Russia blocked the extension of the U.N. investigation into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the Washington Post reported. Russia’s representative to the Security Council vetoed a resolution that the U.S. introduced to prolong the mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), the U.N.
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The White House released an unclassified charter on its vulnerabilities equities process (VEP) on Wednesday, disclosing for the first time the rules under which the government chooses which software flaws it will disclose or retain for national security purposes,
Zimbabwe’s military put President Robert Mugabe under house arrest as soldiers occupied government and media offices, Reuters reported. A military spokesperson said the dramatic seizure of power is aimed at stopping “criminals” close to the president. The takeover appears to be in response to the 93-year old Mugabe’s attempts to position his wife as his successor.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions told lawmakers that he did not perjure himself in previous congressional testimony about Trump campaign interactions with Russians, the New York Times reported. Sessions testified before the House Judiciary Committee that when he last appeared before Congress in October, Sessions forgot a meeting at which campaign aide George Papadopoulos discussed the latter’s Russian connections.
President Donald Trump praised his “great relationship” with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte after meeting with him during a summit in Manila, the New York Times reported.
The Justice Department is pursuing a plea agreement with Paul Manafort’s former son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, in an investigation independent of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into possible coordination between members of President Donald Trump’s campaign and people associated with the Russian government, the Wall Street Journal reported Thur
In a speech to South Korean lawmakers, President Donald Trump warned North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to underestimate the United States, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a portion of the address directed at Kim, Trump called for Pyongyang to end its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
At a press conference in Seoul, President Donald Trump said the U.S. is making progress in diplomacy to contain the North Korean nuclear threat, the New York Times reported.
On a visit to Asia, President Donald Trump told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that American military hardware would enable Japan to shoot North Korean missiles “out of the sky,” the BBC reported. At a press conference in Japan, Trump pressed Abe to purchase more defense systems from the United States. Regarding the U.S.
President Donald Trump leaves for Asia on Friday; he will visit Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, the New York Times reported. Trump will address the North Korean missile crisis in meetings with Chinese, Japanese and South Korean leaders. In a speech in Vietnam, Trump will build on the Japanese idea of a “free and open Indo-Pacific” to articulate a containment strategy against China.