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US sanctions six pro-China officials over Hong Kong arrests

Washington - The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on six officials including Hong Kong's sole representative to China's top lawmaking body over mass arrests of pro-democracy activists in the financial hub.

Mexico accuses DEA of fabricating ex-defense chief crimes

Mexico - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday accused the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of fabricating crimes in the case of a former defense minister whose arrest sparked diplomatic tensions.

US troop levels cut to 2,500 each in Afghanistan and Iraq

Washington - The US military has cut troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq to 2,500 each, their lowest levels in the nearly two decades since the wars began, the Pentagon announced Friday.

Russia says leaving Open Skies military treaty

Moscow - Russia on Friday said it was withdrawing from the Open Skies treaty, undermining a post-Cold War defence accord that allows its signatories to carry out unarmed surveillance flights over each other's territories.

US rioters sought to 'capture and assassinate' lawmakers at Capitol: prosecutors

Washington - US prosecutors now believe supporters of President Donald Trump planned to "capture and assassinate elected officials" in their siege of the Capitol building last week, according to a new court filing.

Mexican prosecutors clear ex-defense chief accused by US

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors on Thursday exonerated a former defense minister who was arrested in the United States on drug trafficking charges and sent home to face a possible trial.

Mexican prosecutors clear ex-defense chief accused by US

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors on Thursday exonerated a former defense minister who was arrested in the United States on drug trafficking charges and sent home to face a possible trial.

Smartphone giant Xiaomi reels as US ramps up China blacklist

Fpo - Shares in Xiaomi collapsed on Friday after the United States blacklisted the smartphone giant and a host of other Chinese firms as the Trump administration aims to cement its trade war legacy against Beijing.

For Russia, nuclear arms curbs with Biden are a 'no brainer'

Moscow - When US President-elect Joe Biden enters the White House next week his administration will be in a race against time to salvage a landmark nuclear arms accord with Russia.

US capital locks down as security threats mount

Washington - The center of Washington was in lockdown Thursday as more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops were mobilized following the deadly assault on the Capitol and the threat of more violence at the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.

Washington on lockdown as security threats mount

Washington - The center of Washington was on lockdown Thursday as more than 20,000 armed National Guard troops were being mobilized due to security concerns ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden.

Biden pledges 'new chapter' but Trump impeachment trial looms

Wilmington - President-elect Joe Biden unveiled plans Thursday for fighting Covid and injecting $1.

US envoy chides China in talk with Taiwan leader

Taipei - Washington's envoy to the United Nations held a virtual talk with Taiwan's president on Thursday after her visit to the island was scrapped in a diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic last days of the Trump administration.

Fines for US lawmakers who refuse to walk through metal detectors

Washington - US lawmakers who refuse to go through metal detectors installed at the House of Representatives after last week's Capitol riot will be fined, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said late Wednesday.

Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site

San Francisco - Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.

Now that Trump is impeached (again), what's next?

Washington - The US House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for a second time -- just days before he is scheduled to leave office -- raising questions about what happens next.

Trump impeached for unprecedented second time

Washington - Donald Trump became the first US president in history to be impeached twice when the US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to charge him with inciting last week's mob attack on Congress.

US envoy to South Korea to leave post next week

Seoul - US ambassador to South Korea Harry Harris will leave his post next week, he said Wednesday, after nearly two years which have seen him at the centre of controversy on several occasions.

Uber and Lyft drivers challenge California 'gig worker' ballot

San Francisco - Drivers for ride-share and meal delivery apps filed a lawsuit Tuesday to nullify a referendum passed by California voters that lets such "gig workers" be treated as contractors.

YouTube suspends Trump channel for week over violence fears

Washington - Google-owned YouTube on Tuesday temporarily suspended President Donald Trump's channel and removed a video for violating its policy against inciting violence, joining other social media platforms in banning his accounts after last week's Capitol riot.

Turbulent Trump diplomacy ends with scrapped Europe, Taiwan trips

Washington - The United States called off last-minute trips by top envoys to its allies in Europe and Taiwan on Tuesday in a sudden diplomatic volte-face during the chaotic swansong days of the Trump administration.

Activists call for YouTube to dump Trump channel

San Francisco - An activist group on Tuesday called for YouTube to join other social media platforms in dumping US President Donald Trump, threatening an advertising boycott campaign.

VP Pence rejects invoking 25th Amendment to oust Trump

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence told House leaders Tuesday he does not support invoking the 25th Amendment process to remove Donald Trump, all but guaranteeing an impeachment vote against the besieged president.

US struggles to confront far right threat

Washington - The violent assault on the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump underscored how unready the United States is to confront its growing right-wing extremist threat, despite years of warnings.

Pompeo and US UN envoy scrap trips to Europe, Taiwan

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cancelled his final official visit to Europe, while Washington's UN envoy scrapped a trip to Taiwan, officials said Tuesday, as President Donald Trump faces an impeachment vote in Congress.

Trump, unapologetic but bleeding support, faces impeachment

Washington - A defiant Donald Trump rejected blame Tuesday for a deadly assault on Congress by his supporters, but cracks emerged in the president's Republican support with several now backing his removal on the eve of an all-but-certain historic second impeachment...

VOA under fire for reassigning reporter over question to Pompeo

Washington - Voice of America's management came under fire Tuesday across party lines after reassigning a journalist who attempted to pose a question to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

UN hoping for violence-free Biden inauguration

New York - The United Nations on Tuesday called on political leaders including US President Donald Trump not to incite violence, as Washington prepares for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

In final Trump chaos, Pompeo loyal to the end

Washington - Donald Trump in his final days in the White House has seen cabinet members quit, his vice president for the first time take a distance and some members of his party support impeachment.

Pompeo cancels last foreign trip amid Trump impeachment moves

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday canceled his final foreign trip scheduled this week as President Donald Trump faces a second impeachment vote.
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