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Ever since US President Trump announced his intention of imposing regime change in Venezuela, US sanctions have hit hard against the country both direct sanctions and banking sanctions limiting trade with other countries.

Trump hails 'outstanding relationship' with Mexico president

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed his "outstanding relationship" with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as he welcomed him to the White House for the leaders' first one-on-one meeting.

Brazil's Moro slams Bolsonaro, rules out 2022 bid

Former Brazil justice minister Sergio Moro said President Jair Bolsonaro and leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva are "two extremes to be avoided," in an interview with AFP during which he appeared to rule out his own presidential bid in 2022.

Op-Ed: Democrats try to block funding of new nuclear tests

As rumors spread that the Trump administration is thinking of taking steps to resume live nuclear testing, last done in 1992, Democrats in the House of Representatives have added a measure to a 2021 spending bill that prohibits funding of live tests.

Op-Ed: Trump's withdrawal from WHO another sign he's not fit to lead

The U.S. State Department and the United Nations say the Trump administration formally notified the UN Monday of its intention to withdraw from the WHO, triggering a 12-month withdrawal process that will end with the US exiting on July 6, 2021.

Trump says Kanye West White House bid 'interesting'

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that rapper Kanye West's declaration that he is running for president was "very interesting.

Bolivia gets new economy minister in pre-poll shake up

Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez on Tuesday named former senator Oscar Ortiz as the Latin American country's new economy minister, just two months before elections.

Coronavirus praise as Greek PM completes first year in office

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis completes a year in office Tuesday riding high in opinion polls, his reputation further enhanced by his government's positive handling of the coronavirus pndemic.

Iranian nuclear facility damaged by explosion and fire

The New York Times reported that an anonymous Middle Eastern intelligence official claimed that Israel was behing the fire at Iran's nuclear facility. The source said that a powerful bomb was used that caused a fire severely damaging the facility.

Op-Ed: Trump continues to inflame racial tensions — slamming NASCAR

After spending the weekend stoking division, President Donald Trump upped the ante today by defending the Confederate flag and bashing NASCAR and driver, Bubba Wallace.

Opposition candidate wins Dominican Republic presidential poll

Opposition candidate Luis Abinader swept to victory in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, early results showed Monday, ending 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left PLD party after voters braved a worsening coronav...

Statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass ripped from base

A statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base in Rochester, N.Y., on the anniversary of one of his most famous speeches, which was delivered in that city on July 5, 1852.

FDA commissioner won't confirm Trump's vaccine claims

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn said Sunday that he would not make a prediction on when a coronavirus vaccine would become available in the U.S. after Trump on Saturday said: we'd have one "long before the end of the year."

Op-Ed: Trump to leave 4,000 troops in Afghanistan until after election

The US has already reached the reduction of troops in Afghanistan from around 12,000 to a lower level of 8,600 as required by an agreement signed with the Taliban the end of February.

Olympics, virus dominate Tokyo governor vote

The postponed Olympics and a worrying second surge in coronavirus cases are the main issues as Tokyo voters elect a governor on Sunday to run one of the world's most populous cities.

Trump's angry words, virus darken US July 4th weekend

The United States marked an unusually somber Independence Day on Saturday, with President Donald Trump bashing domestic opponents and China -- but praising the country's coronavirus response, despite a record surge in cases.

Op-Ed: Is it a political rally or 4th of July on the National Mall?

The explosion of coronavirus cases isn't stopping President Donald Trump from hosting a July 4th "blowout" Saturday at the White House and the National Mall, despite objections from public health officials.

Military: Troops issued bayonets and live rounds for DC unrest

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has confirmed that soldiers who were deployed to Washington to quell the protests over George Floyd’s death were issued bayonets, live rounds of ammunition and riot gear.

Macron tightens grip ahead of 2022 challenge

By replacing his popular prime minister with a little-known bureaucrat, French President Emmanuel Macron has signalled that he intends to tighten the reins on government ahead of a bid for reelection in 2022, analysts say.

Tight election looms in Croatia's 'coronavirus battle'

Croatia heads to the polls Sunday under the shadow of the coronavirus, with an uptick in cases raising pressure on ruling conservatives as they face centre-left rivals and a new nationalist party who could become kingmaker.

