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  • Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during their bilateral breakfast, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Putin’s ambassador to the U.S. said Moscow is open to discussing such a meeting, even as confusion abounds over exactly what they discussed ...
  • US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest In this photo released on Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018 which provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows a member of the Syrian Civil Defense group, searches for victims under the rubble of a destroyed house that attacked by Syrian government forces airstrike, in Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to transit camps in neighboring countries. From there, they will be sent to countries in Europe and possibly Canada. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport ...
  • Russia says Putin, Trump discussed referendum in Ukraine U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov revealed the discussions amid confusion and concern in the U.S. about what the two presidents agreed behind closed doors. “This issue (of ...
  • Trump Threatens China with $500 Billion in Tariffs; Shrugs Off Impact on Stocks Bandeira da China e dos Estados Unidos são vistas em Washington 18/01/2011 REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang (PhatzNewsRoom / AP / Investing.com)    —   President Donald Trump has indicated that he’s willing to hit every product imported from China with tariffs, sending U.S. markets sliding before the opening bell Friday. In a taped interview with the business channel CNBC, Trump said “I’m willing to go to 500,” referring roughly to the $505.5 billion in ...
  • Intense government bombing of south Syria opposition holdout A Syrian soldier stands guard at his post overlooking the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the central Syrian town of Rastan, Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town that killed a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said an overnight ‘frenzied’ bombing campaign ...
  • Analysis: Trump’s ‘America First’ morphs into ‘Me First’ U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s “America First” slogan morphed into “Me First” as the president unloaded on the U.S. intelligence community and Justice Department to portray himself as the victim of a conspiracy to deny him legitimacy. Trump also blamed American “foolishness and stupidity” for the poor state of U.S.-Russia relations, returning to themes he ...
  • Trump returns from summit with Putin to forceful criticism U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) HELSINKI (AP) — In an extraordinary embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies’ firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit, seeming to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence that Moscow’s hands were clean. The reaction back home was immediate and visceral, among ...
  • US arrests, accuses woman of acting as Russian agent Court papers unsealed Monday, July 16, 2018, photographed in Washington, shows part of the criminal complaint against Maria Butina. She was arrested July 15, on a charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian government. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday. The announcement of the arrest of Maria Butina came just hours after President Donald Trump met ...
  • Israel places new limitations on cargo crossing into Gaza FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, file photo, a Palestinian worker walks next to trucks loaded with sacks of cement at the Kerem Shalom border crossing on its way from Israel to Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Israel shut down the cargo crossing of Kerem Shalom with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba, File) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until Sunday ...
  • Trump arrives to go 1-on-1 with Putin at Helsinki summit FILE - In this July 7, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump had a second, previously undisclosed conversation with Putin at the summit it Germany. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says that Trump and Putin spoke during a world leaders’ dinner at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) HELSINKI (AP) — President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit, hours after Trump blamed the United States, and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea, for a low-point in U.S.-Russia relations The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a ...
  • China files WTO challenge to US $200B tariff plan Trade War - 2018-03-05_6-22-04 BEIJING (AP) — China announced it filed a World Trade Organization challenge Monday to U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal for a tariff hike on $200 billion of Chinese goods, reacting swiftly amid deepening concern about the economic impact of their spiraling technology dispute. The one-sentence Commerce Ministry statement gave no legal grounds for the challenge or ...
  • Trump: Relations with May ‘strong’ after bombshell interview U.S. President Donald Trump, left, with British Prime Minister Theresa May, right, during their meeting at Chequers, in Buckinghamshire, England, Friday, July 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ELLESBOROUGH, England (AP) — A day after landing a series of broadsides against his British hosts, President Donald Trump declared Friday that his relationship with Prime Minister Theresa May was better than ever in yet another bout of diplomatic whiplash that has come to define the American president’s European visit. Trump’s pomp-filled visit to the United ...
  • Analysis: Iran role in Syria key item at Trump-Putin summit In this Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, embraces Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Putin has met with Assad ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva, Russian and Syrian state media reported Tuesday. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) BEIRUT (AP) — When President Donald Trump meets Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, the Syrian conflict will be one of the most immediately pressing issues on a wide-ranging and colorful agenda. As fighting wanes after seven years of war, the U.S. has made curtailing Iran’s influence in post-war Syria a strategic objective — one strongly backed ...
