Heather Nauert

Doubting the intelligence, Trump pursues Putin and leaves a Russian threat unchecked

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. …

World Leaders

Venezuela rejects U.S. comments on its humanitarian situation - Xinhua

CARACAS, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Venezuelan government on Saturday rejected what the U.S. State Department said on the South American country's need …

Humanitarianism

Trump’s Jerusalem fumble: If the U.S. is out as a Mideast broker, who’s in? - Salon.com

Considering President Trump’s sales pitch when he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital — “nothing more or less than a recognition of reality” — the administration’s poor grasp of reality in the two weeks since might be counted the very zenith of irony. Nothing seems to have registered in the …

Israel

Why the War in Ukraine Matters to America

KYIV, Ukraine—And it goes on and on in eastern Ukraine. Every day and every night. There’s never any end to the artillery, the rockets, the …

Ukraine

Syria blame game continues after failed Geneva talks

US calls on Syrian government to 'participate fully' in Geneva talks, while Damascus blames stalemate on preconditions.<p>The United States has urged the Syrian government to "participate fully" in negotiations with the opposition, while a Syrian official blamed opposition preconditions for yet …

Syria

US congratulates Nepal on successful elections

The just-concluded provincial and parliamentary elections in Nepal should set the stage for responsive governance working on principles of …

Nepal

U.S. says it wants Syrian government to negotiate 'seriously' with opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday urged supporters of the Syrian government to press it to "participate fully" in negotiations with the opposition, saying a lack of a political resolution in the war-torn country threatened indefinite instability.<p>In a statement, a spokeswoman for …

World News

Is the War in Syria Over? One Year After Aleppo Battle, U.S. and Russia Still Fighting On Different Sides

In the year since the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, retook the city of Aleppo from rebels who had made the metropolis a symbol of …

Syria

Trump just shut down Tillerson’s attempt to talk with North Korea — again

The former top oil executive turned diplomat just can’t catch a break.<p>Embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can’t seem to catch a break.<p>After months of having his diplomatic efforts and credibility contradicted and undermined time and again by President Donald Trump — the man whose views …

North Korea

Rex Tillerson’s North Korea Decisions Are Getting the Secretary of State in Trouble (Again)

Speculation that Rex Tillerson may soon be out of a job ramped up this week after the secretary of state said Tuesday that the United States was …

North Korea

State Department says it has begun tracking Mexico alcohol-related blackout incidents

Officials with the U.S. Department of State are now tracking reports of blackouts and injuries related to potentially tainted alcohol in Mexico and …

U.S. Department of State

U.S. deports twice as many Cubans in 2017 vs 2016

The United States has deported twice as many Cubans in 2017 than in 2016, but that still represents less than 10 percent of all the Cubans who …

Immigration

State: 12 reports of tainted Mexican resort booze, warns of 'blacking out'

The State Department Friday said that it has received 12 reports of tainted booze from sickened American visitors to Mexico and said it is concerned …

Immigration

New Tillerson Rumors Crank the Disrespect up Several Notches

Ok. This is uncomfortable.<p>All the rumors of tension between President Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be just that – rumors – but when …

Conservative View

Trump allies say Tillerson has ‘not learned his lesson’ and cannot continue in job for long

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed focused this week on rebooting his image as a beleaguered Cabinet member on the outs with his boss and his own employees — holding a rare town hall with employees, promising foreign trips into 2018 and saying he is “learning” to enjoy his job.<p>But then he went …

News (China)

Turkish police summon FBI official: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police summoned a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official on Wednesday over statements made in a U.S. court by a former Turkish police investigator who fled the country last year, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.<p>Anadolu said the FBI official was summoned …

World News

Will case of Venezuela’s ‘narco-nephews’ affect the fate of U.S. man in Caracas jail?

The decision by a New York federal court on Thursday to sentence the nephews of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to 18 years in jail on drug …

Venezuela

Thursday briefing: Brexit bill defeat shakes May’s authority

Amendment demanding final vote is passed … Salma Hayek on sexual harassment by ‘monster’ Weinstein … and extinction under the magnifying glass<p>Top story: Rebellion or just parliament doing its job?<p>Hello – it’s Warren Murray flicking through the news with you this morning.<p>“Rebelling once gives you a …

Salma Hayek

Tillerson to attend U.N. meeting on N. Korea

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend a United Nations meeting on North Korea later this week, a …

North Korea

Journalists are being jailed for 'fake news,' and critics blame Trump

A record 262 journalists were jailed in 2017 simply for doing their work, according to a report published Wednesday by the Committee to Project …

Business

State Dept. concerned by Polish fine on US-owned broadcaster

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States says it is concerned by Poland's decision to impose a heavy fine on a private American-owned television broadcaster.<p>State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Tuesday that "this decision appears to undermine media freedom in Poland, a …

Business

Trump administration focus on immigration and drug war outweigh democracy concerns in Honduras

In what critics call a weakening of U.S. support for democracy in Latin America, the Trump administration appears to be prioritizing concerns about illegal immigration and drug trafficking from Honduras over the country’s violent and flawed election process.<p>The administration’s relative silence on …

Politics

Russia denies violating Cold War-era arms control treaty

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s team is making baseless allegations about Russian compliance with a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a Moscow …

Russia

US blasts president Maduro's move to sideline Venezuelan opposition

The United States accused Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Monday of a dictatorial bid to wipe his opponents of the political map following his …

Venezuela

America First proves a mixed blessing for Bahrain

Even before Donald Trump took office last year, Bahrain jumped at the opportunity to cultivate the incoming US president by booking its national …

Middle East

Venezuelan judge orders Utah man be tried on weapons charges

A Venezuelan judge ruled Tuesday that a jailed American man must stand trial on weapons charges, dashing hopes of his family in Utah that he would be …

Crime

US diplomat in Nairobi quits over Trump tactics

US President Donald Trump greets Kenya's Fiorst Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the 43rd G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy. PHOTO | COURTESY<p><b>By KEVIN J KELLEY</b><p>A …

Kenya

The Hell Happened in Havana?

5<p>Shares 5<p>I am not writing this from a bunker, lined with canned goods and guns. I’m not wearing a tinfoil hat fedora, and don’t even own any camo …

Libertarianism

Released From Three-Day Detention, Saakashvili Resumes Calls to Remove Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Following a turbulent chain of events, Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia and the opposition activist leader of the Ukrainian Rukh …

Ukraine

At US missions in Europe, Tillerson pitches State Department overhaul

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Defense: Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital | Mattis, Tillerson reportedly …

Donald Trump