Trump to attend politician-journalist dinner

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

President Donald Trump will attend this year’s Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering of politicians and journalists that will mark the first such appearance by the American leader known for his frequent outbursts against the media.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who confirmed Trump’s plans, however said “no decision has been made regarding the WHCA (White House Correspondents Association) dinner,” another high-profile meeting usually attended by the American ...

Donald Trump Jr. arrives in India to help sell apartments

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

The eldest son of President Donald Trump has arrived in India to help sell luxury apartments and lavish attention on wealthy Indians who have already bought units in Trump-branded developments.Donald Trump Jr. posed for photos Tuesday morning with Indian developers, who are building the complexes in four cities. Later in the week, he is scheduled to make a speech about Indo-Pacific relations at a New Delhi business summit, sharing the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Trump ...

Afghan Taliban say they want to end war through dialogue

Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against US forces would go on. A more aggressive US strategy in Afghanistan including a surge in air strikes introduced by President Donald Trump in August has pushed the Taliban back from several district centers and two provincial capitals. But the militants control large ...

Deportation of Bangladeshi teacher from US postponed in mid-flight

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The fate of a foreign-born teacher was in limbo Tuesday after his deportation from the United States was temporarily stopped while his flight was en route to his native Bangladesh.Syed Ahmed Jamal, a chemistry teacher based in Lawrence, Kansas, was taken off the flight during a layover in Hawaii -- the result of a dizzying chain of events that culminated in a last-minute stay of his deportation."He has been taken off the plane, not returned to Kansas City as yet," Jamal's attorney ...

Palestinian leader Abbas tells Putin he wants US peace role diluted

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday he could no longer accept the role of the United States as a mediator in talks with Israel because of Washington’s behavior, the Interfax news agency reported.“We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the US in its status of a mediator, as we stand against its actions,” Abbas told Putin at the start of talks in Moscow. Abbas was quoted as saying he wanted an expanded new ...

Washington denies discussing annexation of settlements with Netanyahu

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The White House denied on Monday that the United States had discussed with Israel a plan to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank.White House spokesman Josh Raffle, who works with Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and who is in charge of this file, said the statements were "wrong" and that "the United States and Israel never discussed such a proposal, adding that the US president is focusing on his peace initiative between Israel and the ...

California to block crude oil from Trump offshore drilling plan

Thursday, 8 February 2018

California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs, officials told Reuters on Wednesday, a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in US federal waters. California’s plan to deny pipeline permits for transporting oil from new leases off the Pacific Coast is the most forceful step yet by coastal states trying to halt the biggest proposed expansion in decades of federal oil and gas leasing. ...

Trump focused on ‘strong’ fundamentals amid market sell-off

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump was focused on the long-term health of the economy, claiming the fundamentals were "exceptionally strong," despite a strong market sell-off. Wall Street stocks endured a brutal first session of the week, with the Dow seeing its steepest ever one-day point drop, wiping 4.6 percent off the value of America's 30 largest companies. "The president's focus is on our long-term economic fundamentals, which remain exceptionally strong ...

No. 3 US diplomat quits in latest departure under Trump

Friday, 2 February 2018

The US State Department’s third-ranking official, Tom Shannon, said on Thursday he was stepping down, the latest senior career diplomat to exit since President Donald Trump took office a year ago. Shannon, who serves as undersecretary of state for political affairs, is the most senior career diplomat at the State Department and has been a fixture among the nation’s diplomatic ranks during more than 34 years of service. In a letter to department staff, Shannon, 60, said ...

In the wake of Trump’s Mideast policy, neutrality doesn’t help

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Donald Trump’s diplomatic style looks different than the political minefield, which virtually every American president had tried to navigate over the life of American engagement in the Palestinian–Israeli conflict. Tallying up the scorecard reveals the abysmal progress over decades of prodding the parties toward a viable and lasting peace. Trump’s remarks on Thursday in Davos, Switzerland ahead of his meeting with Israel’s Netanyahu saying that “We’ll see ...

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