Monthly Archive: June 2018

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‘Nobody in the bullpen’: White House approaches North Korea talks without envoy

Critics argue that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo can’t give the topic the explicit, sustained attention it requires. By NAHAL TOOSI The Trump administration is barreling ahead in its high-stakes nuclear diplomacy with North Korea even though it lacks a full-time envoy to oversee the negotiations.Currently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo...

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North Korea upgrades nuclear facility despite Trump-Kim summit, satellite images show

Washington (CNN)New satellite images show North Korea has made rapid improvements to the infrastructure at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center — a facility used to produce weapons-grade fissile material, according to an analysis published by 38 North, a prominent North Korea monitoring group. Captured on June 21, the photos...

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Trump-Putin summit to unfold in Cold War venue Helsinki on July 16

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit on July 16 in Helsinki, a venue famed for its Cold War diplomacy, with nervous U.S. allies in Europe and Russia skeptics looking on. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-putin/trump-putin-summit-to-unfold-in-cold-war-venue-helsinki-on-july-16-idUSKBN1JO1A5

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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring; Trump to get 2nd high-court pick

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues...

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Moscow and Washington strike deal to hold Putin-Trump summit

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow and Washington struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit soon between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, a move likely to worry some U.S. allies and draw a fiery reaction from some of Trump’s critics at home. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-bolton/moscow-and-washington-strike-deal-to-hold-putin-trump-summit-idUSKBN1JM36S  

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‘Wow’! Trump hails Supreme Court ruling UPHOLDING his travel ban on majority-Muslim countries as justice rule 5-4 that he DOES have power to ban entry for ‘national security’

Supreme Court justice rule by 5-4 that Trump’s ban on travel from a series of majority Muslim countries was legal  Proclamation just after his inauguration sparked huge protests but justices said that Trump had power in the law to impose the measure  The president acted after a ‘worldwide review process’...

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Immigration overhaul on life support in the House

House GOP leaders will push ahead with a vote Wednesday on their compromise immigration bill, making one last effort to pass the measure even as key lawmakers express pessimism they have any shot of success. Lead negotiators took the weekend to make changes to the bill in an effort to...

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Trump threatens 20% tariff on EU car imports

US President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to impose a 20 per cent tariff on European auto imports, the latest volley in his escalating global trade war. Mr Trump said in a tweet: “Based on the Tariffs and Trade Barriers long placed on the US and it[s] great companies and...

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US intelligence report: China will have the world’s most powerful naval gun ready for war by 2025

The warship-mounted electromagnetic railgun is expected to enter China’s arsenal by 2025, according to sources with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report. Railguns have long appeared on Russian, Iranian and U.S. military wish lists as cost-effective weapons that give navies the might of a cannon with the range of...

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Russian trolls are meddling in US immigration controversy, a top GOP senator says

Russia trolls and bots are at it again, this time taking advantage of a roiling controversy around immigration and family separation at the U.S. border, a prominent Republican senator said. “Trolls and bots are still active on Twitter trying to deceive us,” Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., tweeted Wednesday morning. “They’re even using the current...