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World Aug 07U.S. sanctions pro-China leader of Hong Kong, other officials
The Treasury Department announced sanctions Friday on Carrie Lam, the leader of the pro-Beijing government, and 10 other officials. The sanctions are the latest in a string of actions the Trump administration has taken against China…
World Aug 06Trump’s Iran envoy quits administration as U.S. pushes embargo
Brian Hook is leaving one day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would call for a U.N. Security Council vote next week on resolution to indefinitely extend the embargo beyond October.
Politics Aug 05WATCH: Pompeo says U.S. will call a U.N. vote on Iran arms embargo extension
The Trump administration is pressing ahead with efforts to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran despite widespread opposition to such a move at the world body.
Politics Aug 05State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor’s ouster
Akard's resignation also comes just two days after Democrats issued subpoenas for several of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's top aides to answer questions about the shakeup in the watchdog's office.
Politics Aug 03USAID official fired after anti-LGBTQ social media posts
Officials say Merritt Corrigan was fired Monday just hours after sending the torrent of tweets that also accused Democratic lawmakers of a "corrupt campaign" to oust her from her job.
World Jul 31U.S., China consulate closures deal losses to both nations
The United States and China have done more than strike symbolic blows in their escalating feud by shutting each other's consulates. They've also dimmed each other's ability to observe critical regions of their countries.
World Jul 23WATCH: Pompeo declares U.S. engagement with China a failure in Nixon Library speech
Nearly 50 years after Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China, Pompeo used the symbolism of the venue to accuse the Chinese of taking advantage of that opportunity to lie, cheat and steal their way to power and prosperity.
Politics Jul 22WATCH: Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds hearing on competition with China
The United States has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in the latest escalation of tensions between the world's largest economies.
World Jul 13U.S. rejects nearly all Chinese claims in South China Sea
The Trump administration is escalating its actions against China by stepping squarely into one of the most sensitive regional issues dividing them and outright rejecting nearly all of Beijing’s significant maritime claims in the South China Sea.
Health Jul 07U.S. notifies U.N. of withdrawal from World Health Organization
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration of if…