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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.
Politics Dec 21Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops after call with Turkish prime minister
Trump stunned his Cabinet, lawmakers and much of the world with the move by rejecting the advice of his top aides and agreeing to a withdrawal in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, two officials…
World Dec 19Trump pulling all U.S. troops from Syria, declaring ISIS defeated
The move contradicts President Trump's own experts' assessments and is sparking surprise and outrage from his party's lawmakers who called his action rash and dangerous.
World Dec 14Pompeo condemns China’s detention of 2 Canadians
After a high stakes meeting Friday with his Canadian counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the arrest of two Canadians in China and called on Beijing to release them.
Politics Dec 07Trump says he will nominate Heather Nauert as next UN ambassador
Nauert is to replace Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who announced in October that she would step down as ambassador at the end of this year…
World Nov 16North Korea deports American, boasts of ‘ultramodern’ weapon
Experts say the weapon test was likely an expression of anger by North Korea at U.S.-led international sanctions.
Politics Nov 05U.S. sanctions on Iran take effect
The sanctions target Iran's energy, financial and shipping sectors and are aimed at crippling the country's economy following President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.
Politics Nov 02Trump administration reimposes all U.S. sanctions on Iran
The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran's shipping, financial and energy sectors. It's the second batch of penalties that the administration has reimposed since President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal in May.