foreign policy

YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian PM’s bloc wins majority in parliamentary vote

YEREVAN, Armenia — Allies of Armenia’s new leader have won an overwhelming majority of seats in the country’s early parliamentary election, according to preliminary results released Monday. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, a 43-year-old former journalist, took over in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. He had pushed for an … Continue reading YEREVAN, Armenia | Armenian PM’s bloc wins majority in parliamentary vote

WASHINGTON | GOP senator doesn’t know whether UN pick is up to the job

WASHINGTON— A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn’t know whether President Donald Trump‘s pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job. Trump wants former Fox News reporter and current State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert (NOW’-urt) to replace Nikki Haley as ambassador. Nauert had little … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP senator doesn’t know whether UN pick is up to the job

WASHINGTON | State spokeswoman Trump’s expected choice for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is expected to announce he will nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans Thursday. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. Trump has previously said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | State spokeswoman Trump’s expected choice for UN ambassador

SINGAPORE | At Southeast Asian summit, pushback against going it alone

SINGAPORE — The annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday with a warning from the host, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, about threats against international rules that underpin world stability and economic growth. “The international order is at a turning point,” Lee said at the opening ceremony of the summit of the 10-nation … Continue reading SINGAPORE | At Southeast Asian summit, pushback against going it alone

WASHINGTON | Trump says State spokeswoman might be next UN ambassador

WASHINGTON  — State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is among the people under consideration to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, President Donald Trump said Thursday. Trump said his administration will “probably make a decision” next week on a replacement for Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she would step down from … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says State spokeswoman might be next UN ambassador

UNITED NATIONS | Haley became a popular UN diplomat despite Trump policies

UNITED NATIONS— Nikki Haley came to her job as the top U.S. diplomat at the United Nations with no foreign policy experience, but in less than two years she made many friends — even among ambassadors from countries at odds with the Trump administration’s policies. Tuesday’s sudden announcement that she was leaving by the end … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Haley became a popular UN diplomat despite Trump policies

SKOPJE, Macedonia | EU’s Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece

SKOPJE, Macedonia — The European Union’s foreign policy chief on Thursday added her voice to a string of western officials urging the people of Macedonia to vote in a referendum on a deal with Greece that could enable the former Yugoslav republic’s NATO and EU accession. Speaking in the capital, Skopje, Federica Mogherini said Macedonians … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | EU’s Mogherini urges Macedonians to vote on deal with Greece

WASHINGTON | Trump sees mixing trade, foreign policy as good politics

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower’s trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country’s outgoing president for his help on border security and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump sees mixing trade, foreign policy as good politics