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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.
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…