Americas


    • Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown

      Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown

      US President Trump suffered an astonishing retreat on Friday as he publicly announced he had signed a three-week stop-gap spending bill, approved by both the House and Senate that would end the 35-day-old partial government shutdown. The temporary funding measure, however, does not secure him any of the the $5.7bn he had demanded from Congress for a border wall.

      65
    • Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency

      Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency

      Venezuela’s crisis escalated shockingly on Wednesday as Opposition Leader Juan Guaido declared himself country's interim president amid nationwide protests, trying to oust sitting leader Nicolas Maduro. Guaido, the 35-year-old recently elected head of Venezuela's National Assembly, took the oath of office on an outdoor podium in Caracas, flanked by yellow, blue and red Venezuelan flags. He raised his right hand as a crowd erupted in cheers. He promised to serve as interim leader and call for general elections.

      60
    • Top US diplomat quits amid Europe tensions

      Top US diplomat quits amid Europe tensions

      The top US diplomat for Europe, Wess Mitchell, has resigned after only 16 months on the job and is now expected to leave his post in mid-February. In the letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dated January 4, the assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs said he felt he had completed his goals for the post and wanted to spend more time with his young family.

      62
    • Kim, Trump meeting to be held in Vietnam

      Kim, Trump meeting to be held in Vietnam

      President Donald Trump will reportedly hold his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Vietnam, American media said, suggesting negotiations for the meeting were gathering pace. The  summit is highly likely to take place in the capital Hanoi, but Danang - the site of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting - and Ho Chi Minh City in the country’s south have also been considered.

      71
    • US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol arrives in Washington on Thursday or Friday to hold high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During his visit, Kim is also expected to meet President Donald Trump. As South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports, the meetings are aimed at paving the way for a second summit between the leaders of both countries, following a prolonged stalemate in nuclear talks.

      55
    • Trudeau moves three ministers in cabinet shakeup

      Trudeau moves three ministers in cabinet shakeup

      Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday shuffled his cabinet after a senior minister quit less than a year before an election that could see the ruling Liberals lose their majority in Parliament. The most notable move saw Jane Philpott move from the indigenous services portfolio to become the new president of the Treasury Board, who has overall control of public spending.

      58
    • Suspicious packages investigated at embassies in Australia

      Suspicious packages investigated at embassies in Australia

      Suspicious packages discovered Wednesday forced evacuations at several foreign consulates and embassies in Canberra and Melbourne. Consulates of the UK, Switzerland, US and Pakistan are among those affected, as well as reportedly several others. According to local media consulates belonging to India, South Korea, New Zealand, Greece, Italy, US and France were also targeted.

      50
    • 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.

      79
    • 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.

      67
    • 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.”

      130