Trump to skip summits in Singapore, Papua New Guinea; Pence to attend

By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON, Sep 1 : President Donald Trump will skip summits with Asian leaders in Singapore and Papua New Guinea in November, sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place, the White House said on Friday, an announcement that will raise questions about his commitment to a regional strategy to […]

BRICS emerging economies reaffirm support for multilateral trade under WTO rules

By Olivia Kumwenda-Mtambo and Alexander Winning JOHANNESBURG, July 26 : Leaders of the BRICS bloc of emerging economies, meeting in the wake of tariff threats by U.S. President Donald Trump, signed a declaration supporting an open and inclusive multilateral trading system under World Trade Organisation rules at their summit in South Africa on Thursday. Brazil, […]

Concern in White House over intelligence chief’s Russian summit surprise

By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON, July 21 : While U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, aides said on Friday there is some frustration that the U.S. intelligence chief did not know about plans for a second summit and they hope that meeting will […]

Rebuking Trump’s embrace of Putin, U.S. lawmakers look to punish Russia

By John Whitesides and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON, July 17 : U.S. President Donald Trump faced outrage on Tuesday for his failure to hold Russia accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and some U.S. lawmakers threatened action in Congress to punish Moscow and show support for U.S. intelligence agencies. At a joint news conference […]

Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin

By Christian Lowe MOSCOW, July 17 : Russia’s political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and U.S. leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah. “The West’s attempts to isolate Russia failed,” read the headline on a report on Monday’s summit […]