US, China speak on key issues in trade dispute

Washington and Beijing are making ‘headway’ on key issues in their ongoing trade dispute and discussions will continue, the US Trade Representative’s office said following a phone call between senior officials. President Donald Trump heralded a major win in his offensive against China two weeks ago, saying the economic powers were close to concluding a “substantial phase one deal.” Continue Reading

Trump accepts deal to temporarily end longest govt shutdown in US history

Succumbing to political pressure, President Donald Trump has backed a deal to temporarily end the record-breaking government shutdown in America’s history despite getting no funding for his controversial plan to build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Continue Reading

Kim prepared for second summit with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered preparations for a second summit with President Donald Trump, saying he’ll ‘wait with patience and in good faith’ to work toward a common goal, the North’s state media reported Thursday. Despite Kim’s determination for another meeting with Trump, the two remain at odds over fundamental issues. Continue Reading

Pompeo set to run for Senate

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged Wednesday that he had been approached to run for Senate next year but said he was focused for now on being America’s top diplomat. He said that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the top Senate Republican, asked him to consider the race in Kansas Continue Reading