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  • Donald Trump Dec 2, 2019

    Trump to Tariff Steel and Aluminum From Argentina and Brazil

    President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate. Trump also called on America’s central bank to take action to prevent other countries from devaluing their currencies. Both South American nations were among a group of U.S. allies that Trump...

  • Donald Trump Nov 11, 2019

    Buttigieg Says He Would Pick 1st Female Veterans Affairs Secretary

    Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says if elected he’d like to name a woman to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time as 2020 hopefuls take aim at President Donald Trump’s record on stemming military suicide and helping female vets. On Veterans Day, several candidates rolled out proposals to meet the needs of America’s 20 million former...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Blast in Syrian Town Held by Turkey-Backed Gunmen Kills 13

    A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey on Saturday killing 13 people, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition gunmen from Kurdish-led fighters. The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack,...

  • Donald Trump Nov 2, 2019

    Blast in Syrian Town Held by Turkey-Backed Gunmen Kills 13

    A car bomb exploded in a northern Syrian town along the border with Turkey on Saturday killing 13 people, Turkey’s Defense Ministry said. The ministry said about 20 others were wounded when the bomb exploded in central Tal Abyad, which was captured last month by Turkey-backed opposition gunmen from Kurdish-led fighters. The ministry blamed Syrian Kurdish fighters for the attack,...

  • Donald Trump Oct 29, 2019

    US Afghan Peace Envoy Takes Push for Peace to Pakistan

    Washington’s Afghan peace envoy remained in Pakistan on Tuesday as part of efforts to find a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s 18-year war, even though President Donald Trump hasn’t expressed any interest in resuming talks with the Taliban. The envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, met with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday and was expected to hold talks with the country’s powerful...

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces Attacked Its Troops

    Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said. The fighting underscored the risks of violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of...

  • Donald Trump Oct 24, 2019

    US's Esper Has Sharp Words for Turkey Over Syria Invasion

    U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is lashing out at Turkey for its military assault on Syrian Kurdish fighters across the border into Syria. His remarks in Brussels Thursday came after spending four tumultuous days engulfed in the chaotic ramifications of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Esper says Turkey’s unwarranted invasion into Syria jeopardizes security gains made in recent...

  • Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Analysis: Trump's ‘Success' in Syria Cedes Region to Russia

    President Donald Trump declared success in Syria on Wednesday and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in “endless wars.” But with his abrupt withdrawal from what he called “bloodstained sand,” the president ceded American influence over a huge swath of the region to rivals and may have spun the Middle...

  • Donald Trump Oct 21, 2019

    US Troops in Syria Going to Iraq, Not Home as Trump Claims

    While President Donald Trump insists he’s bringing home Americans from “endless wars” in the Mideast, his Pentagon chief says all U.S. troops leaving Syria will go to western Iraq and the American military will continue operations against the Islamic State group. They aren’t coming home and the United States isn’t leaving the turbulent Middle East, according to current plans outlined...

  • Donald Trump Oct 19, 2019

    Questions Arise About Nuclear Weapons at Base in Turkey

    Frayed U.S. relations with Turkey over its incursion in Syria raise a sensitive question rarely discussed in public: Should the United States remove the nuclear bombs it has long stored at a Turkish air base? It’s a tricky matter for several reasons, including the fact that by longstanding policy, the U.S. government does not publicly acknowledge locations of nuclear weapons...

  • Donald Trump Oct 18, 2019

    Trump Touts Turkey Cease-Fire, Even as It Appears Shaky

    President Donald Trump punched back Friday at criticism that his Syria withdrawal is damaging U.S. credibility, betraying Kurdish allies and opening the door for a possible resurgence of the Islamic State. He touted a cease-fire agreement that seemed at risk as Turkey and Kurdish fighters differed over what it required and whether combat had halted.

  • Donald Trump Oct 17, 2019

    Trump Dismisses Syria Concerns; Dems Walk Out of White House Meeting

    Washing his hands of Syria, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday the U.S. has no stake in defending the Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America’s partners against IS extremists. Hours later, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats walked out of a meeting at the White House, accusing him of having a “meltdown,” calling her a “third-rate...

  • Donald Trump Oct 16, 2019

    Pence to Try Diplomacy in Turkey as Russia Offers to Mediate in Syria

    As U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prepared to lead a delegation to Ankara to urge Turkey to agree to a ceasefire in its attack on Syrian Kurdish fighters, Russia offered Wednesday to mediate a resolution to the bloody conflict in northern Syria in an apparent attempt to assert Moscow’s role as a strong diplomatic force in the region. Ahead of...

  • Donald Trump Oct 15, 2019

    Russia Moves to Fill Void Left by US in Northern Syria

    Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies. Now in its seventh day, Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish fighters has caused...

  • Donald Trump Oct 15, 2019

    Turkey Widens Invasion as Syrian Army Returns to Northeast

    Syrian government troops moved into towns and villages in northeastern Syria on Monday, including the flashpoint region of Manbij, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces advancing in the area as long-standing alliances in the region began to shift or crumble following the pullback of U.S. forces. The Syrian military’s deployment near the Turkish border came after Syrian Kurdish...

  • Donald Trump Oct 14, 2019

    US Pulling Out of Northern Syria; Full Withdrawal Possible

    The United States appears to be heading toward a full military withdrawal from Syria amid growing chaos, cries of betrayal and signs that Turkey’s invasion could fuel a broader war. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that President Donald Trump had directed U.S. troops in northern Syria to begin pulling out “as safely and quickly as possible.” He did not...

  • Donald Trump Oct 9, 2019

    AP Fact Check: Trump Misfires on Economy, Syria, Impeachment

    Battling an impeachment inquiry, President Donald Trump is misrepresenting facts as he blasts his investigators and seeks to highlight the administration’s efforts to fulfill campaign pledges on the economy and war in the Middle East . In tweets and public remarks, the president minimized the risk of withdrawing U.S. support for Kurdish fighters in Syria, suggesting that most of the...

  • Donald Trump Oct 7, 2019

    WH: American Troops to Pull Out of Syria for Turkey

    The White House says Turkey will soon move troops into northern Syria as U.S. troops withdraw. Kurdish fighters who remain in the region to help the U.S. push ISIS out of Syria are calling the move a betrayal. The Turkish government regards the Kurds as terrorists, raising fears about their fate.

  • Donald Trump Oct 6, 2019

    Controversy Stalks Nobel Peace, Literature Prizes

    Controversy stalks the Nobel prizes for peace and literature in a way it rarely does for science. The revamped panel at the Swedish Academy who will hand out the Nobel Literature prizes Thursday for both 2018 and 2019 would relish arguments about the winners, rather than intrigue about the #MeToo scandal that forced the institution to suspend the prize last...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2019

    US Official: Trump's Special Envoy to Ukraine Has Resigned

    Kurt Volker, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO caught in the middle of a whistleblower complaint over President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine, has resigned from his post as special envoy to the Eastern European nation. A U.S. official says Volker told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday of his decision to leave the job, following disclosures that he...

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