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Trump Says He Has Made Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal: ‘I’ll Let You Know’

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 05:34
U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has decided whether to pull the United States out of the 2015 international pact curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons development. “I have decided,” he told reporters while on a photo call in New York with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “I’ll let you know.” On Tuesday, Trump disparaged the deal at the U.N. General Assembly, calling it one of the worst transactions the U.S. has ever entered into. It was negotiated during the...
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2 South Carolina Legislators Call for Monument to Black Civil War Hero

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 04:23
A call to honor a black Civil War hero with a monument at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, onetime epicenter of a groundswell movement to rid communities of Confederate symbols, is being made by two lawmakers in a bid to encourage consensus-building in a nation divided by the issue. Two state senators — a black Democrat and a white Republican — announced their proposal Wednesday to memorialize Robert Smalls, who in 1862 hijacked a Confederate supply ship he worked on, steered his...
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Pence Says UN Peacekeeping Missions Must Be More Effective, Efficient

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 03:53
President Donald Trump's policy of " 'America First' does not mean 'America Alone,' " Vice President Mike Pence told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday as he urged reform to make peacekeeping missions more efficient, effective, accountable and credible. The 15-member council discussed how to improve peacekeeping operations during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. There are currently 15 U.N. peacekeeping missions, costing more...
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Trump Administration Considering Even Lower Refugee Limits

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 03:50
President Donald Trump is considering a further reduction in the number of refugees allowed into the United States as the administration works to re-shape American immigration policy, officials said Wednesday. Trump, who has already slashed refugee admissions once since taking office, is now weighing limiting even further the number of refugees allowed into the country in the next fiscal year. But as is often the case with the Trump administration, Cabinet officials are divided as they...
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Trump Administration in 'Full-court' Diplomatic Press at UN

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 02:35
For an administration that came to office nine months ago with precious little foreign policy experience, President Donald Trump and his team are making a remarkable splash at this week’s United Nations General Assembly gathering.   From his headline-grabbing barbs pointed at North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, to his four-day marathon of meetings with world leaders, Trump -- with his blunt, some would say simplistic style -- is pushing for diplomatic breakthroughs that have evaded even...
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In Rare Public Speech, Obama Decries Republican Healthcare Bill

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 02:09
Former President Barack Obama used a rare public appearance on Wednesday to question Republicans’ latest effort to repeal his signature healthcare law, saying it would inflict “real human suffering” on Americans. In his speech at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation event in New York City, Obama also laid out an optimistic vision of the world’s future while implicitly criticizing Republican President Donald Trump’s “America First” philosophy. The remarks were one of the few times that...
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Honduras President: Trump's Central America Plan Will Not Boost Militarization

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:15
The Trump administration's effort to combat violence and poverty in Central America will not mean greater militarization in Honduras, the country's president, Juan Orlando Hernandez, said in an interview. Under a plan formulated by U.S. President Donald Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, when he was secretary of homeland security, the United States is seeking to shore up Central America by financing development projects and getting Mexico to do more to stem the flow of...
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Trump: US to Consider Resuming Halted Military Aid to Egypt

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 01:07
The United States will consider resuming some suspended military assistance to Egypt, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. The U.S. government last month decided to deny Egypt $95.7 million in aid and to delay a further $195 million over human rights concerns. Asked if he would restart military to aid to Egypt, Trump told reporters as he began a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi: "We're going to certainly consider it." On August 27,...
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Afghan President Says Trump War Plan Has Better Chance Than Obama's

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:44
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan. Ghani also said that former president Barack Obama "did not have a partner in Afghanistan," implicitly criticizing former Afghan president Hamid Karzai, who frequently disdained U.S. policy and the U.S.-led...
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Mueller Investigators Seek Documents from White House

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:33
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators is seeking information from the White House related to Michael Flynn's stint as national security adviser and about the response to a meeting with a Russian lawyer that was attended by President Donald Trump's oldest son, The Associated Press has learned.   Mueller's office has requested a large batch of documents from the White House and is expected to interview at least a half dozen current and former...
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US Advises Banks to Watch for Venezuelan Corruption

