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January 12, 2019 5:00 PM Pompeo says good outcome possible for both Turkey and Syrian Kurds

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he was optimistic that a “good outcome” could be reached between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish groups, after speaking to the Turkish foreign minister. “We recognize the Turkish people’s right to defend their country from terrorists, but we also know that those ... who are not terrorists 184

January 4, 2019 10:48 AM Trump's Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria Will Boost Iran's Fortunes

President Donald Trump’s sudden announcement in December that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria came at a time when Washington seemed to finally be developing a strategy to tackle the Syrian conflict that went beyond prioritizing fighting ISIS. It was not Syria that was the focus of this new strategy; it was Iran. While former President Barack 148

January 3, 2019 10:42 PM President Trump makes first briefing room appearance

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders earlier this afternoon announced there would be a surprise press briefing. She introduced President Trump, who talked about his border wall demand, and then both Sanders and Trump left the room, taking no questions from reporters. CNN's Brianna Keilar called the question-less appearance a "non-briefing 128

December 20, 2018 1:12 AM 'Santa' Obama pays visit and gives out gifts at DC children's hospital

Former President Barack Obama visited Children’s National hospital in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (The Office of President Barack Obama) Former President Barack Obama made a holly, jolly trip to a children’s hospital in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, his office confirmed. Obama appeared to be in the holiday spirit, sporting a Santa hat during 215

December 18, 2018 6:52 PM Arizona Republican McSally will fill McCain's Senate seat

(Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally will take over the late John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat in January, two months after losing her bid for Arizona’s other Senate seat, the state’s governor said on Tuesday. McSally will replace the retiring John Kyl, whom Governor Doug Ducey appointed after McCain died in August following a battle 177

November 30, 2018 11:23 PM U.S. to conduct additional Keystone XL pipeline review

WASHINGTON/VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department will conduct another environmental review of TransCanada Corp’s long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, a U.S. official said on Friday, a move that could lead to additional delays of the project. The so-called supplemental environmental impact statement was ordered by Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District 91

November 21, 2018 7:18 PM Exclusive: U.S. weighs sanctions on Cuban officials over role in Venezuela crackdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on Cuban military and intelligence officials who it says are helping Venezuela’s socialist government crack down on dissent, according to a source with knowledge of the deliberations. Such sanctions would be the first time Washington has targeted a bloc of foreign officials 118

November 15, 2018 12:23 PM Trump to nominate handbag designer as new South African ambassador

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate luxury handbag designer Lana Marks as the new ambassador to South Africa, the White House said, almost two years after the last ambassador left under Barack Obama. The nomination comes at a time of frayed relations between the two countries after a tweet in August in which Trump 176

November 5, 2018 11:58 AM Britain regrets imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran: PM May's spokesman

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday it regretted a U.S. decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran. “We regret the reimposition of sanctions by the U.S. We continue to believe that the Iran nuclear deal makes the world a safer place and our position remains that as long as Iran continues to meet its obligations under the deal by respecting strict limits 107

November 5, 2018 8:41 AM EU opposed to U.S. resumption of sanctions on Iran: Moscovici

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union is opposed to the United States’ decision to reimpose oil and financial sanctions against Iran, European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Monday. “The European Union does not approve of it,” Moscovici told franceinfo radio, hours after further U.S. sanctions on Iran came into force 92