North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has cast doubts on the possibilities of holding a future summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. The state-controlled news agency, KCNA, reported the information on Thursday night. At the same time, Kim is hoping for President Trump to change on several issues.As late as September 9, Kim announced that he was ready to meet with Donald Trump to discuss nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.
Donald Trump places all his trust in his family. In to that narrow, intimate circle also enters Rudy Giuliani. He is the personal lawyer of the President of the United States, his main shield before the multitude of legal fronts that stalk him. He was also known as “America’s Mayor”— he was the Mayor of New York City during 9/11. Now, Giuliani is a key piece in the impeachment process that could remove the Republican president from the White House for having asked his counterpart from Ukraine this summer, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, now a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2020 elections.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi retaliated against US criticism of Beijing’s trade and development model on Tuesday, saying that Beijing has no intention to “play the Game of Thrones on the world stage.” He also warned Washington to respect China’s sovereignty, including on the Hong Kong issue. The Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor said that Beijing will not succumb to threats, including on trade. However, he also expressed the hope that a round of high-level trade negotiations next month will produce positive results.
The Democratic Party, which controls the US House of Representatives, is set to start the first phase of an impeachment procedure against President Donald Trump. Democrats accuse Trump of improper dealings with Ukraine. Trump announced Monday he would make public the contested phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Trump, it was a “friendly and totally appropriate conversation.”
The Democratic Party, which holds a majority in the US House of Representatives, has begun official impeachment investigations into President Trump, suggesting that he has asked Ukraine for political help. Speaking Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “this week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact [sic.] of the president’s betrayal of his Oath of Office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our national elections.”
Journalist Judd Legum tweeted a link pertaining to a Ukranian troll operation on Facebook. Legum was previously in charge of ThinkProgress.org, which ceased to exist earlier this month. Additionally, he was Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager from 2007-2008.
In his speech to the UN General Assembly, US President Donald Trump is expected to explain his policy towards Iran. At the same time, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has praised Western powers’ statements on the Saudi oil facility attack and has demanded Iran’s international condemnation. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected talks with the United States.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attack on Aramco. The United Kingdom is one of the countries participating in the US-led offshore Gulf security mission. According to the Associated Press, Prime Minister Johnson made his announcement and accusation on Sunday.
US President Donald Trump has reiterated his desire to resolve the conflict with Iran peacefully. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani is also said to have offered a new proposal to resolve the dispute through a meeting at the UN General Assembly. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has added to his diplomatic efforts to settle the dispute with the United States peacefully. News Agencies on Monday announced a meeting between Zarif and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
It’s been five years since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last stepped on American soil. At Madison Square Garden in New York City, Modi was treated like a rock star, after being barred from entering the United States for nearly a decade. On Sunday, the Indian leader will address an even bigger crowd of supporters in Houston, Texas, along with President Trump.
American Virginia Giuffre, who previously stated that she had had sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17, said in an interview with NBC News that she was “brought” specifically for the prince. Giuffre described him in an interview as a “molester” and “one of the participants” in parties hosted by American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, accused of forcing minors to engage in sexual slavery.
In late July, Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The circumstances of this conversation so alarmed an employee of one of the American intelligence services that they became the subject of an internal investigation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been requesting details, but the Trump administration has so far refused to provide them. Much of this story is classified, and most of the information is reported by the American media with reference to anonymous sources.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he would not be a candidate for the 2020 presidential race, and was dropping out of the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries and caucuses. Since announcing his interest in becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, de Blasio’s candidacy had never been taken seriously and his performance in the opinion polls wasn’t good either.
On Friday, US Department of Defense officials planned to present military options against Iran at a meeting with President Donald Trump. Last Saturday, Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities were attacked and severely damaged in two locations north of the country. The attack cut half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and had an immediate impact on world oil prices. Although the Yemeni Houthi group claimed responsibility for the attacks, and said they carried out the simultaneous flight of ten UAVs, Saudi and US officials said the attack was carried out by Iran.
The Taliban have said that they are ready to resume peace talks with the United States, ten days after President Trump declared the talks “dead” and in the aftermath of two bloody attacks in Afghanistan yesterday, which they claimed responsibility. “The doors are open for negotiations,” chief negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said in an interview with the BBC. “We hope the other party will rethink its decision on the negotiations,” he added.
The United States says it is assessing evidence of attacks on two Saudi oil facilities and stands ready to defend its interests. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Saudi Arabia today to discuss the US response to attacks on Saudi oil facilities, Vice President Mike Pence said.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf have increased following Saturday’s drone strike on Saudi Arabia, the United States’ closest ally in the region. Critics of President Donald Trump say he needs to work with his western allies to ease tensions in the Middle East.
New York district prosecutors have issued a subpoena for eight years’ worth of President Trump’s tax returns. As such, Trump once again faces stringent demands to make public his tax documents, which he has always chosen to keep secret. The story was picked up by quite a number of both US and international media outlets.
Oil prices rose at the beginning of this week, on the back of the attack on Saudi Aramco facilities. Brent crude futures reached $71.95 a barrel, the largest percentage gain since the start of the Gulf War in 1991. Saturday’s attacks stopped production equivalent to 5% of global oil supplies.
