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U.S. warns North Korea against 'ill-advised behavior' as deadline looms

12 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON/SEOUL The United States warned North Korea on Thursday against any resumption of "unfortunate ill-advised behavior" after Pyongyang raised international concerns by setting an end-of-year deadline for Washington to reconsider its diplomatic approach.

Pompeo says hopeful North Korea will keep commitments as Pyongyang deadline looms

10 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the Trump administration was "hopeful" North Korea will continue to work toward denuclearization and refrain from long-range missile tests, as Pyongyang's deadline for Washington to reconsider its approach to talks looms.

U.S. Uighur bill's threat to surveillance economy puts China on offensive

05 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON China reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's approval of legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters last month, but movement on another congressional bill, backing Uighur Muslims in China's northwest, has cut even closer to the bone and could trigger reprisals and hurt efforts to resolve the U.S.-China trade war.U.S. congressional sources and China experts say Beijing appears especially sensitive to provisions in the Uighur Act passed by the House of Representatives this week banning exports to China of items that can be used for surveillance of individuals, including facial and voice-recognition technology.

U.S. House approves Uighur bill demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials

04 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown on its Muslim minority, demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials and export bans.

White House says it will not participate in Wednesday's Trump impeachment hearing

02 Dec 2019

WASHINGTON The White House told Democratic lawmakers on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump and his lawyers would not participate in a congressional impeachment hearing this week, citing a lack of "fundamental fairness." | Video

Can he 'ride it out'? Pompeo future uncertain after impeachment testimony

21 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON Testimony on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played a more central role than previously known in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings has fuelled uncertainty within the administration about the top diplomat's future.

Trump shift on Israeli settlements fulfills wish list of evangelical base

19 Nov 2019

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON A U.S. decision effectively backing Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, long a cherished item on conservative Christians' wish list, is expected to strengthen evangelicals' support for Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in 2020, according to a leader of the president's evangelical advisory group.

Trump shift on Israeli settlements fulfils wish list of evangelical base

19 Nov 2019

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON A U.S. decision effectively backing Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, long a cherished item on conservative Christians' wish list, is expected to strengthen evangelical's' support for Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in 2020, according to a leader of the president's evangelical advisory group.

U.S. backs Israel on settlements, angering Palestinians and clouding peace process

18 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The United States on Monday effectively backed Israel's right to build Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank by abandoning its four-decade-old position that they were "inconsistent with international law," a stance that may make Israeli-Palestinian peace even more elusive. | Video

Trump impeachment probe goes public as political drama mounts

14 Nov 2019

WASHINGTON The impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump will reach a critical juncture on Wednesday when lawmakers launch their first televised public hearings, marking a new, high-stakes phase of a tumultuous presidency. | Video

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