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BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

BRUSSELS — The United States and the European Union said Tuesday that they are seeking details about the arrest of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, but they sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with … Continue reading BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

SINGAPORE | Pompeo says US ‘confident’ North Korea will denuclearize

SINGAPORE— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that while there’s “still a ways to go,” the United States remains “confident” in North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize. Pompeo is attending an Asian security forum with North Korea’s foreign minister. His comments Friday in Singapore came after the White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump had … Continue reading SINGAPORE | Pompeo says US ‘confident’ North Korea will denuclearize

SINGAPORE  | Asia shares gain on reports China, US may resume trade talks

SINGAPORE — Asian shares are mostly higher as traders watch to see what might come of reports the U.S. and China are looking to restart trade talks. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 0.7 percent to 22,713.08 and South Korea’s Kospi added 0.4 percent to 2,304.03. The Shanghai Composite index lost 0.3 percent to … Continue reading SINGAPORE  | Asia shares gain on reports China, US may resume trade talks

WASHINGTON | US, Turkey discuss detained US pastor after Trump threat

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken to his Turkish counterpart about an American pastor detained on terrorism and espionage charges. It could be a possible indication the NATO allies are trying to ease tensions that flared this week after President Donald Trump said the U.S. would impose sanctions in retaliation. Turkey has … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, Turkey discuss detained US pastor after Trump threat

ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD  — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. This week’s meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.’s top diplomat for South Asia, was an attempt to jump-start talks on ending Washington’s longest military engagement, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

Taiwanese | US airlines cave to China’s demand on referring to Taiwan

Taiwanese – The Trump administration, several U.S. senators, and Taiwanese business leaders had been urging the three biggest U.S. airlines in recent weeks to stand up against China‘s demand about how they describe Taiwan on their websites. The U.S. airlines, looking at the explosive growth in China’s air-travel market, decided to ignore them all. American, … Continue reading Taiwanese | US airlines cave to China’s demand on referring to Taiwan

PYONGYANG, North Korea  | While making nice with US and Seoul, North Korea slams Japan

PYONGYANG, North Korea  — North Korea’s state-run media have toned down their rhetorical attacks on the United States and South Korea while leader Kim Jong Un pursues a more diplomatic approach, but the vitriol continues — and Japan is now Pyongyang’s favorite foil. Commentaries critical of Tokyo, which has maintained a harder line toward Pyongyang … Continue reading PYONGYANG, North Korea  | While making nice with US and Seoul, North Korea slams Japan