Satellite Launching Station) appears to have returned to normal operational status,' says specialized website 38 North

SOHAE. This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 19, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (R) inspecting the ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground in North Korea. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korea slams new joint drills between Seoul and Washington

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The US and South Korea agree to replace two major war games that take place every spring with a shorter 'Dong Maeng' or 'Alliance' exercise – a move designed to further ease tensions with the North

ALLIES. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

Taiwan asks U.S. for new fighter jets to defend against China

Mar 07, 2019 - 8:11 PM

The request, if granted, could ramp up tensions between China and the United States

China's Huawei sues U.S. over federal ban on using its products

Mar 07, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The US Congress has repeatedly failed to produce any evidence to support its restrictions on Huawei products, says Huawei's rotating chairman Guo Ping

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Iran's part in U.S. sanctions bypass scheme ready 'this month'

Mar 06, 2019 - 11:25 PM

INSTEX is seen as key to European Union efforts to preserve the deal struck in 2015 between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. Abbas Araghchi (R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and the Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran at Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria on March 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

U.S. trade deficit surges to 10-year high in 2018

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

America's trade deficit with the world jumped 12.5% to $621 billion, the Commerce Department reports, as both imports and exports rose to the highest levels ever

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U.S. deploys THAAD missile defense in Israel for exercise

Mar 04, 2019 - 11:56 PM

It is the first such exercise in Israel, although the two allies hold regular joint war games

Putin suspends INF arms treaty with U.S.

Mar 04, 2019 - 10:43 PM

Moscow and Washington have accused one another of breaching the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement concluded between the US and the former Soviet Union in 1987

INF. According to a statement, President Vladimir Putin has 'signed a decree regarding the suspension of Russia's participation in the agreement between the USSR and the US.' File photo by AFP

South Korea's Moon urges new U.S.-North denuclearization talks

Mar 04, 2019 - 8:08 PM

South Korea President Moon Jae-in urges his officials to find out what exactly had gone awry at the high-stakes meeting, and predicts a deal will ultimately be reached

US-NORTH TALKS. In this file photo, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech during celebrations marking the 72th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, in Seoul on August 15, 2017. File photo by Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/AFP

U.S. downgrades its Palestinian diplomatic mission

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The change means Washington's relations with the Palestinians will now fall under the authority of US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who has been a supporter of Israeli settlement building in the occupied West Bank

DOWNGRADED. In this file photo, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman listens as US President Donald Trump speaks before pardoning the turkey 'Peas' during the annual ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 20, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

White House security chief defends Trump-Kim summit

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:55 PM

'I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected,' US security chief John Bolton says

US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019.  Saul LOEB / AFP

Iran warns U.S. allies of 'humiliated citizens' uprising

Mar 03, 2019 - 6:55 PM

'If they continue the policy of relying on Islam's enemies, they will face the uprising of their humiliated citizens,' says Iran Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani

SECURITY OFFICIAL. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran speaks during the first meeting of national security secretaries of Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Russia, in the Iranian capital Tehran on September 26, 2018. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

China's currency becomes key issue in U.S. trade talks

Mar 03, 2019 - 11:21 AM

US President Donald Trump last week said 'we have a deal' with China on the currency

YUAN ON THE TABLE. Trade talks between the United States and China continue with a currency now part of the talks. File photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP

Trump warns conservatives against 'socialist nightmare'

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe in the American dream, not in the socialist nightmare,' says United States President Donald Trump

'SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE.' President Donald Trump says the US will never be a socialist country. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

U.S., South Korea to end key joint military exercises

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) This comes as the United States aims to improve ties with North Korea

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

Trump to address core conservatives after rough week

Mar 02, 2019 - 11:39 PM

US President Donald Trump plays to his base after a week which saw his former lawyer brand him a criminal and a failed summit with North Korea

US President Donald Trump is set to speak before a conference of right-wing activists after a week which saw a his former lawyer brand him a criminal and failed summit with North Korea. Photo by Doug Mills/AFP

In Pompeo visit, Philippines gets timely assurance from oldest ally

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The US assurance that Philippine vessels in the South China Sea are protected by the Mutual Defense Treaty sends a 'strong and clear' signal to Beijing

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo exchange pleasantries during their meeting at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on February 28, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Trump urges China to remove tariffs on U.S agricultural products

Mar 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

A meeting between Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, is also expected this month

TRADE WAR. US President Donald Trump engages in trade talks between rival power China. Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

Trump sides with Kim on tortured American, sparking firestorm

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:17 AM

'[Kim Jong-un] tells me that he didn't know about it, and I will take him at his word,' says US President Donald Trump

OTTO WARMBIER. A photo made available on March 17, 2016 shows Otto Warmbier at a court in Pyongyang, North Korea on March 16, 2016. File photo by KCNA

Saudi says Hamza bin Laden stripped of his citizenship

Mar 02, 2019 - 12:03 AM

The US has offered a $1 million reward for information on Hamza bin Laden, seeing him as an emerging face of extremism

SAUDI CITIZENSHIP. An undated file video grab released by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on November 1, 2017 and taken by researchers from the Federation for Defense of Democracies' Long War Journal, shows an image from the wedding of killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's son Hamza. Handout / FEDERATION FOR DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES / AFP

North Korea's Kim kicks off official Vietnam visit

Mar 01, 2019 - 8:54 PM

The long-isolated North is increasingly seeking to portray itself as a country like any other, and Vietnam is Kim Jong-un's fourth foreign destination in less than 12 months

OFFICIAL VISIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and Vietnam's President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) attend a welcoming ceremony and review an honour guard at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on March 1, 2019. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/Pool/AFP

Former Trump lawyer back in Congress for third day of testimony

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:28 PM

Unlike the riveting nationally televised public testimony on February 27, Michael Cohen's appearance on February 28 before the House Intelligence Committee is being held behind closed doors

THIRD DAY. In this file photo, Michael Cohen exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Moon says Trump expressed regret at not striking North Korea deal

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:52 PM

'While President Trump expressed regret that he didn't reach an agreement at the Hanoi summit, he made clear his resolve to solve the issue with North Korea through dialogue,' says a statement from the presidential Blue House

ALLIES. US President Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) during a joint press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 7, 2017. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/AFP

U.S., Taliban pause negotiations in Doha following 'solid' talks

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid confirms the pause, adding the insurgents are 'committed to the current peace process along with peace'

PAUSE. In this file photo taken on February 08, 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

Trump on Cohen's testimony: 'He lied' and 'no collusion'

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:49 PM

President Donald Trump insists that Michael Cohen's testimony has provided no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia in the 2016 US election

TRUMP VS COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump ex-lawyer has no proof of Russia collusion but 'suspicions'

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Michael Cohen believes Donald Trump had advance knowledge of a June 2016 meeting between campaign members, including his son, and Russians peddling 'dirt' on election rival Hillary Clinton

TESTIMONY. Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 27, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP