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Lawmakers to get classified briefing on Russia bounty intel

U.S. officials will provide a classified briefing for congressional leaders Thursday about the intelligence assessment that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. → Read More

Lawmakers to get classified briefing on Russia bounty intel

U.S. officials will provide a classified briefing for congressional leaders Thursday about the intelligence assessment that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. → Read More

Lawmakers to get classified briefing on Russia bounty intel

The meeting comes as President Donald Trump, who says he wasn't briefed on the information because it wasn't verified, is under increasing pressure to provide answers about the U.S. response → Read More

Trump, top officials defend response to Russia bounty threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Criticized for inaction, President Donald Trump and top officials stepped up their defense of the administration's response to intelligence assessments that Russia offered bounties for killing U. S. troops in Afghanistan. Trump's national security adviser said he had prepared a list of retaliatory options if the intelligence proved true. → Read More

Lawmakers to get classified briefing on Russia bounty intel

U.S. officials will provide a classified briefing for congressional leaders Thursday about intelligence assessment that Russia offered bounties for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The meeting comes as President Donald Trump, who says he wasn't briefed on the information because it wasn't → Read More

Trump's two Russias confound coherent US policy

The dizzying, often contradictory, paths followed by Trump on the one hand and his hawkish but constantly changing cast of national security aides on the other have created confusion in → Read More

US says its embassy in Kabul battling coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. State Department says COVID-19 infections have been reported at its embassy in the Afghan capital. It says in a statement late Friday that the affected staff include diplomats, contractors and locals. → Read More

US says its embassy in Kabul battling coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. State Department says COVID-19 infections have been reported at its embassy in the Afghan capital and affected staff include diplomats, contractors and locals. The State Department did not say how many were affected. An official at the embassy in Kabul, who spoke on condition of anonymity → Read More

Trump global media chief faces GOP backlash over firings

The new chief of U.S.-funded global media is facing a conservative backlash over his decision to fire the heads of two international broadcasters, adding to concerns about the direction of the agency, which oversees the Voice of America and other outlets. The criticism of Michael Pack, who defended → Read More

Mike Pompeo meets top Chinese diplomats amid new Trump details from Bolton

Pompeo and his deputy Stephen Biegun held closed-door talks with the Chinese Communist Party's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu. → Read More

U.S. imposes new economic and travel sanctions on Syrian officials, president’s family

The State Department said it had designated 39 Syrian individuals, including the Assads, as well as members of their extended family, military leaders and business executives. → Read More

Pompeo meets Chinese officials amid Bolton book revelations

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to reveal all it knows about the coronavirus outbreak in a meeting with a top Chinese official in Hawaii on Wednesday as new revelations about President Donald Trump and China rocked Washington. Pompeo and his deputy Stephen Biegun held closed-door talks with → Read More

US considers withholding aid to Jordan to force extradition

The Trump administration is considering withholding aid to one of its closest Arab partners, Jordan, in a bid to secure the extradition of a woman convicted in Israel of a 2001 bombing that killed 15 people, including two American citizens. The administration says it's weighing “all options” to → Read More

Trump OKs sanctions against international tribunal employees

President Donald Trump has leveled a broadside against the International Criminal Court → Read More

WHO warns of ‘accelerating’ pandemic in Africa

Community transmission of coronavirus has begun in more than half of Africa’s 54 countries. → Read More

Trump OKs sanctions against international tribunal employees

The executive order authorized the secretary of state, in consultation with the treasury secretary, to block financial assets within U.S. jurisdiction of court personnel who directly engage in investigating, harassing or detaining U.S. personnel. → Read More

Trump OKs sanctions against international tribunal employees

“The International Criminal Court’s actions are an attack on the rights of the American people and threaten to infringe upon our national sovereignty,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. → Read More

Garth Brooks to perform concert for fans at 300 drive-in theaters

Country music superstar Garth Brooks normally sells out football stadiums, but he is looking to reach thousands of fans at drive-in theaters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Trump OKs sanctions against international tribunal employees

President Donald Trump has lobbed a broadside attack against the International Criminal Court → Read More

Trump OKs sanctions against international tribunal employees

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lobbed a broadside attack Thursday against the International Criminal Court by authorizing economic sanctions and travel restrictions against court workers... → Read More