Americas


    • Second US-NK summit to be held in Hanoi

      Second US-NK summit to be held in Hanoi

      US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are set to choose Hanoi for their second face-to-face meeting, reports from a South Korean media read. According to the newspaper Munhwa Ilbo, which cites diplomatic sources from Seoul and Washington, US officials have already met their North Korean counterparts in the Vietnamese capital in December to adjust scheduling for the reunion.

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    • Pompeo heads to Middle East to fortify US alliances

      Pompeo heads to Middle East to fortify US alliances

      US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit eight Middle East capitals, starting 8 January, in an effort to fortify crucial alliances in regions strained by the Yemen war, US plans to exit Syria and the murder of the Washington Post journalist journalist Jamal Khashoggi. More specifically. Pompeo will head to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and finally Kuwait City, as the State Department announced few days ago.  During the eight-day trip a stop in Baghdad is also possible, though the information is not confirmed by the State Department.

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    • No progress on ending US government shutdown

      No progress on ending US government shutdown

      The US government partial shutdown continues, as on Friday President Donald Trump and Congressional Democrats did not reach a compromise over President’s request for $5.6 bn to finance building of a border wall with Mexico. Trump remained determined not to support a bill that would fully fund the government until he secures the money for the wall and even threatened to use emergency powers and without Congress approval to build the wall that in his words is needed “to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the United States.”

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    •  Brazil's new far-right president promises sweeping changes

      Brazil's new far-right president promises sweeping changes

      Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician vowing a crackdown on crime and corruption, was sworn in Tuesday as Brazil's new president in front of Congress in Brasilia. The 63-year-old former paratrooper and deputy for the past 27 years pledged to uphold the constitution as he embarked on his four-year mandate at the helm of Latin America's biggest economy. He vowed to free Brazil of "ideology" in what was viewed as a swipe at the left.

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    • Trump defends his Syria policy during a surprise visit to Iraq

      Trump defends his Syria policy during a surprise visit to Iraq

      The US President Donald Trump defended his disputed decision to withdraw troops from Syria during a surprise visit to Iraq on Wednesday, where he met with US troops. "The US cannot continue to be the policeman of the world. We don't want to do that. We want to protect our country," he told US troops during a three-hour visit to Ain al-Assad Air Base in western Iraq.

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    • US government partially shuts down

      US government partially shuts down

      A partial shutdown of the US federal government began at midnight after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement over President Donald Trump‘s demands that Congress assign $5bn for a wall along the border with Mexico, news wires reported.

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    • US officials: American troops to be pulled from Afghanistan

      US officials: American troops to be pulled from Afghanistan

      The Pentagon is developing plans to withdraw up to half of the 14,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, US officials said Thursday, marking a sharp change in the Trump administration's policy aimed at forcing the Taliban to the peace table after more than 17 years of war. One official said the troops could be out by summer, but no final decision has been made.

       

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    • Trump withdraws US forces from Syria

      Trump withdraws US forces from Syria

      US President Donald Trump has ordered staff to execute the "full" and "rapid" withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State, yet ceding a strategically vital country to Russia, Turkey and Iran. 

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    • Mexico to build an $8bn refinery

      Mexico to build an $8bn refinery

      Mexico will start awarding the construction of its seventh refinery as soon as March 2019, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced at an event at the Dos Bocas port, in the Gulf of Mexico. Revealing his plans for the country’s refining system Lopez Obrador also said Mexico will invest $8bn in the new processing facility at Dos Bocas, which will have crude processing capacity of 340,000 daily barrels, making it Mexico’s biggest refinery.

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