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World Jul 09Tillerson talks tough on Russia, vows U.S. support for Ukraine
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Russia on Sunday that it must take the first steps to reduce tensions in eastern Ukraine and that American and European sanctions would remain in place until Moscow reversed course in the region.
Politics Jul 06U.S. says refugee admissions won’t be suspended until July 12
The State Department says the U.S. refugee admissions program won't be suspended until next week and has told resettlement agencies to continue scheduling arrivals through then.
Politics Jun 30More court challenges expected for Trump’s new travel ban
A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump's travel ban is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights.
Politics Jun 29Who’s allowed into the U.S., according to new guidelines for Trump’s limited travel ban
The Trump administration is putting new criteria in place Thursday for visa applicants from six mostly Muslim nations and all refugees, requiring a close family or business tie to the United States.
World Jun 19Syria brings new urgency to easing tensions between U.S. and Russia
As Syria's complex war ramps up, the Trump administration is scrambling to tamp down tensions and avoid open hostilities with the Russians.
World Jun 13North Korea frees American student
The administration credited the release of Otto Warmbier to its diplomatic intervention.
Politics Jun 10Trump says U.S. is committed to mutual support of NATO allies
President Donald Trump says the United States is committed to the mutual defense of NATO members, casting aside concerns that his failure to mention the commitment last month weakened the alliance.
Nation Jun 02Tillerson: U.S. still will cut emissions despite Paris pullout
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson downplayed the significance of the U.S. pullout from the Paris climate pact, arguing Friday that America still will continue taking steps to cut heat-trapping pollution.
Politics May 31With lawsuits pending, Trump moves to cut refugee admissions
President Donald Trump is moving to significantly reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States, even as his bid to temporarily suspend admissions is stalled in the courts. The latest effort comes through Trump's federal budget proposal,…
Politics May 26As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts
The Trump administration's 2018 spending plan does not eliminate money for emergency food aid, but ends a critical program by consolidating it into a broader account that covers all international disaster assistance.