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Pompeo pushes peace talks on unannounced trip to Afghanistan
by Matthew Lee - July 10, 2018 - 3:00am
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the Trump administration's calls for peace talks between Afghanistan's government and the Taliban on an unannounced visit to Kabul.
Pompeo appeals for North Korea to replicate Vietnam's 'miracle'
by Matthew Lee - July 9, 2018 - 8:32am
Undeterred by a blistering rebuke of his efforts to forge a denuclearization deal with North Korea, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday appealed for North Korea's leadership to follow Vietnam's path in...
Trump's Mideast team to push peace plan in region
by Matthew Lee - June 14, 2018 - 1:08am
WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump's Mideast negotiating team will visit the region next week as it finalizes its as-yet unveiled Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and will hold talks on...
Top North Korean official lands in US for talks with Pompeo
by Matthew Lee - May 31, 2018 - 8:36am
A senior North Korean official arrived in New York on Wednesday in the highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years, as President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un sought to salvage prospects for a high-stakes...
US team in NKorea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit
by Matthew Lee - May 29, 2018 - 1:00am
A U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to President Donald Trump, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place.
US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates
by Matthew Lee - May 21, 2018 - 2:06am
The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six month more months, reserving an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as...
US has daunting to-do list to prepare for NKorea summit
by Matthew Lee - May 17, 2018 - 4:38pm
Who sits where? What's on the agenda? Will they eat together? What's the security plan?
Americans were freed 1 hour before flight out of Pyongyang
by Matthew Lee - May 10, 2018 - 8:21am
After months of anticipation and drama, the release of three American detainees by North Korea played out amid high-stakes diplomacy and was only sealed about an hour before the U.S. secretary of state was wheels-up...
Pompeo, in Saudi Arabia, talks tough on Iran, Gulf dispute
by Matthew Lee - April 29, 2018 - 5:03pm
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is using the Middle East leg of his first trip abroad as America's top diplomat to call for concerted international action to punish Iran for its missile programs.
Trump says 'good relationship' formed with North Korea
by Matthew Lee - April 19, 2018 - 2:35am
President Donald Trump on yesterday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said "a good relationship was formed" heading into the adversaries' anticipated summit.
Certain of gas attack, allies struck Syria before UN report
by Matthew Lee - April 15, 2018 - 11:07am
The United States, Britain and France opted to strike Syria for its apparent use of chemical weapons without waiting for a report from U.N. inspectors because they were convinced that the Assad government had used...
US to seek social media details from all visa applicants
by Matthew Lee - March 31, 2018 - 5:00pm
The State Department wants to require all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, vastly expanding the Trump administration's enhanced vetting of potential...
US renews offer of Syria cooperation with Russia
by Matthew Lee - July 6, 2017 - 1:04am
The Trump administration is renewing an offer to cooperate with Russia in the Syrian conflict, including on military matters, ahead of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this we...
As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts
by Matthew Lee - May 26, 2017 - 10:45pm
When President Donald Trump met Pope Francis this week, the US leader renewed a commitment to fighting global famine and proudly announced a new multimillion-dollar American aid contribution to four African nations...
Senior diplomat resignations accepted as Trump team enters
by Matthew Lee - January 27, 2017 - 4:11am
A number of senior career diplomats are leaving the State Department after the Trump administration accepted their resignations from presidentially appointed positions.
Several senior diplomats resign as Trump admin takes shape
by Matthew Lee - January 26, 2017 - 11:44am
A handful of senior U.S. diplomats are resigning their posts during President Donald Trump's first week on the job, creating more high-level openings that the new president must fill.
US goes from bandleader to bystander in Syria peace efforts
by Matthew Lee - January 8, 2017 - 3:00am
Stung by years of failure to stop Syria's bloodshed, the United States is now just a bystander to the civil war as President Barack Obama's tenure ends.
Kerry heads to Bangladesh, India amid South Asian tensions
by Matthew Lee - August 28, 2016 - 11:12pm
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's stops in Bangladesh and India come amid increasing concerns about terrorism in both South Asian nations.
US State chief Kerry heads to Europe, Asia on multi-issue global tour
by Matthew Lee - July 22, 2016 - 8:14am
Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Europe and Asia this week on a trip focusing on climate change, the Mideast, tensions in the South China Sea and North Korean missile tests.
US says global human rights protections declined in 2015
by Matthew Lee - April 13, 2016 - 1:51pm
The Obama administration is blaming a global crisis in governance, as well as atrocities by non-state actors, for a decline in human rights standards around the world last year.
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