US Congress Wades Into Britain’s Brexit Drama

Posted: March 2, 2019, 10:57 pm

US Congress Wades Into Britain’s Brexit Drama FILE – A sign for “No border” is seen on the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland in Jonesborough, Northern Ireland, Dec. 10, 2018. WASHINGTON — With Britain deadlocked on negotiating its divorce from the European Union, an unexpected side-front is emerging, the U.S. Congress.
Conservatives who pushed the June 2016 referendum that ended in the shock decision to leave the 28-member bloc dangled the prospect of a free trade agreement with the United States as proof that Britain would not be isolated.
But while nationalist-minded President Donald Trump has welcomed Brexit, the main hitch to Britain’s exit has raised alarm among key U.S. lawmakers — the prospect of the return of a physical border that divides Ireland.
The elimination of the border between the Republic of Ireland and British-ruled Northern Ireland was a key component of the Good Friday agreement of 1998, brokered with the United States and made possible through the fru..

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Report: US Disrupted Russian Trolls on Day of November Election

Posted: February 26, 2019, 3:13 pm

Report: US Disrupted Russian Trolls on Day of November Election A view of a business building housing the so-called troll factory's new office, in St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 20, 2018. Formally called the Internet Research Agency, is one of several web companies allegedly controlled by Putin-ally Yevgeny Prigozhin. WASHINGTON — The U.S. military disrupted the internet access of a Russian troll farm accused of trying to influence American voters on Nov. 6, 2018, the day of the congressional elections, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The U.S. Cyber Command strike targeted the Internet Research Agency in the Russian port city of St. Petersburg, the Post reported, citing unidentified U.S. officials.
The group is a Kremlin-backed outfit whose employees had posed as Americans and spread disinformation online in an attempt to also influence the 2016 election, according to U.S. officials.
“They basically took the IRA (Internet Research Agency) offline,” the Post quoted one pe..

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Transatlantic Rift Laid Bare as US Rebukes EU Allies Over Iran Deal

Posted: February 15, 2019, 1:35 am

Transatlantic Rift Laid Bare as US Rebukes EU Allies Over Iran Deal U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks next to the Warsaw Uprising Monument in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 14, 2019. LONDON — The United States has called on Europe to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which Washington pulled out of last year.
At a two-day conference in Warsaw, attended by more than 60 nations Thursday, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused European allies of trying to break American sanctions against what he called “Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime.”
“The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region and the world the security, peace and freedom they deserve,” Pence said at a news conference.
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talk during a Middle East summit in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 14, 2019. ​Pompeo..

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Transatlantic Rift Laid Bare as U.S. Rebukes EU Allies over Iran Deal

Posted: February 15, 2019, 1:33 am

The United States has called on Europe to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, which Washington pulled out of last year. At a conference in Warsaw attended by more than 60 nations, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused European allies of trying to break American sanctions against what he called Iran's 'murderous revolutionary regime.' Several EU states have refused to attend the meeting, as Henry Ridgwell reports.

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US Asks UN to Press Venezuela to Allow Aid, New Election

Posted: February 9, 2019, 9:59 pm

US Asks UN to Press Venezuela to Allow Aid, New Election Venezuelans return to their country through the San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela, crossing after shopping in Cucuta, Colombia, Feb. 8, 2019. UNITED NATIONS — The United States has presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for international aid deliveries and a presidential vote in Venezuela, triggering a Russian counter-proposal.
While no date has yet been set for a vote on the American draft, and negotiations are ongoing, Russia is likely to use its veto power to block it as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, diplomats said.
The text, a copy of which was obtained Saturday by AFP, expresses “full support for the National Assembly as the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela.”
The legislative body’s chairman, Juan Guaido, has declared himself interim president of Venezuela, challenging Maduro’s rule.
Deep US concern
The draft resolution stresses “deep concern wit..

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Trump Speech Underlines Allies’ Fears Over US Troop Withdrawal

Posted: February 6, 2019, 1:33 pm

U.S. allies have given a cautious welcome to President Donald Trump's announcement of a second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to be held in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang later this month. Trump's announcement, during his State of the Union address Tuesday, was one of the few highlights in a speech widely viewed around the world as light on foreign policy. Henry Ridgwell reports from London on the global reaction.

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Trump Speech Stokes Allies’ Fears Over US Troop Withdrawal

Posted: February 6, 2019, 11:30 am

Trump Speech Stokes Allies’ Fears Over US Troop Withdrawal Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) watches as U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his second State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington Feb. 5, 2019. U.S. allies have given a cautious welcome to the announcement of a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, to be held later this month in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang.
The planned meeting was the major foreign policy announcement Tuesday in President Trump’s State of the Union address. He said the rapprochement with Pyongyang, which began with a summit in Singapore last June, was a major success of his presidency.
“Nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been a missile launch in more than 15 months,” Trump told lawmakers and guests gathered on Capitol Hill.
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US to Leave INF Arms Control Treaty Signed by Reagan and Gorbachev

Posted: February 2, 2019, 3:22 am

The United States announced Friday it is pulling back from a decades-old treaty that banned an entire class of nuclear weapons, sparking concern among some analysts the move could trigger a new arms race. VOA's diplomatic correspondent Cindy Saine has more from the State Department.

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US intel Chief: Russia, China Biggest Espionage, Cyber Threats

Posted: January 29, 2019, 11:39 am

US intel Chief: Russia, China Biggest Espionage, Cyber Threats Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies to the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about “worldwide threats” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., Jan. 29, 2019. Russia and China pose the biggest espionage and cyber attack threats to the United States and are more aligned than they have been in decades, the leader of the U.S. intelligence community told U.S. senators on Tuesday.
While the two countries seek to expand their global reach, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, some American allies are pulling away from Washington in reaction to changing U.S. policies on security and trade.
“China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways – to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure,” Coats said.
“Moscow's relationship with Beijing is closer than it's been ..

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Maria Butina: Naïve Idealist or Dangerous Conspirator?

Posted: January 25, 2019, 1:01 am

U.S. authorities expect to soon hand down a sentence in the case of Maria Butina, the 30-year-old Russian woman now held in a U.S. jail who has pleaded guilty of conspiring to influence American politics, accused of conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. VOA's Ricardo Marquina-Montanana traveled to the Siberian city of Barnaul to speak with Butina's family about a case being watched around the world. Igor Tsikhanenka narrates.

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