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Acting head of USAID tests positive for Covid-19

Acting head of USAID tests positive for Covid-19

You have permission to edit this article.Welcome,(CNN) -- John Barsa, the acting head of the US Agency for International Development, has tested positive for , CNN has learned."We can confirm that on November 25, Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa tested positive for COVID-19 after receiving a rapid diagnostic test," acting USAID spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday."The Acting Deputy Administrator has been isolating since he began exhibiting symptoms late Monday, November 23, and will continue to until a retest is conclusive."Barsa, a Trump political...

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Israeli minister says Netanyahu met Saudi Crown Prince, but Riyadh denies it

Israeli minister says Netanyahu met Saudi Crown Prince, but Riyadh denies it

Jerusalem (CNN)An Israeli government official said held his first ever known meeting with on Sunday, but the claim was swiftly denied by Riyadh's top diplomat. Speaking on Israel's Army Radio on Monday, Education Minister Yoav Gallant called the covert meeting, which reportedly took place in the Saudi city of Neom, an "incredible achievement" and congratulated Netanyahu."Let's say that the very existence of the meeting, the fact that it was put out publicly, even if it's half official at the moment, is a matter of great importance from any aspect and matter," a member of Netanyahu's Likud...

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Nigerian army admits to having live rounds at Lekki Toll Gate, despite previous denials

Nigerian army admits to having live rounds at Lekki Toll Gate, despite previous denials

(CNN)The Nigerian army admitted on Saturday that soldiers were given both live and blank bullets when they were deployed to protests at Lekki toll gate on October 20. The admission seems to confirm a key finding of a into the shooting."The soldiers they were both given both live and blank bullets. In this particular case, we saw that these protests had been infiltrated by some hoodlums," Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo said in his testimony to the Lagos Judicial panel of inquiry into the incident."You had peaceful protesters no doubt. But there were also hoodlums who sought to take advantage. That...

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Trump administration informs Congress of intent to sell $23B in arms to UAE

Trump administration informs Congress of intent to sell $23B in arms to UAE

(CNN)Secretary of State announced Tuesday that the Trump administration had formally notified Congress of its intent to sell approximately $23 billion in advanced weaponry to the United Arab Emirates.The top US diplomat said that the proposed sales include up to 50 F-35 aircraft valued at $10.4 billion, up to 18 MQ-9B drones valued at nearly $3 billion, "and a package of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions, valued at $10 billion.""This is in recognition of our deepening relationship and the UAE's need for advanced defense capabilities to deter and defend itself against heightened threats...

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Trump administration moves forward with $2.9 billion drone sale to UAE, source says

Trump administration moves forward with $2.9 billion drone sale to UAE, source says

Washington (CNN)The US State Department informed Congress Thursday of the Trump administration's intent to sell 18 armed MQ-9B drones to the United Arab Emirates for an estimated $2.9 billion, a congressional aide told CNN on Friday.The department also informed Congress the administration intends to sell approximately $10 billion in ordnance, including precision-guided munitions, so-called "dumb" bombs, air-to-air missiles, and air-to-ground missiles, said the aide, who spoke anonymously to discuss the details of the intended sales. This comes a week after President Donald Trump's...

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Second highest-ranking official at USAID ousted

Second highest-ranking official at USAID ousted

Washington (CNN)The second highest-ranking official at the US Agency for International Development was ousted Friday, two sources familiar with the situation told CNN.Bonnie Glick, the deputy administrator of the agency, received a note from the White House on Friday afternoon telling her that she needed to resign by 5 p.m. or she would be terminated without cause at the pleasure of the President, the sources said. One of the sources said the note included a termination letter signed by Director of the White House Presidential Personnel Office John McEntee. Glick did not consider resigning,...

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Trump announces that Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations

Trump announces that Israel and Sudan have agreed to normalize relations

Washington (CNN)President announced Friday that Sudan and Israel have agreed to normalize relations -- a foreign policy achievement for the incumbent president less than two weeks before the US presidential election.Trump made the announcement from the Oval Office while joined on the phone by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.According to a joint statement from the three countries, the leaders of Sudan and Israel "agreed to the normalization of relations between Sudan and...

