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Health Mar 20Virus prompts U.S. and Mexico to restrict border travel
Both countries and Canada also agreed to immediately turn back anyone trying to cross their borders illegally, with U.S. officials saying that the unchecked entry of people from around the world poses a potential health risk because of the rapidly…
Politics Mar 11U.S. report finds widespread forced Uighur labor in China
U.S. lawmakers are pushing for a ban on exports from an area of northwest China following a report that found widespread use of forced labor.
Nation Feb 21Trump searches for a permanent national intelligence director
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is the nation's new acting top intelligence official, but he's expected to have only a short-term tenure. Rep. Doug Collins, who was being considered for the post, said he's not interested.
World Feb 05At least 138 deported to El Salvador were later killed, human rights group says
The group says a majority of those deportees were killed within a year and some within days of returning to a country with the highest homicide rate in the Western Hemisphere.
Politics Oct 05State Department rattled by impeachment inquiry revelations
The State Department has been deeply shaken by the rapidly escalating impeachment inquiry, as revelations that President Donald Trump enlisted diplomats to dig up dirt on a political rival threaten to tarnish its reputation as a nonpartisan arm of U.S.
Nation Sep 27U.S. ambassador pressed Ukraine corruption fight before ouster
Officials described Yovanovitch as a respected and highly skilled diplomat who was carrying out two main missions on behalf of the administration: pressing the Ukrainian government to address long-standing U.S. concerns about public corruption in the East European nation and…
Nation Jun 27Tillerson says Kushner conducted foreign policy without him
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited examples of Trump's son-in-law conducting diplomacy behind his back, according to a transcript of a congressional hearing released Thursday.
World May 08U.S. imposes new sanctions on Iran as tensions escalate
President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as a new threat from Tehran.
World Apr 30WATCH: National security adviser John Bolton addresses Venezuela unrest
Venezuelan opposition leaders calling for a military uprising against the government of President Nicolás Maduro gained quick messages of support Tuesday from the Trump administration amid a possible turning point in the South American nation's political crisis. Watch comments by…
World Mar 18Brazil’s far-right president visits CIA on first U.S. trip
Eduardo Bolsonaro described the CIA as "one of the most respected intelligence agencies in the world," in a tweet that was likely to raise eyebrows back home in Brazil, where the U.S. and its spy services have been regarded with…