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U.S. Weighs Sanctions Against Chinese Officials Over Muslim Detention Camps

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies to punish Beijing’s detention of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in large internment camps, according to current and former American officials. Read more…


U.S. to End Funding to U.N. Agency That Helps Palestinian Refugees

WASHINGTON — The United States government has decided to stop all funding it gives to a United Nations agency that provides assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees, ending a decades-long policy of supporting it, according to a former senior United Read more…


Maureen Dowd, in Australia, Explains Trump’s ‘Ego Arithmetic’

“He’s thinking of this as a reality show and he will get those ratings,” Maureen said. “He’s an attention addict.” ‘We’re the Selfie Stick’ What about the role of the media covering President Trump? When asked about this last night, Read more…


North Korean State Media Denounce U.S. as Diplomacy Stalls

WASHINGTON — North Korean state media criticized the United States over the weekend for “extremely provocative and dangerous military moves” in Pacific waters and warned that the diplomacy forged between the two countries’ leaders during their Singapore summit meeting in Read more…


Palestinians Blast Trump’s Aid Cut as Political ‘Blackmail’

JERUSALEM — Palestinian officials denounced the Trump administration’s cancellation of more than $200 million in aid, accusing Washington of “weaponizing” humanitarian assistance by using it as a tool to coerce political concessions. The aid cut, announced Friday, was the latest Read more…


Russian Trolls Used Vaccine Debate to Sow Discord, Study Finds

“Don’t get #vaccines. Illuminati are behind it.” “Do you still treat your kids with leaves? No? And why don’t you #vaccinate them? It’s medicine!” With messages like those, Russian internet trolls meddling in the 2016 presidential election also lashed out Read more…


U.S. Criticism of ‘Suspected’ Nuclear Sites May Derail Talks, North Korean Media Warns

WASHINGTON — American negotiators have confronted North Korean officials over “suspected” secret nuclear facilities, according to a North Korean state news media commentary, which called the Trump administration accusations “fiction” and said they had led to “derailing dialogue” between the Read more…


Hungary’s Leader Was Shunned by Obama, but Has a Friend in Trump

BUDAPEST — Across rural Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban dominates the media landscape. His allies control the major regional newspapers, which provide supportive coverage of Mr. Orban’s anti-immigrant agenda and his methodical erosion of the country’s democratic checks and balances. Read more…


Pompeo Says There’s ‘a Ways to Go’ Before North Korea Fulfills Nuclear Vows

SINGAPORE — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed growing exasperation with North Korea on Friday, accusing its government of refusing to respect a promise to President Trump to stop, or even slow, Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Speaking to reporters while Read more…


U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Turkish Officials Over Detained American Pastor

“They should know our character well,” Mr. Erdogan said. Mr. Brunson, 50, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, has been imprisoned in Turkey for 21 months and is accused of aiding the failed coup attempt against Mr. Erdogan in July Read more…