U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming criticsThe Saigon Times Daily U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley delivers remarks to the press together with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, announcing the U.S.'s withdrawal from the U.N's Human Rights Council at the Department of State in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS (REUTERS) - The United States withdrew from a “hypocritical and self-serving” United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform, a move activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to reform the council. She also criticized countries which shared U.S. values and encouraged … [Read more...] about U.S. quits U.N. human rights body, citing bias vs Israel, alarming critics
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Viet Nam News JERUSALEM — Israeli forces killed 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years on Monday as clashes and protests coincided with the deeply controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The unrest, which left more than 2,400 Palestinians wounded, erupted before a White House delegation and Israeli officials opened the embassy at an inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem. It was the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war. The dead included eight children under the age of 16, according to the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations. The Gazan health ministry provided the overall death and injury toll. Tens of thousands had gathered near the border in protest while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side. At the United Nations, the US blocked the adoption of a Security Council … [Read more...] about Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as US opens Jerusalem embassy
WASHINGTON — The United States’ top diplomat said Sunday Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran’s "malign behavior" as President Donald Trump called his withdrawal from the landmark nuclear deal key to containing Tehran. But while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America’s allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power. The development came as Iran’s foreign minister said he was hopeful of forging a "clear future design" for the pact, while speaking in Beijing at the start of a diplomatic tour aimed at rescuing it. Trump’s announcement last Tuesday that the US was exiting the 2015 nuclear accord was met with widespread dismay among its other signatories -- China, Russia, France, the Britain and Germany. But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was keen to thrash out a more … [Read more...] about US offers to work with Europe on new Iran deal, holds out sanctions threat
They talk regularly, have shared memorable handshakes and supposedly have an "unbreakable" friendship. When US President Donald Trump and France's Emmanuel Macron meet next week, there will be more back-slapping - but also major differences. US President Donald Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) have forged a friendship that has been one of the few stable elements in recent American foreign policy AFP/Mandel NGAN The Trump-Macron relationship has been one of the few stable elements in recent American foreign policy, with the French leader emerging as the privileged European partner for the White House. While Trump's relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel have often been tetchy and he has clashed publicly with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the mercurial US leader has been consistently friendly with France's 40-year-old centrist. Their warm ties will be on display from Monday when Macron becomes the first foreign visitor during Trump's term to … [Read more...] about Trump to honour Macron, his unlikely French friend
Syrian state TV said on Monday the United States was suspected of striking an air base hours after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of a “big price to pay” as aid groups said dozens of people were killed by poison gas in a rebel-held town. The United States denied attacking the Syrian base, and France also said it had not carried it out. “At this time, the Department of Defense is not conducting air strikes in Syria,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “However, we continue to closely watch the situation and support the ongoing diplomatic efforts to hold those who use chemical weapons, in Syria and otherwise, accountable.” When asked about the explosions, an Israeli spokeswoman declined to comment. Israel has struck Syrian army locations many times in the course of the conflict, hitting convoys and bases of Iranian-backed militias that fight alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s forces. Syrian state TV said there were casualties in what … [Read more...] about Syria says US suspected of attacking air base but Pentagon denies it.