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Trump's Cuba hawks try to squeeze Havana over Venezuela role

18 Apr 2019

MIAMI/WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Wednesday imposed new sanctions and other punitive measures on Cuba and Venezuela, seeking to ratchet up U.S. pressure on Havana to end its support for Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro. | Video

Trump lifts ban on U.S. lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba

17 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration is lifting a long-standing ban against U.S. citizens filing lawsuits against foreign companies that use properties seized by Cuba’s Communist government since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. | Video

In major shift, Trump to allow lawsuits against foreign firms in Cuba

17 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON/HAVANA The Trump administration will allow lawsuits in U.S. courts for the first time against foreign companies that use properties confiscated by Communist-ruled Cuba since Fidel Castro's revolution six decades ago, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Trump, Pompeo brush aside Kim's deadline for nuclear talks flexibility

16 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday brushed aside North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's demand for Washington to show more flexibility in nuclear talks by year-end, with Pompeo saying Kim should keep his promise to give up his nuclear weapons before then.

U.S. nixes deal for Major League Baseball to sign Cuban players

09 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Monday scrapped a historic agreement between Major League Baseball and the Cuban Baseball Federation that would have allowed Cuban players to sign with U.S. teams without needing to defect.

U.S. lawmakers urge sanctions over China's treatment of Muslim minority

03 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday faulted the Trump administration for failing so far to impose sanctions over China’s alleged human rights abuses against its Muslim minority and called for punitive measures against a senior Communist Party official and Chinese companies.

Russian deployment in Venezuela includes 'cybersecurity personnel' - U.S. official

26 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON A Russian military contingent that arrived in Venezuela over the weekend, drawing U.S. condemnation, is believed by the U.S. government to be made up of special forces including "cybersecurity personnel," a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday.

U.S. preparing official document on recognizing Israeli sovereignty of Golan Heights: source

22 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. officials are preparing an official document to codify recognition by the United States of Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights and President Donald Trump is likely to sign it next week, a senior administration official said on Friday.

U.S. preparing official document on recognising Israeli sovereignty of Golan Heights - source

22 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. officials are preparing an official document to codify recognition by the United States of Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights and President Donald Trump is likely to sign it next week, a senior administration official said on Friday.

In major shift, Trump says time for U.S. to recognise Israeli sovereignty over Golan

22 Mar 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday it was time to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights that Israel seized from Syria in 1967, marking a dramatic shift in U.S. policy and giving a boost to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the middle of his re-election campaign. | Video

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