U.S. threatens new sanctions on Venezuela if aid convoys blocked-official

The U.S. government could announce new sanctions to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as early as next week unless his military defies orders to block convoys of humanitarian aid planned for this weekend, a senior administration official said on Friday. … Continue reading U.S. threatens new sanctions on Venezuela if aid convoys blocked-official

Exclusive: U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war – sources

The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. Reuters Continue reading Exclusive: U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war – sources

North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

Veteran North Korean diplomats are being sidelined from nuclear talks ahead of a second summit with the United States as recent defections and allegations of spying undermine the trust of leader Kim Jong Un, South Korean officials and experts say. … Continue reading North Korea's Kim shuffles nuclear talks team after defections, spying allegations

IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are poised to capture Islamic State’s last, tiny enclave on the Euphrates, the battle commander said on Saturday, bringing its self-declared caliphate to the brink of total defeat as U.S. President Donald Trump spoke of “100 … Continue reading IS 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria as Trump urges Europe to do more