President Trump looking to give war crimes a pass
William Goldschlag and Dan Janison Newsday Clean kills Donald Trump is not a big fan of rules, and the rules of war are no exception. “Torture works,” he said during his 2016 campaign. He also enjoyed telling a dubious story about a U.S. general, John Pershing, ordering the execution... Read more
U.S. warship sailed through South China Sea near reef claimed by China
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, a strategic flash point in the South China Sea claimed by China, in a move expected to stoke anger in Beijing as the world’s two biggest economies remain embroiled in a trade... Read more
Man who organized raid of North Korean embassy in Spain now on the run in the U.S.
By Barbara Demick and Victoria Kim Los Angeles Times The North Korean Embassy in Madrid was a soft target. All it took was imitation handguns, fake business cards and some guile for a group of human rights activists to capture the embassy on the evening of Feb. 22. Over... Read more
U.S. says it will not negotiate with Maduro, will only give him a way out
Nora Gámez Torres Miami Herald The United States for now has ruled out holding any negotiations with Nicolás Maduro and instead is focused on how to orchestrate a “dignified exit” for the Venezuelan leader after an opposition uprising and a series of sanctions failed to oust him from power.... Read more
President bans Huawei from U.S. markets, cites security concerns
Don Lee Los Angeles Times President Trump issued an executive order Wednesday giving his administration sweeping powers to block Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. and other foreign communications firms from doing business in the United States — a long-anticipated move he had postponed while Washington and Beijing were... Read more
U.S. officials: North Korean missile built to avoid defensive measures
David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times A newly tested North Korean short-range ballistic missile appears to be a copy of an advanced Russian design that could greatly improve Pyongyang’s ability to evade U.S. missile defense systems, according to U.S. officials. President Trump, who has sought unsuccessfully for the last... Read more
Trump warns the EU to not exclude US companies from bidding on European military projects
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The Trump administration has issued a warning to European Union allies that a decadeslong partnership is at risk if the American defense industry isn’t allowed to compete for contracts on new EU military projects. The EU is pushing an initiative that amounts to “a... Read more
Proposed bill would allow Congress to intervene in sexual assault cases
By Emily Kopp CQ-Roll Call Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Mast. The Florida Republican in late April introduced “Harmony’s Law,” named after his... Read more
US relations with Ecuador improving now that Assange is in custody
By Franco Ordonez McClatchy Washington Bureau Now that Ecuador has expelled Julian Assange from its embassy in London, the Trump administration is opening a “new chapter of cooperation” with the South American government. USAID Administrator Mark Green will join Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Valencia in Ecuador on Wednesday... Read more
North Korea says the US stole it’s cargo ship, demands its return
Kim Gamel Stars and Stripes North Korea on Tuesday accused the United States of “robbery” for seizing a cargo ship and demanded the vessel’s return in the latest sign of rising tensions that threaten to scuttle nuclear talks. The Wise Honest — detained in April 2018 while en route... Read more
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