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World Feb 06Trump says nearly all Islamic State territory has been reclaimed
President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that the Islamic State group will have lost by next week all the territory it once controlled. He said the U.S. will not relent in fighting remnants of the extremist organization despite his decision to…
World Feb 05Defense officials fear ISIS is lying low, not defeated
U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time until the Americans leave the battlefield as planned.
World Jan 31U.S. expected to announce withdrawal from arms control treaty as soon as Friday
An American withdrawal, which has been expected for months, would follow years of unresolved dispute over Russian compliance with the pact, known as the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty. Some analysts worry the demise of the treaty could fuel…
World Jan 28U.S. hits Venezuela state-owned oil company with sanctions
The potentially critical economic move is aimed at increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the opposition.
World Jan 22Top U.S. diplomat for Europe quits after 16 months on the job
Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell's resignation is a blow to efforts to steady the Trump administration's shaky ties with European partners amid questions about its commitment to the trans-Atlantic alliance.
World Jan 18Trump to hold second summit with North Korea’s Kim
President Donald Trump is to hold a second summit with the leader of North Korea near the end of February to try to coax the North to give up its nuclear program.
Politics Jan 17Trump denies Pelosi an aircraft to visit U.S. troops abroad
The move was an apparent response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to delay the president's State of Union address.
Nation Jan 17Shutdown ongoing, State Department sends diplomats back to work with pay
The State Department on Thursday instructed all U.S. diplomats in Washington and elsewhere to return to work next week with pay, saying it had found money for their salaries at least temporarily despite the ongoing government shutdown.
World Jan 14U.S. tells Saudis to hold Khashoggi’s murderers accountable
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he told the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia on Monday that the Trump administration expects the kingdom to hold accountable “every single person” responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,…
World Jan 13Pompeo: Qatar diplomatic crisis ‘has dragged on too long’
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday an ongoing boycott of Qatar by four of America’s allies in the Middle East “has dragged on too long,” though he gave no sign of any coming breakthrough in the dispute.