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WARSAW, Poland | Pompeo says ‘confronting Iran’ key to Mideast peace

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the world “can’t achieve peace and security in the Middle East without confronting Iran.” Pompeo spoke Thursday before the opening session of a Middle East security conference in Warsaw. Appearing next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Pompeo says “pushing back” against Iran is … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Pompeo says ‘confronting Iran’ key to Mideast peace

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia | Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is invoking the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. Speaking in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats to the democratic and free market gains made … Continue reading BRATISLAVA, Slovakia | Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

BUDAPEST, Hungary | Pompeo warns of risks to US cooperation over Huawei

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that America might be forced to scale back certain operations in Europe and elsewhere if countries continue to do business with the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. Pompeo made the comments in Budapest on the first leg of a five-nation European tour during which … Continue reading BUDAPEST, Hungary | Pompeo warns of risks to US cooperation over Huawei

CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Maduro sending minister to UN council meeting

CARACAS, Venezuela—Jan 25, 2019— The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The Venezuelan government led by Nicolas Maduro says it’s sending Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to New York to speak at a U.N. Security Council meeting Saturday called by the United States on the crisis in Venezuela. Secretary of State … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | The Latest: Maduro sending minister to UN council meeting

TOPEKA, Kan | Pompeo deflects Kansas Senate talk, says he has ‘full plate’

TOPEKA, Kan.  —January 23, 2019—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is deflecting speculation that he might run for Senate in Kansas, saying he has a “very full plate” in his current job. Pompeo was asked Wednesday night in a Fox News television interview about whether he might run next year for the seat held by … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan | Pompeo deflects Kansas Senate talk, says he has ‘full plate’

HAVANA | Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

HAVANA—Jan 17, 2019—The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island. A 1996 law known as the Helms-Burton Act give Americans … Continue reading HAVANA | Trump weighs dramatic tightening of US embargo on Cuba

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia —Jan 14, 2019— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that President Donald Trump’s threat to devastate NATO ally Turkey’s economy if it attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria underscores America’s commitment to its partners. Pompeo said he had yet to speak with Turkish officials or Trump about the president’s tweeted … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Pompeo: Trump threat to Turkey shows US commitment to Kurds

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Pompeo: Qatar diplomatic crisis ‘has dragged on too long’

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday an ongoing boycott of Qatar by four of America’s allies in the Middle East “has dragged on too long,” though he gave no sign of any coming breakthrough in the dispute. Stopping off in the small, energy-rich nation as part of a Mideast tour, … Continue reading RIYADH, Saudi Arabia | Pompeo: Qatar diplomatic crisis ‘has dragged on too long’

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates  — Jan 12, 2019—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh) says he’s confident the United States and Turkey can agree on a way to protect Kurdish rebels in Syria after the American troop withdrawal. Pompeo has spoken to Turkey’s foreign minister and says a possible agreement is a work in … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Pompeo confident of US deal with Turkey to protect Kurds

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | US says time for new government in Venezuela

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Jan 12, 2019—The Trump administration is ramping up its criticism of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and explicitly calling for the formation of a new government in the country. The State Department says in a statement that it is now “time to begin the orderly transition to a new government.” … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | US says time for new government in Venezuela

CAIRO | Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

CAIRO— Jan 11, 2019—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is bringing the Trump administration’s anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states as he continues a nine-nation tour of the Middle East. Pompeo travels on Friday to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates where he’ll be calling for increasing pressure on Iran and pushing for unity among … Continue reading CAIRO | Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

BAGHDAD | Reports: On Mideast trip, Pompeo makes unannounced Iraq stop

BAGHDAD—Jan 09, 2019—Iraqi and Saudi TV channels say U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Iraq on an unannounced stop on his Mideast tour. The U.S. diplomat is touring American allies in the region amid confusion over conflicting statements by President Donald Trump and senior U.S. officials about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Reports: On Mideast trip, Pompeo makes unannounced Iraq stop

AMMAN, Jordan |Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran

AMMAN, Jordan— Jan 08, 2019—U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a Mideast visit to talk to regional leaders about ramping up pressure on Iran. The trip comes amid confusion over conflicting Trump administration statements about a planned U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria. Pompeo’s first stop on Tuesday is pro-Western Jordan, followed by visits … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan |Pompeo starts Middle East visit to ramp up pressure on Iran

SAO PAULO | Brazil’s Bolsonaro sees threat in Russia, considers US base

SAO PAULO — Brazil is open to hosting a U.S. military base to counter Russian influence in the region, the South American country’s new far-right president said. Jair Bolsonaro, who took office on Tuesday, is a fan of U.S. President Donald Trump and a fierce critic of Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro. In the interview … Continue reading SAO PAULO | Brazil’s Bolsonaro sees threat in Russia, considers US base

