By The Wall Street Journal Sun., Dec. 16, 2018 Immigration dominated the news, as advocates for migrants tussled with the Trump administration as it moved to tighten the southern border to illegal immigrants. The administration made multiple trips to court and sent thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico line as caravans of Central Americans sought asylum in the U.S. Yet federal judges have repeatedly stymied the president’s efforts to change immigration policy. Among the administration moves at least temporarily blocked by judges: the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for young immigrants; the cancellation of temporary protected status for immigrants from some Central American countries and Haiti; and blocking access to the asylum system for immigrants apprehended crossing the border illegally. Mr. Trump himself reversed his most controversial enforcement policy: separating parents and children caught crossing the border illegally. … [Read more...] about Immigration, Mueller probe boosted U.S. tensions this year
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By Eric Talmadge The Associated Press Kim Tong-Hyung Wed., Sept. 19, 2018 PYONGYANG, KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF—South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang on Wednesday that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures, the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the Summer Olympics in 2032. Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting Wednesday morning. “We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear … [Read more...] about Kim Jong Un agrees to dismantle main nuke if U.S. takes steps too
JERUSALEM: The United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, a move that has delighted Israel and infuriated Palestinians.The opening ceremony is at a U.S. consular building in the Arnona neighbourhood. It will house an interim embassy for the ambassador and a small staff until a larger site is found.The compound cuts across the 1949 Armistice Line that separated West Jerusalem from No Man's Land, which Israel captured in the 1967 Six Day War and has held under occupation ever since.The embassy move follows U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last December to break with decades of U.S. policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the decision, saying it reflected that "the Jewish people have had a capital for 3,000 years, and that it is called Jerusalem."But the move upset the Arab world and Western allies. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called it a "slap in the face" and said the United States can no … [Read more...] about The US is opening an embassy in Jerusalem. Why is there a furore?
By Anne Gearan The Washington Post Ruth Eglash Sun., May 13, 2018 WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump has been telling friendly audiences that he is proudly fulfilling a campaign promise with the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and that his real estate savvy is already saving the taxpayers a buck on the new location. A campaign rally crowd gave Trump lengthy applause when he said the new embassy will open Monday — and on the cheap. “I said, ‘How much?’ — something other presidents don’t ask. They said, ‘Sir, one billion dollars,’” Trump said in theatrical disbelief. “For $150,000 I could fix it. It’ll be beautiful,” Trump said at the rally Thursday in Elkhart, Ind. Read more: Article Continued Below Trump admin says controversial Jerusalem embassy will open in May, significantly ahead of schedule Israel kicks off U.S. Embassy celebration, boosts border force … [Read more...] about Trump’s decision to open Jerusalem embassy complicates promise to seek peace
Assault denounced by Damascus and allies LONDON/DAMASCUS -- Western powers have no plans for further missile strikes on Syria but will assess their options if Damascus uses chemical weapons again, Britain's foreign minister said on Sunday as debate raged over the legality and effectiveness of the raids. U.S., French and British missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria's chemical weapons program on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago, and the three countries insisted they were not aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or intervening in a seven-year civil war. The bombings, hailed by U.S. President Donald Trump as a success but denounced by Damascus and its allies as an act of aggression, marked the biggest intervention by Western countries against Assad and his ally Russia, whose foreign minister Sergei Lavrov called them "unacceptable and lawless." In Damascus, Syria's deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad met inspectors from the global … [Read more...] about News Allies keep Syria options open as Britain says no strikes planned