The Trump administration

WASHINGTON | US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has freed up a fraction of some $200 million in frozen funds for Syria stabilization programs, leaving nearly $195 million in limbo. The State Department said Thursday that President Donald Trump had authorized $6.6 million to support the White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense organization, and the International, Impartial … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US frees up fraction of frozen Syria funds

WASHINGTON | US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration lifted Thursday U.S. sanctions that had been placed on a popular Colombian soccer team for alleged ties to a drug cartel Under the Obama administration in 2015, the Treasury Department placed Envigado soccer club and owner Juan Pablo Upequi on its foreign narcotics kingpins list. The U.S. accused Upequi … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US lifts sanctions placed on Colombian soccer team in 2014

WASHINGTON | Obama-era clean-air rule on methane emissions blocked again

WASHINGTON  | April 5, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  An on-again, off-again effort to restrict harmful methane emissions on federal lands is off — again. A federal judge in Wyoming has halted the clean-air rule indefinitely. Judge Scott Skavdahl says it “makes little sense” to force oil and gas companies to comply with the Obama-era rule when the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Obama-era clean-air rule on methane emissions blocked again

Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

DETROIT /March 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards that were a pillar in the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change. It’s not clear whether the announcement will include a specific number, but current regulations from the Environmental Protection … Continue reading Trump EPA expected to roll back auto gas mileage standards

US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

WASHINGTON /March 23, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and American government agencies. The nine defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the … Continue reading US charges 9 Iranians in massive hacking scheme

The Latest: Trump move on tariffs sparks trade debate

WASHINGTON /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) The Latest on U.S.-China trade (all times local): 1:30 p.m. President Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s moving to impose steel tariffs of up to $60 billion worth of Chinese imports is rattling financial markets and touching off a fresh economic debate. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce says “imposing taxes on … Continue reading The Latest: Trump move on tariffs sparks trade debate

Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

NEW YORK /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Stocks are falling sharply and bond prices are climbing after the Trump administration moved to place tariffs on some goods imported from China and restrict Chinese investment. The Chinese government said it will defend itself and investors fear that trade tensions will spike between the world’s largest economies. Industrial … Continue reading Worries about China tariffs send stock market sharply lower

The Latest: White House readies tariffs on China

WASHINGTON /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Latest on U.S.-China trade (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration is readying restrictions on Chinese investment and tariffs on nearly $50 billion worth of Chinese imports to punish Beijing for stealing American technology and pressuring U.S. companies to hand it over. China is already warning that it … Continue reading The Latest: White House readies tariffs on China