WASHINGTON | US wants access to American held in Moscow on spying charges

WASHINGTON — Jan 02, 2019— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the U.S. hopes to gain access soon to a former Marine who was arrested in Russia on espionage charges and that “if the detention is not appropriate we will demand his immediate return.” Paul Whelan, who is head of global security … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US wants access to American held in Moscow on spying charges

WASHINGTON | US seeks close ties with Brazil’s new leader

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is seeking to cement close ties with Brazil’s incoming far-right leader with a visit to the country next week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo will lead the U.S. delegation to President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration on New Year’s Day. The State Department said Friday that Pompeo would discuss increasing … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US seeks close ties with Brazil’s new leader

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senators move to act against Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on the U.S. response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Senators are sending a strong signal that they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, voting to move forward with legislation that would end U.S. involvement … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Senators move to act against Saudi Arabia

SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea to deport American it detained for illegal entry

SEOUL, South Korea  — North Korea said Friday that it will deport an American citizen it detained one month ago for illegally entering the country. The announcement suggests that North Korea still intends to improve ties with the United States despite stalled nuclear diplomacy. In the past, North Korean often held American citizens it arrested … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | North Korea to deport American it detained for illegal entry

PARIS | The Latest: Rain nixes Trump stop at US cemetery in France

PARIS — The Latest on President Donald Trump in France (all times local): 12:55 p.m. The White House is calling off President Donald Trump’s scheduled visit to a World War I cemetery due to poor weather. Trump was slated on Saturday to visit Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near the village of Belleau, France. It’s the site … Continue reading PARIS | The Latest: Rain nixes Trump stop at US cemetery in France

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

SEOUL, South Korea  — A senior North Korean envoy’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been delayed, throwing already deadlocked diplomacy over the North’s nuclear weapons into further uncertainty. The State Department said in a short statement Wednesday the officials would meet later “when our respective schedules permit.” It offered no reason, … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

WASHINGTON | Pompeo to meet with NK counterpart Thursday in New York

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be traveling to New York on Thursday to meet with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol. The State Department says the top U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, will join Pompeo and Kim to discuss efforts toward what it calls “achieving the final, fully verified … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pompeo to meet with NK counterpart Thursday in New York

WASHINGTON | Secretary of State Pompeo defends waivers to Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the Trump administration’s reimposition of sanctions against Iran from conservative critics who argue more should be done to isolate the country. In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” Pompeo refused to reveal which countries received waivers from U.S. sanctions to continue importing Iranian oil. But he said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Secretary of State Pompeo defends waivers to Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON | At turning point, US urges Yemen cease-fire, political talks

WASHINGTON— At an apparent turning point in one of its hardest foreign policy challenges, the Trump administration is demanding a cease-fire and the launch of U.N.-led political talks to end the Saudi-Iran proxy war in Yemen. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called for a halt to hostilities within 30 days. The renewed diplomatic drive reflects a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | At turning point, US urges Yemen cease-fire, political talks

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in death

ANKARA, Turkey— The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 11:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. Vice … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in death

ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing

ANKARA, Turkey — The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 11:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | The Latest: US revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing

WASHINGTON | US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON  — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration is revoking the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the death of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo announced the step at a State Department news conference Tuesday. Vice President Mike Pence said earlier that Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, “will … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US to revoke visas of Saudis implicated in killing of writer

WASHINGTON | Trump: ‘Very Severe’ consequences if Saudis killed Khashoggi

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump has acknowledged it “certainly looks” as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage. Before Trump spoke Thursday, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump: ‘Very Severe’ consequences if Saudis killed Khashoggi

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: PROBE INTO KHASHOGGI CASE FAR FROM OVER Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Turkey, where a newspaper detailed the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in gruesome detail. ‘NO, I … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: US, NKorea officials upbeat after meeting

SEOUL, South Korea — The Latest on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Asia (all times local): 9:30 a.m. U.S. and North Korean officials are offering positive reviews for the latest meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In Washington, President Donald Trump tweeted that … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | The Latest: US, NKorea officials upbeat after meeting

SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo ends 4th N. Korea trip, says progress made with Kim

SEOUL, South Korea  — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made unspecified progress Sunday toward an agreement for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons. There was no immediate indication, though, if Pompeo had managed to arrange a much-anticipated second summit between Kim and President … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Pompeo ends 4th N. Korea trip, says progress made with Kim