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Trump administration announces sanctions against North Korea

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is due to announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in the latest push to isolate the pariah nation. North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has …

Cambodia’s opposition movement seeks US help amid crackdown

WASHINGTON — Cambodia’s leader is destroying a political opposition movement that threatens his three-decade grip on power and he’s accusing America of plotting his downfall. An influential opposition figure is in Washington is wondering if she’ll get any help at all. Prime Minister Hun Sen talks about nefarious U.S. designs to unseat him, but the …

US turning to Moscow for help with isolating NKorea

WASHINGTON — China’s increasingly icy posture is thrusting Russia forward as North Korea’s preferred diplomatic partner, forcing the Trump administration to turn to Moscow for help in isolating the rogue, nuclear-armed nation. Beijing’s close ties to Pyongyang have been strained since leader Kim Jong Un ordered the 2013 execution of his uncle who had been …

US declaration of “ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar on way

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration moved toward a condemnation of “ethnic cleansing” against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, as officials were preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to unequivocally use the term for the first time. Angry lawmakers on Tuesday demanded an immediate denunciation as they explored a new, tougher U.S. policy. “My bosses have …

Review to confirm Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

WASHINGTON—U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that “ethnic cleansing” is occurring against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers to consider new sanctions on a country that had been lauded for its democratic transition. Tillerson could receive the recommendation …

Hostage release not a cure for long damaged US Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON — The United States and Pakistan are hailing the release of a Taliban-held U.S.-Canadian family as a cautious sign of improved ties for a deeply troubled relationship that has endured years of rancour. For the good will to last, Pakistan will need to convince a skeptical Washington that it has cut ties to militants …

Trump hosts Thailand’s junta leader at White House

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump hosts Thailand’s junta leader at the White House on Monday — a rare instance of a military ruler being feted in Washington before even a nominal return to civilian rule. The visit of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha comes three years after he seized power in a military coup, and days …

Tillerson says US has direct channels to talk to North Korea

BEIJING — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North’s nuclear and missile programs and the countries’ leaders spar through bellicose name-calling. Tillerson said the U.S. was probing North Korea’s willingness to talk, and called for …

US beefs up NKorea sanctions, Kim Jong Un insults Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump added economic action to his fiery military threats against North Korea on Thursday, authorizing stiffer new sanctions in response to the Koreans’ nuclear weapons advances. Its leader Kim Jong Un issued a rare statement, branding Trump as “deranged” and warning he will “pay dearly” for his threat to “totally …

As world leaders meet at UN, opinion hardens against Myanmar

International opinion hardened against Myanmar on Monday as the U.S., Britain and other powers renewed calls for an end to violence against Rohingya Muslims, whose plight is overshadowing theSoutheast Asian nation’s historic transition to democracy. A year ago at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, Myanmar was being lauded for staging elections …

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