August 18, 2017 9:25 PM The Rise and Fall of Steve Bannon
In March, I went to the White House to visit Steve Bannon, who today was fired by President Trump. After Bannon showed off his office and his famous whiteboard, we sat down at a wooden conference table in the large corner office of Reince Priebus, who was then the White House chief of staff. Moments earlier, Priebus had left the building, and Bannon 4
August 17, 2017 10:18 AM Saudi Arabia to open border, airports to Qatari pilgrims
DUBAI/DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will open a border crossing for Qataris making the haj pilgrimage and provide a plane to fly pilgrims in, despite a rift in which Saudi Arabia and other states in the region severed transport links with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut transport links with Qatar in June and imposed 4
August 10, 2017 11:41 PM Trump steps up war of words against North Korea, while his Defense secretary stresses diplomacy
President Trump reinforced his threat to unleash “fire and fury” on North Korea despite widespread criticism of his bellicosity, saying Thursday that his initial statement maybe “wasn't tough enough.” The strong language — Trump used versions of the word “tough” four times during one seven-minute exchange with reporters, while downplaying the potential 1
August 7, 2017 2:42 PM In Iran, selfies with E.U. diplomat land lawmakers in hot water
When Europe’s top diplomat arrived at the Iranian president’s inauguration on Saturday, it was a clear sign of commitment to better relations, even as the Trump White House has urged allies to isolate Iran. But by the end of the ceremony, Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, would land at the center of a much different controversy 3
August 3, 2017 11:07 PM Iran says recent U.S. sanctions a violation of nuclear deal
The European Union has countered Donald Trump’s calls to ditch the nuclear accord, reminding his administration that it belongs to the international community. ISTANBUL—New U.S. sanctions targeting Iran are a breach of its nuclear deal with world powers and an attempt to abolish the accord, Iranian officials said Thursday, adding that the government 2
August 3, 2017 1:47 PM New Russia sanctions: A road to nowhere?
Washington-Moscow relations are threatening to plummet even further after the US decided to impose new sanctions and Russia retaliated by expelling a large number of American diplomatic staff. George Voloshin examines the situation. George Voloshin is head of the French branch of Aperio Intelligence, an independent corporate intelligence consultancy 8
August 3, 2017 10:20 AM Russia: U.S. Sanctions Tantamount to ‘Full-Fledged Economic War’
LONDON — Russia's prime minister has called U.S. sanctions tantamount to economic war on his country, adding that measures signed into law by President Donald Trump reveal the American administration's "total impotence." "The hope that our relations with the new American administration would improve is finished," Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday on his Facebook 9
August 3, 2017 3:57 AM Qatar announces $5.9b order for warships from Italy
DOHA - Qatar announced on Wednesday a five-billion-euro ($5.9 billion) order for seven warships from Italy in the midst of a nearly two-month diplomatic crisis with neighbouring Saudi Arabia and its allies. “We have signed a contract on behalf of the Qatari navy to acquire seven warships from Italy for five billion euros,” Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed 4
August 2, 2017 7:33 PM Trump signs Russia sanctions bill, but calls it 'flawed'
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law new sanctions against Russia on Wednesday but he criticized the legislation as infringing on his powers to shape foreign policy, saying he could make "far better deals" with governments than Congress can. After signing a bill that Congress had approved overwhelmingly last week and which 7
August 2, 2017 3:28 AM Tillerson to North Korea: 'We are not your enemy'
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Tuesday for a dialogue with North Korea and acknowledged that U.S. relations with Russia have worsened during the Trump administration. During wide-ranging comments at the State Department marking six months since his confirmation, Tillerson told reporters that the United States does not aim to depose the government 1