US President Donald Trump once said there was “love” between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but Xi Jinping is intruding into the relationship to remind them that China is an indispensable chaperone in their nuclear dance. With his first trip to Pyongyang as president, Xi took another big step to patching up his tattered relations with Kim, whose nuclear tests prompted Beijing to join UN sanctions against its longtime ally. Xi’s two-day visit, which ended Friday, will also serve the Chinese leader in his complicated relationship with Trump, as they prepare to hold talks on …read more
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Trump's sudden abandonment of Iran airstrikes prompts confusion over what prompted decision: 'Somebody obviously got to him'
Questions are being asked about outside influence on Donald Trump after the US president called off air strikes against Iran at the last minute.Having initially said he believed Iran made an error when it shot down a US drone on Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz, the president nonetheless reportedly approved military strikes against the Islamic Republic later that day. The operation to hit targets such as radars and missile batteries was in its initial stages, the New York Times reported, and planes were in the air and ships had been moved into position. But before any missiles were fired …read more
* Emirates Airline is re-routing all flights away from areas of possible conflict in the Gulf, a spokeswoman said on Friday. * Emirates’ sister carrier flydubai said it has adjusted some of the existing flight paths in the region and will make further changes when necessary. * British Airways says it will adhere to FAA guidance, avoiding Iranian airspace.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he aborted a military strike on Iran because he it could have killed 150 people, a disproportionate response to Tehran’s downing of an unmanned U.S. surveillance drone. Trump said the plan was to hit three sites in response to the drone’s downing on Thursday, which Tehran said took place over its territory and which Washington said occurred in international airspace over the strategic Strait of Hormuz. In a sign that the United States is also open to diplomacy, Iranian sources told Reuters, Trump had warned them that a U.S. attack on …read more
A man who was executed Thursday turned down the chance to pick his last mealand instead asked his supporters to feed the homeless, his attorney told theTennessean
Alex WongHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may have been pushed out of her job by the president over the weekend. But a coalition of progressive groups now want to ensure that she finds no comfy landing in her career after Trump. The groups are readying a plan to shame any major news networks or large corporation that hires the soon-to-be former DHS Secretary, contending that her involvement in the Trump administration’s family separation policy inherently disqualifies her from a plum gig in the private sector. “If a corporation or university or speaking agency is going to bring her on board, …read more
President Trump announced Friday that he had cancelled new sanctions on North Korea.> It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2019Trump said in a tweet that he had “ordered the withdrawal” Friday of “additional large scale sanctions” which would have been added to the existing heavy sanctions on North Korea. Neither the Treasury Department nor the Justice Department announced new sanctions Friday, leading to confusion …read more
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president said on Wednesday that there was no chance of negotiations or compromise with the United States, allegedly because Washington is seeking to topple the government in Tehran.
Kevin McCarthy contradicted Trump who said he believes North Korean leader knew nothing about treatment of US student A senior Republican has contradicted Donald Trump about whether Kim Jong-un is to blame for the death of an American citizen, saying: “North Korea murdered Otto [Warmbier] … I think Kim knew what happened, which was wrong.” The House minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, spoke on Sunday, a day after Trump, without withdrawing his support for Kim’s denial of knowledge of the incident, complained he had been put in “a horrible position”. Warmbier, a 22-year-old student at the …read more
Ottawa (AFP) – The Lima Group of Latin American countries and Canada called Monday for a peaceful change in government in Venezuela, without military intervention.