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Trump administration unlikely to move on Hong Kong barring dramatic escalation: U.S. official

14 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is unlikely to move to revise a 1992 act that gives Hong Kong special trade and business privileges unless there is a dramatic escalation by China in response to street protests there, a senior U.S. official said.

Trump administration unlikely to move on Hong Kong barring dramatic escalation -U.S. official

14 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is unlikely to move to revise a 1992 act that gives Hong Kong special trade and business privileges unless there is a dramatic escalation by China in response to street protests there, a senior U.S. official said.

Egypt, Jordan, Morocco to attend U.S.-led Palestinian conference - officials

11 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have informed the Trump administration they will attend a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain this month on proposals for boosting the Palestinian economy as part of a coming U.S. peace plan, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

U.S. pushes for Saudi progress on Khashoggi probe before anniversary of killing

11 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is pressing Saudi Arabia to show "tangible progress" towards holding to account those behind the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and wants them to do so before the one-year anniversary of his murder, a senior administration official said.

Palestinians deserve self-determination but uncertain they can govern themselves - Kushner

03 Jun 2019

WASHINGTON White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that the Palestinians deserve "self-determination," but stopped short of backing Palestinian statehood and expressed uncertainty over their ability to govern themselves. | Video

Relief from U.S. sanctions will not come easily for some Venezuelans

30 May 2019

WASHINGTON Immediately after he turned against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the United States lifted economic sanctions against Manuel Cristopher, a general who served as the leftist leader's spy chief.

U.S. readies sanctions, charges over Venezuela food programme - sources

21 May 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is preparing sanctions and criminal charges against Venezuelan officials and others suspected of using a military-run food aid programme to launder money for President Nicolas Maduro's government, according to people familiar with the matter.

U.S. to encourage investment in Palestinian areas as first part of peace plan

20 May 2019

WASHINGTON The White House will unveil the first part of President Donald Trump's long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan when it holds an international conference in Bahrain in late June to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday.

U.S. envoy says Palestinian leaders seek to kill peace plan, should hold fire

10 May 2019

WASHINGTON Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy is accusing the Palestinian leadership of trying to kill the U.S. president’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan even before its unveiling and urges them instead to hold fire until they see the details, saying it would be a mistake to declare it “dead on arrival.”

U.S. deploying carrier, bombers to Middle East to deter Iran - Bolton

06 May 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East in response to troubling "indications and warnings" from Iran and to show the United States will retaliate with "unrelenting force" to any attack, national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday. | Video

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