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United States will honor refugee deal with Australia, according to Vice-President Pence

Posted by HuffingtonPost on Saturday, April 22, 2017, In : United States 
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday the United States would honor a controversial refugee deal with Australia, under which the United States would resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers, a deal President Donald Trump had described as “dumb”.

Pence told a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that the deal would be subject to vetting, and that honoring it “doesn’t mean that we admire the agreement”.

“We will honor this agreement out of respect...

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Marco Rubio denies setting up meeting between Trump and former Colombian presidents

Posted by CBS on Saturday, April 22, 2017, In : United States 
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied arranging what has been described as a “secret meeting” between President Trump and two former presidents of Colombia.

“No,” Rubio told CBS Miami in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t have anything to do with that meeting.”

Private meetings at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago raise questions about access 
The informal summit between Mr. Trump and former Colombian presidents Álvaro Uribe and Andrés Pastrana took place last weekend at Mr. Trump’s private resort...

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New UN General Secretary says he is "not a miracle worker"

Posted by AFP on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, In : United States 
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The new United Nations chief, Antonio Guterres, warned Tuesday that the world body faces "very challenging times" and asked for support of reforms to make it better able to deal with them.

Before beginning his first day of work at UN headquarters in New York, Guterres, who succeeded Ban Ki-moon as secretary-general on January 1, addressed staff and diplomats about the need for an overhaul of the international organization.

"I think it is useful to say there are no miracles," he said. "I am sure...

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Donald Trump wants to "cancel order" of Boeing's new Air Force One

Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, In : United States 
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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump urged the government to cancel purchase of Boeing's new Air Force One plane on Tuesday, saying it was "ridiculous" and too expensive.

"Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" said Trump in a Twitter message.

Speaking shortly afterward to reporters in New York, Trump said, "The plane is totally out of control. I think it's ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a litt...

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Alaska lawyer says that Justice Clarence Thomas groped her in 1999 at party

Posted by The Washington Post on Thursday, October 27, 2016, In : United States 
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An Alaska lawyer said Justice Clarence Thomas groped her at a dinner party in 1999, a claim that Thomas said is “preposterous,” the National Law Journal reported Thursday.

The publication said Moira Smith posted on Facebook about the alleged incident Oct. 7, the night of the disclosure of Republican presidential nominee’ Donald Trump’s taped boasts about grabbing women.

The NLJ report said Smith, at the time a 23-year-old Truman Foundation scholar, said that the incident occurred at the...

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U.S. aircraft in Syria are vulnerable to Russia says head of National Intelligence Agency

Posted by CBS News on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : United States 
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 WASHINGTON -- National Intelligence director James Clapper says he wouldn’t put it past Russia to “to shoot down an American aircraft” if a no-fly zone is imposed over Syria. Speaking to CBS News’ Charlie Rose at the Council on Foreign Relations, Clapper says Moscow has a very advanced and capable air defense system deployed in Syria. He says he thinks it’s possible that Russia would down a U.S. aircraft if it felt its ground forces were threatened.

The Obama administration has refr...

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Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton's policy on Syria would lead to World War III

Posted by Reuters on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, In : United States 
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U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan for Syria would "lead to World War Three," because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia.

In an interview focused largely on foreign policy, Trump said defeating Islamic State is a higher priority than persuading Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, playing down a long-held goal of U.S. policy.

Trump questioned how Clinton would negotiate with R...

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Russia wants to send election observers to monitor US election

Posted by USAToday on Thursday, October 20, 2016, In : United States 
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and Republican candidate Donald Trump, left, clashed over Russia's role in the U.S. election at the final Presidential Debate at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Oct. 19 2016.

In an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Donald Trump's claims of a "rigged" presidential election, Russia sought to send monitors to U.S. polling stations for the Nov. 8 vote, Russian media revealed Thursday.

The bid was sharply rebuffed by the State Department, and one state election official threatened criminal action if Russian monitors showed up, according to state-controlled Izvestia daily and broadcaster RT.

State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner called the Russian e...

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Tensions between US and Russia, "worst since 1973"

Posted by AP on Saturday, October 15, 2016, In : United States 
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Russia's U.N. ambassador said that tensions with the United States are probably the worst since the 1973 Mideast war.

But Vitaly Churkin said Friday that Cold War relations between the Soviet Union and Russia more than 40 years ago were different than U.S.-Russia relations today.

"The general situation I think is pretty bad at this point, probably the worst ... since 1973," he said.

Churkin said that "even though we have serious frictions, differences like Syria, we continue to work on other iss...

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El Chapo to be extradited to US 'by February'

Posted by BBC on Saturday, October 15, 2016, In : United States 
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Mexico expects to extradite drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States by February, the country's top security official says.

But Guzman can appeal any decision to extradite him and his lawyers say they will "fight until the end".

He faces multiple charges in the US, including drug trafficking and murder.

The leader of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel is being held in a maximum security prison in Ciudad Juarez, near the US border.

He was arrested in January after s...

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