Europe

February 21, 2019

Shanahan says he hasn’t decided quantity for border wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump’s border wall project.
February 21, 2019

AP FACT CHECK: Trump declares emergency with defective claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the southern border while acknowledging that rapid construction of a wall is not a necessity, but rather his preference. In justifying the extraordinary step, he brushed aside his administration’s conclusions that drugs come into the country primarily at official points of entry, not over remote territory that a barrier could seal off.
February 21, 2019

AP evaluation: Hundreds of corporations excused from metal tariff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers and jobs, according to an Associated Press analysis.
February 21, 2019

On immigration, Mideast and extra, Kushner retains pushing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The ink wasn’t dry on a border security compromise before Jared Kushner had moved on to another enormous challenge.
February 21, 2019

Minutes show Fed officials noted number of rising threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers last month noted greater threats to the U.S. economy, ranging from adverse effects of the government shutdown to rising trade tensions, and decided to emphasize that they would be “patient” in raising interest rates.
February 21, 2019

Trump says EU commerce talks key to final result on auto tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that tariffs on autos imported from Europe are something “we certainly think about” as the White House reviews a Commerce Department report on whether imported vehicles and parts pose a threat to U.S. national security.
February 21, 2019

US, China resume commerce talks in Washington forward of deadline

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China resume talks Tuesday aimed at ending a fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions ahead of a deadline for a massive U.S. tariff hike.
February 21, 2019

U.S. says Alabama girl who joined Islamic State isn’t allowed again dwelling

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won’t be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said on Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim.
February 21, 2019

Iran Says 'There Will Be No Trace' of Saudi Arabia's Royal Family inside Next 10 Years

A senior Iranian military leader has predicted the extinction of the Saudi royal family within the next decade.
February 21, 2019

Donald Trump Doesn't Appear to Know About His Own Administration's Efforts to Decriminalize Homosexuality Around the World

The Trump administration is reportedly set to launch a worldwide campaign to end the decriminalization of homosexuality in dozens of countries where its still against the law, but when asked about it today, the president appeared to be unaware of the push.