Senate amendment on Afghan troop withdrawal defeated

US troop cuts in Afghanistan have brought the number of troops in the country to the lowest level since the US invaded back in 2002.

Op-Ed: Not wearing a face mask during the pandemic is just plain stupid

Wearing a face mask or choosing not to wear one goes beyond political affiliations - for some people it is a matter of their personal freedom being taken away. But we live in a country where we are governed by rules meant to keep us safe.

Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Venezuela expects "gestures" from the European Union after reversing its decision to expel the bloc's ambassador, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday.

US Congress targets banks, ramping up fight for Hong Kong rights

The US Congress on Thursday passed tough new sanctions that target banks over violations of Hong Kong's autonomy, dialing up the pressure on China over the harsh security law it imposed on the financial hub.

After vote extending his rule, Putin risks era of 'stagnation'

President Vladimir Putin urged Russians to envisage the country they wanted to leave behind for their children and grandchildren during a historic vote this week to extend his rule.

Biden campaign outraises Trump for second straight month

Democrat Joe Biden outraised President Donald Trump's re-election campaign for the second straight month and for the second quarter of 2020, figures released Wednesday showed, highlighting robust enthusiasm for the White House challenger.

Confederate statues on city land in Richmond to be removed

Richmond, Virginia Mayor, Lemar Stoney on Wednesday ordered the immediate removal of all Confederate statues on city land, saying he was using his emergency powers to speed up the healing process for the former capital of the Confederacy.

North American trade deal launches today under threat of disputes

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) came into effect on Wednesday - although its success is far from being assured. There are still trade tensions with Canada and widespread concern about Mexico’s ability to enforce labor protections.

Pompeo doesn't rule out inviting Putin to expanded G7 summit

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday left the door open to President Vladimir Putin attending a US summit but insisted the administration has been firm over Moscow's activities in Afghanistan.

Ex-Canada PM Mulroney calls for revised relations with China

Canada must have an "urgent rethink" of its relationship with China, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said Wednesday as tensions build over the possible extradition to the United States of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Trump's handling of pandemic reflected in his approval ratings

Registered voters across the country have little good to say about how President Donald Trump is handling the coronavirus as the pandemic tears through the country. Only 12 percent of Americans are happy with the way things are going.

Russian voters back reforms allowing Putin to stay until 2036

Russians overwhelmingly approved a package of constitutional changes in a nationwide vote, partial results showed Wednesday, allowing President Vladimir Putin to potentially extend his two-decade rule until 2036.

Puerto Rico under water rationing due to worsening drought

Puerto Rico’s governor, Wanda Vazquez, on Monday declared a state of emergency as a worsening drought creeps across the U.S. territory amid the coronavirus crisis. On Thursday, almost 140,000 扑克王游戏下载homes and businesses will begin water rationing.

Pompeo faces opposition in UN push on Iran arms embargo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, warning that the Middle East's stability was at risk, but he faced wide skepticism over US threats to trigger sanctions.

Sahel allies, France say progress in anti-jihad campaign

Sahel countries and their ally France on Tuesday vowed to press ahead with a tactical shift in their campaign against an eight-year-old jihadist insurgency, saying the change had notched up substantial gains although major challenges also remain.

Putin urges Russians to vote for security, prosperity

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday urged Russians to take part in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms to ensure "stability, security and prosperity".

Taliban reaffirm commitment to US deal in Pompeo call

The Taliban reaffirmed their commitment to a February deal to draw down the war in Afghanistan during a call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the group's spokesman has said.

Maduro gives EU ambassador 72 hours to leave Venezuela

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Monday gave the head of the European Union mission in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, 72 hours to leave the country after the bloc announced sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials.

Once again, US-Russia tensions soar despite Trump

Donald Trump has spent much of the past four years musing about warmer ties with Russia. But explosive new allegations show that relations may only get worse.

US N.Korea envoy doubts new Trump-Kim summit

The US pointman on North Korea voiced doubt Monday that President Donald Trump and leader Kim Jong Un would meet again before US elections, although he held out hope for progress in nuclear negotiations.

Jacksonville mandates mask wearing ahead of GOP Convention

Residents and visitors in Jacksonville, Florida will be required to wear masks indoors and in public spaces to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the city announced Monday. The order goes into effect on June 29, at 5 p.m.
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