World Leaders

U.S. judge orders special counsel to turn over evidence on Michael Flynn | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday to turn over any potential evidence that could …

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn’s Former Deputy, Who Said Russia Had ‘Thrown’ Election to Trump, Called to Testify Before Congress

The ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, has called on Kathleen Troia (“KT”) McFarland to appear …

Michael Flynn

Rex Tillerson, In Meeting With U.S. Diplomats, Says Russia ‘Interfered’ in Election

Beleaguered Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged in a closed-door meeting with U.S. diplomats on Tuesday that Russia “interfered in …

Russia

Trump: Democrats are reviving sexual harassment accusations because Russia probe faltering

WASHINGTON – President Trump on Tuesday again denied numerous accusations that he has sexually harassed or assaulted women, claiming that opponents …

Kirsten Gillibrand

Trump Adviser Calls Russia and China ‘Threats’ to U.S. Liberty

President Donald Trump’s top national security adviser described Russia and China as “revisionist powers” posing bellicose threats to the U.S. in a …

Business

Robert Lighthizer may be the most powerful Trump official you’ve never heard of

Trump’s US trade representative thinks like him — and he also knows what he’s doing.<p>President Donald Trump has packed his administration with retired businessmen struggling to adjust to the ways of Washington, family members juggling policy portfolios they have no background in, and aides willing …

Politics

Vice President Pence to visit Western Wall on Sunday

Sources say that it is unlikely that Netanyahu will accompany the vice president to the Western Wall.<p>United States Vice President Mike Pence will …

World News

National security adviser McMaster rips Russian 'campaigns of subversion'

Filed under: News, Politics, International<p>WASHINGTON — President Trump’s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, accused Russia on Tuesday of waging “campaigns of subversion” against the United States and its allies. McMaster also announced that Trump would unveil his first formal …

H. R. McMaster

Rachel Marsden: Flynn's plea deal reveals collusion, but not with Russia

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who served as U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, has pleaded guilty to making false statements …

Russia

Rex Tillerson's end of year verdict: diplomacy's a 'hard job'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Secretary of State Rex Tillerson touted the State Department's accomplishments this year, but conceded that it has yet to score an outright "win," saying that the work of diplomacy isn't that simple.<p>"Do we have any wins to put on the board? No," Tillerson told a town hall meeting …

Politics

US Secretary of State says he doesn't enjoy dealing with Pakistan as America's ties with country have 'drifted'

<b>Washington:</b> US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday said he does not enjoy dealing with Pakistan as America's relationship with the South …

Pakistan

Tillerson contradicts Trump, says Russia ‘interfered’ in election

Embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson appeared to contradict President Trump on Monday, telling dozens of U.S. diplomats that Russia …

Russia

Trump will announce new U.S. security strategy on Monday: adviser | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a new security strategy on Monday, White House national security adviser H.R. …

H. R. McMaster

Trump team wants second special prosecutor for Russia probe

The call comes after questions about a Justice Department official's ties to Fusion GPS.

Robert Mueller

Diplomat blasts Tillerson in stinging resignation letter

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A rising star at the State Department has written a blistering resignation letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that under his leadership, the agency's influence has withered and morale among staff has plummeted, in part because of the "stinging disrespect" shown by …

U.S. Politics

Pence, an architect of Jerusalem recognition, plans triumphant visit

N​o effort to salvage meetings with the Palestinians.<p>WASHINGTON -- ​Over the course of six weeks, as staff for Vice President Mike Pence consulted …

World News

Russia Probe Dems Want to Grill Jared Kushner Again

Kushner has already been questioned for hours by Capitol Hill investigators. But many questions remain about his foreign contacts, intel committee …

U.S. Politics

A former top national security official says Venezuela is one of Trump's top 3 priorities — alongside Iran and North Korea

• <b>President Donald Trump has focused much of his foreign-policy attention on Iran and North Korea.</b>• <b><br>But Venezuela is reportedly a priority alongside those countries for Trump's national-security team.</b>• <b><br>The Trump administration has already taken aggressive action against Venezuelan officials this …

U.S. Politics

Trump had for months been determined to move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

While Trump questioned Dershowitz, a confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, about the region, the president seemed certain about one …

Israel

Tillerson Says Embassy in Jerusalem Is at Least Three Years Away

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said Tuesday that it is unlikely that the American Embassy will be moved to Jerusalem before 2020.<p>“It’s not going to be anything that happens right away,” Mr. Tillerson said, adding, “Probably no earlier than three years out, and that’s pretty …

U.S. Politics

Mueller focuses on 18-day period between Flynn warnings and resignation

NBC News reports that the Russia investigation is honing into Michael Flynn’s final days in the White House and what President Trump knew when.

Politics

Mexico to Discuss Security With U.S. in Parallel to Nafta

Mexico’s top diplomatic and interior officials will visit Washington this week to discuss security cooperation with their U.S. counterparts at the …

Kirstjen Nielsen

Is CNN Protecting Adam Schiff?

We’re certainly living in strange times when the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee is among the most media-friendly lawmakers in Washington. The times would be less strange if the media were a little less friendly in return.<p>Since they are charged with overseeing America’s spy …

Opinion

White House Ratchets Up Yemen Pressure as Catastrophe Deepens

The U.S. is ramping up pressure on Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen amid fears that the crisis is slipping further into catastrophe and …

Middle East

18 crucial days: What did the president know and when did he know it?

Filed under: News, Politics, White House<p>WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is trying to piece together what transpired inside the White House over a critical 18-day period that began when senior officials were told that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was susceptible to blackmail …

Robert Mueller

As republic debate reignites, what would it take for NZ to go it alone?

Former United Future leader Peter Dunne this month used his final speech in Parliament to challenge politicians to make the next governor-general the …

New Zealand News

Trump Trade Adviser Attacks WTO for 'Losing Focus'

President Donald Trump’s chief trade adviser issued his first detailed criticism of the World Trade Organization Monday, blasting the global commercial arbiter for “losing its essential focus” and becoming “a litigation-centered organization” that has failed to pay sufficient attention to enforcing …

World News

Inside the Trump dossier handoff: McCain's 'go-between' speaks out

The man who says he acted as a “go-between” last year to inform Sen. John McCain about the controversial “dossier” containing salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump is speaking out, revealing how the ex-British spy who researched the document helped coordinate its release to the …

U.S. Politics

UN Ambassador Haley cites 'will of American people' on Jerusalem decision

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Sunday cited "the will of the American people" in defending President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the US Embassy there.<p>"For 22 years you have had presidents and the American people …

U.S. Politics

Palestinians Are ‘Walking Away’ From Peace Opportunity, White House Says

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority’s refusal to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during his upcoming visit to the region is “unfortunate,” a …

Jewish Culture