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:30
The U.S. Treasury is advising banks to be on the lookout for suspicious financial activity involving corrupt Venezuelan officials as the Trump administration tightens its financial noose around President Nicolas Maduro's embattled socialist government. Wednesday's advisory by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network asks banks to keep watch for Venezuelan government contracts, wire transfers from shell companies, and real estate purchases in south Florida and Houston by senior...
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Trump Welcomes Immigrants to America in Citizenship Message

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:10
President Donald Trump has issued a videotaped message that was shown to thousands of new U.S. citizens Wednesday in which he welcomes the immigrants to the "American family" and urges them to help other newcomers assimilate. Some of the 4,000 people at a ceremony in Los Angeles embraced the message of unity, while others said the words felt insincere coming from the man who has ordered a travel ban and cast Mexican immigrants in a negative light. Moises Rodriguez, a...
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US Senate Set for New Health Law Repeal Debate

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:55
The U.S. Senate is set next week to again debate overhauling the country’s health care policies, a last-ditch effort by Republicans to dismantle the signature law championed by former Democratic President Barack Obama.   A spokeswoman for Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that senators would consider their party's latest legislative proposal to overturn the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, just days ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline, as dictated by the...
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American Expat Leaves Historical Legacy for Afghanistan

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:35
Nancy Dupree wasn't born in Afghanistan, but she is widely known as the country's "grandmother" for her efforts to provide a recent history for the millions of people who have been displaced during the Soviet occupation, civil war and terrorism over the past four decades. The culmination of her tenacity, hard work and love for her adopted country is the American Center at Kabul University, where more than 90,000 books, papers and other items provide a searchlight —...
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California Sues Trump Administration to Prevent Border Wall

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 23:03
California sued the Trump administration Wednesday to stop construction of a proposed wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, arguing the federal government is overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws.   Asked about the lawsuit at an appearance in San Diego, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he expects to prevail in legal challenges to the wall — one of the president's key campaign pledges.   "The United States government has the...
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Powerball Winner Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 22:01
A New Jersey man who once won a $338 million Powerball jackpot has been charged with sexually assaulting a child. Pedro Quezada, of Wayne, was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said Wednesday that the child was between 11 and 14 when the assaults are alleged to have occurred. Quezada, 49, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. His attorney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment on the...
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Native American Journalists Debate Future of Media in Indian Country

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:34
The collapse of a prominent Native American media network has triggered debate over how Native media can best serve the interests of communities across Indian Country and counter stereotypes and misinformation in the mainstream press. Native American journalism dates back to the Cherokee Phoenix, founded in 1828 to advocate against the U.S. government policy of assimilation and forced removal. Many newspapers have since come and gone, victims of high costs and low revenue. The most...
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Pentagon Chief Reaffirms US Commitment to Allies

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:48
The United States is working to strengthen its international alliances and partnerships, the country’s top defense official said, describing the effort as critical to U.S. military strategy. “Americans have no God-given right to victory on the battlefield,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told a conference just outside of Washington Wednesday, saying no nation can flourish on its own. “History is compelling on this point, that nations with allies thrive and those without allies decline....
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Hurricane Maria Pounds Puerto Rico

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:37
Hurricane Maria pounded eastern Puerto Rico after making landfall Wednesday as a powerful Category 4 storm that forecasters described as "extremely dangerous."
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Government: Prison Fits Weiner's Sex Crime on Teen Victim

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 19:32
Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is more than a serial digital philanderer - he's a danger to the public who deserves two years in prison for encouraging a 15-year-old girl to engage in online sex acts, prosecutors told a judge Wednesday.   A Manhattan judge is scheduled to sentence the New York Democrat on Monday for transferring obscene material to a minor.   The government urged the judge to put Weiner's claims of a therapeutic awakening in a context of a man who made...
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