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

SACRAMENTO, Calif | California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The arrest came after officials at Dailey Elementary Charter School discovered an injury on a child who came into an office Monday afternoon, Dyer said. He did not describe the injury or Arambula’s … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | California lawmaker arrested on child cruelty suspicion

United States | Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Hosts Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States – On December 11, 2018, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan hosted a ministerial on counterterrorism at the Department of State focused on the Western Hemisphere. Thirteen key North, Central, and South American partners joined for this meeting, including Argentina, The Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad … Continue reading United States | Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Hosts Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial

United States | Burkina Faso’s National Day

United States – On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Government and people of Burkina Faso as you celebrate your national day on December 11. The United States supports Burkina Faso’s efforts to build stronger democratic institutions, promote economic reform, confront terrorist threats, and improve health to ensure … Continue reading United States | Burkina Faso’s National Day

LAS VEGAS | McCutchen on the move, other deals percolate at meetings

LAS VEGAS— Andrew McCutchen moving into Philadelphia’s outfield, more talk about a megadeal involving Noah Syndergaard and J.T. Realmuto and veteran pitcher Ivan Nova on the go. The winter meetings picked up a bit Tuesday, but any big deals for the likes of Corey Kluber, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper remained on deck. There were … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | McCutchen on the move, other deals percolate at meetings

VANCOUVER, British Columbia | Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A Canadian court granted bail on Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States’ request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver, China detained a former Canadian diplomat … Continue reading VANCOUVER, British Columbia | Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat