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U.S. wants face-to-face meeting with Iran on prisoners

17 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON The United States would like a face-to-face meeting with Iran to discuss prisoner releases and it wants the U.N. Security Council to impose an indefinite arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

Trump says U.S. to pull some troops from Germany over NATO spending feud

16 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Monday he would cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany to 25,000, faulting the close U.S. ally for failing to meet NATO's defense spending target and accusing it of taking advantage of America on trade. | Video

Exclusive: U.S. senators ask Pentagon if $1 billion in Afghan aid was cut

15 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON Two Democratic senators on Monday asked U.S. Defense Secretary Mike Esper what happened to $1 billion in aid for Afghanistan the Trump administration said it would cut nearly three months ago, according to a letter reviewed by Reuters.

Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC Afghanistan war crimes case

12 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized U.S. economic and travel sanctions against International Criminal Court employees involved in an investigation into whether American forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan. | Video

Trump's troop cut in Germany blindsided senior U.S. officials, sources say

10 Jun 2020

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's decision to cut U.S. troop levels in Germany blindsided a number of senior national security officials, according to five sources familiar with the matter, and the Pentagon had yet to receive a formal order to carry it out, Reuters has learned.

Senator Cruz seeks federal Twitter probe as Trump feuds with company

30 May 2020

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Ted Cruz on Friday urged the Treasury and Justice Departments to investigate whether Twitter, which is embroiled in a feud with the White House, is violating U.S. law by letting top Iranian officials use the social media platform.

U.S. to end sanctions waivers allowing some work at Iran nuclear sites

28 May 2020

WASHINGTON The United States said on Wednesday it will terminate sanctions waivers that had allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out work originally designed to make it harder for Iranian nuclear sites to be used for weapons development.

Exclusive: U.S. has not cut Afghan security funds despite Pompeo vow of immediate slash - sources

21 May 2020

WASHINGTON The U.S. Defense Department has not withheld $1 billion in funding from Afghan security forces despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's vow on March 23 to cut that sum "immediately", five sources familiar with the matter said.

Brutal Afghan attacks highlight limitations of U.S.-Taliban deal

15 May 2020

WASHINGTON Two brutal attacks this week laid bare major weaknesses of the U.S.-Taliban troop withdrawal pact: nothing in it obliges the Taliban to prevent such massacres and the Afghan government's ability to thwart them will only wane as U.S. troops pull out.

Two dozen people deported to Colombia on U.S. flight found to have coronavirus - sources

30 Apr 2020

About two dozen migrants deported from the United States on a flight to Colombia last month have since tested positive for the coronavirus, two people familiar with the matter said, adding to worries U.S. deportations could be spreading the disease.

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