US imposes sanctions on Russian, Chinese companies for supporting Iranian missile programme

WASHINGTON: The US has imposed sanctions on four companies from China and Russia for supporting Iran‘s missile programme that remains a “significant proliferation concern,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said. The announcement was made on Friday as the US continues to take tough measures against Iran for continuing their activities related to nuclear arms. … Read more

Trump will campaign for Georgia GOP Senate candidates, urges supporters not to boycott runoff elections

Hundreds of Trump supporters and gather near the Capitol Building for the Stop the Steal Rally in Atlanta, GA. as well as counter protesters in Atlanta, GA. Jason Armond | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images President Donald Trump, who has blamed his loss to President-elect Joe Biden on false claims that the U.S. voting … Read more

Trump loses appeal of Pennsylvania election case

President Donald Trump Carlos Barria | Reuters A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an attempt from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign to keep alive its effort to undo the result of Pennsylvania’s presidential election. The blistering opinion from a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, all three … Read more

Beijing doesn’t want the U.S. to form an ‘anti-China coalition’ in the post-Trump era, consultancy says

SINGAPORE – Beijing is concerned that there’s a higher chance of countries in Asia partnering with the U.S. to counter China under President-elect Joe Biden – and wants to prevent that from happening, according to a political consultancy. “I think the key for them really is to try and prevent the U.S. from being able … Read more

Trump pardons Michael Flynn, former national security advisor who admitted lying to FBI

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that he had pardoned Michael Flynn, his first national security advisor, who pleaded guilty three years ago to lying to FBI agents. The pardon came before a judge had ruled on a pending motion by the U.S. Department of Justice to dismiss the case and undo Flynn’s guilty plea … Read more

With Yellen in line to lead Treasury, here are other economic posts Biden transition team could name next week

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden attends a campaign event devoted to the reopening of the U.S. economy during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 11, 2020. Bastiaan Slabbers | Reuters With Janet Yellen in line for Treasury secretary, President-elect Joe Biden must now round out a … Read more

Trump’s tariffs could give Biden ‘leverage’ over China, former White House trade negotiator says

President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs have created “leverage” that the incoming Biden administration could use to get the outcomes it wants on the international stage, said former top White House trade negotiator Clete Willems. Trump slapped elevated tariffs on major trading partners such as China, Canada and the European Union for what he said were … Read more

Biden’s pick for foreign policy head affirms a push to get allies on board with U.S. policy on China

Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken chairs the Strategic Track Plenary Session during the seventh U.S. China Strategic and Economic Dialogue at the U.S. State Department in Washington DC, June 24, 2015. Chris Kleponis | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — As names emerge for President-elect Joe Biden‘s Cabinet, the new U.S. administration looks intent on working … Read more

Trump fears Giuliani, other lawyers in Biden vote challenge are ‘fools that are making him look bad’

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference about lawsuits related to the presidential election results, at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday Nov. 19, 2020. Sarah Silbiger | The Washington Post | Getty Images President Donald Trump is sweating over … Read more

Trump coronavirus vaccine chief has had ‘no contact’ with Biden transition team

Operation Warp Speed chief advisor Dr. Moncef Slaoui has had “no contact” with the incoming Biden administration regarding the transition process and vaccine distribution plans. Since President-elect Joe Biden won the election, President Donald Trump has refused to concede and his campaign has challenged the results of the election in court. Despite his lack of communication with the … Read more