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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.
World Jan 10In Cairo, Secretary Pompeo repudiates Obama Mideast policy
Pompeo said Obama he was naive and timid when confronted with challenges posed by the revolts that convulsed the Middle East, including Egypt.
World Jan 09In surprise visit to Iraq, Pompeo seeks to reassure Kurds on Syria withdrawal
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Mideast tour is meant to promote the White House's hard-line position on Iran.
Politics Dec 23Trump loses U.S. envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan
Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.