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Exclusive: As Trump grows frustrated on Venezuela, U.S. to 'squeeze' Cuba, scrutinise Russia

10 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON/CARACAS The Trump administration is preparing new sanctions on Cuba over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is taking a "closer look" at Russia's role in helping him remain in power, the U.S. special envoy on Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, told Reuters.

'Buckle up' - Abrupt Syria policy shift is sign of Trump unchained

09 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON Over the span of just a few hours, U.S. President Donald Trump upended his own policy on Syria with a chaotic series of pronouncements, blindsiding foreign allies, catching senior Republican supporters off guard and sending aides scrambling to control the damage. | Video

Beijing likely to pass on Trump invitation to probe Bidens, China experts say

04 Oct 2019

WASHINGTON If China were to act on U.S. President Donald Trump's surprising request on Thursday to start an investigation into Democratic rival Joe Biden and his family, it would be breaking one of its stated rules: do not meddle in another nation's internal politics.

UPDATE 2-Saudi crown prince warns of escalation with Iran, prefers political solution

30 Sep 2019

* Denies ordering Khashoggi killing, says he bears responsibility

U.S. sanctions Cuba's Castro for supporting Venezuela's Maduro, human rights violations

26 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Thursday imposed diplomatic sanctions on Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro, accusing him of "gross violations of human rights" as it sought to step up pressure on Havana over its support of Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro.

Trump Asia expert to become new deputy national security adviser: sources

20 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON Matt Pottinger, the White House's senior Asia adviser, is expected to become the top deputy for U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, two senior administration officials said on Friday.

U.S. expels two of Cuba's U.N. diplomats, citing 'influence operations'

20 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Thursday ordered the expulsion from the United States of two members of Cuba's delegation to the United Nations and restricted travel of the remaining mission members to Manhattan, drawing strong condemnation from Havana.

Venezuela's rival factions take power struggle to U.N. after talks fail

19 Sep 2019

CARACAS/WASHINGTON Venezuela's rival political factions will take their power struggle to New York next week, where representatives of President Nicolas Maduro and opposition chief Juan Guaido will each try to convince a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations that their boss is the country's legitimate head of state.

After Bolton fireworks, Trump picks low-key hostage negotiator to replace him

19 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump picked U.S. hostage negotiator Robert O'Brien on Wednesday as his fourth White House national security adviser, turning to a low-key choice for the position after the boisterous tenure of John Bolton. | Video

Venezuela's Guaido considering attending UN general assembly -envoy

16 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido is considering attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month to step up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro but has not yet reached a decision, the opposition's envoy to the United States said on Monday.

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