WASHINGTON | The Latest: Flynn requests probation, community service

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local): 9:10 p.m. President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser is asking for probation and community service in his false statements case stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Michael Flynn is making the request in court papers … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Flynn requests probation, community service

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Georgia President-Elect Salome Zourabichvili

United States – The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo called Georgian President-elect Salome Zourabichvili yesterday to congratulate her on her November 28, 2018 election victory. They discussed U.S.-Georgian cooperation on common global security priorities, the United States’ unwavering support for Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and the … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Georgia President-Elect Salome Zourabichvili

WASHINGTON | Flynn argues against prison time in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an “uncharacteristic error in judgment.” The arguments to the judge echoed those of special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which last week said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Flynn argues against prison time in Russia investigation

United States | Remarks at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States – DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you very much. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Nathan, for that kind introduction. It’s my pleasure to welcome you all – esteemed ministers, colleagues, and guests – to this important discussion on counterterrorism in the Western Hemisphere. I’d like to begin, as Nathan said, to thank all of … Continue reading United States | Remarks at the Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States | Religious Freedom Designations

United States – On November 28, 2018, I designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated ”systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom.” I also placed Comoros, Russia, and … Continue reading United States | Religious Freedom Designations

United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

United States – Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will travel to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw from December 12-20. On December 12 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Deputy Secretary Sullivan will underscore the importance of U.S.-Slovak bilateral relations and urge senior Slovak officials to use their upcoming chairpersonship of the OSCE to strengthen … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary Sullivan Travels to Bratislava, Vienna, Sofia, Sarajevo, Skopje, and Warsaw

TOKYO | Hopes for US-China trade talks help push Asian shares higher

TOKYO — Asian shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for U.S.-China trade talks. ASIA’S DAY: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7 percent in early trading to 21,501.95. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 edged up 0.8 percent to 5,618.70. South Korea’s Kospi was up nearly 1.0 percent at 2,073.20. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 1.5 percent to 26,166.63, while … Continue reading TOKYO | Hopes for US-China trade talks help push Asian shares higher