Michele Kelemen

Michele Kelemen appears in the following:

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko In Washington To Meet President Trump

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ukraine's president is in Washington hoping to meet President Trump and explain his side of the war with Russian-backed separatists, but the White House isn't exactly rolling out the red carpet.

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Ukrainian President Poroshenko Meets, Briefly, With President Trump

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ukraine is concerned about what the Trump administration's efforts to improve relations with Russia will mean for its relations with Washington. Poroshenko wanted to meet with Trump before Putin did.

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After Otto Warmbier's Release, Will U.S. Ban Travel To North Korea?

Friday, June 16, 2017

It's highly unusual for the government to restrict the ability of Americans to go abroad. A full-on ban would have to come from Congress, but the secretary of state has authority to restrict travel.

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Washington, D.C., Police Charge Turkish Security Guards For Beating Protesters

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Washington, D.C., authorities announced charges against members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail who allegedly attacked protesters outside the Turkish embassy last month.

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Senate Votes To Limit Trump's Power To Lift Russia Sanctions

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wants flexibility as he tries to improve ties with Russia. The Senate wants to make sure the Trump administration doesn't change course without congressional buy-in.

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Senators Aim To Make It Harder For Trump Administration To Ease Russia Sanctions

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A new amendment strengthens existing sanctions and imposes new sanctions for human rights abuses, supplying arms to Syria's regime and "malicious cyber activity" on behalf of the Russian government.

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In An Afternoon, Trump And Tillerson Appear To Contradict Each Other On Qatar

Friday, June 09, 2017

While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted to heal a deep rift among Arab partners with a carefully crafted statement, Trump called out Qatar for its "very high level" of terror financing.

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In Response To Trump's Tweets, Some U.S. Envoys Push Back — Diplomatically

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The president's tweets are complicating the work of U.S. diplomats. Some are distancing themselves via their own tweets. They're "entitled to use social media," says the State Department spokeswoman.

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Ambassador Nikki Haley Accuses U.N. Human Rights Council Of Bashing Israel

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

United Nations Envoy Nikki Haley says the UN Human Rights Council "whitewashes brutality" and instead singles out Israel for criticism. The U.S. is considering pulling out of the council based in Geneva.

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Trump Calls Democrats 'Obstructionists,' But He's Only Nominated 11 Ambassadors

Monday, June 05, 2017

A spokesman for the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responded by saying Trump should be spending more time actually filling open positions.

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Trump Postpones U.S. Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Thursday, June 01, 2017

President Trump has waived the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — at least for now, according to the White House. Moving the embassy had been a key campaign promise.

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Hungary Proposes Closing University Founded By Financier George Soros

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Hungarian government wants to close a university founded by the financier George Soros. Students and faculty have appealed to the U.S. for help, but some Republican lawmakers think Soros is the problem.

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After Mixed Messages, NATO Officials Anxiously Await Trump's Visit

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Trump administration has been trying to allay fears of the Baltic states and other newer NATO members that the U.S. remains committed to the military alliance. But officials are anxiously awaiting President Trump's visit to hear directly from him.

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24 Million Children At Risk In Mideast Conflicts, Says UNICEF

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"Beyond the bombs, bullets and explosions, countless children are dying in silence from diseases that could easily be prevented and treated," the group reports.

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Aid Workers In Yemen Express Alarm At U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia got praise and an arms deal from President Trump last weekend. But there was little mention of Yemen, where a Saudi-led military campaign is causing civilian casualties.

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Deadline Approaches For White House Decision On Keeping Iran Deal Alive

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thursday is the deadline for the White House to renew a key part of the Iran nuclear deal, currently "under review" by the State Department. President Trump campaigned against the deal.

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Syria Has Covered Up Prison Executions By Burning The Bodies, U.S. Says

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Trump administration says a building at a Syrian prison is where thousands of bodies have been burned. The assertion is an attempt to persuade Russia to rein in Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Erdogan Says He Wants A 'New Beginning' In U.S.-Turkish Relations

Sunday, May 14, 2017

A look ahead to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, D.C. next week, and his promise of a "new beginning" in U.S.-Turkish relations.

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Crisis In South Sudan Merits A High-Level U.S. Envoy, Proponents Say

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is trying to reduce his department's number of special envoys but one may be necessary for South Sudan, a young nation ravaged by war and famine.

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U.N. Aid Workers Question Russian Calls For De-Escalation Zones In Syria

Friday, May 12, 2017

Russia's calls for "de-escalation zones" in Syria sounds rather Orwellian to a top United Nations aid official. Kevin Kennedy says it is not clear how people living there would be protected, and he worries that countries will try to return refugees to those zones.

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