  • Trump says NATO members have agreed to spending increases U.S. President Donald Trump raises his hands during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday reaffirmed his commitment to the NATO alliance after he said member nations caved to his demands by making significant pledges to increasing defense spending. “The United States’ commitment to NATO remains very strong,” Trump told reporters at a surprise news conference following an emergency session of NATO members ...
  • Israel hits Syrian posts after drone breached its airspace Flames of rockets fired by Palestinian militants are seen over Gaza Strip toward Israeli lands, early Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel targeted Syrian military positions early on Thursday after an unmanned drone entered its airspace from the neighboring country the previous day, the military said. The military said it struck three Syrian posts “in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV,” or unmanned aerial vehicle. Syrian state media said Israeli jets fired on ...
  • NATO Summit: Trump claims Germany ‘totally controlled’ by Russia U.S. President Donald Trump gestures while speaking to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during their bilateral breakfast, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) BRUSSELS (AP) — In a combative start to his NATO visit, President Donald Trump asserted Wednesday that a pipeline project has made Germany “totally controlled” by and “captive to Russia” and blasted allies’ defense spending, opening what was expected to be a fraught summit with a list of grievances involving American allies. Trump, in a testy ...
  • Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks In this June 16, 2018 photo, Taliban fighters greet residents in the Surkhroad district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Peace in Afghanistan seems even more elusive, both for troops on the front lines of this war-battered country and for survivors of countless attacks, since the Taliban shrugged off the government’s latest offers of cease-fire and negotiations. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — With the Taliban shrugging off the Afghan government’s latest offers of a cease-fire and negotiations, peace seems as elusive as it has been for decades in this war-battered country, both for troops on the front lines and for civilians facing frequent attacks. The Taliban have been gaining more ground in their annual ...
  • China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat Bandeira da China e dos Estados Unidos são vistas em Washington 18/01/2011 REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government vowed Wednesday to take “firm and forceful measures” against U.S. threats to expand tariff hikes to thousands of products like fish sticks, apples and French doors as their trade dispute escalates. China gave no details but earlier threatened “comprehensive measures” if Washington took more action. That prompted fears Beijing, running ...
  • Friend or foe at NATO? Who knows when Trump comes to dinner Mike Pompeo NATO BRUSSELS (AP) — When Donald Trump walks into a NATO summit Wednesday, international politics are bound to become intensely personal — again. Since moving into the White House almost 18 months ago, the U.S. president has been as abrasive with some of America’s most trusted allies as he has been warm toward traditional adversaries like North ...
  • Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead A man walks past debris from a heavy rain in Hiroshima, southwestern Japan Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Rescuers combed through mud-covered hillsides and near riverbanks Tuesday to look for dozens of people still missing after days of heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan. (Ryosuke Ozawa/Kyodo News via AP) HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Akira Tanimoto says his apartment narrowly survived the floods and mudslide at his residential complex over the weekend, and even if he wants to go back there with his wife and two pet birds, he can’t because there is no water, power or food available. After their desperate run from floods that ...
  • Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting the Emirates Iran- Saudi ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that America and its Gulf Arab allies want to show Iran that its actions have “a real high cost,” stepping up his warnings after Tehran threatened to disrupt Mideast oil supplies. Pompeo’s comments came during a short trip to the ...
  • Analysis: Harsh words may mean NKorea seeks deal with Trump FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo provided by the North Korean government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea. In his first post-summit visit to Pyongyang on Friday, July 6, 2018, Pompeo is hoping to pin Kim down on all the things the North Korean leader danced around in his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File) TOKYO (AP) — North Korea’s vitriolic criticism of the U.S. following a first round of nuclear negotiations went out of its way to spare one person: President Donald Trump. In a statement issued just hours after the two-day talks finished on Saturday, North Korea accused the U.S. side of a “unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,” ...
  • Pompeo in North Korea vows to get details of nuke commitment USA-NK talks PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his first trip to Pyongyang since President Donald Trump’s summit with leader Kim Jong Un last month with a vow to nail down the specifics of Kim’s commitments on denuclearization. Pompeo, who arrived in the North Korean capital on Friday, has the crucial task of ...
