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Politics Jan 25Biden administration suspends some sanctions on Yemen rebels
The move follows harsh criticism of Pompeo's designation of the Iran-backed Houthis as a "foreign terrorist organization" by the U.N. and relief organizations.
Politics Jan 20Trump global broadcasting chief quits amid VOA staff revolt
Michael Pack resigned just minutes after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. Pack is citing the incoming administration's desire for new leadership at the agency that runs the Voice of America and sister networks.
World Jan 20China bans several Trump officials from doing business with or entering China
Beijing slapped travel bans and business restrictions on Trump's secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O'Brien and U.N. ambassador, Kelly Craft.
World Jan 19Pompeo says China’s policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities amount to ‘genocide’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out anew at China on Tuesday by declaring that its policies on Muslims and ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang region constitute "crimes against humanity" and a "genocide."…
Politics Jan 19WATCH: Biden DNI pick Haines says no room for politics in intel agencies
President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to lead the intelligence community, Avril Haines, promised Tuesday to "speak truth to power" and keep politics out of intelligence agencies to ensure their work is trusted.
Politics Jan 14U.S. imposes new sanctions on Beijing over South China Sea violations
The penalties are yet another Trump administration move that may make President-elect Joe Biden's diplomacy with China more difficult when he takes office next week.
Politics Jan 11Trump hits Cuba with new sanctions in waning days
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the step on Monday, citing in particular Cuba's continued harboring of U.S. fugitives as well as its support for Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
Politics Jan 11State Department investigating change to Trump’s bio page
A change to Donald Trump’s bio on the department's website said the president's term ended Monday, raising questions and creating an internet frenzy.
Politics Jan 11Pompeo defends Trump, foreign policy in speech to VOA
Less than a week after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to try to subvert the results of an election, Pompeo told staff at the Voice of America that America retains the credibility to defend democratic values abroad.
World Jan 11Pompeo to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as terrorist group
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced he will designate Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels as a “foreign terrorist organization" as time runs down on the Trump administration.