Carrie Lam regrets foreign interference in Hong Kong affairs, says escalation of violence cannot solve social issues
After three months of unrest, Lam last week withdrew a controversial extradition bill that had triggered the protests
US defence official confirms withdrawal of American equipment from Syria, does not specify nature of cargo, mode of transportation
The US defence official did not describe exactly what the cargo was being withdrawn from Syria or how it was being transported. They also did not say what part of Syria it came from, though it is expected the drawdown would begin in the country's north.
On when US forces would leave Syria, Trump said that he does not want to be in Syria "forever." But after saying troops would come home right away, and that the Islamic State group was defeated, he didn't give any specific timetable.
As US shutdown reaches breaking point, Donald Trump Govt sued by America’s largest labour union over unpaid wages
The Donald Trump government has been sued by America’s largest labour union representing about 400,000 federal employees seeking damages for being forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown brought on by Donald Trump’s 11th hour tantrum over his $5 billion demand for a border wall, just days before the Christmas holidays in the US.
‘Whatever it takes, we need a wall’: Why the final Donald Trump crisis of 2018 isn't going away in 2019
What’s Donald Trump playing at with his $5 billion demand for a wall and shutting down the government - the third in the last 12 months - in Christmas season? For one, this has echoes of what his chief strategist and inscrutable mastermind of the 2016 campaign Steve Bannon told a reporter after Trump pulled off the greatest political upset in American history: "Brother, Hollywood doesn't make movies where the bad guys win" - a riff on Gregory Peck's lines from Twelve O'Clock High.
8-year-old Guatemala boy dies in US immigration custody as Donald Trump continues railing about border wall
An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody in New Mexico early Tuesday, U.S. immigration authorities said, marking the second death of an immigrant child in detention this month.
US military says order to withdraw American troops from Syria signed; Donald Trump, Recep Erdogan agree to coordinate pullout
The order to withdraw American troops from Syria has been signed, the US military said Sunday, after President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart agreed to prevent a power vacuum in the wake of the controversial move.
Donald Trump pulls up Jim Mattis' last day in office; deputy Patrick Shanahan to take over as acting defense secretary on 1 Jan
Jim Mattis resigned as the US Secretary of Defense on Thursday in protest over Donald Trump's decision to pull all US troops out of Syria.
French president Emmanuel Macron's comments come after Donald Trump pulled out US troops from Syria, leaving thousands of Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, which the Pentagon spent years training and arming against IS, vulnerable to Turkish attack.
Donald Trump says he 'gave Jim Mattis a second chance", referring to ex-US Marine general's exit as military leader under Barack Obama
United States President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that he gave Defence Secretary James Mattis a "second chance" after the retired Marine general was "ingloriously fired" from military leadership by former president Barack Obama.
US envoy to anti-Islamic State coalition Brett McGurk resigns in protest over Donald Trump's Syria withdrawal
McGurk, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama in 2015 and retained by Trump, said in his resignation letter that the militants were on the run, but not yet defeated, and that the premature pullout of American forces from Syria would create the conditions that gave rise to Islamic State
Jim Mattis warns against allowing alliances to fray; resignation letter lays out challenges for next Pentagon chief
The extraordinary resignation letter that US defence secretary Jim Mattis handed to a surprised President Donald Trump was not just a product of two years of accumulating frustration with an impulsive boss, but an outline of the strategic hazards facing the next Pentagon chief.
Scared and isolated, Donald Trump drags US Govt to shutdown, gambles with jobs of 800,000 employees over demand of $5 bn for border wall
More than 400,000 US government employees will go without pay, 380,000 will be put on leave without pay as America hurtles towards a partial government shutdown days before the Christmas holidays and all this is happening over another Donald Trump tantrum. That's the short story of a wild and endless day in Washington DC when many stunned lawmakers who had just gone home for the holidays had to scramble back on flights and trains to the capital city to cast their votes for a downright ridiculous Trump negotiation drama.
James Mattis' resignation hands Taliban advantage in Afghanistan, likely to set Indian policymakers scrambling
James Mattis resigned with a scathing letter which essentially underlined his strong differences with his Commander-in-Chief
'Cannot protect interests without maintaining alliances': Read James Mattis' full resignation letter to President Donald Trump
James Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in Trump's administration, will leave by the end of February after two tumultuous years struggling to soften and moderate the US president's abruptly shifting policies.
The wheels are coming off the Donald Trump presidency. In one of the wildest days yet in the Trump era, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis quit exactly 24 hours after Trump's shock withdrawal of US troops from Syria - the final straw for Mattis after a string of run-ins with the US president over many months.
We will work everything out, says US defence secretary James Mattis on India's purchase of S400 defence systems from Russia
Russia's S400 system, a mobile long-range surface-to-air missile system, made its debut on the world stage in 2007. The platform rivals Lockheed Martin's THAAD, or terminal high altitude area defense, system and Raytheon's Patriot system.
US, South Korea scale down annual joint military exercise to facilitate talks with North Korea, says Jim Mattis
Foal Eagle is the biggest of the regular joint military exercises held by allies US and South Korea, and has always infuriated North Korea, which condemned it as prepares for an invasion.
Donald Trump administration suspends security assistance to Pakistan for failing to act on militant safe havens
"The (Trump) Administration has been clear to Pakistani leaders that it expects them to constructively address the problem of militant safe havens in Pakistan," an official from the National Security Council, the White House, told PTI. "Because Pakistan failed to address the problem, the Administration suspended security assistance," the official said, requesting anonymity.
US, China resume dialogue: Mattis, Pompeo to meet Chinese officials in Washington to discuss security, human rights issues
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will spend Friday morning with two high-ranking Chinese policymakers, days after a congressional election in which Trump painted China as a bogeyman.