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US embassy in Turkey warns of potential terror attack threat in Istanbul

US embassy in Turkey warns of potential terror attack threat in Istanbul

(CNN)The US Mission in Turkey issued a warning to American citizens Friday of a potential terror attack threat in Istanbul and elsewhere in the country. The US Mission "has received credible reports of potential terrorist attacks and kidnappings against US citizens and foreign nationals in Istanbul, including against the US Consulate General, as well as potentially other locations in Turkey," according to a security alert issued Friday.The alert urged US citizens "to exercise heightened caution in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including large office buildings or...

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Trump administration notifies Congress of $1.8B in proposed weapons sales to Taiwan

Trump administration notifies Congress of $1.8B in proposed weapons sales to Taiwan

(CNN)The US formally notified Congress of a proposed $1.8 billion in advanced weapons systems sales to Taiwan -- a move sure to increase .The notice released Wednesday says the State Department has approved the sales to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States of 135 Standoff Land Attack Missile Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missiles and related equipment estimated for more than $1 billion, 11 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) M142 Launchers and related equipment for an estimated $436.1 million and six MS-110 Recce Pods and related equipment...

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Russia dismisses Trump administration efforts to secure nuclear arms deal before election

Russia dismisses Trump administration efforts to secure nuclear arms deal before election

(CNN)Russia on Tuesday rejected assertions by the Trump administration that the US and Russia had come to a "gentlemen's agreement" on extending a and dismissed the idea that a deal would be reached before the US presidential election.US Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea on Tuesday said he believed "that there is an agreement in principle at the highest levels of our two governments" for the US to extend the New START Treaty "for some period of time" in exchange for Russia freezing its nuclear arsenal.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Rybakov quickly...

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US has reimposed UN sanctions on Iran, Pompeo says

US has reimposed UN sanctions on Iran, Pompeo says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday evening that the , a move expected to be effectively ignored by global allies and adversaries alike.The latest move is the latest in the "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran -- one that has left the US largely isolated. It comes after the administration failed to extend the conventional weapons embargo set to expire next month under the Iran nuclear deal."The United States expects all UN Member States to fully comply with their obligations to...

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UN Security Council rejects US proposal to extend Iran arms embargo

UN Security Council rejects US proposal to extend Iran arms embargo

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)The UN Security Council rejected a US proposal to extend the conventional weapons embargo on Iran Friday.With the failure of the resolution, the US is now poised to move to unilaterally trigger snapback sanctions on Tehran -- despite having walked away from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 -- a potential action that has drawn skepticism and alarm from allies and that experts have warned could spell the end of the landmark agreement.US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said in a statement Friday the US...

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Major US diplomatic push to counter Russia may be in jeopardy amid Belarus unrest

Major US diplomatic push to counter Russia may be in jeopardy amid Belarus unrest

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)As on peaceful demonstrators protesting an election condemned by the international community, a casualty of the unrest may be a nascent diplomatic push by the Trump administration to improve ties with Minsk as part of an effort to counter Russia's one-time dominant position there.The Trump administration had made a major effort to normalized relations with the former Soviet republic, in part as an effort to prevent Belarus from falling completely into Moscow's orbit.However, with the US...

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State Dept watchdog finds Saudi arms sale was legal but risks to civilians weren't fully assessed

State Dept watchdog finds Saudi arms sale was legal but risks to civilians weren't fully assessed

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)A report from the State Department's watchdog found the agency complied with legal requirements in declaring an to Gulf allies, but did not fully assess the risks to civilians associated with that sale. The found that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's emergency certification for arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan "was executed in accordance with the requirements of the AECA (Arms Export Control Act)."However, the watchdog also found that "the Department did...

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US sanctions Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam over democratic crackdowns

US sanctions Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam over democratic crackdowns

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)The US sanctioned Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Friday for her role in in the region.Sanctioning Lam is a significant escalation, experts say. Friday's action against Lam and ten others is likely to further inflame tensions between Washington and Beijing. It is the latest move in response to China's imposition of aon Hong Kong that criminalizes secession, subversion, terrorism and foreign interference. "The 11 individuals designated today have implemented policies directly aimed...

