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  • 16 nations agree to track Venezuela corruption

    April 20, 2018 5:00 AM 3

    Two senior US Treasury officials say finance ministers from several Latin American nations, as well as the US and Europe, have agreed to work jointly to locate and seize assets arising from corruption by Venezuelan government insiders. They say international officials, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, met yesterday in Washington and also discussed

  • Trump, Abe to meet despite strain over North Korea, tariffs

    April 18, 2018 5:00 AM 3

    Top Trump administration officials say that major concessions, including a possible exemption from steel and aluminium tariffs, could be on the table for Japan as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Florida to discuss trade issues and Trump's potential meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Trump is looking to ease the key US ally's

  • Syria's allies say airstrikes undercut political resolution

    April 16, 2018 5:00 AM 5

    The leaders of Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon said yesterday that Western airstrikes on their ally, Syria, have complicated prospects for a political settlement to the country's seven-year conflict. A day after the US, Britain and France bombarded sites they said were linked to a chemical weapons programme, Syrian President Bashar Assad

  • Russia says alleged chemical attack in Syria staged by UK

    April 14, 2018 5:07 AM 3

    The Russian Defence Ministry on yesterday accused Britain of staging a fake chemical attack in a Syrian town outside Damascus, a bold charge vehemently denied by Britain as a "blatant lie". The exchange follows the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, and comes amid Moscow's stern warnings to the West against striking Syria. A day before a team from the international

  • Trump expected to pardon former Cheney aide Libby

    April 14, 2018 5:00 AM 5

    United States President Donald Trump plans to pardon I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, a former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a person familiar with the president's decision. The person said the announcement could come as early as Friday. The person, who wasn't authorised to discuss the decision ahead of its public announcement and demanded

  • Trump administration pauses legal orientation for immigrants

    April 14, 2018 5:00 AM 10

    Immigrant advocates are outraged by a US government decision to put on hold a program that helps tens of thousands of immigrants navigate the country's complex immigration court system. The US$8-million-a-year programme that provides legal orientation to immigrants in deportation proceedings is on hold pending review, according to the US Department of Justice

  • Poisoned daughter better as UK-Russia dispute at UN worsens

    April 6, 2018 5:00 AM 2

    The daughter of a former Russian spy poisoned by a nerve agent said yesterday in her first public comment that she's recovering, but the international furor over the attack escalated as Russia told the United Nations Moscow assumes "with a high degree of probability" that the intelligence services of other countries are behind it. Britain's U.N. Ambassador

  • Pope calls for peace in Easter message

    April 1, 2018 6:01 PM 15

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria” and extending to Israel, where 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before Easter Sunday. Francis reflected on the power of Christianityâ

  • Cosby's lawyers fight to let jurors hear witness

    March 29, 2018 5:17 PM 18

    Bill Cosby's lawyers are fighting to let jurors at his sexual assault retrial hear from a woman who says accuser Andrea Constand talked about making up allegations so she could sue and get money. Lawyer Becky James argued at a preliminary hearing on Thursday that Marguerite Jackson's testimony shows Constand's state of mind before she went to police

  • Two lawyers not joining Trump legal team after all

    March 26, 2018 5:00 AM 20

    President Donald Trump will not be adding two new lawyers to the legal team defending him in the special counsel's Russia investigation after all, one of the president's attorneys said yesterday. Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement that Washington lawyers Joseph diGenova and Victoria Toensing have conflicts that won't allow them to represent