Pompeo: Maritime security plan ‘will take time’

U.S. 07/30/19, 04:10

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States will participate in creating a maritime security plan for commercial shipping in the Persian Gulf region, but he said, " It will take more time than we wish it would take." Pompeo sat down with David Rubenstein—the president of the Economic ...

Pompeo says Iran foreign minister ‘didn’t know or lied’ about drone

U.S. 07/19/19, 19:26

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday, July 19, that the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif “either didn't know or lied" about the downing of an Iranian drone in the Persian Gulf. Speaking at a news conference in Buenos Aires with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, Pompeo repeated that ...

US to create international alliance to defend religious freedom

U.S. 07/19/19, 16:03

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo closed the Ministerial Conference to Advance Religious Freedom, on Thursday, held in Washington July 16-18, with the announcement of two important initiatives.  "Since the earliest days of our nation, America has stood for religious freedom. Our first settlers left their homes ...

Pompeo launches advisory panel to evaluate human rights

U.S. 07/08/19, 19:20

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday officially launched an advisory panel to re-evaluate the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Pompeo said, “Every once in a while we need to step back and reflect seriously on where we are, where we've been and whether we're headed in ...

US military says 2 service members killed in Afghanistan

World 06/26/19, 10:43

The U.S. military said two of its service members were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan. The deaths occurred a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Afghan capital of Kabul, where he said Washington was hopeful of a peace deal before Sept. 1. At a news conference Wednesday in ...

‘This should shock everyone’s conscience’

Opinion 06/21/19, 20:17

Opinion It sounds surreal: Doctors surgically remove organs from people while they are still alive, so that transplant recipients can get the freshest organs possible. The donors—if you can call them that—are prisoners of conscience who never consented and are killed by the operation. The recipients have to wait only days or ...

US blames Iran for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf

Politics 06/13/19, 14:55

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the United States government blames Iran for attacks on two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, casting it as the latest in a series of "provocative actions" that have sharply raised tensions in the region. A U.S. assessment of Iran's responsibility, which forced ...

Pompeo statement on Tiananmen met with sharp China response

China 06/04/19, 01:43

China responded pointedly to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's comments on the 30th anniversary of the Chinese army's bloody suppression of student-led pro-democracy protests centered on Beijing's Tiananmen Square. The dueling statements underscore the vast divide in perceptions of the events of three decades ago, which Beijing considers a taboo subject ...

Trump: ‘Not happy’ about ‘messed up’ Israeli politics

Politics 06/02/19, 19:59

President Donald Trump says Israel has got to "get their act together" after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was unable to form a new governing coalition and a second election was set for later this year. Saying the political situation in Israel is "all messed up," Trump adds, "We're not happy about ...

Update: US would talk with Iran ‘with no preconditions’

Politics 06/02/19, 07:17

The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (all times local): 1:20 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration is willing to talk with Iran "with no preconditions," but he said the United States will continue its campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. Tensions have risen between ...

Pompeo, Swiss FM in talks likely dominated by Iran tensions

Politics 06/02/19, 04:50

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is holding talks with his Swiss counterpart that are expected to focus on Iran. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran that have sparked fears of conflict, Pompeo was meeting Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis in the southern Swiss town of Bellinzona. Switzerland represents U.S. ...

Pompeo visits Swiss event as Trump’s policies raise concerns

Politics 06/01/19, 10:26

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is joining Trump adviser Jared Kushner at a closed-doors meeting of the Bilderberg Group in the Swiss lakeside resort of Montreux. Saturday's annual gathering has long been shrouded in mystery because of its secretive nature and high-profile participants from business, politics, intelligence and defense. The drop-in ...

Pompeo: Humanitarian aid plan for Iran “unproblematic”

Politics 05/31/19, 07:30

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Washington would not stand in the way of a system that Europeans are developing to shield companies from American sanctions if they deal with Iran, so long as the focus is providing humanitarian and other permitted goods. Pompeo, making his first visit ...

“American Taliban” John Walker Lindh is released from prison

California 05/23/19, 20:57

John Walker Lindh, the Californian who took up arms for the Taliban and was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, got out of prison Thursday after more than 17 years, released under tight restrictions that reflected government fears he still harbors radical views. President Donald Trump reacted by saying, ...

Trump considering loophole for Saudi arms sale

Politics 05/23/19, 18:26

The Trump administration is considering an emergency declaration that would allow it to make an arms shipment to Saudi Arabia without the approval of Congress, two U.S. officials and lawmakers opposed to the move said Thursday. The officials say a decision on invoking a national security waiver in the Arms Export ...

Update: Pompeo says Lindh still poses a threat to US

U.S. 05/23/19, 09:15

The Latest on John Walker Lindh's release from prison (all times local):10:00 a.m.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the early release of John Walker Lindh from federal prison is "unexplainable and unconscionable."FILE - American John Walker Lindh is seen in this undated file photo obtained Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, from ...

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