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U.S. Department of State News: Belgium National Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer my sincere congratulations to the people of Belgium as they celebrate their national day. Through two world wars, the founding of NATO, and the fight against terrorism, the United States and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Belgium National Day

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of unreal claims on Russia, NATO

WASHINGTON — It was a week of bewilderment over what President Donald Trump really thinks about Russian interference in the U.S. election and what he and Russia’s Vladimir Putin told each other in their private meeting. The confusion was fed by Trump’s vacillating statements about the summit. On other fronts, Trump inaccurately claimed Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s week of unreal claims on Russia, NATO

MOSCOW | The Latest: Merkel responds to Trump jab on Montenegro

MOSCOW | The Latest: Merkel responds to Trump jab on Montenegro MOSCOW— The Latest on the meeting earlier this week between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump (all times local): 2 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says NATO‘s collective-defense clause applies to all members, not just big countries, adding that she’s glad … Continue reading MOSCOW | The Latest: Merkel responds to Trump jab on Montenegro

MOSCOW | Russia says Putin, Trump discussed referendum in Ukraine

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed a possible referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit earlier this week, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. said Friday. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov revealed the discussions amid confusion and concern in the U.S. about what the two presidents agreed behind closed doors. “This … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia says Putin, Trump discussed referendum in Ukraine

WASHINGTON | US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, allies set to evacuate Syrian aid workers from southwest

HELSINKI  | Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behavior

HELSINKI  — Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president’s tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump’s “America first” approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a … Continue reading HELSINKI  | Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behavior

WASHINGTON | Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump backs down, says he misspoke on Russia meddling

HELSINKI | The Latest: Trump to Putin: The world wants us to get along

HELSINKI — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 2:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says at the start of his summit with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki that he thinks “the world wants to see us get along.” Trump says the two countries have “great opportunities,” … Continue reading HELSINKI | The Latest: Trump to Putin: The world wants us to get along