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15 December, 2018 4:54 AM Donald Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff

US President Donald Trump on Friday named budget director Mick Mulvaney as acting chief of staff, a week after he announced John Kelly's scheduled departure. "I am pleased to announce that Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management & Budget, will be named Acting White House Chief of Staff, replacing General John Kelly, who has served our Country 65

15 December, 2018 3:21 AM Chris Christie pulls out of Trump's White House chief of staff race

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, considered one of President Donald Trump's top candidates for White House chief of staff, abruptly withdrew from consideration on December 14, saying now is not the right time for him to take the job. The decision leaves the president's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, and US Trade Representative 46

14 December, 2018 6:55 PM US "In No Hurry" Over North Korea Nuclear Negotiations, Says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump played down hopes Friday for any imminent deal to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal. "Many people have asked how we are doing in our negotiations with North Korea -- I always reply by saying we are in no hurry," he tweeted. But Trump also expressed optimism, saying North Korea's economy has "wonderful potential" 84

14 December, 2018 5:14 PM Big China-US trade deal could happen rather soon: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on December 14 said a major US-China trade deal could emerge in the near future, saying that China's position has been weakened by the economic impact of the tariffs war. "China wants to make a big and very comprehensive deal. It could happen, and rather soon!" he tweeted. Trump said that China's decision to back off from new tariffs 35

14 December, 2018 5:13 PM Khashoggi Killer Said In Audio: Turkey President

Jamal Khashoggi's killing has caused global outrage and has damaged international standing of the Saudi crown prince. One of the killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was heard saying "I know how to cut" on the audio of the killing Turkey shared with U.S. and European officials, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan also slammed Riyadh 60

14 December, 2018 5:03 PM Recep Erdogan, Donald Trump agree 'more effective' coordination on Syria

Ankara, Dec 14 (AFP) Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed Friday to "more effective coordination" between their countries' operations in Syria, according to Turkish presidential sources, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation. The two leaders spoke by telephone and "agreed 60

10 December, 2018 1:01 AM "I Can't Breathe" Were Khashoggi's Final Words, Report Says

The transcript of the gruesome recording includes descriptions of Jamal Khashoggi struggling against his murderers, CNN said Jamal Khashoggi's final words were "I can't breathe," CNN said Sunday, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments before the journalist's murder. The source told the US network the transcript 87

5 December, 2018 4:24 PM Keep Oil Flowing, Says Trump Ahead Of Oil-Exporting Nations' Group Meet

OPEC meets in Vienna on Thursday. Official U.S. government oil production and inventory data are also due on Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies not to cut oil production next year, saying it would trigger higher oil prices worldwide. "Hopefully OPEC will be keeping 64

4 December, 2018 5:26 AM China drives stunning growth in global trademark applications, says UN

China was the driving force by a 30 percent leap in global trademark applications in 2017 as innovation turns into the main battleground among competing world economies, the UN World Intellectual Property Organization said. Figures issued by WIPO showed trademark applications hit 9.11 million last year while patent applications rose 5.8 percent to 3.2 million 92

4 December, 2018 1:38 AM 40 years are enough: US tells Pak to support PM Narendra Modi's peace efforts

 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says Pakistan ought to support India, the United Nations and Afghanistan in ensuring peace prevails in south Asia. Washington: Asserting that 40 years is enough for every responsible nation to get on board with the south Asia peace process, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, in a strong message to Pakistan, said it is time for everyone 112