Jonathan Landay

U.S. imposes sanctions on three Chinese accused of fentanyl trafficking

22 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury on Wednesday imposed sanctions on three Chinese men accused of illegally trafficking fentanyl, acting three weeks after President Donald Trump accused Beijing of reneging on pledges to stem a flood of the highly addictive synthetic opioid into the United States.

Exclusive: Shared Afghanistan interests create opening for U.S.-Iran back channel - sources

18 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON Western intermediaries are trying to persuade arch foes Iran and the United States to cooperate on bolstering security in Afghanistan as U.S. President Donald Trump seeks to extract America from its longest war, according to three source familiar with the efforts. | Video

Trump gets update from aides on Afghan peace plan with troop pullout possible

17 Aug 2019

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON President Donald Trump was briefed on Friday by top national security advisers on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides.

Trump meeting advisers on Afghan peace plan

16 Aug 2019

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON, Aug 16 U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said.

U.S. 'deeply concerned' by reports of China paramilitary movement near Hong Kong

15 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON The United States is "deeply concerned" about Chinese paramilitary movement along the Hong Kong border, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Wednesday, while warning that continued erosion of the territory's autonomy put at risk the preferential status it enjoys under U.S. law.

U.S.-based experts suspect Russia blast involved nuclear-powered missile

10 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON U.S.-based nuclear experts said on Friday they suspected an accidental blast and radiation release in northern Russia this week occurred during the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile vaunted by President Vladimir Putin last year.

U.S. calls China 'thuggish regime' for singling out U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong

09 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON A U.S. State Department spokeswoman on Thursday called China a "thuggish regime" for disclosing the photographs and personal details of a U.S. diplomat who met with student leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement. | Video

Trump accuses China's Xi of failing to halt fentanyl exports to U.S.

02 Aug 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday accused his Chinese counterpart of failing to meet promises to stem a deluge of the synthetic opioid fentanyl into the United States, after months of praising Chinese President Xi Jinping for his pledges.

Trump sticks with choice for spy chief despite apparent biographical embellishments

02 Aug 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump signalled on Thursday that he still plans to nominate Representative John Ratcliffe to be the next U.S. spy chief despite worries that Ratcliffe may have exaggerated his achievements as a prosecutor.

Trump billionaire friend aimed to profit from Mideast nuclear deal - Democrats

31 Jul 2019

WASHINGTON Tom Barrack, a billionaire friend of U.S. President Donald Trump, pursued a plan to buy Westinghouse Electric Corp even as he lobbied Trump to become a special envoy to promote the building by the firm of nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia, said a congressional report released on Monday. | Video

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Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders arrive for summit in France

Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday even before their leaders had gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.