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22 December, 2018 3:38 AM White House unveils goals for Japan trade talks

The United States is aiming to secure duty-free market access for American industrial products and reduce or eliminate tariffs for US agricultural goods. The White House on December 21 laid out objectives for trade talks with Japan, setting the clock for them to begin as early as January 20, as the administration seeks to slash the United States' $69 billion 228

21 December, 2018 6:01 AM India is Afghanistan's most reliable regional partner: Pentagon

India is Afghanistan's most reliable regional partner, the Pentagon has said as it praised New Delhi's contributions to the peaceful development of the war-torn country. Pentagon, in its semi-annual Afghan report to the US Congress that covers the period of June to November 2018, said India interpreted the new US South Asia policy as an opportunity to increase 145

20 December, 2018 6:15 AM US presence in Syria was to destroy ISIS, not to end civil war: White House

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria is consistent with his policy that the main objective of American forces in the war-torn country was to destroy the ISIS and not to resolve the civil war, the White House has said as it defended the move criticised by many as "premature'. The White House's assertion came after Trump claimed 165

19 December, 2018 4:50 PM United States defeated ISIS in Syria, claims President Donald Trump

Trump added that this was his only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency. Washington: The United States has defeated ISIS in Syria, claimed US President Donald Trump on Wednesday. He further added that this was his only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency. Taking to Twitter, Trump said, "We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason 230

18 December, 2018 3:58 PM Donald Trump Directs Pentagon To Create "Space Command"

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered the creation of "Space Command," a new organizational structure within the Pentagon that will have overall control of military space operations. "I direct the establishment, consistent with United States law, of United States Space Command as a functional Unified Combatant Command," Trump said in a memo to Defense 71

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 179

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 164

15 December, 2018 2:11 AM Australia Recognises West Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel

Scott Morrison also committed to recognising a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital when the city's status is determined in a peace deal. Australia now recognises west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday, but a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement 163

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" 149

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 88