Donald Trump, in his first response to Saturday’s attack on Saudi oil facilities that have seriously disrupted oil production, said the United States is ready to take military action if suspicions are confirmed. Houthi Yemeni insurgents fighting the Saudi-led coalition have claimed responsibility for the attack, but the US says the attacks were the work of Iran.
Though President Trump did not openly state whom he believes is the perpetrator of the heinous attack on the Saudi Arabia oil plants, his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, has since Saturday asserted that the attack was carried out from Iran, and not Yemen, as the world was initially made to believe. Trump tweeted Sunday he was “locked and loaded depending on verification.”
The US. has confirmed that Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s son, considered the heir apparent to al-Qaeda’s command, was killed in a U.S. counter terrorism operation. The American media had earlier reported his death in late July. Hamza, aged roughly 30 years old, was the fifteenth of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children.
Mexico regretted that the Supreme Court of the United States gave the green light to new restrictions on asylum promoted by the administration of President Donald Trump. The regulations directly affect the Latin American country because all applicants who have passed through their territory could not request protection on US soil unless they have done so in Mexico, or another nation, first.
A total of 16 products imported by China from the United States will be exempted, from the 25% tariffs imposed by Beijing in the open trade war with Washington for almost a year and a half, according to the General Administration of Customs of the Chinese State Council announced on Wednesday.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations, has said that Iran will not negotiate with the United States, despite John Bolton’s ouster. The day before, US President Donald Trump announced that he had fired Bolton as US National Security Adviser. Mr. Bolton is a hard-line figure and a strong supporter of the MEK in the White House.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a television interview that he would not talk to the Taliban unless they change their attitude. Mr. Pompeo told ABC News that the Taliban had escalated violence, and that the group had taken credit for the latest suicide attack in Kabul, which killed eight people, including an American. With this incident, President Trump said that “It is enough.”
Figures presented Friday by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirm a 56% drop in border apprehensions by the United States in the last four months. Last month, 63,989 migrants were apprehended on the US-Mexico border, compared to 144,266 in May, according to figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB).
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey’s agreement with the United States to establish a “safe zone” in northeast Syria was “a correct step,” and Ankara would not allow Washington to delay the plan, CNN reported on Thursday.
US President Donald Trump says there is “no rush,” and “no timeline” for Afghan peace talks with the Taliban. President Trump told reporters on the sidelines of the G7 summit in France on Monday that there are no plans for withdrawing American troops from Afghanistan.
Monday is the third and final day of the 45th G7 summit in the French resort town of Biarritz. On Sunday, the American delegation received a surprise, in the form of a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Saturday was host to a heated debate over whether to allow Russia to return to this elite club of the world’s developed countries.
The 45th G7 (Group of Seven) Summit is being held from August 24–26, 2019, in Biarritz, France. The Group of Seven consists of the US, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. France has identified the following main objectives for the 2019 Summit:
The reaction in Israel to the remarks of President Trump claiming that Jews who vote Democrat are showing disloyalty to Israel was received in Israel very cautiously. Ynet Yediot a major newspaper Israel commented on his remarks: Israel officials prefer to stay quiet and not to comment on his remarks even though it is for support of Israel. Various Jewish groups distanced themselves from his statements.
Greenland’s government says it welcomes foreign investment but is not for sale. This came in response to comments by US President Donald Trump, which hinted at the possibility of Washington’s purchase of the island under the administration of Denmark.
North Korea on Friday fired two “unidentified projectiles” into the sea, South Korea joint chiefs revealed. Today’s projectiles are the sixth, in less than a month. According to South Korea, the projectiles were fired from near Tongchon, a town in southwestern Kangwon Province, and fell into the sea of Japan.
The Israeli government has decided not to allow two Muslim female congressmen to enter the country. Israel earlier accepted the two women’s request for the trip, but in a re-examination decided not to allow it. Blocking the two congresswomen has sparked a backlash and even outraged some conservatives.
The Wall Street Journal quoted sources within the White House saying that the US president was interested in buying Greenland. It is the largest island in the world, the autonomous territory of Denmark. Mr. Trump, who was in the construction business before the presidency, is looking very seriously at the purchase.
Several police officers were injured Wednesday during a shooting in downtown Philadelphia, local authorities said, in an attack that preceded the August 3rd and 4th attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, respectively. A Philadelphia Police Department official said on his Twitter account that there is an “ongoing” shooting in downtown Philadelphia and asked people to “avoid the area.”
President Trump has given consumers a break with removing a number of key products from China’s list of imports that have been imposed with new tariffs beginning from September this year. Mobile phones, computers, and video game consoles, among others, will not be taxed until December 15, allowing US companies to stock up for Christmas holidays. The announcement, which led to a surge in the stock market, provides more time to try to open negotiations on a way out of a trade war fought by both powers.
Radioactive radiation has risen by 3 to 5 times in the area and at the site of the missile explosion incident, Dass News Agency quoted the Russian Meteorological Service speaking about the incident. Five days after the explosion, Russian sources reported a five-fold increase in the level of radioactive radiation at the site of the explosion. Donald Trump also tweeted about the blast.
Patrick Crusius offered no resistance when he was arrested, according to the city detective, and said: “I am the attacker.” The 21-year-old white man says he is behind the attack that left 22 people dead and two dozen wounded last Saturday in El Paso, Texas. He has since confessed that the target of his brutal attack, using a rifle that looked like an AK-47, was Mexicans.