Foreign Secretary

  • Associated Press Nov 13, 2019

    Bolivia Clashes After Opposition Leader Declares Herself President

    Bolivians have new uncertainty to grapple with now that opposition Sen. Jeanine Añez declared herself interim president of the crisis-torn Andean country just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in Mexico. Questions remained about who might rally around Añez, while Morales’ supporters angrily accused her of trying to seize power in her declaration Tuesday, raising the prospect of...

  • lawyer Oct 13, 2019

    UK Says Fatal Crash Suspect Doesn’t Have Diplomatic Immunity

    media are reporting that the wife of an American official who left the U.K. after being involved in a fatal road accident no longer has diplomatic immunity. BBC and Sky News said Sunday that U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had told the family of Harry Dunn that “immunity is no longer pertinent” because the suspect has left the U.K. The...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2019

    Iran Slams US for Barring Zarif From New York Hospital Visit

    Iran slammed the United States on Saturday for what it called an “inhumane” decision to bar its foreign minister, who was attending the U.N. summit meetings in New York, from visiting a hospitalized Iranian diplomat in the city. U.S. authorities were not allowing Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit U.N. ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi, who was undergoing cancer...

  • European Union Sep 8, 2019

    Ex-UK Minister Says Johnson Not Trying to Get a Brexit Deal

    A senior minister who quit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet said Sunday that the government is making little or no effort to secure a Brexit agreement with the European Union, despite Johnson’s insistence that he wants a deal. Amber Rudd said “there is no evidence of a deal. There are no formal negotiations taking place.” “What we know is...

  • Donald Trump Sep 6, 2019

    Mexico Declares Success Slowing Migrant Flow as US Border Crossings Decline

    Mexico says the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border has fallen by 56 percent since an agreement with U.S. officials three months ago to reduce the flow. Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard declared the measures a success Friday. He also said the deployment of the National Guard has generated few complaints about human rights violations.

  • European Union Sep 3, 2019

    UK’s Johnson Suffers Defeat in Parliament Over Brexit

    On a day of humiliating setbacks, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a major defeat in Parliament on Tuesday night as rebellious lawmakers voted to seize control of the Brexit agenda, prompting the embattled leader to say he would call for a new general election. The 328 to 301 vote, made possible by 21 fellow Conservatives who turned their back...

  • Europe Aug 11, 2019

    Island or European Nation? Rival Views of UK Shape Brexit

    British history has become a Brexit battleground. British voters’ decision three years ago to split from the European Union was fueled by a sense that the U.K. is fundamentally separate from its continental neighbors — a sceptered isle, rather than a European power. Brexit-backing Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg has compared Brexit to historic British military victories on the continent, saying...

  • Associated Press Aug 10, 2019

    Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters as Marchers Defy Ban

    Police fired tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday after anti-government marches went ahead in two areas of the Chinese territory in defiance of an official ban. Tear gas was fired at a crowd of some 1,000 people in a brief evening standoff at a commuter rail station in Tai Wai in the northern region of New Territories....

  • European Union Aug 7, 2019

    Trump Administration to Seek Britain Trade Deal After Brexit

    The Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after it leaves the European Union, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the country’s new foreign secretary made his first official visit to the United States. Pompeo also thanked the government of new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for agreeing to join a U.S.-led...

  • Donald Trump Jul 22, 2019

    US Notes Advance in Mexican Migration Enforcement

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Sunday that Mexico has made progress on migration enforcement, while expressing hope that El Salvador can stem the tide of migrants north from that Central American country. Pompeo spent the morning with Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo in Mexico City before flying to a meeting with El Salvador’s president. Ebrard said in a statement...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2019

    Iran Says Its Seizure of British Ship a ‘Reciprocal’ Move

    Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The seizure prompted condemnation from the U.K. and...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2019

    Iran’s Poking at West Heightens Risks of Military Missteps

    Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences. The tensions picked up Friday with Iran reporting it had seized a British-flagged oil...

  • Donald Trump Jul 14, 2019

    Leaked UK Memo Says Trump Axed Iran Deal to Spite Obama

    A U.K. newspaper has published more leaked memos revealing a British ambassador’s blunt assessments of the Trump administration, including one in which the envoy to Washington claimed President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal to spite predecessor Barack Obama. In the May 2018 cable published by the Mail on Sunday, U.K. Ambassador Kim Darroch called Trump’s decision...

  • China Jul 15, 2019

    EU Seeks to Deescalate Persian Gulf Tensions

    European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said that “it is still not too late, but Iran really...

  • Donald Trump Jul 11, 2019

    Diplomats Shaken for Now After Britain’s US Ambassador Quits

    The abrupt resignation of Britain’s ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it’s unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice. Current and former diplomats say the leak of Ambassador Kim Darroch’s sensitive reports is unfortunate and alarming, particularly given the apparent political...

  • Department of State Jul 9, 2019

    US Returns First Group of Asylum Seekers to Nuevo Laredo

    The so-called Remain in Mexico program for U.S. asylum seekers expanded to another Mexican border city with the arrival of a first group of migrants to Nuevo Laredo on Tuesday. The approximately 10 migrants had crossed the border to seek U.S. asylum on Monday and will now have to wait in Mexico as their applications are processed. Lucía Ascencio of...

  • Donald Trump Jul 10, 2019

    Amal Clooney Faults ‘Collective Shrug’ Over Slain Journalist

    Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused world leaders Wednesday of failing to protect journalists and faulted their “a collective shrug” over the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. Clooney, the British government’s envoy on media freedom, said at a conference on press freedom that “journalists are under attack like never before,” not just while covering wars but for exposing crime...

  • Mexico Jul 9, 2019

    US Returns First Group of Asylum Seekers to Nuevo Laredo

    The so-called Remain in Mexico program for U.S. asylum seekers expanded to another Mexican border city with the arrival of a first group of migrants to Nuevo Laredo on Tuesday. The approximately 10 migrants had crossed the border to seek U.S. asylum on Monday and will now have to wait in Mexico as their applications are processed. Lucía Ascencio of...

  • Donald Trump Jul 9, 2019

    UK Envoy’s Leaked Views Inspire More Insults in Trump Tweets

    U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Britain’s ambassador to the United States for a second day, describing him as “wacky” and a “pompous fool” after leaked documents revealed the envoy’s dim view of Trump’s administration. Trump fired off a series of tweets about Ambassador Kim Darroch hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May gave the veteran diplomat her continued...

  • Donald Trump Jul 9, 2019

    UK Envoy’s Leaked Views Inspire More Insults in Trump Tweets

    U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Britain’s ambassador to the United States for a second day, describing him as “wacky” and a “pompous fool” after leaked documents revealed the envoy’s dim view of Trump’s administration. Trump fired off a series of tweets about Ambassador Kim Darroch hours after British Prime Minister Theresa May gave the veteran diplomat her continued...

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