Wednesday Morning Briefing

Democrat Doug Jones wins a Senate seat in Alabama, a U.S. rate hike is widely expected and bitcoin continues its march towards the $20,000-mark. United States The Federal Reserve is widely expected to , but, more significantly, it may give its strongest hint yet on how the Trump administration’s tax overhaul could affect the U.S. economy.  President Trump will make a to shepherd a Republican tax overhaul over the finish line, hosting congressional negotiators for…

"Wednesday Morning Briefing"

Japan says it and U.S. share stance pressure needed on North Korea

TOKYO – Japan and the United States are in “100 percent” agreement that pressure should be maximized on North Korea over its weapons and nuclear program, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday. Suga, Japan’s top government spokesman, said this was a stance they had previously affirmed. He made the comment when asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remark that the United States was open to holding direct talks with the rogue…

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U.S. wary of Putin’s declaration of military victory in Syria

WASHINGTON – The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against Islamic State was premature. Putin, during a surprise visit on Monday to Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Syria, declared that the work of Russian forces was largely done in backing the Syrian government against militants in the country’s war following the defeat of…

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Commentary: How Trump can get tough on Ukraine corruption

Ukraine’s Western allies may finally have run out of patience with Kiev’s unwillingness to fight the country’s endemic corruption. The United States, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have all criticized the recent undermining of an independent corruption investigation by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office – an organization of rampant fraud. “Recent events – including the disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU),…

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Tuesday Morning Briefing

An investigation is launched into a bomber who targeted a New York City bus station, voters in Alabama head to the polls in a tight U.S Senate race and Comcast drops its bid for most of Twenty-First Century Fox’s assets. New York A Bangladeshi man set off a in a crowded New York City commuter hub during the morning rush hour on Monday, officials said, immediately calling it an attempted terrorist attack.  The suspect is…

"Tuesday Morning Briefing"

Doubts about U.S. State redesign deepen with erroneous comments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson holds a town hall with staff on Tuesday amid skepticism about his planned agency reorganization that has been aggravated by his recent inaccurate comments about the State Department, a dozen current and former officials said. The embattled diplomat, who has endured repeated media speculation about how long he will last, appears under fire both from the White House and his own workers, who resent his embrace of…

"Doubts about U.S. State redesign deepen with erroneous comments"

U.S. envoy for North Korean affairs travels to Japan, Thailand

WASHINGTON – The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. North Korea, formally called the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), last week tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), saying the device could reach all of the United States. Joseph Yun, the U.S. special representative for…

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European states push U.S. for detailed Middle East peace proposals

UNITED NATIONS – Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the United States on Friday to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as “unhelpful” a decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday sparked a Palestinian “day of rage” on Friday. Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated, scores were hurt and at least one was killed in…

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