Update: Rights group: 4 dead in Venezuela street clashes

World 05/02/19, 10:40

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):11:35 a.m.A Venezuelan human rights group says at least four people died in two days of protests after opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for a military uprising.In this photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, right, accompanied ...

A message to all patriotic citizens of Venezuela

Politics 05/01/19, 20:14

“Juan Guaido indeed is the duly elected constitutional leader” of Venezuela, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said today. “Our task is to continue to support all those who are supporting Juan Guaido.” Over the past 36 hours—and, indeed, for months before—President Donald J. Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton ...

US hopes for Venezuela change fizzle for 3rd time this year

Politics 05/01/19, 17:14

For the third time this year, the big moment in Venezuela has turned into a bust. Trump administration officials had expected that Wednesday might turn out to be the beginning of the end for President Nicolas Maduro with senior government figures withdrawing support and the opposition launching a mass uprising with ...

Pompeo off to Europe next week amid strains on many fronts

Politics 05/01/19, 12:42

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Europe next week on a four-nation trip amid trans-Atlantic strains on many fronts. The State Department says Pompeo will visit Finland, Germany, Britain and Greenland for discussions on Russia and China as well as Syria. The Trump administration is at odds with numerous European ...

US grants exemptions to new sanctions on Iran guard force

Politics 04/24/19, 11:26

The Trump administration is granting major exemptions to new sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlines the exemptions in notices published in the Federal Register. A ban on travel to the U.S. stemming from the designation of the Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization will ...

US move to end Iran exemptions sending oil prices higher

Business 04/23/19, 08:08

Global oil prices are climbing in the wake of the U.S. move to impose sanctions on countries that buy Iranian oil.And analysts said Tuesday that prices could keep heading higher.The U.S. announced the sanctions last year to push Iranian leaders to renegotiate an agreement aimed at keeping them from developing ...

Update: Trump pledges support for Sri Lanka

Politics 04/22/19, 10:29

The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 8:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has called the prime minister of Sri Lanka to express condolences for Easter attacks that killed nearly 300 people. Sri Lankans gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine a day after series of blasts in Colombo, Sri ...

US says no more sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

Politics 04/22/19, 10:10

The Trump administration said Monday that it will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, stepping up pressure on Iran in a move that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea, Turkey. President ...

Beijing’s human rights abuses are only getting worse

China 04/22/19, 09:31

The U.S. State Department’s recently released Human Rights Report for 2018 is its yearly attempt to hold other governments accountable, while saying nothing about controversial American government actions during the year. The aim is to enhance generally the basic human rights listed in the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and end international abuses, ...

Update: US ending sanction waivers for Iran oil imports

Politics 04/22/19, 08:35

The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 8:45 a.m. The White House says the U.S. is ending exemptions from sanctions for countries that import Iranian oil. In a statement, the White House said it was taking "timely action to assure that global demand is met as ...

US tells Afghan president Qatar talks best chance for peace

World 04/22/19, 05:01

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Afghanistan's president over the weekend to express Washington's disappointment over the indefinite postponement of Afghan talks with the Taliban and to condemn the insurgent's latest "spring offensive," according to a statement Monday.The Afghan-to-Afghan talks were scheduled to start on Friday in Qatar, where ...

Sources: US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil

Politics 04/21/19, 20:32

The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that the administration will ...

N.Korea issues mild criticism of Bolton over media interview

World 04/20/19, 07:44

North Korea on Saturday issued a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton for calling on North Korea to show more evidence of its disarmament commitment before a possible third leaders' summit. North Korea's criticism appears to be a continuation of its frustration at deadlocked nuclear negotiations ...

Pompeo dismisses N.Korea’s rejection of him as US negotiator

Politics 04/19/19, 10:52

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday rejected a North Korean demand that he be replaced as President Donald Trump's top negotiator, as the United States and Japan vowed to continue to enforce tough sanctions on North Korea until it dismantles its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. Pompeo's refusal to ...

Pentagon confirms NK test launch, says not ballistic missile

Politics 04/18/19, 13:48

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is confirming that North Korea conducted a test launch on Wednesday, but he declined to provide any details. He is the first U.S. official to confirm the launch. He tells reporters at the Pentagon that North Korea conducted a test, but it didn't involve a ballistic ...

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