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US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory

US State Department lifts global 'Do Not Travel' advisory

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)After more than four months, the US State Department on Thursday lifted its advisory warning US citizens against traveling abroad.The department -- the highest level of travel advisory -- on March 19, urging US citizens not to travel overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic.However, "(w)ith health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from...

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Acting State Department watchdog resigns months after previous inspector general was fired

Acting State Department watchdog resigns months after previous inspector general was fired

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)The acting State Department watchdog Stephen Akard has resigned after serving in the role for less than 3 months following the by President Donald Trump at the recommendation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) staff were told of Akard's decision in an email Wednesday morning from one of the department's top officials, a source familiar with the departure tells CNN.It is unclear why Akard is resigning. The email from Akard's deputy, Diana...

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House Foreign Affairs chairman subpoenas Pompeo

House Foreign Affairs chairman subpoenas Pompeo

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee subpoenaed Friday to turn over documents related to the Bidens and Ukrainian energy company Burisma.The subpoena issued by Rep. Eliot Engel demands the top US diplomat provide "all records purportedly dealing with the Bidens and Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings the department has produced to Republican-led Senate committees" as well as "internal State Department correspondence about responding to Congress."The subpoena requires...

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US agents enter Chinese consulate compound in Houston after deadline for closure passes

US agents enter Chinese consulate compound in Houston after deadline for closure passes

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Washington (CNN)US federal agents and local law enforcement entered the Chinese consulate compound in Houston Friday afternoon following Tuesday's the diplomatic facility after US officials alleged it was part of a larger Chinese espionage effort using diplomatic facilities around the US.A series of black SUVs, trucks, two white vans and a locksmith's van entered the property as a crowd of observers and news cameras observed from the edge of the diplomatic compound.US officials speaking to reporters...

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NFL owner and Trump ambassador to UK sparks watchdog probe over alleged racist and sexist remarks and a push to promote Trump business

NFL owner and Trump ambassador to UK sparks watchdog probe over alleged racist and sexist remarks and a push to promote Trump business

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)The billionaire NFL owner who serves as 's ambassador to the United Kingdom was investigated by the State Department watchdog after allegations that he made racist and sexist comments to staff and sought to use his government position to benefit the President's personal business in the UK, multiple sources told CNN.Robert Wood , the top envoy since August 2017 to one of the United States' most important allies, made racist generalizations about Black men and questioned why the Black...

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State Department releases cable that helped spread claims coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

State Department releases cable that helped spread claims coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. (CNN)The State Department has released a 2018 diplomatic cable noting that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) had "a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory." Contents of the 2-year-old cable, which were leaked earlier this year, provided fodder for unproven allegations from members of the Trump administration and Congress that the coronavirus may have escaped from the lab at the epicenter of the virus. The...

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US announces visa restrictions for employees of Huawei and other Chinese tech companies

US announces visa restrictions for employees of Huawei and other Chinese tech companies

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced visa restrictions on employees of Chinese technology companies, including , in the latest Trump administration move against Beijing. The US "will impose visa restrictions on certain employees ... of Chinese technology companies like Huawei that provide material support to regimes engaging in human rights violations and abuses globally," Pompeo told reporters at a State Department press briefing. The top US did not elaborate on which...

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The United States is 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says

The United States is 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, adding that "we're taking this very seriously."Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, "especially TikTok.""With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States...

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The United States is 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says

The United States is 'looking at' banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Hong Kong/Washington (CNN Business)The United States is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, , Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday. Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, adding that "we're taking this very seriously."Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, "especially TikTok.""With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States...

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Top Democrat urges White House to withdraw ambassador pick involved in racist ad targeting Black politician

Top Democrat urges White House to withdraw ambassador pick involved in racist ad targeting Black politician

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is urging the White House to withdraw President Donald Trump's pick for US ambassador to Norway because of the nominee's involvement in the creation of a racist campaign flyer in the 1990s and failure to disclose subsequent legal action associated with it. In a letter sent Thursday to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Sen. Robert Menendez said that Mark Burkhalter "failed to disclose his involvement in a lawsuit and ethics...

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