Partial US Government Shutdown Continues for Second Day

The U.S. government stayed partially shut down Sunday for a second day, with no immediate end in sight to the stalemate between Republican and Democratic lawmakers over federal spending and immigration issues. U.S. President Donald Trump pressured Congress to resolve the standoff, suggesting on Twitter that if it continues, Senate Republicans should abandon the long-standing supermajority… Please follow and like us:

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Trump: ‘Great Thing for the World’ if Korean Talks Make Progress

U.S. President Donald Trump says he hopes the newly arranged talks between North and South Korea will go “beyond the Olympics” and promised the United States will take part “at the appropriate time.” Trump gave an unusual news conference Saturday from the Camp David presidential retreat, where he met with Republican lawmakers. Of the upcoming talks… Please follow and like us:

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State Department: US, Russia Agree to Continue Diplomacy Over N. Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have “agreed to continue to work toward a diplomatic solution to achieve a denuclearized Korean peninsula,” the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. A U.S. statement said the two spoke by phone Tuesday to discuss concerns related to North Korea’s “destabilizing nuclear program and emphasized… Please follow and like us:

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German Troops Won’t Be Wearing Uniforms at G20 Summit

As the G20 Summit kicks off in the German city of Hamburg on Friday, attendees might see less of a troop presence. A German defense ministry memo leaked to newspaper Der Spiegel revealed that the government had advised soldiers to wear plain clothes during the summit outside of their barracks. The reason? Fears of left-wing attacks… Please follow and like us:

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South Korea President Praises U.S. Trade Deal that Trump Denounced 

South Korean President Moon Jae-in Wednesday defended his country’s free trade agreement with the United States, which U.S. President Donald Trump denounced in the past as a “job killing deal.” Moon addressed a pro-free trade audience of business leaders and lawmakers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the first day of his presidential visit to… Please follow and like us:

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Putin Says Russia is Not US Enemy, Downplays New Sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not believe his country and the United States are enemies and downplayed fresh sanctions levied against his country by the American lawmakers. During his annual nationwide call-in show Thursday, Putin said Russia and the United States had fought beside each other during two world wars and “the Russian empire… Please follow and like us:

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Russia: No US Coalition Jets Allowed in Syrian De-Escalation Zones

Russia says the proposed “de-escalation” zones in Syria will be closed to aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition. Alexander Lavrentyev, Russia’s envoy to the peace talks in Kazakhstan, said Friday in remarks covered by Russian media that “the operation of aviation in the de-escalation zones, especially of the forces of the international coalition, is absolutely not envisaged,… Please follow and like us:

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Pence Says Trade Relationship with South Korea is ‘Falling Short’

During his visit to South Korea this week U.S. Vice President Mike Pence described the security alliance between the two countries as unwavering, unshakable and ironclad, but in an address to business leaders in Seoul Tuesday, he said the bilateral economic relationship is in trouble. “Despite the strong economic ties between the United States and South… Please follow and like us:

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China Taking Political Risks for Economic Reforms, Foreign Investments

China is responding to international criticism that it gives favorable treatment to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) while neglecting of the needs of foreign companies, and even foreign markets that buy Chinese goods. Releasing the annual work report, or budgetary proposals, in the National People’s Congress (NPC), Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signaled a crackdown on loss-posting “zombie enterprises”… Please follow and like us:

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