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Trump envoy Grenell tried to secretly negotiate Maduro's exit in Venezuela WASHINGTON — An influential Trump administration official secretly met with a representative of Nicolas Maduro's regime in Mexico City in September to try to negotiate the Venezuelan leader's peaceful exit from power. Richard Grenell, the former Acting U.S. director of National Intelligence and ambassador to Germany, ...

MIAMI - Rep. Frederica Wilson is calling on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to clarify recent comments by a top State Department official on elections in Haiti that have been widely criticized as an attack on the country's opposition and civic groups, and a dismissal of widespread concerns about the legitimacy of the process. Last month a senior State Department official warned political ...

ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter has added another year to an already-remarkable life, turning 96 on Oct. 1. While Carter has shown signs of slowing down - he did not appear in person at the recent Democratic National Convention but did send a video message - the man who is inarguably the nation's most active ex-president in history is still making his presence felt on political and global stages. With ...

Ron Paul hospitalized after medical incident AUSTIN, Texas - Ron Paul, the former Republican congressman from southeast Texas and presidential candidate, was hospitalized Friday after suffering an apparent medical incident while speaking during a video livestream. Following reports that the 85-year-old was admitted to a Texas hospital for "precautionary reasons," Paul tweeted a photo from his ...

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All but one of the women Joe Biden might pick as his running mate will end up disappointed, but already a new guessing game has started: What other roles could they fill in his administration? Most of the women are Democratic Party stars with expertise in public policy, making them contenders for jobs in Biden's administration should the former vice president unseat President Donald Trump. ...

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LONDON - In the regular drumbeat of arrests of alleged Chinese spies, one case last month stood out. It did not involve the U.S. or another rival of China, but Russia, whose security services accused a prominent Arctic scientist of selling classified data on technologies for detecting submarines. Meanwhile a court in Kazakhstan in October convicted the Central Asia nation's preeminent China ...

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The United States will continue supporting Venezuela's National Assembly President Juan Guaido as the country's rightful leader, despite Nicolas Maduro's efforts to orchestrate a "fraudulent" election, a top U.S. diplomat said during a Senate hearing on Tuesday. "Juan Guaido occupies the office of the interim president because it was vacant as a result of the May 2018 corrupt and fraudulent ...

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NEW YORK - North Korea appears to be making progress in the development of nuclear weapons, according to a classified United Nations report, details of which were confirmed to dpa on Monday. North Korea "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles," diplomatic sources said, citing the report. The document on compliance with sanctions ...

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NEW YORK - The Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for State Department records already given to Republican-led Senate committees that are trying to tie former Vice President Joe Biden to wrongdoing in Ukraine. "Secretary Pompeo has turned the State Department into an arm of the Trump campaign and he's not even trying to disguise ...

US State Department will switch out its top diplomat in Havana The U.S. State Department will appoint Timothy Zuniga Brown as the new charge d'affaires for its embassy in Havana, the Miami Herald has learned. He will replace Mara Tekach, who in turn will take his current position as coordinator of the Department's Office of Cuban Affairs. Diplomats on foreign missions usually rotate every few ...

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The U.S. State Department will appoint Timothy Zuniga Brown as the new charge d'affaires for its embassy in Havana, the Miami Herald has learned. He will replace Mara Tekach, who in turn will take his current position as coordinator of the Department's Office of Cuban Affairs. Diplomats on foreign missions usually rotate every few years. State Department officials declined to comment on the ...

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WASHINGTON - As vice president, Joe Biden chummed around with China's Xi Jinping from South Gate to Beijing, boasted of tutoring him on American politics during long walks and quiet dinners, and even helped him forge partnerships with Hollywood movie moguls. President Donald Trump subsequently worked just as hard to charm the Chinese autocrat, guiding him on a tour through Trump's gilded ...

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The U.S. lowered its flag over the American consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu, the latest historic milestone marking the deterioration in relations between Washington and Beijing. American diplomats were expected to depart the consulate by Monday, two days after the U.S. government forced their Chinese counterparts out of their mission in Houston. The security cordon around the ...

BEIJING - Fears are rising on both sides of the Pacific that the U.S. and China could be headed for a total breakdown of relations and even outright conflict within the next few months. As the two powers ordered the closure of each other's consulates in Houston and Chengdu last week amid allegations of espionage, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called for the end of "engagement," a policy ...

Hundreds of people gathered outside the U.S. consulate in Chengdu on Saturday as American employees prepared to leave after China ordered the shutdown of the mission. The U.S. emblem was removed from the building, but the American flag remained near the entrance. Police set up barricades and cut off traffic from the street in front of the building on Saturday, while dozens of security officers ...

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BEIJING - China ordered the closure of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu on Friday in retaliation for the U.S. shutdown of China's consulate in Houston. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying the U.S. had "seriously breached international law" and that the Chinese move was a "legitimate and necessary response" that conformed to international law and norms." "The current ...

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China ordered the U.S. to close its consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, after the American government forced China to leave its mission in Houston earlier this week. "The measure taken by China is a legitimate and necessary response to the unjustified act by the U.S.," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. "It conforms with international law, the basic norms of ...

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BRUSSELS - EU leaders ended a second day of heated discussions late Saturday without a deal under their belt on a shared economic stimulus package to recoup the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but agreed to take another stab after a night's sleep. The 27 heads of government are to reconvene at 12 p.m. (1000 GMT) Sunday for further talks, adding an extra day. "Consultations are in an ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California beat President Donald Trump's efforts to water down its signature climate-change initiative, a market-based program that's designed to reduce carbon emissions. A federal judge in Sacramento on Friday dismissed a lawsuit the Trump administration filed challenging California's cap-and-trade program, which requires hundreds of businesses to purchase carbon credits ...

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LONDON - At last year's Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of military chiefs and political leaders, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made a promise to America's allies: "This too shall pass," he assured them, "we will be back." There was little doubt as to what "this" referred to - Donald Trump's America - or who would be coming back. Biden, now running for president and ...

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ISTANBUL - Istanbul's iconic Hagia Sophia will be opened to Muslim worshippers on July 24 for the first time in more than eight decades, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, vowing to maintain the world heritage site for visitors of all faiths despite international concerns over its conversion to a mosque. "God willing, we will join Friday prayers all together here on July 24 ...

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MEXICO CITY - Donald Trump notoriously kicked off his presidential bid in 2015 by disparaging Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals and "rapists," adding: "And some, I assume, are good people." During his own campaign two years later, future Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador assailed the U.S. president's "politics of hate" and signature border wall project and likened ...

North Korea is ruling out more talks with the U.S., saying the American authorities are using the idea as a mere political tool. "We do not feel any need to sit face-to-face with the U.S.," North Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency Saturday. The U.S. does not consider the North Korea-U.S. dialogue as anything more than a tool for ...

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WASHINGTON - Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton says he won't support Nikki Haley for president in 2024 after clashing with her when they served in the Trump administration together. Bolton criticized Haley as an attention-seeker in a new memoir and told McClatchy in an interview late last week that his former colleague would not have his support if she pursues the White ...

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BERLIN - The headline in a leading German newspaper put it succinctly: "Cuba yes, USA no." With the European Union moving toward reopening external borders on July 1, travelers from the United States could be among those excluded over coronavirus concerns, according to diplomats and documents about the bloc's decision-making process. Visitors from some less developed countries that have been ...

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