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WASHINGTON  | US demands answers from Cuba on political prisoners

WASHINGTON  — The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight of more than 100 people it says are political prisoners held by the communist government. In an open letter to Cuba’s foreign minister, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Cuba has refused to respond to multiple U.S. queries about the eight who he … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | US demands answers from Cuba on political prisoners

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

WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials confirmed Trump’s plans. A Republican congressional aide said the president was expected to announce his decision by tweet on Friday morning. The officials were not authorized to speak … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador

WASHINGTON | In a twist, Trump fights to keep some Palestinian aid alive

WASHINGTON — For two years, the Trump administration has unabashedly slashed U.S. aid to the Palestinians. Now, amid signs it may finally roll out its long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the administration is scrambling to save what little remaining Palestinian assistance it provides. The striking turnabout is the result of the belated realization that an … Continue reading WASHINGTON | In a twist, Trump fights to keep some Palestinian aid alive

WASHINGTON | US: Iran violating UN arms export ban in Yemen, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration accused Iran on Thursday of stepping up violations of a U.N. ban on arms exports by sending rockets and other weaponry to rebels in Afghanistan and Yemen. The new allegations come as the U.S. ramps up pressure on Iran to halt what it calls “malign activities” in the Middle East and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Iran violating UN arms export ban in Yemen, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON | US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

WASHINGTON — U.S. analysts said Monday they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites, highlighting the challenge the Trump administration faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement to end its nuclear and missile programs. The findings, which were released amid signs the administration’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

WASHINGTON | US analysts ID 13 secret North Korean missile sites: report

WASHINGTON — U.S. analysts say they have located more than half of an estimated 20 secret North Korean missile development sites. The findings come as the Trump administration’s denuclearization talks with the North appear to have stalled. And they highlight the challenge the U.S. faces in ensuring that North Korea complies with any eventual agreement … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US analysts ID 13 secret North Korean missile sites: report

WASHINGTON | Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak

WASHINGTON— A battle is brewing between the Trump administration and some of the president’s biggest supporters in Congress who are concerned that sanctions to be re-imposed on Iran early next month won’t be tough enough. As President Donald Trump prepares to re-impose a second batch of Iran sanctions that had been eased under the 2015 … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump faces complaints that new Iran sanctions are too weak