  • Likely impact of US-China trade war: Prices up, growth down Bandeira da China e dos Estados Unidos são vistas em Washington 18/01/2011 REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s two biggest economies have fired the opening shots in a trade war that could have wide-ranging consequences for consumers, workers, companies, investors and political leaders. The United States slapped a 25 percent tax on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports starting Friday, and China is retaliating with taxes on an equal ...
  • Analysis: After summit, Pompeo wants nuke details from Kim FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo provided by the North Korean government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at Workers’ Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea. In his first post-summit visit to Pyongyang on Friday, July 6, 2018, Pompeo is hoping to pin Kim down on all the things the North Korean leader danced around in his talks with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore.Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File) TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive in Pyongyang on Friday for his first visit since last month’s summit in Singapore, and one of his biggest tasks will be to dispel growing skepticism over whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un really intends to abandon his nuclear arsenal. This will ...
U.S. law-enforcement and intelligence officials' warnings at the Aspen Security Forum about Russian election-meddling were a sharp contrast with tamer statements from the White House. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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In a conciliatory letter to President Donald Trump, Mexico's president- elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he is ready to start a new stage in U.S.-Mexico relations. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who oversees the fight against Islamic State, expressed firm reservations about President Donald Trump's hopes of working more closely with Russia in Syria. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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Israel's military said late Sunday it fired toward Palestinians in Gaza launching flaming balloons into Israeli territory, an incident that posed a challenge to a weekend cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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To fund a 70-nation infrastructure initiative, Beijing has been extending loans in opaque deals often contingent on using Chinese contractors. Three years into China's program in Pakistan, that nation is heading for a debt crisis, caused in part by a surge in Chinese loans and imports. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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New law was activated after indictments in February. Lawmakers watch to see if administration will use it again. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Afghanistan's vice president who was returning home after more than a year of exile, was unhurt from a suicide bombing Sunday near Kabul airport. The explosion killed 14 people. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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Hundreds of Syrian emergency rescuers and their families were evacuated from the country's southwest with Israel's help, passing through territory it controls to Jordan as the regime of President Bashar al-Assad takes control of one of the last remaining opposition strongholds. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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Saudi Arabia is ramping up efforts to lure international companies and revive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's plans for an economic makeover, after foreign investment fell to a 14-year-low in 2017. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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Hamas said it has agreed to a cease fire with Israel in the Gaza Strip, a day after an Israeli soldier and three Hamas members were killed in violent clashes on the border. [...]
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he 'wouldn't minimize' the possibility that the U.S. will impose tariffs on all $500 billion worth of goods that the U.S. imports from China, amplifying a threat made by President Donald Trump. [...]
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
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Greece's leftist Syriza party ditches its antagonism toward Israel and cooperates with Netanyahu's government as Ankara asserts power in region. [...]
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
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When Iraq's power supply faltered this month in the middle of a heat wave, it ignited an angry question: Why can't one of the world's top oil producers keep the power on? [...]
Sat, Jul 21, 2018
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned countries against easing pressure on North Korea on Friday, citing sanctions violations that have allowed Pyongyang to import crucial supplies. [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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Israel's military said it launched a wide-scale attack against Hamas after one of its soldiers was killed by fire from the Gaza Strip, an escalation that raises concerns of a wider conflict. [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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Ciro Gomes, a veteran politician, became the first presidential candidate confirmed by a party convention for Brazil's Oct. 7 vote, kicking off a wide open election season. [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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The EU's chief Brexit negotiator raised serious doubts about May's plan for Britain's future trade relationship with the bloc, saying parts of it would risk undermining the EU's single market. [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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Senate and House negotiators removed from a must-pass defense bill a legislative attempt to undo President Trump's deal with Beijing to save Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE. [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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Chinese president wrapped up three-day meeting in U.A.E with flurry of business agreements, bolstering economic ties with a key ally of Saudi Arabia, just as Beijing is emerging as a critical partner for an increasingly isolated Iran. [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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Family members have long been the backbone of the nation's long-term care system. But smaller, more far-flung families mean fewer of these unpaid helpers to attend to the rising population of elderly Americans; ‘Are you really my daughter?' [...]
Fri, Jul 20, 2018
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